Howard hoping to make amends

Blades ace seeks play-off glory

Howard: Determined to succeed

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Sheffield United midfielder Brian Howard is desperate to avoid Wembley heartache for a second time.

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The Blades ace, who is hoping to feature in Monday's Championship play-off final against Burnley, was part of a Barnsley side that suffered FA Cup semi-final despair last season.

The Tykes slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat against second-tier rivals Cardiff at the home of English football as their cup dreams were left in tatters.

Howard admits he will never forget how defeat that day left him feeling and he is determined not to experience those emotions again.

"I was down the tunnel with tears in my eyes, getting seven stitches in my ankle with the drug testers whipping me through a side door to do a test," he said.

Celebrating

"It was not a good experience. I'm going to take that and make sure if there is a point on the pitch where I'm getting a bit tired, that will stop me.

"I don't want that feeling again. I want to be in there, celebrating. That's what I've taken from last year to this year."

Howard believes big occasions bring out the best in his game and he is keen to back up that claim when he faces the Clarets in world football's richest game.

"You get that extra buzz that extra bit about you," he added.

"I enjoy the big games and big occasions and it does bring out the best in me. Hopefully there is one more big performance left."