Nigel Clough got his FA Cup fifth round dream draw when Nottingham Forest beat Preston in their fourth round replay at Deepdale last night.
The Sheffield United boss saw his former club, where he played for ten years, beat United’s fellow League One outfit 2-0 with ex-Blade Darius Henderson scoring the clincher in the last minute.
The fifth round tie at Bramall Lane was last night listed by the FA for Sunday, February 16. No kick off time was given. This avoids a clash with Sheffield Wednesday’s fifth round tie at home to Charlton.
The Blades boss will certainly see Tuesday’s success as a great boost for his side when they return to League One action on Saturday for a crucial relegation clash at Bramall Lane with Shrewsbury Town.
In addition, the run is proving a huge financial boost for United with prize money and tv money alone already worth some £500,000 before any gate receipts.
The £90,000 for their win on Tuesday takes their total prize money to £202,000. The tv fund money for the televised Fulham ties plus the live second round tie at Cambridge comes to £288,000.