nigel would love a derby

Nigel Clough says Sheffield United face a "tough" game against Nottingham Forest tomorrow � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Nigel Clough says Sheffield United face a "tough" game against Nottingham Forest tomorrow � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Nigel Clough would welcome the prospect of an all Sheffield quarter-final if both Steel City clubs make it through the FA Cup fifth round, writes James Shield.

Clough made the admission as his United side, the lowest ranked team left in the tournament, prepare for their encounter with Nottingham Forest tomorrow while Sheffield Wednesday host Charlton Athletic this afternoon.

Asked whether meeting Wednesday for a semi-final place would be good for football in the region, Clough replied: “Yes, why not? It’s amazing that this city supports two football clubs of such size.

“When I was playing we always did okay at Wednesday but we never got much at Bramall Lane over the years. I don’t think it’s a ground that away players particularly enjoy going to.

“We’re talking about two big clubs who are probably equal in size. Not many cities would support that with the same fervour the supporters here do.”

Clough, whose father Brian twice led Forest to European glory, made over 400 appearances for the visitors during two spells at the City Ground.

With United resuming their battle against relegation from League One at Gillingham next week, the former England international dismissed suggestions that he would prefer to exit the competition rather than further complicate an already congested fixture schedule.

“Someone said this morning that the last thing we want is a replay but I will take a replay over getting knocked out,” Clough admitted. “We want to stay in the cup.”