Rangel: Time to bounce back
22nd April 2015
The Swans head to Newcastle United on Saturday looking to maintain one record and break another.
St James' Park has been a happy hunting ground for the Swans, who have picked up a draw and two victories in their previous trips to Newcastle in the Premier League.
During the club's first Premier League campaign, the Swans earned a hard-fought point during a 0-0 draw while the following year goals from Michu and Jonathan de Guzman claimed a 2-1 victory.
Last season's encounter served up a thrilling finale, with Wilfried Bony cancelling out Shola Ameobi's opener before the Ivorian scored from the penalty spot in injury-time after Marvin Emnes had been taken down in the box.
It means the Swans look to maintain their unbeaten run at St James' Park, knowing they need to avoid defeat to set a new club record for points in the Barclays Premier League.
A 1-1 draw with Everton earlier this month moved the Swans onto 47 points - equalling the tally set during the 2011-12 campaign.
With five games remaining, Monk's men have a big opportunity to raise the standards for next season, but Angel Rangel knows Saturday's encounter provides another stern challenge.
"Going to Newcastle is always a tough test," said Angel Rangel. "They are not on a good run of results at the moment but they have quality and will be desperate to get back to winning ways.
"We need to bounce back too though, because we lost at Leicester last weekend.
"But we have a good record at St James' Park and we have some good memories of playing there.
"Last season we won there to more or less guarantee our place in the Premier League. Seeing Bony's penalty hit the top corner was a big relief - I remember looking up to the fans in the top corner of the stand and they were going crazy!
"The moment after the final whistle - when we went over to thank them for their support while they were singing away - was a really good feeling.
"We are in a very different situation this time around, but no-one is easing up yet. We really want to put in a performance after last weekend's disappointment."
He added: "We are not getting obsessed with the points record because it will play on our minds. We just want to get as many points as possible in the remaining games."
Rangel was recently named in the Football League Team of the Decade alongside Swans team-mate Ashley Williams.
The right-back, who arrived from lower league Spanish club Terrassa in 2007, helped the Swans lift the League One title in his first year at the club, with Rangel also named in the division's team of the season.
He continued to play a vital role in the Swans' Championship campaigns, with the club earning promotion via the play-offs at Wembley in 2011.
And the 32-year-old has remained a key figure in the club's Premier League campaigns, having made 120 top-flight appearances for the Swans.
He added: "It's a great honour to be picked among hundreds of players in my position from so many clubs.
"It's great recognition for myself and Ash along with the club. We are among some top players in that list.
"I had four seasons in the Football League and it was a great part of my career. To be included in the Football League Team of the Decade is something that I can add to my successful time with Swansea City."