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Garry Monk - Sunday is a special game for us

Garry Monk.
Garry Monk.

Everybody knows it's the first game you look for home and away, and this promises to be a special one at a packed St. Andrew's.

Garry Monk.

Garry Monk has urged his players to show the same spirit and desire they have demonstrated all season when they play host to local rivals Aston Villa on Sunday.

Blues head into the derby fixture seeking a first league victory against the Aston side in 14 attempts.

"We're all really looking forward to it," said the Blues boss.

"Everybody knows it's the first game you look for home and away, and this promises to be a special one at a packed St. Andrew's.

"But as much as it's about bragging right and the fans, three points is the most important thing.

"Their (Villa's) remit is to be promoted, ours is slightly different - but none of that matters in this game."

Monk is backing his players to thrive against the old enemy, but as he admits himself, derby day fixtures are always difficult games to call.

"I've got no doubt we've got characters that will thrive in that atmosphere." he said.

"You can never predict derbies because we've all seen so many different ones and things change very quickly in derbies, even during the games.

"But we've shown a lot of character this season and there has been a huge step forward in terms of our personality and what we've been trying to show on the pitch.

"We've got enough in that changing room to show the right character, temperament and commitment to put our best on the pitch.

"That's all you can ask, and we've pretty much done that over the whole of the season, and there's added motivation against a rival to do that again."

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