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Barry's Pride Heading Into Derby

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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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 17 2008

Time: 3:12PM

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For that Goal Alone i am sad he has left us
TuBBz
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17/04/2008 15:19:00

You really are a miserable fecker sometimes YJ. Cheer up mate, we haven't even got to the end of the season and just because the gutter press prints a rumour you're losing the plot. This time next season GB might well be leading the migty Villa out in the Uefa cup final. Would he leave us and miss out on that? Nah, I don't think he would!!!
Villain Of The North
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17/04/2008 17:07:00

I can see us winning four or five nil on sunday with big hare getting a couple.
british84
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17/04/2008 18:40:00

i love when harewood scores more than anyone else for some reason. If we get some good signings next year I hope he gets his fair share of playing. I think UEFA is a must to keep barry.
los_angeles_villan
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17/04/2008 18:57:00

If I'm honest I cant see GB at VP next season. But that's not as bad as it seems IMO. His fellow midfielders will have to step up to the breach. I think Barry's free role stiffles the rest of the midfield's creativity. We might just get a kings ransom for him also!
gappy65
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18/04/2008 08:34:00

I would like to see the Hare start on Sunday, but I dont think MON is likely to change the winning formula, I reckon Harewood would cause them a few problems not to mention he would be fired up for it. I hope that Carew is on top form on Sunday, as he hasnt been since the hat-trick vs King Kev's shower....
young_jonah
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18/04/2008 10:21:00

Thought MON had said no players were going to comment on the game?!?!?
The Fear
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18/04/2008 12:13:00

Imagine how proud you'll feel if we give 'em a right thumping Gareth. Go to it.
glensider
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18/04/2008 15:05:00

MON said no one except for the Captain and himself would talk about the game.
Adam Deuce
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19/04/2008 00:54:00

Captain Fantastic knows just what defeat against them means. I am sure he has told those who have never played in this game whats a stake in the bragging rights for the supporters etc etc. Whilst the focus is on the bitter rivalry I hope the players dont lose sight of the need to get the points from this one. A single goal win or a bag full of goals 5-4 as long as Villa get the all Important three points.
col8
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