Sheffield United: Cup posers for Blades boss

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Major posers facing Nigel Clough in the build-up to the FA Cup fifth round tie with Nottingham Forest on Sunday surround Michael Doyle and the striking options.

The Sheffield United manager has to decide if the midfielder’s particular qualities of experience and know how are regarded as essential to his side’s chances against the Championship club.

In addition, the up front choice appears to lie between Chris Porter and Jose Baxter - Baxter having started in the central striking position in the 2-0 win against Shrewsbury last Saturday with Porter appearing as a late substitute. The other option, Billy Paynter, is cup-tied.

Clough watched Forest win 3-0 at Huddersfield on Tuesday and will have a clearer idea on what he may do and what could cause Forest most problems.

Doyle is available after a three match and Clough could have used him last night, if he wished, had the home game with Brentford gone ahead and not fallen to a lunchtime pitch inspection. If Clough had intended recalling him for that game, he had given no indication either way.

Ex-Blades Darius Henderson and Greg Halford are in the Forest squad.