SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls old boy Steve Watson fires Wycombe warning

The final furlong: Blist, the Rotherham-United-loving cartoonist, makes no bones about who he  feels has sprinted into the lead in the Steel City race for automatic promotion to the Championship

The final furlong: Blist, the Rotherham-United-loving cartoonist, makes no bones about who he feels has sprinted into the lead in the Steel City race for automatic promotion to the Championship

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday have been warned to beware the wounded beast in their final League One fixture.

Ex-Owls defender Steve Watson has urged his former employees not to underestimate the threat relegated Wycombe Wanderers will pose at Hillsborough this weekend.

A three-point haul for Wednesday, who occupy the second automatic promotion berth in the third tier of English football following their 2-1 triumph at Brentford, will guarantee promotion. Dave Jones’ troops lock horns with the Chairboys, who are on a seven-match winless streak and lost their fight for survival after succumbing to a 4-3 defeat at home to Notts County on Saturday, targeting a seventh win in eight games.

But Watson, who hung up his boots nearly three years ago following a spate of injury problems, insists Wycombe should not be taken lightly.

“Wycombe might be relegated but will want to go down all guns blazing,” he told The Star. “They will not want to be relegated losing the last game of the season.

“They have got nothing to lose. Some of their players might be thinking if they play really well in this game that they might catch the eye of someone like Dave Jones or another club at that level for next season.

“Wycombe are a dangerous type of team to play but the way Wednesday have been playing and with the crowd behind them and so much at stake, I can’t see them slipping up.”

Club officials expect there to be 37,000 fans packed into Hillsborough as the Owls look to maintain their unbeaten run under Jones and seal a top-two spot.

Watson, who spent three months as a development coach at Huddersfield Town earlier this season, said: “I was lucky enough to play in the Steel City derbies so I know the supporters can make a massive difference. I always want my old clubs to do well and Sheffield Wednesday are very special to me because that is where I finished my career and I had some good times so I hope there hope there will not be another twist in the promotion race.”

Wednesday are producing a special 100-page commemorative programme, which will review a turbulent 2011-12 campaign, for the pivotal showdown with Wycombe. The one-off collectible will cost £5.