Martin O'Neill

O'Neill on Liberty trip

by Stuart Vose

Boss previews Swansea clash.

Martin O’Neill says confidence at the Liberty Stadium will be sky-high following Swansea’s excellent start to the season.

The Michael Laudrup era has begun with two league wins – 5-0 and 3-0 victories over QPR and West Ham respectively.

Meanwhile, the Swans progressed in the Capital One Cup thanks to a 3-1 home win over Barnsley in midweek.

“They’re going brilliantly,” said O’Neill ahead of the closure of the transfer window, which slams shut at 11pm tonight.

“Perhaps with losing the manager and a player or two, they might have been in initial tumoil, but far from it – they’ve picked up where they left off last season.

“Their manager I know from a long distance away – he was a fantastic player and seems to have galvanized the club and kept things going.

“Going away anywhere is difficult and it’s a tough time to play Swansea because they’re absolutely cock-a-hoop.”

However, O’Neill says confidence is also bubbling in the Sunderland camp following a productive week or so.

Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson have been added to the squad and both made their debuts in the midweek cup win over Morecambe.

Meanwhile, Stephane Sessegnon has signed a new deal which ties him to the club until 2015.

O’Neill feels the summer additions have added attacking verve to the squad and says his players are relishing the challenge lying in wait this weekend.

“We have talent and players who are capable of breaking defences down, but of course that’s easier said than done,” he said.

“We’re pretty confident ourselves. We began the season with a great result at Arsenal and it was disappointing not to be able to play last week.

“But we followed up with a good win in midweek and the players are feeling confident.

“It doesn’t matter where we’re travelling, going away is tough but Swansea in particular are going well.”