Sorensen's derby relief
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Thomas Sorensen feels Aston Villa have removed a monkey from their back.Thomas Sorensen feels Aston Villa have removed a monkey from their back with Sunday's win over Birmingham.
Villa have come off worst in Second City derbies in recent seasons, but Kevin Phillips' strike handed them their first win over their Birmingham rivals since 1993.
The result sparked wild celebrations, with Villa chief David O'Leary finding himself in hot water for heading over the pitch to celebrate with his chairman Doug Ellis who was seated in the directors' box.
Sorensen claims the celebrations were down to the elation the club felt and believes it could be a catalyst for their season.
"It has been a few years since we have beaten them and it meant a lot to everyone," Sorensen told Sky Sports News. "There has been a lot of talk in the papers and words thrown about and it was good for us to put the record straight, get the win and stop the talk about us never being ready for those derby games.
"The players, fans, manager, chairman, everyone was over the moon.
"It is hopefully a kick-start for our season. We have had a slow start with some good and bad results and we looked at this one as the turning point."
Sorensen is aware Villa cannot rest on their laurels, as he added: "We have to take the positives into the Wigan game at the weekend."
O'Leary could face FA censure for his cross-pitch dash, but Sorensen feels it was just the manager releasing the tension and sharing the joy with Ellis, who is rumoured to be in his last season at the Villa Park helm.
"He is normally a quiet man, but it means a lot to everyone and I can see where he is coming from," added Sorensen.
"The chairman, it might be his last (derby) game, and he is everything behind Villa. The directors' box is over there and he went over there to give the salute, and I don't think there is anything more in it than that.
"If it is his last game, I am sure he will have a smile on his face," Danish keeper Sorensen added of Ellis.