Sheffield Wednesday: Neil Thompson predicts tight Yorkshire play-off final

George Hirst
George Hirst

Owls Under-23s coach Neil Thompson expects their Professional Development League Two North play-off final clash with Hull City to be a tight affair.

Wednesday’s youngsters booked their place in the final after claiming a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Millwall on Monday night.

Neil Thompson

Neil Thompson

George Hirst’s first half brace proved decisive against the PDL2 South runners-up in front of over 1,000 fans at Hillsborough.

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The Tigers scraped through after beating Charlton Athletic 5-4 on penalties. It finished three apiece after extra time.

Thompson told The Star: “Hull are a good team.

“We lost at home to them in the league but we won 3-2 at their place in a really good game. They finished second in our division and were probably the best team we faced.

“It will be a tough game but I’m sure they will be thinking the same.

“The lads have to dust themselves down and get ready for the final in the next few days.”

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The Owls, the PDL2 North title winners, fielded an inexperienced line-up versus the Lions. Injuries robbed them of the services of Jack Lee, Connor O’Grady, James Murphy and Sean Clare. Highly-rated forward Jordan Lonchar was also unavailable for selection.

Thompson acknowledged: “It has been tough with the injuries but you have to be able to cope with that.

“We had four scholars who started against Millwall and I think our oldest outfield player was 21. Liam Williams came in at centre-half for his first full game for the Under-23s and he’s only 18. It was a big ask but he stuck to his task really well.”

The final will take place at Hillsborough. The date and kick-off time have yet to be confirmed.

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