O'Leary spat over and Dunn
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Dunn says there are no hard feelings after Sunday's dust-up with David O'Leary.
Birmingham City's David Dunn says that there are no hard feelings following Sunday's touchline dust-up with David O'Leary.
Dunn, making his comeback from a knee injury, claimed that the Villa boss had tried to get Blues team-mate Damien Johnson booked following a no-holds barred challenge on James Milner.
The pair also clashed during the same fixture at St Andrews two years ago when an angry O'Leary confronted Dunn over his failure to put the ball into touch as a Villa player lay on the deck.
But Dunn says that no deep-seated animosity exists and puts the tension down to the intense atmosphere generated by the derby.
"A derby is a derby," he said. "Everyone wants to do the other side in. There's a lot of friction, although everything was fine after the final whistle.
"[Johnson] is a committed player and you don't really need opposition people getting up off the bench. You only have to go back to 1990. If the German bench hadn't stood up then Gazza would have played in a World Cup final - I'm certain of that.
"There are no hard feelings though, we had a little go at each other, but that's just how it is."
O'Leary added: "I'm pleased David Dunn is back. It was something and nothing, he's a good lad and I'm happy to see him playing again."