Blades ace out to avoid heartache of Wembley

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SHEFFIELD United defender Lecsinel Jean-Francois has revealed his motivation for trying to propel Danny Wilson’s side towards automatic promotion.

Ahead of today’s clash at Bournemouth, the Haiti international admitted negotiating safe passage through the play-offs is a nerve-wracking experience even for the most seasoned of professionals.

Jean-Francois, a member of the Swindon Town team beaten by Millwall last year’s showpiece final at Wembley, said: “The play-offs are great for the fans but for the players they are very stressful.

“It is a good experience playing at Wembley but I would prefer to go up automatically.

“It is a difficult league because any team can beat anyone and everyone else lifts their game against us.”

Wilson, who oversaw Town’s march to the capital before accepting the challenge of trying to lead United back into the Championship, hopes this afternoon’s outing at the Seward Stadium will see his fifth-placed team close the four point gap between themselves and Sheffield Wednesday in second.

United centre-half Neill Collins recently down played the importance of the festive schedule but Jean-Francois added: “Bournemouth are a good side and we know this is going to be another very tough and difficult game.

“Christmas is a big period.

“When I was at Swindon we had a good Boxing Day and New Year period and that gave us confidence for the rest of the season that was ahead.

“We have to take points from every game to try and catch the top teams.

“We can’t afford to lose points either at home or away and that’s what we are aiming to try and do.”

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