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Hodgson: Swans Would Be Near Bottom In Premiership

Hodgson: Swans Would Be Near Bottom In Premiership

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson says Swansea City would be near the bottom of the League if they competed in the Premiership.

While he says over a full season the top flight would be too much for us, he says the difference between the 2 leagues won't make much of a difference for Saturday's one-off game.

Hosgson said:

'I don't think the gap makes much of a difference,'

'Look at the results in games this season involving Championship teams even against top Premier League sides.

'Look at Cardiff-Arsenal, Derby-Manchester United and Swansea-Portsmouth, and I don't think you are looking at a vast difference in one-off matches.

'I think probably over a full season the strength in depth of the Premier League teams and the fact that they play every week at a more intense level might have an effect.

'I think if Swansea were in the Premier League they might not be in the top four and they might be closer to the bottom.

'But, having said that, in a one-off game like this it makes no difference. In fact it can even go the other way because they have so much to play for.

'With the bragging rights on offer in the cup, it can work against you.'

'The cup's important to us and we would love to go as far as we can,'

'We have got a third draw away from home (in a row), but the lads feel they have the ability and the quality to continue in the competition.

'I'm delighted that we're still in the cup and we will look optimistically towards the game believing we can go further.'

At the moment, the Swans are looking good for a play-off place this season but there has been that argue that promotion to the Premiership could come too early for us, we may not be fully prepared and capable for a season in the top flight.

Boss Martinez doesn't believe that though and says that promotion to the Premiership couldn't come too soon for the club.

Meanwhile, Fulham will fancy their chances of reaching a cup final this season, considering that Portsmouth won it last year.

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Date:Thursday February 12 2009
Time: 9:24PM


Negative tactics from fulham probably coming to defend and prevent us play so my bet is a 1-0 win for us.
12/02/2009 23:17:00
obviously if we were in the Prem our squad would be a lot stronger than it is now, and for intensity of the games, we play a lot more games in a season than an average Prem team, giving thier players more rest time
13/02/2009 09:43:00
whats your score predictions for tomorrow's game lads i say 2-0 swansea with scotland scoring for sure lol and il like to see Joe Allen score he deserves a goal for his good form this season plus with it on itv then the top teams will be scared of the MIGHTY SWANS :D
13/02/2009 15:53:00
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