STEVE Simonsen has admitted Sheffield United must prove themselves all over again ahead of tomorrow’s play-off semi-final first leg with Stevenage.
Despite coming agonisingly close to securing automatic promotion, Danny Wilson’s side travel to Hertfordshire knowing they could be denied a chance to compete in the Championship next term by a team which finished 17 points behind them in the table.
But Simonsen insisted United can have no complaints about their predicament, saying: “Everyone knows the score at the start of the season. If you finish third then it doesn’t matter whether you’ve got 100 points or 66. You go into the play-offs and that’s where we are.
“We know that if we are going to go up then we are going to have to do it at Wembley.
“We know what the prize is. The prize is promotion and that’s what we want.”
Simonsen, who confirmed he is happy to delay talks about a new contract until United’s immediate future is resolved, added: “Hopefully we’ve got three more games left and, if I’m honest, I’ll be happy to be a spectator in all of them.”
United, who host the return with Stevenage on Monday evening, are expected to enjoy a sell-out away following at the Lamex Stadium.
Danny Wilson, the United manager, must decide whether Chris Porter or Michael O’Halloran partners Richard Cresswell in attack after electing not to appeal the red card James Beattie received at Exeter City last weekend. Danny Philliskirk could also enter the equation.
The eventual victors will face either Huddersfield or MK Dons in London on May 26.
Goalkeeper Simonsen said: “We know that our fans will take every seat that’s available and it means a lot.
“I actually think these games (against Stevenage) could be the toughest. But we won’t be changing our approach.”