Sheffield Wednesday: Told you so! Prize guy Llera lives up to Jose billing

League award: Defender Miguel Llera.
League award: Defender Miguel Llera.
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MIGUEL Llera heads into today’s Hillsborough decider as League One Player of the month and with glowing praise from captain Jose Semedo.

The Portuguese midfield star saw what the Spanish centre half could do when they were team-mates at Charlton.

“He is fantastic,” says Semedo, “I already knew he was a top player, because at Charlton he was amazing.

“I remember when he was first coming to Sheffield Wednesday; the assistant manager (Chris Evans) talked to me about him. I said to him ‘he’s a top player’.

“I think the assistant manager and Gary Megson knew him as a good player.”

Although his friend has achieved the remarkable feat, for a defender, of scoring four goals in five games, Semedo is not too surprised about that either.

“He is a big threat at set- pieces, and he scored four goals in his first season at Charlton,” Semedo said

Llera has also contributed to two clean sheets this month and helped to put the Owls on the brink of promotion.

Dave Jones’ feat of nine wins and two draws won him the League One Manager of the Month award for the second time in succession but he too praised Llera. “Miguel has been outstanding throughout the month. He’s played a key role at the back and also at the other end of the pitch, where he has scored four valuable goals,” he said.

Football League awards panel chairman and ex-Charlton manager Alan Curbishley said: “April proved to be another impressive month for Dave Jones, who has made a real impact since joining Wednesday.”

But Wycombe are out to spoil today’s Hillsborough party. Manager Gary Waddock said: “It’s going to be a massive ask for us to get a result. But we’ll give a good account of ourselves and be extremely professional to try to finish on a high.

“We’ve got everything to gain and nothing to lose. We can be extremely relaxed and composed and can play our footbal, whereas they have to win. All the pressure is on them.

“These are the games you want to be playing in in League One. We’re going down to League Two so we can always remind them that this is what we want to get back to – playing in those stadiums against clubs like that.

“Thirty seven thousand people - if you can’t run out into a stadium like that and perform, you’re in the wrong profession.”