Aston Villa midfielder Tom Carroll has admitted that he can’t wait to take part in his first Second City derby against Birmingham City on Sunday.
Dean Smith’s side make the short trip to St Andrew’s where they will be hoping to do the double over their bitter rivals after beating them 4-2 during the reverse fixture.
January signing Carroll will be looking to make a name for himself in the hotly-contested fixture, with the former Swansea man mostly likely starting from the bench.
Speaking ahead of the match, Carroll made it clear that he understood what the fixture is about and he can’t wait to be involved in it.
“It’s going to be a massive occasion – a match that, as a footballer, you relish being involved in. I can’t wait,” Carroll told the club’s official website. “I know it’s the talk of the city before, during and after the match.
“We had a good result at Villa Park earlier in the season but they’ve had a good run and are flying high in the table. For the derby element and where the two clubs are in the table, it’s clearly an exciting, big game to look forward to. ”
During their last match, Smith’s side thumped Derby County 4-0, with the returning Jack Grealish scoring a sublime volley on the stroke of half time.
By contrast, the Blues were beaten at Hull City, but truthfully, the past form of both teams will go out of the window once the referee blows his whistle on Sunday afternoon.