West Brom v Villa: Excited Weimann eyes derby hero status
Andreas Weimann has set his sights on being the derby hero this evening, saying it would be the "best feeling ever" to score the winner against West Brom.
Ironically, Weimann has never faced the Baggies, having been ill for the Hawthorns encounter and on the bench for the B6 clash last time around.
Having been declared fit by Paul Lambert in his pre-match press conference, Weimann is now targeting a start - and a decisive goal.
He said: "I haven't played in a derby match against West Brom. I was ill for the away game last season and I was on the bench but didn't come on at home.
"In fact, my derby record consists of one minute at Wolves! It's something I am desperate to get involved in.
"I want to play in that electrifying atmosphere that a derby throws up.
"It would be the best feeling you could get to score the winner. Doing that in the derby would be amazing.
"I know from back home there is Rapid Vienna v Austria Vienna. I always used to go watch those games. They had different feelings for me as a fan.
"It means so much. Everyone involved is geared up for those derby games. It will be the same this evening.
"I expect a brilliant atmosphere and the fact it's under the floodlights will add to that.
"I got the feel for the atmosphere on the bench at Villa Park. Even then, you look around the stands and there are happy faces, sad faces, anxious faces.
"But it's a completely other level when you're out on the pitch contributing."
Weimann insists the players know all about the importance of these encounters for supporters.
He continued: "We all know fans live for this game. It means everything to them.
"The players want to win as much for the fans as for ourselves.
"I remember when I was a supporter. The next day, you'd see a fan from the other team and they'd say: 'We're better than you!'
"I had that when I was following Rapid. You want to be the one bragging about being the best team in the region."
Weimann is relishing the clash and thinks it will be tough against a well-oiled Baggies outfit.
He added: "We are looking forward to it. West Brom are a good team. They didn't start too well but they have come good over the past few weeks. It will be tough.
"But, then again, if you're top of the league and the other team are bottom of the league, it's still a hard, hard game. It will be tight, tense and hard-fought."
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