Date: 12th February 2008 at 12:55pm
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Swansea City skipper Garry Monk is backing Alan Tate to do a job in defence in place of Dennis Lawrence.

by deaframbo
‘Tate did well when came on at Crewe.’

The Trinidad and Tobago centre back suffered an injury during the Crewe game last Saturday. It was first feared he’d be out for the remainder of the season but he should be back within 3 weeks.

That gives Alan Tate a chance at last to try impress Roberto Martinez, having played very little this year.

Garry Monk has given Tate his full backing, as he looks set to start tonight’s home game against Walsall, the skipper told the Evening Post:

‘He was player of the season not long ago so it shows how well the lads have done to keep him out of the team,’

‘It’s been difficult for him but there are certain characters you can depend on when needed and Tatey is one of them.

‘Thankfully, defenders are level-headed. It is the strikers and wingers you need to put your arm around and encourage as they are more temperamental.

‘But Tatey knows what he is doing and he is experienced, so he knows what he has got to do.’

‘Tatey is a different player to Dennis and they both have different qualities,’

‘But Tatey is a talker and he goes forward more with the ball than me and Dennis.

‘When he does this you have to make sure you are all talking at the back, but then that part of the game is half of what defending is about.

‘As a defender you look forward to your personal battles, be it against Michael Ricketts, Tommy Mooney or whoever is in the Walsall attack.

‘But what you need to do is make sure you are on top of them and don’t give them a chance. No defender wants their man to get the better of them.

‘As captain, I will have to talk to him to encourage him, as with everyone, but Tatey trains hard and plays hard and I’m confident that he will take his chance.’



We asked our visitors in our site poll who should replace Lawrence at the back.

56% voted for Alan Tate, 42% want to see a loan defender come in, while 2% want Austin to slot in alongside Monk.

The Swans face Walsall tonight while in other League One action, second-placed Doncaster are away at strugglers Bournemouth.

Forest are away at Leeds while Carlisle face Huddersfield at home.