O'Shea Hopes To Catch Swansea With Tired Legs

Last updated : 29 January 2013 By Tott Dixon - Seaham

John O’Shea: “I think when they lost Brendan Rodgers (who left to become Liverpool’s manager in the summer), people maybe expected them to struggle or have a dip in form but credit to Mr Laudrup.

“He’s playing fantastic football again and they’re getting a little bit more physical as well.”

“They got beaten in the FA Cup game (against Arsenal) so they had a little time to prepare and reflect on what they have achieved.

“It’s terrific, it really is a great achievement them getting to the final.

"At this moment it probably hasn’t even entered the manager’s head but he must be pretty pleased with how things have gone. I just think it is probably in Swansea’s nature to just carry on in the manner they have.

“They maybe had the League Cup semi-finals on their mind when they went to Everton – not an easy place to go – and drew up there. They will be hard to crack.

“Fingers crossed we can catch them at home, because when we played them down there earlier on in the season we felt we probably should have won the game (instead they drew 2-2).

“If we can get the same result as we did last season (a 2-0 win), it would improve our position even more.

“They have had a cup game to think about while we had a free week to rest and prepare. That will help us a lot going into the game, but we’ll be full of confidence after back-to-back wins."