Swansea manager blames his defender for Hull winner

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Garry Monk has pointed a finger at Angel Rangel for his part in Hull City’s winner on Saturday

Swansea City manager Garry Monk has blamed defender Angel Rangel for his role in Hull City’s winning goal on Saturday.

The Swans lost 1-0 at the KC Stadium after George Boyd converted Liam Rosenior's pass, the only goal in a defeat that still leaves them lingering in and around the relegation fight.

Monk was not shy to criticise defender Angel Rangel’s efforts in the build-up to the goal, as his weak attempts to challenge Boyd cost Swansea at least a draw.

"They will say it's a good goal but from our point of view it is poor - the build-up to it and on the back post," said Monk in his post-match press conference.

"Angel has to do much better and be stronger than that. He's got to be willing to get hurt, that's what you have to do on the back post.

"You know it's coming and he had time to think, it's not as if it's a split-second.

"We'd been working all week on those situations and that's the really disappointing part for myself.”

The loss leaves Swansea 15th in the Premier League, just five points clear of 18th placed Fulham, while Hull must surely now consider themselves safe. The Swans have a mixed fixture run-in for the remainder of the season, with title contenders Chelsea still to play. They do though also have the likes on Aston Villa and Southampton at the Liberty Stadium in games they will fancy picking up points from.

In what has been a rollercoaster season so far for the South Wales outfit, survival in the Premier League will come as a massive relief. The campaign has seen lows in a change of management as Michael Laudrup was dismissed back in February, and highs that include European football and a home derby win over Cardiff.

It still remains to be seen whether Garry Monk will be given the full-time vacancy at the Liberty Stadium, but after Saturday’s defeat at Hull, Premier League survival must still be addressed.

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