Blades: Sheffield United would dedicate city derby victory to fans, says Wilson

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SHEFFIELD United will dedicate victory to their supporters if they win the Steel City derby, manager Danny Wilson has revealed.

Wilson, speaking ahead of his team’s visit to Hillsborough, refused to dampen the sense of occasion surrounding tomorrow’s fixture by labelling it as fierce as “anything else in the country”.

And the former Northern Ireland international said: “We want to win every single match we take part in and it goes without saying this one is no different.

“That’s what being a professional is all about, but on some occasions you are playing completely for the fans and this is one such occasion.

“We always try and do our best for them. We take that approach into every single game.

“But where this one changes is the emotion and the input from the fans.”

United head to Sheffield Wednesday second in the League One table.

Wilson, who represented their arch-rivals as both a manager and player, added: “It’s not about what reception I get.

“People shouldn’t doubt where my commitment is. And, in any case, whatever happens people will have their own opinions that I’m not going to change.”

Wilson, whose only selection doubt is midfielder Kevin McDonald, said: “This game is so important to people that if you asked them whether they’d swap promotion for a victory over Wednesday I bet there would be a split in opinion.

“We’ll be hoping to try and do both. Nothing is going to be decided by tomorrow’s match because there’s such a long, long way to go yet.”

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