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.
|‘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.