SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Danny Batth desperate to reward fans

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DANNY Batth is determined to lead Sheffield Wednesday out of League One to repay the faith shown by the club’s long-suffering supporters.

The Owls are on the brink of going up after a fine 2-1 win at Brentford last weekend saw them leapfrog Sheffield United into the second automatic promotion berth.

They host relegated Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday knowing maximum points will book a return to the Championship and condemn the Blades to the play-offs.

Thirty seven thousand fans are set to cheer on Wednesday at Hillsborough and Batth has told The Star he would love nothing more than to round off a gruelling campaign by finishing off the job on home soil.

The on-loan Wolves centre-back, one of the club’s top performers this year, said: “Ever since the Steel City derby (in February), we have tried to treat every game as if it is a cup final. We have had to take three points in every match and Saturday will be no different. We have quite a level-headed dressing room so we have to focus on the job in hand and not worry about everything else.

“It has been a long season and it (promotion) would be a special moment to share with the fans. They have been great all season and have stuck by the team throughout the difficult times.

“It does make a difference when they get behind us. The Wycombe game is going to be a near sell-out and I hope they get behind us one last time.”

Wednesday, following talks with the local authorities, have been allocated around 6,000 extra tickets for the upper and lower tiers of the West Stand for the Wycombe game

Tickets were going on sale at 9am today.