Swansea midfielder Britton: Derby great moment for Welsh football

Swansea City midfielder Leon Britton has urged teammates to keep calm ahead of the derby with Cardiff City.

Swansea City midfielder Leon Britton has urged teammates to keep calm ahead of the derby with Cardiff City.

The fierce rivals will meet in the top flight for the first time at the Cardiff City Stadium, five years after Britton was one of two players sent off in a 2-2 draw in 2008. A year later, referee Mike Dean was cut after being hit in the head by a coin thrown from the crowd.

He said: "We’re looking forward to the derby. We know what it means. There are obviously a lot of new players at the club since the last derby.

"But there are a few of us who remain. It’s great for Welsh football that this is the first derby in the top-flight. It will be a great occasion on the telly and should be a fantastic game.

"There have been a few sending offs, but in the five or six derby games I’ve played in they have been pretty good and not too much trouble or 22 man brawls.

"There’s been the odd sending off, but they have usually been for two yellow cards rather than straight reds. The main thing is you want 11 players on the pitch to give you the best chance to win."

 
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