Rangel dedicates win to Jack Army
21st April 2014
Angel Rangel dedicated Swansea City's last-gasp victory at Newcastle to the Jack Army, then urged his team-mates to take another big step towards Premier League safety this weekend.
A pulsating finale at St James' Park last Saturday saw the Swans pick up three crucial points in the battle against the drop thanks to Wilfried Bony's penalty in added-on time.
The 2-1 win ensured the Swans moved six points clear of third-bottom Cardiff City with three games remaining, though bottom club Sunderland could cut the gap to four points if they win their game in hand.
Aston Villa are next up for Garry Monk's side, who could effectively guarantee Premier League football next season if results go their way.
And Rangel saluted the three points banked in the North East last weekend, but quickly switched attention to Saturday's clash with Villa.
"It was a big result which we have been working hard for in the last few games," Rangel reflected.
"Over the season we haven't had much luck, but when (Mathieu) Debuchy miskicked his clearance we had to take advantage and that's exactly what we did.
"Marvin (Emnes) did very well to get into the box, and I thought there and then that either he would score or get a penalty.
"When the referee pointed to the spot all the back four and Michel (Vorm) looked at each other thinking 'this is massive'.
"Wilfried is such a cool character, and it's great to have someone like him in that situation. He took it as if he was under no pressure at all and that the game was already safe.
"There was a huge feeling of relief around the team when we heard the final whistle because we realise how massive the three points could be for us.
"All the team and coaches celebrated on the pitch at the end, but this result was more for the supporters because around 1,000 fans travelled up to Newcastle and really got behind us.
"They were tucked away at the top of the stand, but we could hear them singing their hearts out. It's inspiring, and it certainly pushed us on at the end for what could be the most crucial win of the season."
He added: "We know the job isn't complete yet. Firstly we want to be mathematically safe and then we want to get as many points as possible.
"We know we could finish 11th if we win our remaining three games, and considering we have had 12 Europa League games to contend with, to finish in that position would be a very good campaign."