SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Llera promises cup-final spirit

Doncaster Rovers v Owls......Owls Miguel Llera
Doncaster Rovers v Owls......Owls Miguel Llera

MIGUEL Llera compares tonight’s Hillsborough showdown to a cup final.

He feels that after their recent run the Owls can think of nothing else but a victory.

“For us, it is a final,” says the Spanish defender. “We need the three points.

“For us, there is no other result, and we are looking forward to the game.”

He also vows that the team will do their utmost to reward the fans with a result they deserve.

“We are better than our results have been showing,” he insists.

“We will run and chase every ball from the first minute. We will fight hard.

“This is the type of game that all players want to play in.

“It is obvious that the situation is not the best for us. We can change that situation.

“We have been training very well, and we need to show to the people that we can play well.

“We know what we must do. We know our strengths. We will try to show them to the fans.”

Llera believes that it would be a huge boost if the Owls can take the lead rather than suffering the more familiar pattern of going behind.

“We know it is vital to score first. In a high percentage of games, if you score first, it is difficult to lose.

“We need to start well, without any fear. It will be a tight game, but we will show the fans we can fight and hopefully we can get three points.”

Llera is undaunted by the club’s position in the bottom three:.

“In November, Reading were 15th but they got promotion. The situation can change quickly,” he says

The centr- half and his colleagues will be out to quell the threat from on-form Leed striker Luciano Becchio.

Dave Jones, while respecting all of the Leeds players, said: “They go a lot through Becchio; they get the ball forward as quickly as they can.

“They have some good players around who can do damage if you don’t pick them up.

“We have looked at the video and worked on certain things, and hopefully it will stand us in good stead. Cool heads will be needed. The fans will be up for it. It will be a fantastic atmosphere.

“It will be hectic. You have to get hold of the ball and start to play.

“As long as everything is done in the right spirit, it should be a good game.”

Owls midfield man Nejc Pecnik has rejoined the club after being away with Slovenia and did not play in either of their World Cup qualifiers against Cyprus and Albania.

International duty is more of a sore point for Neil Warnock, as first-team midfield man Rudy Austin played a full game for Jamaica on Tuesday against Antigua in Kingston, despite carrying an ankle injury, and was booked by the Jamaican FA on an economy flight home - leaving Warnock to wonder when he would arrive and whether he would be fit.

The Leeds boss says it is “scandalous” both that his team have a player coming back in those circumstances and are having to play on a Friday night.

“I haven’t got a clue at the moment if Rudy will be fit but thankfully (David) Norris looks to be flying,” he said.

“He (Austin) was carrying his injury against Barnsley and that’s why he didn’t start the first game over there.” Jamaica played in Guatemala last week.