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Clough's cup thoughts

7 November 2013

The magic of the FA Cup remains for Nigel Clough.

The Blades chief is currently preparing his team for this weekend's first round tie at fellow League One side Colchester United.

Speaking to the media this week, Clough said: "Myself and my staff are used to entering during the qualifying rounds so when that is the case, getting to the first round is often an achievement in itself.

"Now when you are a League One club entering at the first round stage, everyone speaks about getting to the third round, but we have to concentrate on Colchester before even giving that a second thought.

"People talk about the FA Cup losing its magic, but for me that just applies to the top teams because they have other pressures.

"I have got a lot of good memories of this competition. Playing Manchester United at the Pirelli Stadium was terrific for a club like Burton Albion and, financially, it set them up for a long time.

"The supporters never forget occasions like that and often those memories are never forgotten because it is such a one-off experience.

"The FA Cup is just another game in theory, but it is another chance to win a football match and gather some momentum.

"We will try and attack all competitions in the same manner, in simple terms we want to win every game we play.

"Ideally you don't want to be on the road in the cup, most of all we feel for the fans, but if we progress to the next round then hopefully we will be rewarded with a home draw. It is a long, expensive day out for the fans, but for us it is another chance to familarise ourselves with a fellow League One rival."

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