Angel Rangel: Swansea City must kill Sunderland on the field
ANGEL Rangel has urged Swansea City to pile the pressure on bottom-club Sunderland this weekend, declaring: "We must kill them on the pitch."
Swansea go in search of the first Premier League home win in seven-and-a-half months when the Black Cats visit on Saturday.
Michael Laudrup's men are hungry to end their search for success on their own patch — and are desperate for a response after back-to-back league defeats.
But Rangel believes all the tension will be in the away dressing room as Sunderland chase a first league win of the season in new boss Gus Poyet's first game in charge.
"Their players will know they are fighting for their lives at the moment," Rangel said.
"All they can do now is give everything. In this situation it is possible to show the quality you have, but they will be under pressure all the time.
"If we were in that situation, we know how difficult it would be.
"We have to use that to our advantage, play our own game at home and kill them on the pitch."
Rangel skippered Swansea in their defeat at Southampton last week, and he could wear the armband again against Sunderland depending on whether either Ashley Williams or Leon Britton is involved.
Whoever starts, the right-back says, Swansea are well aware that Sunderland are not the only team who are in need of points.
"Sunderland have had a bad start and sacked the manager. They only have a point so it is a difficult one for them," he added. "Normally when you don't win a game in the first five or six games then you are in trouble for the rest of the season, so for them every game is going to be a cup final.
"But it's a game that we really need to win as well. This is a fight now and we are trying to survive too." Swansea's last home win in the league was back on March 2, when Luke Moore's goal saw off Newcastle and took them to 40 points for last season.
Since then there have been three draws and five defeats in eight top-flight outings in SA1 — but Rangel insists Laudrup's players are not worried by the barren run.
"We are not really concerned about it because some of the games are from last season," he said.
"We know we had a bad end to the season and the start this season hasn't been great.
"But we played Manchester United and Arsenal and those are the games you can afford to lose because they are top teams.
"Our league is to play against the likes of Sunderland, Hull and Crystal Palace and beat these teams to survive in the league.
"We know this season is the toughest in the last three because we play in an extra competition and play a lot more games.
"It isn't going to be easy. But we have a deeper squad and enough quality to be out of the bottom three. Hopefully we can push ourselves and get into the top 10 again."