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Purse: Owls fans will inspire us
Published : 06 Aug 2009 16:44:00
The Owls will launch the new season with a derby clash against South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley and Purse, handed the captain's armband soon after his arrival this summer on a free transfer from Cardiff, believes the home fans have a crucial role to play. Purse told the club's official website: "I know what Hillsborough is all about. I've played here enough times and it will be good to have 30,000 fans behind me rather than against me, which has been the case in the past. "A big crowd helps massively, if you look at the top sides in the league, they've all got big averages throughout the season. If we want to get into the play-offs, we'll need all the help we can get. "It's going to be a tough game, they are a big and powerful side, we'll have to stand up to them and hopefully our ability will shine through. "Local derbies are what you play football for. Obviously the big match is the Sheffield United game, but Barnsley is up there with that and hopefully we'll take the three points and get off to a good start."