Chris Evans has praised the spirit of Wednesday fans and players as the club bask in the glory of the victory against United.
The Owls assistant manager rates the 127th Sheffield derby as an wonderful occasion made special by the atmosphere generated by a sell-out 36,000 crowd and by the team’s result and performance.
“All derbies are exciting and intriguing but I thought this one was bigger than the one at Sheffield United and you could only describe the crescendo of noise as awesome,” he said.
“I have spoken to people who could feel the stands rocking, such were the emotion and fervour of the spectacle. It was wonderful testimony to what Sheffield football is all about.
“There were in excess of 32,000 Sheffield Wednesday supporters, and I think if we had a ground big enough we could have had 50,000 wanting to come and watch,
“The affection our fans show for their club is right up with that shown by supporters of the most revered clubs in the land.
“Our fans are part of the team. They have to be our 12th man, and I thought they were outstanding. The noise level from them was incredible.”
Evans has been so taken by the support given to the Owls this season that he says: “At some stage, possibly when my career has finished, I’d like to travel with Sheffield Wednesday fans.
“It must take over their lives; there’s that togetherness. It’s an ‘us and them’ mentality. I think it’s fantastic.”
Evans sees the same sort of character in the squad. “The one thing we’ve always had is a great togetherness,” he says. The players and staff stand together through thick and thin. We’ll stand up to allcomers.
“In any season you’re going to fall and graze your knees; it’s not how you fall, it’s how you rise.
“They’re terrific people to work with, and on Sunday the spirit was there for all to see, before, during and after the game.
“It just makes you proud to be part of Sheffield Wednesday, proud to be part of this group. I can’t commend the players highly enough.
“We went behind early at Bramall Lane but we never gave up and could have nicked a win in the dying seconds; on Sunday I do believe we were full value for the victory.”