Defender Billy Jones today urged West Bromwich Albion to take out their Capital One Cup frustration on Aston Villa as the Baggies kicked off the countdown to Sunday’s derby showdown.
Steve Clarke’s men will head for Villa Park on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool last night in the third round of the League Cup.
And Jones is hoping Villa will feel a Baggies backlash in Sunday’s televised clash.
“The best thing that can happen after a disappointing performance is to have another game which comes quickly,” said Jones.
“We’ve got three days and then we’re playing the derby. We’re looking forward to it.
“After the disappointment of losing a game, it’s good to win as soon as possible. We’ve done it once this season with a disappointing performance at Fulham, which we turned around with a good win against Reading.
“That’s the sign of a good team and if we can do that again on Sunday, that would be great.
“It was disappointing losing last night, but we will go into the big derby and hopefully get another three points.”
The Baggies went out of the Capital One Cup despite leading after three minutes through Gabriel Tamas’s goal.
And Jones was disappointed that Albion failed to cash in on their perfect start.
“We were disappointed at half-time because we made such a good start and kicked off at a really great tempo,” he said.
“We have talked about turning The Hawthorns into a fortress, making really quick starts and making teams feel uncomfortable and when we were 1-0 up after 10 minutes we seemed to have succeeded.
“But then we didn’t kick on and the first half at times was a little bit disappointing.
“We let them get back into the game and control the game at times.
“It was good to improve in the second half, but we’re not happy with losing the game.
“We wanted to do well in this competition this year, but we will look at the positives for the season so far and take them into the big derby on Sunday.”