Derbies are always a tricky proposition and the Second City Derby between Aston Villa and Birmingham City is always one of the most passionate in the country.
On these occasions form can go out of the window, so Steve Bruce and his team will likely be happy at having earned a point away to their struggling rivals on Sunday.
It wasn’t a classic for the neutral, with both teams playing out a 0-0 draw, but it’s perhaps a better point for Birmingham than it is the Villans given their respective league positions.
Both sides went close to opening the scoring. For Steve Cotterill’s side it was Jota who had the best chance, fluffing his effort and blazing over the bar when presented with a second half opportunity. For the Villans, John Terry went closest, his header going just wide.
Villa supporters are nonetheless content with the draw and having finished the weekend in the play-off positions can look ahead to Wednesday’s trip to Preston North End with confidence.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
I'll take the point today, both teams could've won it but I'd say we had the better chances to do so. Need a result Wednesday now. #avfc
— Aston Villa Daily (@AVFC_Daily) October 29, 2017
Obviously disappointed not to win today but derby games are always played like that. Form never matters could be a good point come May #avfc
— Mike Land (@Mike_Land10) October 29, 2017
Take a point in the derby. #avfc looked a threat when they finally got the ball down on the floor. Long ball up to Kodj doesn't work
— Bhavik Patel (@BazlaP) October 29, 2017
— Gary Belcher (@garyjbelcher) October 29, 2017
Grateful for a point if honest. Blues worked hard, credit to them I can’t see them going down. But what was our plan? Not lose? Mmm ok #AVFC
— GARETH (@PICKLES_71) October 29, 2017
#AVFC fans bitchin about a point. Nearly always is at their place. We're lot healthier than a year ago. Still Top 6. Progress. Onto wed nite
— Gavin McKenna (@GMCK25) October 29, 2017
— avfc (@Villa_review) October 29, 2017
With how the game panned out, take the point but want #avfc to up the standard of our displays away from home, individually & collectively.
— Lee Inman (@LeeInman4) October 29, 2017