STEPHEN Quinn, the Sheffield United midfielder, says winning at Wembley would be the perfect way to reward the South Yorkshire club’s supporters for their backing this term.
Danny Wilson’s side will face Huddersfield Town in the League One play-off final next weekend hoping to return to the Championship at the first attempt following relegation last season.
Wilson, who took charge soon after United’s slide into the third tier of English football, thanked fans for “getting behind the lads and showing no anxiety” during Monday’s semi-final success over Stevenage. Quinn, one of Bramall Lane’s longest serving players, echoed his manager’s sentiments, saying: “The supporters have done nothing but get behind us all season.
“They’ve been solid throughout and, believe me, that’s really appreciated.
“If we can go back up then it’s the very least they deserve for giving us that backing.
“They’ve been brilliant. They really have.”
Quinn’s colleague, Neill Collins said Wilson, whose previous associations with Sheffield Wednesday meant he endured an uncomfortable start to his United career, also deserves praise.
“If anyone deserves this it’s the manager,” said Collins.
“He deserved the break and I don’t think people have really looked into the circumstances that he’s had to deal with.
“People forget that Chris Porter and Michael O’Halloran are now the only real fit strikers.
“They don’t talk about it. They just think Sheffield United should steamroller everyone.”
Collins added: “He’s put his past to bed now, no question about it. It’s the other circumstances I feel he’s dealt with well.
“We have a very strong starting 11 when everyone is fit but he hasn’t been able to dip into the loan market excessively and obviously we’ve tried to steer away from that.
“He’s dealt with everything that’s been thrown his way and the players have taken a lead from that.
“All credit to him for doing so well.
“I know we will be well prepared for Wembley.”
Meanwhile, Blades tickets for the play-off final are scheduled to go on general sale tomorrow.