Monty piles pressure on rivals

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NICK Montgomery has insisted a combination of cool heads and experience can help Sheffield United win the Steel City derby.

And the midfielder, who could start at Hillsborough if Kevin McDonald fails to recover from injury, fired the first shots in the psychological war surrounding this weekend’s contest by insisting Sheffield Wednesday will be under more scrutiny because they are playing at home.

Montgomery, who made his United debut 12 years ago after progressing through the ranks at Bramall Lane, is a double-figure veteran of meetings with Sunday’s hosts and said: “Experience is a great thing to have in the dressing room.

“It means you can pass on some of your knowledge to the younger lads and make them aware of what to expect. Most of the younger lads we’ve got here have tasted the atmosphere of a derby before and acquitted themselves well. But every little bit of information you’re able to take on board is a bonus.”

United, who Montgomery says “won’t change” their routine for the visit to Wednesday, are second in the League One table; five points and a place above their arch-rivals.

“There’s always more pressure on you in a derby and I think there’s always an extra bit more when you are at home,” he added. “But we’ll both be giving everything to win.”

Montgomery also highlighted manager Danny Wilson as a potential ace in United’s pack, saying: “No matter what, he’s calm and grounded with us.”