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Glenn Whelan on Play-Off Final: Let’s embrace the day

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Glenn Whelan on Play-Off Final: Let’s embrace the day

Glenn Whelan has called for the players to “enjoy and embrace” the Play-Off Final.

Whelan is a veteran of Wembley showpieces, winning with Sheffield Wednesday in 2005 and losing with Aston Villa in 2018.

He knows all about the unbelievable highs and the inescapable lows of the occasion. 

The midfielder is adamant the dressing room needs to head into the game in positive mode. 

He said: “It’s obviously a massive game. I think it’s been named the most expensive game in football.

“But we’ve been talking about enjoying it as much as we can. We know it’s going to be a big game on the day – but we’ve got here and we’ve deserved to get here.

“For me, it’s about taking it all in as much as you can. On the day, we’ll all be prepared properly and raring to go. 

WhelanPreFinal3“I have been on both sides. I won – and scored – for Sheffield Wednesday to get to the Championship in 2005. Obviously, I lost last time out here. It’s a great day when you win, with family and friends there on the day. It’s a great feeling.

“We’re all looking forward to Monday now. We all want to get to the Premier League. We have given ourselves half a chance. We will embrace it and enjoy it as much as we can.

“It’s important to enjoy the day and take everything on board - but obviously we want to go out and win. 

“It’s a big day for our supporters, too The gates we’ve had have been unbelievable this season. 

"I want to do it for myself and my family, for the lads, for the dressing room, for the staff – but if we can do it for the fans too, it would be great. It’s not done yet. But we know what we have to do.”

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 26th May 2019