Sheffield Wednesday finally gave their fans some city pride yesterday as their under-23’s ran out 2-1 winners against Sheffield United.
Two goals from young starlet, Fraser Preston, ensured it was the blue and white half of the city that had some of the bragging rights this time around.
United had led through a goal from Leo Gaxha. However, Preston’s goals, just before and after half-time respectively, gave Wednesday a win over their bitter Steel City rivals.
It means the Owls development side have now done the double over United this term. They ran out 1-0 winners earlier in the campaign, too.
However, it is but a smattering of pride for Owls fans to take in reality. Things at Hillsborough have been rocky, to say the least in the last few months, with Garry Monk under pressure and Wednesday slipping further and further away from the top six.
United, meanwhile, have been riding high in the Premier League. The Blades head into today’s clash with Norwich City looking to move to within just two points of a Champions League place.
Blades fans will let Wednesday fans have this one, quite frankly
While it’s always good to get one up when it comes to your rivals, if ever there was one that United fans would happily give up, it will be this sort of result.
The under-23’s will have been desperate to win. However, the focus at Bramall Lane is firmly on first-team matters and Premier League football. And that’s the crucial thing for Blades fans at the moment, Premier League football.
After seeing Wednesday pip them to League One promotion nine years ago, it feels good to be a Blade right now.
Seeing the development squad lose a fixture against Wednesday won’t bother Blades fans one bit. In fact, some supporters will probably almost want Owls fans to claim it as a victory.