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Clarke braced for improving Villa

29 September 2012 09:50

Steve Clarke has warned his West Bromwich Albion side not to take Aston Villa lightly ahead of their Midlands derby on Sunday.

Despite Villa's sluggish start to the season, including a 4-1 drubbing at Southampton last Saturday, West Brom manager Clarke believes their rivals may have turned a corner following a 4-2 League Cup win over Manchester City on Tuesday.

"They've had enough decent results to show what (Villa manager) Paul (Lambert) is trying to do there is starting to work," Clarke told reporters.

"Their trend is upwards. I've watched a few of their videos leading into this match and you can see the team is starting to play the way Paul would like them to play.

"It is going to start frantic, it is going to be passionate, the crowd will be really involved. It is important for the players to have a cool mind. You have to be passionate, put your foot in and make the tackles.

"But at the same time you have to have a cold mind and be ready to play the football.

"Probably the first team to put their foot on the ball and make some passes will be the team that gets the best start to the game."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
30 September 2012
Game week
6
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 1
Venue
Villa Park (Birmingham)
Attendance
34489

Goals

0 - 1
51' S. Long
D. Bent 80'  
1 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
10
9 80'
25
1
15
26
30
# Player Bookings
17
30 90+4'
20
8
10
19
32

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +51 77
2 34 +42 75
3 33 +54 71
4 34 +18 67
5 34 +21 66
6 35 +2 63
7 33 +18 57
8 35 +5 49
9 35 -15 46
10 35 -10 44
11 35 -13 43
12 35 -10 37
13 35 -4 36
14 33 -6 36
15 34 -14 35
16 33 -11 33
17 34 -27 32
18 35 -34 30
19 35 -42 30
20 33 -25 26

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