Angel Rangel calling on Swansea City to get back to business
ANGEL Rangel has urged Swansea City to "get back to business" against Stoke after their defeat to Everton.
The 3-0 reverse at the Liberty Stadium last weekend was a second league loss in succession for Michael Laudrup's men, but Rangel reckons it was merely a reality check.
The Spaniard has called for calm from his team-mates and, although a trip to Stoke represents a formidable next task, he is adamant they can arrest their three-game winless Premier League streak.
"We will have bad games," said Rangel. "We have suffered two defeats in a row which is not great but we don't have to go crazy and act like we're a relegated team.
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"Stoke is a difficult place. They caused us trouble from set-pieces (last season) but we can compete.
"If we have the ball, hopefully we can go there and get a result."
Swansea's last visit to the Britannia Stadium left egos and bodies bruised, as an aerial onslaught saw Stoke triumph 2-0 in February.
They fared better at home against the Potters, beating them by the same scoreline last October thanks to goals from Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham.
Stoke have had a tough start to this season, drawing their first four fixtures and losing to Chelsea last weekend, but there is no doubting the threat they pose.
Having conceded a headed goal from Everton's totemic Marouane Fellaini last weekend, Swansea have been given a taste of the physical examination they can expect from Stoke.
But despite their shortcomings against the Toffees, Rangel reckons the Swans can return to winning ways on Saturday.
"It's a marathon. Sometimes you will win away and lose at home," he said.
"You have to go game by game. We lost three points last weekend against a very good team.
"Hopefully we can get back to business against Stoke."