Date: 28th August 2007 at 10:03am
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Swansea City will welcome Premiership side Reading to the Liberty Stadium tonight in the 2nd round of the Carling Cup.

Martinez and his players are relishing the test and Defenders Garry Monk and Kevin Austin have both spoken ahead of the game.

Monk was part of the side that saw Swansea progress into the 2nd round at the expense of Walsall. The former Southampton defender hopes that Reading will come to play tonight.

He Told
The Western Mail:

‘”You want to play against the best players and the chance to play against Premiership players doesn`t come along that often.’

Hopefully they`ll bring a strong side because it will be a really good test for us.’

I remember the FA Cup game up there a few years ago – it was Ferdinand`s debut – and we should have won it.’

Then the replay was live on Sky and I remember coming off the field thinking we had given a good account of ourselves. Hopefully we`ll do it again.’



Monk is likely to start for Swansea City tonight and will get his chance to test himself against the potent Reading Strike force.

Monk’s sentiments are also felt by Kevin Austin. The former Bristol Rovers defender has left no doubts that this cup clash will be heated.

He Told
The South Wales Evening Post:

‘Both teams are going into this game with the next round in mind and they will be up for it.’

Sometimes it gets heated during games and tackles go flying in, but sometimes it is quite civil.’

He (Martinez)has encouraged us to play as much football as possible but we know there is a time when we will have our backs to the wall and we have to get stuck in and dig deep.’

Reading are a very organised and well-drilled team.’

They don’t give much away and we really can’t afford to give any sloppy goals away.’



Austin and Monk will have to be on top form if they are to stem the former Bristol City Striker Leroy Lita who has pace to burn and Dave Kitson.

Tickets are still on sale for tonight’s game from the ticket office .