Warnock: My Palace won't be rolling over to aid Blades promotion bid
02 May 2009 08:38
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NeilWarnock has allayed fears that Crystal Palace will roll over atSelhurst Park to allow his former club Sheffield United back into thePremier League.
United take on Warnock's Palace and will clinch promotion if they win and rivals Birmingham fail to beat Reading.
But he has dismissed any idea that he will rest players to benefit his old side, saying: 'I've got no players to rest anyway.'
Warnock has bitter memories of Rafa Benitez fielding a weakened Liverpool side against Fulham two years ago, helping the London club to safety and shoving United nearer the drop.
'We won't do what Liverpool did,' he said. 'I have too much respect for other teams, unlike some people.
'The truth is that I desperately want to win every game because I'm a competitor. My priority now is Crystal Palace.'
Indeed,United boss Kevin Blackwell feels he couldn't have a worse last-day adversary than Warnock, his former boss and friend since theirnon-league days together at Scarborough.
'I'd rather be upagainst anyone other than him with this much at stake,' said Blackwell.'Neil is a proud man and despite his affiliation to Sheffield United,there is no way he will be thinking of doing us a favour.'