DAVE Jones expects a fight to the finish in the Owls’ scrap with United for an automatic promotion place.
The Wednesday boss admits that the Blades do not look like faltering yet but nor do his team as the clubs approach an exciting end to the season with four games left.
Jones hopes that his team pip United in the table but says that it would be “superb” if ultimately both were in the Championship - and that, though automatic promotion is the main target, going up via an “awesome” day out at a Wembley play-off final could be a possibility.
“We’re still chasing ... they don’t look like faltering, we don’t. It will go to the wire; it’s going to be nip and tuck all the time,” said Jones.
“I hope for nothing better than for both clubs to be in the Championship. It would be superb; they’re two big clubs with fantastic support. But you deserve to be where you are.
“We’re now trying to deserve the right to get back to the Championship.”
He likens the play-offs to a cup competition. “Anything can happen,” said the boss who went up with Wolves but stayed down with Cardiff
“I’ve won promotion that way and lost promotion that way.
“Teams have been 20 points adrift of the team who finished third and gone up. It’s all about the day. It’s a great way of going up; it’s also a bad way of missing out.
“It’s probably the best way to go up, even better than automatic, because of the atmosphere, the day, an opportunity to play at Wembley, and everything else that goes with it.
“I’d rather go up automatically. But for the fans, they get a trip to Wembley - everything about the day is awesome. It’s a cup final.
“Do I want to go that way? No.”
If that had to be the route, however, then he would gladly take it.
“There are still four games to go and we’re still fighting and scrapping with the two teams above us to try to make an automatic spot,” he added.
Jones said he is good friends with Danny Wilson but since his arrival at Hillsborough they have yet to speak, with each concentrating on his own job. “I haven’t had the chance to speak to Danny,” he revealed. “I’ll see him somewhere along the line.”
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