. . . read what the press have had to say about the Swans
After Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Upton Park, the Swans are looking to move on and focus on this weekend's fixture at home to bottom of the league QPR. It was an unfamiliar feeling losing in the Premier League as the last defeat against Tottenham Hotspur was back in mid December. Angel Rangel gave his reaction to the South Wales Evening Post, whilst Michu wants to focus on QPR after missing out on a call up to the Spain squad, as he speaks to Wales Online. Finally, Michael Laudrup tells Sky Sports how he is pleased to have plenty of preparation time for the last 13 Premier League fixtures.
South Wales Evening Post:
We were best team, but the Hammers style won - Rangel
Angel Rangel reckons Swansea City were the better side on Saturday — but that this time West Ham's long-ball tactics prevailed.
Swansea's visit to East London provided a clash of football cultures as Michael Laudrup's passing purists took on a powerful team looking to play the percentages.
"I thought in the first half we did well. We defended well and they only had a few chances," said Rangel.
"Probably, we lacked that last pass in the final third. We didn't create as much as we sometimes do.
"Sometimes you are unfortunate up front.
''We had chances but just didn't take them. It's been a long time without a defeat and sometimes in football that happens.
"To be fair, we're unhappy, but sometimes you have to accept it.
"The best team didn't win on Saturday, their style of football won on the day.
"It's not easy to defend when they have so many big players.
''They didn't play better than us, but they got the result and that's all that matters."
Swansea City star Michu shrugs off Spanish snub to focus on QPR
Scoring sensation Michu has insisted his mind is on QPR rather than Qatar after missing out on a trip to the Middle East with Spain.
Swansea City’s top scorer had hoped to be part of the world champions’ squad that take on Uruguay in Doha this week.
Swansea need Michu to return to top scoring form following the loss of Danny Graham, and after a spell of six without scoring, the 26-year-old said: “I’m not thinking about getting into the Spain squad right now – I’m only thinking about QPR.
“I have no problem with not being picked and I wasn’t disappointed because it is difficult to enter into the Spanish squad and play games.
“I had hopes, but they are the best team in the world and they have great players who all deserve to be in the squad.
“I just need to work harder because I am more disappointed to lose at West Ham.
“I wasn’t happy because we had a couple of chances and did not take them; they scored theirs and that was the difference.
“West Ham play a lot of long balls and we had to face many corners and free-kicks. It was very difficult for us."
Premier League: Swansea's Michael Laudrup not dwelling on West Ham defeat
Michael Laudrup wanted to look forward after Swansea City suffered their first Premier League defeat of 2013.
The Capital One Cup finalists lost to an Andy Carroll header in a 1-0 setback at West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.
But boss Laudrup, who is preparing for Swansea's trip to Wembley where they will face Bradford City on 24th February, does not want to dwell on the defeat.
And the Dane hopes his squad can now benefit from a reduction in the fixture congestion and midweek games which their cup run has brought, as he told Sky Sports: "I do not like to lose.
"Fortunately, we are not used to losing in the last six weeks in the league.
"We are a little disappointed. But that is good. It means we always want to get the points and get forward.
"We still have 13 games. We just have to prepare now. It is completely different from now on and we only have games at weekends.
"So, we can prepare much better."