SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Beevers hoping for steel double

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MARK Beevers would love to be involved in Sheffield derbies in the Championship.

The Owls defender wants to see both city clubs promoted.

“It would be great for Sheffield if we were both in the Championship,” he told The Star.

“Everybody loves a derby; to have them at the higher level would be even better.

“One of us is going to go up automatically; the other can do it via the play-offs.”

Beevers was a 15-year-old pupil at a Barnsley school when Wednesday last went up to the Championship, in 2005.

For long periods this season it seemed that once again he would not be directly involved in a promotion-winning Owls side.

But he has regained his place in the team, doing a sound job at left-back, and is happy to play his part there though his best position is centre-half.

“Left-back is not my preferred position,” he admits. “But I’ll play where the gaffer wants me to play and do my best.

“We have a distinct lack of left-backs at the moment. Danny Jones is coming back from injury, and Julian Bennett and Reda Johnson have been injured. The manager has to deal with that, and I’ve filled in.”

With Bennett and Johnson still out, Beevers is set to play again at Brentford today, still believing that the Owls have “every chance” of automatic promotion if they keep winning.

“It’s not exactly in our hands; United are still a point in front of us. But if we can keep playing like we have been doing, we should have no problem is getting the points, and hopefully Stevenage or Exeter can do us a favour,” he said.

“Some people were talking about us being out of it a few weeks ago; we‘ve clawed our way back. We’re not favourites but we’ve given ourselves every chance.”

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