Swansea City's Pablo Hernandez aims to continue derby record against Cardiff City
PABLO Hernandez is intent on maintaining his excellent derby record when Swansea City tackle Cardiff on Sunday.
The Cardiff clash will be the winger's first taste of a local argument outside Spain — but he has sampled many a local squabble during his time in La Liga.
Hernandez's old club Valencia have local rivalries with both Villarreal and Levante.
And the Spanish international was hugely successful in matches against those two sides before he made the move to the Premier League last year. In the two seasons prior to his £5.55 million switch to Swansea, Hernandez did not taste defeat in any of the seven games he played against Valencia's near neighbours.
He won three and drew four, with the highlight a 5-0 thumping of Villarreal at the Mestalla in April 2011.
"I have played in some derbies, they are beautiful games in Spain. Maybe here they are a bit more crazy," said the 28-year-old. "I've played in Valencia v Levante and Valencia v Villarreal.
"The fans always want to win these games.
"I can't remember my entire record, but I think with Valencia against Villarreal there were more wins for me.
"I remember one game two or three years ago we won 5-0 against them. I enjoyed that one especially."
Swansea have enjoyed their fair share of derby highlights since the fixture emerged from a nine-year hiatus in November 2008.
Marvin Emnes struck a memorable winner the last time Swansea travelled to the Cardiff City Stadium, but Craig Bellamy scored the only goal of the game at the Liberty in the two sides' last meeting.
"Both teams want to win this game and it will be a hard game. It's away in Cardiff, but we want to win this game for the fans," added Hernandez.
"It will be an unbelievable occasion I think and we want to win it. It's the biggest game in the season for the supporters.
"Angel (Rangel) has said these games are crazy games.
"He says both teams play 100 per cent and that it is beautiful for football, for the players and the fans.
"It's a big game, but one to enjoy, not to fight."