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We're focussed, says Wilder

1 March 2019

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Unsurprisingly, Chris Wilder is relishing the prospect of taking his Blades across the city on Monday evening.

But the United chief is acutely aware, that the Wednesday side his players will face at S6 will be a much different proposition under Steve Bruce, than they were at Bramall Lane back in November.

Looking ahead, Wilder remarked: "In terms of pressure, we're second in the table, we've got a chance of beating our biggest rivals in front of a capacity crowd live on Sky.

"There are bigger pressures than that and there will be bigger pressures for Sheffield Wednesday, they will want to go and win a game of football for their supporters and also to dent our hopes of going up.

"Sheffield football fans will tell you the same, I'll be honest, I wasn't sitting there when they were in the play-off final wanting them to get into the Premier League and it's vice-versa now."

Wilder added: "There is a song that goes round here and probably Hillsborough when the other team is losing and nobody has been bothered about us for the last six years or so and all the trials and tribulations we've endured before that.

"Our supporters, myself included won't have been too bothered about them recently, but now, hand on heart they are more competitive under Steve and they've got some really good players at the top of the pitch.

"But when I came here I wanted to put a pride back into the club and give our supporters something to shout about, we've certainly done that and they will acknowledge that fact.

"We're focused on getting a positive result on Monday night, just like we were at West Brom. The moment you take your off the game in front of you and think of other things, you will get hurt and we know we'll have to be at our best."


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