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Gaffer looks ahead to Sunday

21 September 2017

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Speaking for the first time about Sunday's Steel City derby at Hillsborough, boss Chris Wilder was keen to focus on the future not the past.

At his pre-match press conference, Wilder admitted he is looking forward to a derby that he believes 'is up there' with other well-known rivalries across the country.

He remarked: "We could sit here for hours and talk about the good days and the bad days for both clubs, they have been ups and down for us all, but this a new chapter.

"We're back in the Championship and this is us renewing our proud rivalry against our nearest neighbours.

"We want to make new memories and heroes out of the players and there will be an opportunity for a group of players to do that on Sunday afternoon.

"People will talk about other cities and other derbies, but this is up there for me personally, it is passionate and lively and it means everything to both sets of supporters and all connected with both clubs."

Looking to the weekend's clash, Wilder added: "I think we're a dangerous side to face on Sunday because people don't know for sure what we're really about having been out of the division for six years.

"I'm not playing mind games, they've been here in this division for a long time and have done tremendously well under Carlos, who I really like, he is genuine guy.

"They have been at the top of the division for the last two years and they will be looking to get out this time around, that goes without saying, that's their ambition.

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