Wembley dream

Steve Simonsen
Steve Simonsen

STEVE Simonsen has revealed representing Sheffield United at Wembley would be one of the highlights of his career ahead of tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Bradford City.

The goalkeeper, who could start the televised Northern Area quarter-final after being restored to United’s first-choice 11 at Stevenage last weekend, rubbished claims the tournament is nothing but a distraction as Danny Wilson’s side focus on gaining promotion from League One.

Simonsen said: “It would be fantastic to get there. This club has been through a lot in recent years and if we can have a good season topped off with a trip there then that would be brilliant for the supporters and ourselves.

“If we got there then our fans would fill the place. I speak to a lot of my old teammates at Stoke and they still talk about appearing in the 2011 FA Cup Final.

“It doesn’t matter what the competition is. Days like that are why you are in football.”

He added: “There’s a long way to go even if we beat Bradford. But anyone who says they haven’t thought about what it would be like to get to Wembley is lying.”

Simonsen was dropped in favour of teenager George Long following erratic displays against Sheffield Wednesday and Leyton Orient recently but responded with a commanding performance at Broadhall Way.

He said: “I admit that I’ve made a few mistakes. Unfortunately people make them in any walk of life and football is no different, but you can’t dwell on it. I reflected on what had happened, drew a line and moved on.”

Man of the match Elliott Whitehouse bagged a brace as United saw off Tranmere 2-1 in the first round of the FA Youth Cup.