Dorrans wants more Midlands rivalry

23 March 2010 07:55
Thoughts on promotion and Coventry game West Brom's Scottish midfielder Graham Dorrans has spoken about his desire to see the midlands become a centre for football rivalry, claiming there are not enough local derby's in the Midlands. Dorrans, whose WBA entertain fellow midlands club Coventry City on Wednesday evening, is itching to get into the Premiership where his side could be involved in up to eight local derby games (Wolves, Birmingham City, Aston Villa and Stoke). The only games in this seasons Championship which could be called a local derby involving WBA are the two fixtures against Coventry City. Dorrans told the Birmingham Mail, “We do feel like we’ve been missing out. Personally, coming from Glasgow, the derbies are massive up there. You want to be involved in them, everyone wants to be involved in them, whether it’s the players or fans." “If we can go up it would be nice to have four local teams all in the top division. It would certainly add some spice to the games, but we have to get up first. “Coventry is probably the nearest we’ve got to one. They are local to us so we know it’ll be a tough game - they want a play-off spot, we want automatic promotion so it should be a good game.” Talking about the upcoming game  with Coventry, Dorrans thinks the Sky Blues will be a be no easy side for West Brom to beat, especially looking at their recent run of good form which has seen them rise from relegation threatened to play off contenders. “We will need to work hard to prepare for that,” he said, “We’re on a good run at the moment at home and hopefully we can continue that. We can’t get carried away. We have to keep pushing on." “Forest have some games they can win so we need to keep winning and picking up points.”