Reading captain Matt Mills has called for his team-mates to take inspiration from Birmingham's shock Carling Cup win over Arsenal when they face Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

Mills is hoping to shake off a groin injury in time to face his former club, and believes the Royals have what it takes to make the FA Cup semi-finals. The 24-year-old scored the winner as Everton were dumped out of round five at Goodison Park, and is confident of causing an even bigger upset against Roberto Mancini's men.

Birmingham's Wembley win last month was one of the biggest cup shocks of recent years, but Mills is hoping for more from the npower Championship side and he said: "It's a great tie for us and very exciting. Birmingham beat Arsenal just a few weeks ago to win the Carling Cup and you never know."

He added: "For players and fans it's going to be a great day. We are going up there with one thing on our mind and that is to win the game.

"City have got quality in their squad and as a player you want to play against the best players in the world, and they have got that.

"But you have to remember it is only 11 against 11 and there are always upsets in football.

"We have got plenty of confidence from the Everton game and we go there looking forward to it."

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