John Brayford is expecting a hot reception from Nottingham Forest’s travelling support tomorrow, writes James Shield.
But the Sheffield United defender, who spent three seasons at Derby County earlier in his career, last night insisted he will relish the febrile atmosphere inside Bramall Lane.
Brayford, speaking ahead of the FA Cup fifth round tie, said: “I can’t imagine they will have too many kind words to say because of my Derby connections. Forest are a decent club but I really enjoyed my time at Derby and the rivalry is special.
“If they give me stick, that is up to them. I know how big this game is.
“There aren’t too many opportunities for a League One team to get into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. We have that opportunity and we have to take it.”
Brayford helped United, who beat Aston Villa at the third round stage, overcome Fulham at Craven Cottage earlier this month.
“We should be proud of being the lowest ranked team still in the competition,” the defender, on loan from Cardiff City, said. “Some people might say it as a negative but I think it is something we should wear like a badge.
“We are here on merit. We beat two Premier League clubs and deserve a shot at the quarter-final.”