Angel Rangel: International break will seem long after 2-0 Swansea City defeat to Southampton
ANGEL Rangel reckons the international break will drag for Swansea City after they signed off for the first part of their season with a defeat.
Michael Laudrup's men were beaten 2-0 by Southampton yesterday as they suffered a fourth loss from their opening seven top flight games.
Swansea were unlucky at St Mary's where they created enough goalscoring opportunities to have at least left with a point.
Rangel and Co now have two weeks to dwell on that reverse as the Premier League pauses for World Cup qualifiers.
They return to action with a home match against Sunderland on Saturday, October 19.
After a hectic opening to the campaign that has included six Europa League matches, Rangel admits the squad could do with a rest.
But the Spanish defender reckons it will be a long wait for the game to come around.
"In the last 20-odd days we have played so many games, so mentally and physically you're going to be tired," he said.
"But the start is the most important thing. If you start well it gives you confidence for the rest of the game.
"We looked more tired at the beginning than the end against Southampton and that can happen.
"Now we have a break, we will recharge the batteries and get ready for the next test.
"The next couple of games will be very important because we want to get points in the league.
"It is good to rest because we have played a lot of games, but when you lose you want to play again straight away.
"It's going to be a long 15 days for us, we'll train every day and try to improve."
This defeat was hard to take as Swansea were the better team for long periods.
They created more chances than their hosts but were undone by a slow start and defensive blunder.
Swansea struggled to match Saints' early pace and fell behind when Adam Lallana powered past Vorm midway through the first half.
And as they chased an equaliser late on, Jordi Amat and Chico Flores got in a tangle, allowing substitute Jay Rodriguez to slot past Michel Vorm.
The result leaves Swansea with seven points from as many games and languishing towards the bottom of the table, though they have already played four top teams.
"It's disappointing for us because overall I think we played well at Southampton," added Rangel.
"We made a sloppy start and the first ten or 15 minutes cost us today.
"After the goal we reacted straight away, we created a lot of chances. We dominated the rest of the game. I think we should have got something out of the game, but that's football for you.
"I think we have to take the positives and learn from the negatives.
"We were almost back to our best together, we were back to our old understanding.
"Nathan could have scored, but sometimes you're fortunate and sometimes you're not.
"They probably didn't do as much as us, but they did the important thing which was score goals."