Rangel: Swans deserved to leave with a point
ANGEL Rangel insisted Swansea City deserved at least a draw from yesterday's trip to White Hart Lane.
Michael Laudrup's side returned to South Wales pointless after Roberto Soldado's penalty condemned them to a 1-0 defeat.
That was controversially awarded after Andros Townsend went to ground claiming contact from Jonjo Shelvey.
Spurs enjoyed more possession and the better chances, but had been kept at bay, largely thanks to an inspired performance from Michel Vorm.
The Swansea goalkeeper pulled off two excellent first-half stops, somehow managing to hold a Paulinho piledriver before tipping a long-range Mousa Dembele effort over the bar.
Swansea spent much of the match defending, but did have the occasional sight of goal.
Wayne Routledge's well- struck shot was smothered by Hugo Lloris, while their best chance fell to Chico Flores in the second half.
After finding himself in an unfamiliar forward position, the centre-back sent a crashing volley towards the top corner that Lloris somehow palmed to safety.
"Apart from the last 15 minutes of the first half we looked comfortable," said Rangel. "They didn't have many scoring chances in the second half apart from the penalty, and that shows you the game was very even and either team could have scored.
"We had a couple of good chances as well as them and Chico almost scored, but it was one of those days for us.
"When you lose a goal like that it's a hammer to the head and we committed so many players forward they caught us on the counter-attack.
"But we've got to be realistic that we've played against two top teams so far. Now we go to West Brom next Sunday and we will see what happens."
Swansea have yet to register their first point of the 2013-14 campaign after back-to-back defeats in their opening two matches.
But they have not been disgraced in either game, harshly beaten 4-1 by Manchester United nine days ago before losing 1-0 to a Tottenham side who have strengthened heavily this summer.
Laudrup's men have also had to balance the demands of a Europa League campaign with top-flight commitments.
Next week they face West Brom, a team expected to be around them in the final Premier League table.
"We were rushed a bit at the end because of their goal and when you're losing it's always hard," added Rangel.
"It's a 1-0 defeat and we have to learn from it. West Brom are in the same mini-league as us
"This is a tough league and a long season, but that is a game we really need to get points from.
"Last season we started so well, we had six points from the first two games.
"We weren't going to win the league then and this year we're not going to get relegated. All we have to do is get our first points and then get going."