Swansea have confounded predictions of a “second season syndrome” after shrugging off the departure of manager Brendan Rodgers to thrive under successor Michael Laudrup in their second season of Premier League football.
Martin O’Neill: “I suppose there might have been a feeling that Swansea might level off in some aspect with Brendan Rodgers leaving and going to Liverpool.
“But it seems that transition was seamless. In fact, they’ve kicked on and done very well.
“At the start of the season, I wouldn’t really have known what to expect from them. But Laudrup has done very well.
“They’ve had a bit of time to digest, think about what they’ve done in the League Cup and they’ll want to kick on themselves.”