Date: 17th April 2008 at 3:13pm
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Gareth Barry has said he will be a proud man leading Villa out against Blues again, and he’ll be even happier ‘when’ we get all 3 points.

With back to back wins against Bolton and Derby County reigniting our European dreams for this season, the sensible half of Birmingham will be rocking if we can make it 3 on the trot.

Speaking on the official site Barry said he knew the pressure of the second city derby and having experienced both the highs and the lows in recent years, he was determined this weekend wouldn’t be another low.

I expect the team have drilled Carson in back passes aswell.

‘It’s always great to lead the lads out, but there’s something extra special with a derby. I know – we all know – how much this game means to the fans.

‘It’s all about getting the job done on the day and then it will be an even better feeling leading the lads back in!

‘We’re at home and it’s up to us to try and break them down. We go into Sunday on the back of two great wins and full of confidence.

‘This is obviously a big one for the fans and we find ourselves in a similar situation to two years ago when they were in a bit of trouble coming to Villa Park.

‘There’s a lot on it for both teams. We still see the UEFA Cup as a target and that’s what we’re aiming for. They’ve got different things to fight for, so it will be a tense atmosphere again as it always is.

‘The game two years ago was a fantastic win. The second-half performance from us was very good and obviously Gary Cahill’s goal was the memory of the afternoon.

‘We’ve won the last three derbies and I think that can give us a lift. If you look at their case when they beat us a couple of times, they took it into the next season.’

Ahhhhh the Cahill goal. That brings back fond memories.


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