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Angel Rangel: Swansea weren't good enough in the first half
Published : 09 Dec 2012 11:01:08Rss feed
Angel Rangel: Swansea weren't good enough in the first half Angel Rangel says Swansea deserved to lose against Norwich because of their poor first half display. Swansea went down 4-3 to the Canaries, their first defeat in seven Premier League matches. The Swans trailed 3-0 at half time, but fought back to 3-2 before a Robert Snodgrass free kick finally put the game beyond them. "The first half killed us, we weren't good enough," said Spanish defender Rangel. Norwich are now unbeaten in nine Premier League matches and moved to within three places of Swansea who are eighth. "Norwich are a difficult team to beat to be honest," said the Spanish defender. "Both teams we're on a good run before the game so it was going to be an open game because both teams create so many chances and probably the first half killed us. "Obviously we know that is a lesson to learn from. "We wanted to get something from the game and to keep our run going, but unfortunately we lost." Rangel conceded that the half-time pep talk by manager Michael Laudrup had a big impact. "I think it was more about the attitude - [Laudrup said] 'do the basics properly and forget about the result'. "We were already 3-0 down, so 'make sure that we come out, don't concede four five or six goals and be embarrassed'." In fact Swansea scored twice in the opening quarter of an hour of the second half. And Jonathan De Guzman thought he had equalised, only to see his goal wiped out for a foul on goalkeeper Mark Bunn. "We're chasing the game, obviously 3-2 down," added Rangel. "If the goal could have been allowed - personally I didn't see any foul - who knows? "But the fourth goal is one of those free-kicks. "Probably we had two [chances] before that that we didn't take, and they had one and they were clinical."
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