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Perry thrived on derby abuse

By David Dulin
BBC Sport Wales

Jason Perry
Perry says Cardiff's performances in derby games meant 'so much'

Former Cardiff City captain Jason Perry said he thrived on the abuse he received when visiting Swansea for the south Wales derby.

The Bluebirds travel to Swansea on Sunday for the first time in the League in nine years and Perry had a mixed bag of results during his time at Ninian Park.

The BBC Wales pundit made 316 league appearances for Cardiff between 1987 and 1997, scoring five goals.

In that time Swansea and came Cardiff face to face on 15 occasions - 12 times in the league, twice in the League Cup and once in the FA Cup.

Swansea won six times, Cardiff five and the other four ended in draws as both teams struggled in the lower divisions of the Football League.

And Newport-born Perry, 38, knows how much the game means to everyone connected with both clubs.

"It's as big a game as you can get for both sets of fans and players," he said.

"When I played there, there were quite a few local players - Damon Searle, Nathan Blake, Scott Young just to name a few.

"You used to look for it at the start of the season, pencil it down and you build up to that game.

"It's something that I'll look back on and I'm quite proud of the performances we gave in derby games because they mean so much."

Perry has experienced the highs and lows of derby matches in south Wales and knows what Cardiff went through when they were beaten 1-0 by Swansea in September's Carling Cup clash.

"There's no better feeling than when you get a victory against your local rivals," he said.

"When that whistle goes, you walk off the field, it's probably as high as you can get.

"But when you lose, it's the opposite end of the scale. You can't go any lower.

"Being in the changing room after losing a derby, it's very quiet.

"Then you have to answer those difficult questions after. Where did it go wrong? Why did we lose? And they are not the nicest questions to answer."

Perry believes players can be motivated by hostile atmospheres and says that the south Wales derby is the perfect motivation.

"It's really hostile," he added.

"There was nothing better than getting abuse from the opposing fans away from Ninian Park.

"At the Vetch you were met with abuse, but I drew from it."

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