Hill hopes fifth time's a charm

Sheffield United loanee Matt Hill is hoping to make it fifth time lucky at Wembley in the League One play-off final.

Last Updated: 18/05/12 at 14:50

Hill: Has his fingers crossed

Hill: Has his fingers crossed

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The Blackpool defender, who has made 14 appearances for the Blades since arriving on loan in early March, has yet to taste success in the play-offs after twice being on the losing side in both the semi-finals and the final.

"It will be a fantastic occasion, but we are solely focused on winning the game," Hill told the club's official website. "It will be my first time in a final at Wembley after two finals at the Millennium Stadium, so hopefully that will be a good omen and third time lucky for me in the play-off final."

The 31-year-old went close to scoring a spectacular goal in a game short on chances in the second-leg win over Stevenage when his 30-yard thunderbolt cleared the crossbar by a couple of inches before Chris Porter's decisive 85th-minute header.

"I thought it was goalbound for a second or two and for a moment I was thinking how to celebrate, but it sailed just over," Hill said.

"In the end though, we managed to break their resistance after huffing and puffing."

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