Saturday 16 December 2017

Andy Reid out to blunt Blades

Reid: Happy to be back in the fold
Reid: Happy to be back in the fold

Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid admits sentiment will count for nothing on Sunday when he attempts to knock former club Sheffield United out of the FA Cup.

In a bid to build up his fitness following an injury in 2010, the Irishman - then on the books of Sunderland - dropped down a division to join the Blades on loan and went on to spend three months at the club.

However, despite enjoying his time at Bramall Lane, the 31-year-old will be doing all he can on Sunday to help Forest secure a place in the last eight for the first time since 1996.

"I spent three months on loan at Sheffield United and I really enjoyed it," Reid told the club's official website.

"But we are going there to win the game. We are on a fantastic run of form, we want to keep that going.

"We have got a great opportunity to get into the next round of the cup. So we will focus again and get ready for what is a really big game for us."

Jamie Paterson has excelled for Billy Davies' side this term following his summer switch from Walsall.

The winger scored a second-half hat-trick in the resounding 5-0 win over Barclays Premier League outfit West Ham at the City Ground in round three.

And after bagging a brace in the midweek victory at Huddersfield, which extended Forest's unbeaten run to 16 matches in all competitions, Reid has backed his team-mate to continue his fine form.

"He is a young player so it is important we help keep his feet on the ground, that we help him to keep learning," Reid added.

"He is not the finished article by any stretch of the imagination. But he can go on to be a top, top player.

"He is a fantastic asset for us as a player, with his creativity, with his ball retention and with his goal scoring.

"Sometimes he takes a few too many touches on the ball, but as he gets older and gets more experience, he will be a fantastic player for us."

Guy Moussi is expected to miss the tie with a calf injury sustained against the Terriers.

David Vaughan, Chris Cohen, Dexter Blackstock (all knee), Kelvin Wilson, Henri Lansbury (both back) and Eric Lichaj (hernia) all remain on the sidelines.

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