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No emotional return for Derbyshire
Published : 20 Aug 2010 13:30:15
New Birmingham striker Matt Derbyshire will put his emotions aside when he plays his first Premier League match in 20 months on Saturday.Derbyshire returned to England this week with Blues after agreeing a season-long loan from Olympiacos. He moved to Greece in January 2009 after becoming frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities at Blackburn, the club he joined as a 17-year-old.It is Rovers who will provide the opposition for Derbyshire at St Andrew's as Birmingham look to continue an unbeaten home record that stretches back to last September.Blues boss Alex McLeish has already said the 24-year-old will play some part in the match, his first in the English top flight since a 2-2 draw for Blackburn against Manchester City in December 2008.Derbyshire said: "For me, it's more important to put a Birmingham jersey on and go out do the best I can for Birmingham City, whether it's against Blackburn or anybody else."I believe I was quite successful at Blackburn in the games I played. I had a fantastic time at Blackburn, it's a nice club, the club I supported as a boy. It will be strange, of course, because I know most of the players and they know me but you've got to put it behind you and concentrate on winning the game for Birmingham."