SHEFFIELD United’s Shane Lowry has predicted the number of former Leeds players in Micky Adams’ squad could prove an advantage during tomorrow’s derby at Bramall Lane (kick-off 1pm).
Lowry, on loan from Aston Villa, made 12 appearances for United’s Yorkshire rivals last season.
Neill Collins, Richard Cresswell, Michael Doyle and Sam Vokes also boast spells at Elland Road on their footballing CVs while Adams represented the visitors with distinction before stepping into management.
Six points adrift of safety and 23rd in the table, United enter the match knowing defeat could effectively spell the end of their battle for Championship survival.
But Lowry said: “We’ve got quite a few Leeds old boys here now and I think that does give you an extra incentive. You always want to get one over on your old clubs.
“I enjoyed my time there but that isn’t going to enter my mind at all when I play them.
All I’m bothered about is trying to get Sheffield United out of trouble.
“People might think that because I’m on loan that I’m not as committed to the club as anyone else but that’s not true at all.
“Sheffield United have shown faith in me by bringing me here and I want to prove that I can play at this level.”
While United are fighting to drag themselves out of the relegation zone, fifth-placed Leeds will travel to Sheffield intent on enhancing their promotion credentials.
More than 3,000 supporters are set to follow Simon Grayson’s side from Elland Road and Lowry added: “Their fans are going to be very vocal because that’s how they always are. But ours can match them in that department, absolutely no problem.
“When we beat Nottingham Forest here recently it was the best atmosphere I’ve ever experienced inside a football ground. They stuck with us throughout, even when things weren’t going well, and that counted for a lot.
“I know it’s a cliché but they really are massively important to us. One thing is for certain, this is going to be a really competitive game.”