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An extra edge

16 August 2013

 

Skipper Anthony Gardner is geared up for the first Championship derby day of the season as Wednesday make the short journey to Elland Road on Saturday lunchtime to face Leeds.


Gardner is well aware of what local rivalry means to supporters and believes the players will thrive on the extra edge Saturday’s derby will bring.


Under the spotlight of the Sky TV cameras, the Owls and Leeds are set for a 12.15pm kick-off and the ex-Palace stopper is ready for a lively affair.


He said: “When you’re out on the pitch in games like these, you can feel the heat and how much it means to everyone and that’s why we’re all here.


“It’s a local derby and from the games last year, I saw how much it meant to both sides and both sets of fans. It’s a big game.


“A game like this, and on TV, does bring a little added pressure but we’ve prepared for it the same way as any other and the boys are up for it.”


And Gardner believes tomorrow’s clash against the Whites is the perfect opportunity to get off the mark in terms of putting points on the board.

 


The 32-year-old added: “At this club, you are always playing on the big stage with big crowds and with that comes expectation to perform home and away.


“The boys are very much upbeat because of the performances so far and we feel we should have got something from our first two games.


“It’s important to remember we’re very early in the season, there have been a lot of positive aspects for us to build on and now we want to start collecting points and move up the table.


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