HUDDERSFIELD Town goalkeeper Ian Bennett has admitted he would rather be facing Sheffield Wednesday in the League One play-off final than Sheffield United.
Bennett made 29 appearances during two spells at Bramall Lane before joining United’s Yorkshire rivals nearly 24 months ago.
And with the two teams preparing to clash at Wembley next weekend, Bennett said: “Having been at United, of course I’d prefer it if we were coming up against Wednesday because it would be nicer to try and beat them.
“I’m still in contact with a lot of the lads and I’ve got some really great friends there.
“People like Morgs (Chris Morgan) and Monty (Nick Montgomery) are good mates.
“But that’s not the way it worked out and I’m a professional footballer so I’ll be doing everything I can to try and win the game for us.”
Danny Wilson’s men seemed destined to secure the second automatic promotion slot behind champions Charlton before being overtaken by Wednesday in the penultimate round of the regular season.
Bennett, who hopes to face his former club in seven days’ time despite injuring a hand during Town’s semi-final second leg with MK Dons, added: “My son, Daniel, is a big Blade.
“He was too young to follow Birmingham when I played there so he’s a Sheffield United supporter.
“It’s made for an interesting week in our house.
“It’s probably not the final I’d
have chosen but it’s definitely the one that he wanted.”
Meanwhile, Matt Hill, the United’s defender, will use his previous play-off heartbreaks as an extra source of motivation ahead of the Yorkshire derby with Town.
Hill, who has represented both Bristol City and Preston in end-of-season knockout competition, said: “I know how much it hurts watching the opposition celebrating and it just makes me even more determined to be the one celebrating and enjoying the occasion this time.”
United legend Tony Currie is scheduled to attend the club’s community day at Bramall Lane tomorrow (1pm to 4pm).
The former England star will be in the Superstore between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
Entry, via John Street and Cherry Street, is free.