Date: 10th September 2009 at 4:17pm
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Martin O’Neill has no problems throwing both James Collins and Richard Dunne into the derby match this weekend if needed, believing both players are more than equipped to deal with it.

With Curtis Davies now ‘out’ for a period of months Monny will have to call on at least one of the new signings as it’s highly unlikely we’ll see Ciaran Clark in the starting line up again.

This isn’t causing him a headache though:

‘It’s a big game to start in but they are two international players, who know the score. I have no concerns about either of them in the game.’

Monny continues to talk about the experience both players have in ‘other’ derbies from their career, citing Dunne specifically who has taken part in both the Manc and Scouser derbies (not really a patch on this one are they though!) and with Wet Spam, Collins has a fair few under his belt also.

‘The great thing is they can make themselves instant heroes in this game. It’s the way the fixtures have fallen for them.’

As I’ve said before, hattricks for all would certainly get the crowd warming to them from the off.

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