Swansea City's Leon Britton braced for busy festive schedule

Leon Britton
Midfielder Leon Britton has played in all four divisions for Swansea

Midfielder Leon Britton says Swansea will be able to cope with the demands of a busy Premier League schedule.

Swansea's game at Everton on Wednesday will be the first of four games in 12 days over the festive period

Manager Brendan Rodgers has voiced his displeasure with the schedule but Britton believes they can cope.

"This is a busy period coming up but for a lot of us we've been used to playing in the Championship and a lot more games," Britton said.

"In the Championship it's relentless. You're playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday and there's a lot of games. This will just be normal for us."

Britton says Swansea will travel to Everton confident they can secure their first Premier League away win of the season.

The Swans picked up their third away point of the season following a goalless draw at Newcastle United last Saturday.

Everton have only won twice at Goodison Park this season and were held to 1-1 draw at home by Norwich City in their last game.

"Maybe it's a good time to go up there and hopefully we can come away with a good result," said Britton.

"After the weekend's performance against Newcastle, that's given us a bit of confidence away from home

"Everton may not be on the best run at the moment with a draw against Norwich on the weekend.

"We'll go up there looking for our first win. It will be great to get that before the turn of the New Year.

"It's still going to be tough going to Everton. They've got a lot of experience and a very good manager."

Rodgers' side rode their luck to secure a valuable away point against Newcastle United at St James' Park last weekend.

And Britton believes Swansea showed the characteristics needed if they are to survive in the Premier League for another season.

"The majority of games we've played this season we do tend to have more possession," said Britton.

"But on Saturday it was a case of backs against the wall and showing the other side of the team - the resilience, the determination and the defending.

"We need to do that away from home. The record away from home hasn't been brilliant so we need to put in a few more performances like that.

"We need to carry on our home form which has got us where we are at the moment.

"If we can stay around where we are and not get dragged down to the bottom three I think it would be a fantastic achievement for everybody involved with the club."

After an initial loan spell at the Vetch Field, Britton joined Swansea permanently following his release from West Ham United in 2003.

He remained at Swansea until June 2010 when he left to join Sheffield United, but returned to the Liberty Stadium the following January.

"It's worked out brilliant, me coming back," admitted Britton. "I was very fortunate the club took me back after leaving so soon.

"I know the club so well. I missed it when I was at Sheffield.

"It wasn't working out for me on the football side of things and once I knew Brendan Rodgers was interested in bringing me back it was a no-brainer."

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