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Michael Morrison: It's been too long since we've beaten Villa

Blues captain Michael Morrison.
Blues captain Michael Morrison.

Blues skipper Michael Morrison is hoping to see his side pick up their first league success against Aston Villa in more than a decade when they host them on Sunday.

Blues last came out on top against their local rivals in a top-flight fixture on 20 March 2005, when Emile Heskey and Julian Gray were on target in a 2-0 success at St. Andrew's.

As for Morrison himself, he has only managed to draw two and lose two of the four fixtures he has played in against the side from B6.

"I've played in a few now, so I'm due a win myself now as well," said Morrison.

"I don't think there's a better time for us. We've played well at home most of the season and it's the form we've been able to rely on.

"We've got our strengths and I'm sure they'll respect us being the home team and I think we can take the game to them."

Despite hailing from outside the area, Morrison is fully aware of the importance of the fixture to the fanbase.

"I've been in the area a while now and you start to understand. especially when your kids start going to school. That makes a difference," he said.

"A few dads who know who I am were telling me to win at the weekend!

"A lot of the other lads also live around the area and know how important it is. It's not just important in terms of Aston Villa but in terms of what we want to achieve and stay in the race for the play-offs."

As befits a high-profile derby, the central defender is expecting the game to be played at frantic pace.

"We need to be ready because it will be quick and frantic and loud," he said

"We need to start as quickly as possible and be bright and on the front foot and asking questions.

"If you think you can take a second on the ball, you'll be in for a surprise.

"But if you look at our dressing room, I think we've got one that you would be ready to go the trenches with - every single one of the players.

"Facing adversity is probably one of the best ways to get a team together, and we've certainly faced some of that. Now we’re looking forward as a group and everybody has got the same ambition.”

With the likes of 21-goal on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham in their ranks, Villa certainly possess a decent attacking threat, but centre-half Morrison insists that Blues will treat them in the same way as they have every other talented forward this season.

"Every team has got threats and can score goals," he added.

"They're quite high-profile names that play for Villa.

"Obviously, Tammy Abraham has scored a lot of goals, but I don't think we'll change the way we play.

"We've been quite good defensively and well-organised throughout the whole season and we'll continue to do that.

"These guys if you give them one chance they can score, but I don't think anything changes for us.

"I'm really excited about the game.

"That's why you are a footballer for the big games, but you want to come out on the right side of it."

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