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Dunne Excited About Eastlands Encounter

Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne can't wait for Saturday's trip to the City of Manchester Stadium.

The 30-year-old Republic of Ireland international served nine loyal years at Manchester City and this weekends Premier League encounter against his former club will see him visit Sportcity for the very first time since his £6m transfer last August.

Dublin born Dunne spoke to the press ahead of Saturday's game and said...

'We've got a really big game now against Manchester City. If we can pick up a win it will be an interesting last day. I'm looking forward to it.'

'It's good that it's worked out that it's such an important game for both clubs. It's something to look forward to and hopefully we can get the right result on the day.'

Dunne in Blue

The 6'2 stalwart continued...

'It's big for City. They're in front of their home crowd. They have to be in the Champions League, so the pressure's probably on them. They're expected to go out and win whereas us, we've come from nowhere over the last couple of weeks and we've given ourselves a chance.'

'We're going in on a high we've kept a couple of clean sheets and we've won our last three so we're looking forward to it.'

A CoMS capacity crowd of just over 47,000 is expected to give the 6'2 stalwart a warm welcome.

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 29 2010

Time: 2:29PM

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Cant believe u guys let him go, he is much better than Lescott, what do u guys think of Barry?
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29/04/2010 14:59:00

Barry has been a sensation this year. He looks focused, solid and overall he's been a joy to watch.
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29/04/2010 15:08:00

Thanks for all your hard work and effort over the years Dunnie but you really did need to leave for a fresh start. I'm glad it's worked so far, I just hope the Villa fans don't see the focus and concentration levels dropping like we used to see - the slice into your own net, letting the ball bounce, stepping on the ball, the frequent pens you gave away - I guess it was all part of your clumsy charm! However, Mr. Dunne, I think you're using a little bit of kidology here aren't you? You know perfectly well the pressure is not on City because we can afford to draw this match and live to fight another day. Villa on the other hand, have to come to the COMS and WIN. Now that is pressure!
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29/04/2010 15:33:00

Thanks Tudor!
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29/04/2010 15:37:00

AstonSteve - Dunnie just needed a fresh start and to be loved by a Manager and a set of fans that haven't seen the worst of him yet! Lescott hasn't played regularly this season due to injuries but when he has played we look far more solid - we all know we paid a big, big premium (a sign of things to come for us...) for him but he looks class. Hopefully he can recover for the WC. Barry has been a model of consistency and the type of player we've been crying out for at City for years. He's so composed in possession, puts in tackles and is happy to do the graft that lets others steal the limelight.
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29/04/2010 15:41:00

Barry has looked half the player that he was at Villa, where as DunneMonster looks twice the player he did at City.
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29/04/2010 15:53:00

Stig - Dunnie was City's player of the season for numerous years, unfortunately he had a bad season and he was moved on. It certainly refreshed his career and I was delighted for him as he is a model pro and deserves all the success he gets. If Barry was half the player this year he'd hardly have got a consistent run in the team now, would he?
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29/04/2010 16:58:00

How's about an own goal for old times sake Dunney? At the moment you're tied for the number of most own goals (8 I believe) - why not go for the record in front of the fans who voted you as player of the season 4 times running? Won't ask for you to score an own goal AND pick up a red card, think that might be pushing it a bit!
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