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Capital One Cup: Swansea boss Garry Monk relishing Everton test

Swansea boss Garry Monk is looking forward to locking horns with his former manager Roberto Martinez once again on Tuesday night.

The pair face their third reunion since Monk took over the reins at the Liberty Stadium last February when the Swans host the Toffees in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

The two men were team-mates when Monk joined Swansea in 2004 and three years later the centre-back was Martinez's captain when the Spaniard took his first steps in management in south Wales before moving on to Wigan and then Everton.

Martinez managed two Goodison Park victories over Monk last season and the Swansea boss would love to redress the balance and secure the Swans’ first ever victory over Everton at the 21st attempt.

"It's always great to see Roberto,” said Monk. “I know him very well and I know he will want to win the game like I will want to win the game.

"It will be a good cup tie - it will be an interesting one.

"We are at home, I am sure the fans will be right up for it and hopefully we can get the right result.

"The cup always ranks high and it would be nice to go on a run.

"We also want to bounce back because we lost to Southampton on Saturday and it would be nice to try to make sure we don't lose the next one."

Swansea defender Neil Taylor added: "We know how Roberto sets up and he knows how we set up.

"We have played against them a lot of times now and they will always be good games, but hopefully we can come out on top this time because their record here is something we need to put right.

"Everton are a good footballing side but we won the League Cup a couple of years ago and know how good it can be."


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