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Garde: I know the dangers of this fixture

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Garde: I know the dangers of this fixture

Rémi Garde is eyeing his first win as claret and blue boss this weekend - but stressed that he's fully aware of the sensitive nature of the fixture.

Garde says victory would be a big boost for him but, more important, a huge fillip for the players who have not experienced the delight of success since the Blues Capital One Cup victory in September 2015.

He knows Villa are favourites for the Adams Park 12.45pm kick-off.

But, because of that as well as the team's precarious table position and confidence levels, he is aware of the pitfalls of defeat.

He said: "We need to win because it's a feeling that the team has been missing for too long now.

"It could be a boost for us. I know the players will be waiting for that, of course.

"But in every domestic cup competition it's the same problem for the big teams.

"I know a lot about this kind of game. In every country, it's the same when you play against lower league teams. They are extremely motivated - and I am not expecting an easy game.

"But I expect my team to keep the tempo that we can have in the Premier League, which is the best way to win this match.

"However, I am not expecting any gifts from our opponents.

"Like everyone, I remember good and bad fortunes in this situation. I have experienced it.

"When you win this game, they say 'yes this is normal.' But you lose, you get all the critics you can imagine.

"But we are motivated. This is the FA Cup - it is huge for the fans and players.

"I am not too much worried about the way we are going to play this game. We want to win the game."

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By @AVFCOfficial 7th January 2016