SHEFFIELD UNITED: Fan power can spur on United, claims skipper

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SHEFFIELD United supporters have been told ‘Your club needs you’ ahead of tonight’s play-off semi-final second leg at Bramall Lane.

Danny Wilson’s side host rivals Stevenage looking to book a place at Wembley against either Huddersfield Town or MK Dons following Friday’s goalless draw. Over 30,000 people watched United lock horns with their Hertfordshire opponents in League One competition last month and another partisan crowd is expected to flood through the turnstiles when Gary Smith’s side return tonight.

Michael Doyle, the United captain, said: “Our fans have been massively important for us so far and they can perform a very important role here again now. The more they get behind us, the tougher it is for the opposition and the more it spurs our lads on. They shouldn’t underestimate how much of a difference they can make.”

Wilson, whose hopes of steering United to automatic promotion were effectively ended when Stevenage secured a 2-2 draw on their previous visit, has frequently used the Blades’ following to illustrate its potential.

But, having warned United must “earn their stripes on the pitch” before the first-leg at Stevenage, Wilson said: “Nobody has a divine right to be anywhere.

“Whatever you get you have to earn. Nobody every hands you anything and that’s the attitude we’ve got to have.”