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We were best team, but the Hammers style won - Rangel

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 04, 2013

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ANGEL Rangel reckons Swansea City were the better side on Saturday — but that this time West Ham's long-ball tactics prevailed.

Swansea's visit to East London provided a clash of football cultures as Michael Laudrup's passing purists took on a powerful team looking to play the percentages.

The hosts were on top for most of the contest in which an attack spearheaded by towering striker Andy Carroll caused Swansea problems.

His knock-downs had created other West Ham chances before the England international scored the game's only goal in the 77th minutes.

"I thought in the first half we did well. We defended well and they only had a few chances," said Rangel.

"Probably, we lacked that last pass in the final third. We didn't create as much as we sometimes do.

"Sometimes you are unfortunate up front.

''We had chances but just didn't take them. It's been a long time without a defeat and sometimes in football that happens.

"To be fair, we're unhappy, but sometimes you have to accept it.

"The best team didn't win on Saturday, their style of football won on the day.

"It's not easy to defend when they have so many big players.

''They didn't play better than us, but they got the result and that's all that matters."

The defeat was only Swansea's second in 12 games and their first league reverse since losing at Spurs on December 16.

Laudrup's men struggled to create chances before West Ham scored, but carved out a couple in the closing stages.

First Nathan Dyer's shot caused panic in the home penalty area, then Chico Flores sent a dangerous header across goal.

"It was one of those games when the game was well open for the teams in the last 15 minutes," said Rangel.

"We were unfortunate to concede the goal, especially from a set-piece, but Carroll in the air is strong like that.

"They lived off long balls to Carroll. We did well until the last 15 minutes. They scored and we had a couple of good chances at the end, but to we have to accept the defeat."

Danny Graham's transfer deadline day departure to Sunderland has left Michu shouldering even more attacking responsibility.

Swansea's 16-goal top scorer failed to find the net for a sixth consecutive match, but Rangel insists that is nothing to worry about.

"He's not going to score every game. He'd be worth £100 million if he did," said the right-back.

"He's only a human being and he's been great for us.

"As a striker, you have good days and bad days."

Swansea's other striking options were kept in reserve in the East End, with Itay Shechter and Luke Moore starting on the bench.

Moore was introduced late on and caused West Ham some problems.

"Throughout the season, goals have come from different players," added Rangel. "Luke came on for the last 20 minutes and that's not easy when you're losing and chasing the game.

"He did great, he had a chance and he did well.

"We haven't been relying on Michu's goals, although probably they have been the difference for Swansea.

"We've got so many players who can score goals so I think we can score many."

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  • bigphil1959  |  February 06 2013, 12:12AM

    look out the moaners are back.

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  • DanEGraig  |  February 05 2013, 6:56PM

    hacker_jack. I wish we had known about your nan last week, we might have sold her to QPR for eight million quid !

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  • hacker_jack  |  February 05 2013, 7:59AM

    I wonder too about giving Donnelly a go, but it might be best to wait until the last few games (or at least after the final) when the pressure is probably going to be less. Yes Davies seized his chance but that was absolute necessity rather than choice, better to bleed youngsters in where possible. Tate up front is ridiculous, not only does he have the finishing ability of my nan but the same pace as her and he's not even that good in the air. Reasonable defender and big heart yes but target man never.

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  • DanEGraig  |  February 04 2013, 10:08PM

    I would like to try some experiments up front. How about Tatey being played up front as a taget man for the other guys to feedoff and as an extra threat from our corners. Or how about young Donnelly being given a chance, if he is quick and can get on the end of crosses when the wings/backs get around the back of defences then he might score a hatfull. Sounds crazy, but at least he would get some good experience. Ben came in at 19 yrs old. It is pretty clear that IS and LM do not seem to be the answer...

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  • divingtulip  |  February 04 2013, 8:44PM

    before the two legs against Chelsea our passing was superb creating chances Michu was on top form but since we done the two legs we just gone down hill we seen that against sunderland and west ham the passing is o.k we are not creating chances ,i hope we start to our winning ways and i hope it starts against QPR if not we going to struggle cause we got some tough games after QPR...

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  • KP287  |  February 04 2013, 4:41PM

    Maybe the swans players are saving themselves for wembley, hope not.

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  • hacker_jack  |  February 04 2013, 12:50PM

    No, the best team were West Ham, they created more chances and definitely better chances.

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  • Lynbaz  |  February 04 2013, 12:34PM

    No, Angel, West Ham were the better side. Passing football is no good without end product and they managed far more attempts on goal with far less than half of our possession. That is being EFFECTIVE! We were not. This is not being critical, it is stating fact. We were toothless and only stirred into positive action when we fell behind with 15 minutes to go. Had we played like that from the off, we might be at least 3 points closer to safety, which we cannot yet take for granted. That said, the lads have done really well recently and I'm sure we can go on to secure a decent position in the league.

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