Steely Owls eye Hillsborough repeat

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WEDNESDAY can derive inspiration from last season’s Sheffield derby at Hillsborogh as they prepare to face Neil Warnock’s Leeds United tonight.

The Owls went into the February clash with the Blades after a lean run culminating in three successive defeats.

Worries about them being able to overtake United in the second automatic promotion slot were mounting.

If Wednesday had lost then they would have been eight points behind their city rivals, who had two games in hand.

The 1-0 victory cut the gap to two points and breathed new life into the promotion campaign - if not into Gary Megson’s prospects of staying as manager.

It began the Owls’ unbeaten run of 19 matches - 17 of those coming under Dave Jones.

Jones, his staff and squad, albeit a much-changed squad, will look upon tonight’s Yorkshire derby as another possible turning point in the club’s fortunes.

There may be only four members of the Sheffield derby line-up in tonight’s side: Jose Semedo, O’Grady, Lewis Buxton and Michail Antonio, who made his debut against United after being signed on loan from Reading.

Neil Warnock says: “With no disrespect to Leeds, the Sheffield derby was always the big one. It’s a unique derby and nothing like the Leeds-Wednesday one. But this is the main one in the Championship this season. Both sets of fans will turn out in full and form goes out of the window. When that whistle goes it’ll be like Wacky Races for 20 minutes. I doubt the ball will touch the floor.”