Owls’ derby Desire

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday can draw on positives from their biggest games of the season to inspire them for tomorrow’s Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield.

As they relish the duel with promotion rivals, the Owls can look back on a stunning comeback in the Sheffield derby, a deserved point away to leaders Charlton, and home wins against Chesterfield, in front of the largest home crowd so far, and MK Dons, who are currently in third place.

Manager Gary Megson pays tribute to the “great achievement” of Huddersfield’s recent 43-match unbeaten run but acknowledges the Owls - who have also won all but one of their games at Hillsborough - have shown the ability to meet various challenges.

“We have had decent results at Charlton, where we came back from 1-0 down, and United, where we should have won but came back from two down.

“We have done it against teams who are the top end of the division but we have also come across Oldham and Tranmere, who were both on good runs, and we did well there.

“Each team you play chucks up different problems but at the moment we are coming up with a solution to those problems.”

Megson believes the home crowd can play their part tomorrow in a “great atmosphere” generated by an attendance likely to surpass the 24,514 for the Chesterfield match.

A banner made by fans and proclaiming ‘this city is ours’ and thanking Milan Mandaric for his impact will be unfurled just before the kick-off.