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Gaffer previews last 16 clash

15 February 2014

Nigel Clough believes Sunday's FA Cup last 16 clash with Nottingham Forest at Bramall Lane promises to be an 'intriguing tie'.

The Blades boss is confident the game will go ahead despite Wednesday night's clash with Brentford falling victim to the weather:

"The pitch will be fine, we have got some protective covers in and hopefully they will prove their worth if the weather continues to come in as expected.

"It is an intriguing tie, we are the lowest ranked team left in the competition who are trying to stay in League One and Forest are pushing for promotion to the top-flight.

"Forest are definite promotion contenders in the Championship, they are currently 16 games unbeaten and will have an eye on going up automatically.

"They have several options in attack, but their standout player for me is probably Andy Reid. He is vastly experienced and has played for a few clubs at the highest level.

"He has rolled back the years this season and looks slightly fitter so he is an obvious danger for us."

The Blades boss is glad to see United's continued involvement in the FA Cup this season is giving the supporters something to cheer about.

He continued: "Being at Derby for the length of time we were meant we had some real good battles with Forest and until earlier this season we had an excellent record against them.

"I will shake hands with Billy Davies, but come 3pm, both managers will be solely focused on the game.

"We will have to show Forest the respect they deserve, we certainly can't afford to give anything away early on, not going behind is vital.

"Our cup run has put smiles on the faces of the fans, which during a tough season in the league is immensely satisfying.

"We have built our cup success away from home when people have expected us to lose in every round, including at Colchester and Cambridge."

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