Date: 8th February 2018 at 10:24am
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Colin Calderwood was on press duties today for Aston Villa today, and he feels that victory over Birmingham City this weekend will lift the fans to another level this season.

There will no doubt be more to come from the press conference and Calderwood as he filled in for Steve Bruce, who as fans will know has taken some time out for family reasons following the news of the sad loss of his father earlier this week.

With hopes and expectations high going into the second City derby, the fact Villa are on a fantastic run of form and are going for seven wins on the spin, and even Birmingham’s form of late has lifted slightly – but form counts for nothing in derbies and it’s going to be it’s usual tricky, feisty and tense affair.

It’s safe to say there will probably be a few tasty challenges as well.

Calderwood was quoted by the Birmingham Mail as saying that although we knew we had to win the physical battle against Steve Cotterill’s side, we had players more than capable of dealing with that side of the game, but he felt it was an opportunity for Villa to show their class and put in a performance that would really set us up for the end of season run in.

Derbies are known for their physical nature, but some of the best derbies down the years have been based on class and good football when the time was right to be pretty.

‘We have to strive to create better chances and opportunities. We can lift our fans to another level and take a big step forward. You have to get the right result, last year it was very enjoyable for us. It gets more and more exciting as we approach the kick-off. We have to be able to score goals and create chances.’

I’m wondering if somebody at the club had pointed Calderwood in the direction of the history books, as my mind went back to a certain game in April 2008 when we were flying high in the upper reaches of the table and Birmingham were having their own little battle in the lower reaches and although the division may be different this time around, what’s at stake for both sides is pretty similar in reality.

That day of course Mr Ashley Young and Mr John Carew helped themselves to braces and even a Mr Agbonlahor found the net (feels like it was the last time he played unfortunately).

If Calderwood wants to ‘lift the fans to another level’ then although the scoreline probably won’t be similar, a performance that just outclasses our local neighbours would go a hell of a long way in achieving that.

Over the last few years Villa haven’t had many opportunities to ‘have our cake and eat it’ but this weekend would be tailor made for that to happen.

For most though, as long as we score at least one more than they do and take all three points – we’d accept that wouldn’t we.

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