SHEFFIELD Wednesday and Sheffield United both head into their vital games today vowing to fight to the end after their epic battle for promotion.
It will end as a day of cheers or tears.
But who will be automatically promoted and who will have it all to do in the play offs?
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Jose Semedo credits fans with being the driving force behind the Owls’ pursuit of the Blades and ultimate emergence as favourites to finish on top,
United boss Danny Wilson insists that nothing is a foregone conclusion in football and that, even if it is his team who end up in the play-offs, they have a “great chance” of promotion.
Semedo would like to see United follow Wednesday up so he can play in Championship derbies next season.
But the deputy captain admits that when the Owls’ challenge was faltering a couple of months ago they needed inspiration from the fans.
“It’s because of them we are in
this position,” said the combative midfield star. “When we were five points behind Sheffield United and they had two games in hand, if it wasn’t for the fans we were going to give up.
“They kept pushing us, helping us. Now we want to give them big happiness on this final Saturday. I hope everything goes well for us, first of all; if we get there I hope United get there. This city can’t live
without derbies. The two games we played against them were unbelievable, the best two games I have had in my life.
“I have played in Italy against Milan (for Cagliari) but I would swap that to play in these derby games, with their atmosphere.”
United could give a more prominent role to James Beattie at Exeter, where they must try to better Wednesday’s home
result against Wycombe. Manager Wilson says: “Nothing is ever a foregone conclusion in football. Funny things can happen, especially in situations like this, which is why we’ve got to concentrate on trying to win our game.
“Every team in this division is capable of springing an upset. We’ve got to make sure there isn’t one in our game and then hope and pray there is one elsewhere.
“Even if we do have to go through the play-offs, we still have a great chance of promotion. I’m not bothered how we get to the Championship, so long as we get there.”