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Nicole Carroll: A one woman mission to make a name in football

D-Day: 7 days to go – The last encounter

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It’s that time of year again. That time when both sides of the city feel the tension rising, where work mates up the banter in time for the big match. It’s a strange mixture of dread and excitement when you face your biggest rivals, and that feeling has already begun for many Blues fans.

We’ve already faced them once this season, a 1-0 loss at home at a time when Blues weren’t playing all that well and the fans were looking at the prospect of a gloomy season. Since then, we’ve had the fantastic run of form, the great FA cup run, and the cementing of our Premier League status for another season. Let us cast our minds back to last September, when we were fresh to the league and gunning for our local rivals.

There were early signs of a fantastic defensive force forming, as the match displayed both sides defensive prowess. Blues did play well in the first half, and perhaps should have pushed harder for the early goal, but Villa held us back and waited for the quality to come through in the likes of James Milner.

Both teams had plenty of shots on target, but despite our good start, Blues faded slightly in the second half and Villa took advantage of this. Incredibly harsh to lose 1-0 in the 85th minute when it looked like the match could of petered out to a 0-0 draw.

It’s been a while since we’ve beaten our rivals, and to lose at our home ground was a low point for some fans at the start of the season. Things have massively changed for the Blues since that last time we met them, and we’re still looking to end the season with a very respectable finish in the table, and with the memories of a fantastic season from a committed squad. We didn’t show our quality against Hull, lets hope we’re saving a bit of the magic for Sundays match. Players like Seb Larsson and squad members such as Maik Taylor know how much this match means to the fans, lets hope some of that passion translates to the football on the pitch. Excited? you bet I am!

Every day this week will have a derby related fixture in the count down to the big match.

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Written by Nicole Carroll

April 18, 2010 at 5:45 pm

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