SHEFFIELD UNITED: We want to repay fans

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Steve Simonsen says Sheffield United will dedicate victory to their supporters if they win tonight’s League One play-off semi-final second leg with Stevenage.

Simonsen, the former Everton and Stoke City goalkeeper, was a member of the squad relegated from the Championship in disappointing circumstances last term.

But United entertain Gary Smith’s side knowing that a win of any description would see them move to within 90 minutes of returning at the first attempt following Friday’s stalemate at The Lamex Stadium.

Simonsen said: “It’s been a long hard couple of seasons for Blades supporters and Wembley is the least they deserve. They’ve backed us through thick and thin.

“You only had to listen to them (in the first leg) when they just kept singing all the way through.

“That tells you what they’re all about and hopefully we can give them something to celebrate.

“Its level pegging but we have home advantage with 30,000 fans behind us.

“We know Stevenage can cause problems but hopefully we can finish the job.”

United unveiled a new-look system designed to frustrate Stevenage in Hertfordshire with Chris Porter deployed as a lone striker and midfielder Stephen Quinn granted the freedom to roam forward.

However, despite the high-stakes, manager Danny Wilson hinted United could revert to type this evening after winning an army of admirers for their expansive brand of football this term.

Simonsen added: “When we are at home, we feel it is up to us to take the initiative. We have done that all season long.

“We have to give it are all and hopefully book a spot at Wembley.

“I think we are due a bit of luck. Lots of things have gone against us in the last four weeks or so but we have put them to the back of our minds and got on with the job.

“We have stuck to our guns, stuck together as a team, and we are pleased with the way the first game went.

“It will be a hell of an occasion. We have worked hard all season and this is our reward. We are 90 minutes from Wembley and the play-off final.

“We have to make sure all the hard work here is not undone. As footballers, we know anything can happen. But hopefully we will be celebrating.”