Sheffield United goalkeeper Mark Howard has described tomorrow’s FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Charlton Athletic as one of the biggest of his career.
Buoyed by eight straight wins in all competitions, United are looking to cause another cup upset this weekend.
Nigel Clough’s side are the lowest ranked team left in the tournament and have taken several notable scalps, including Premier League clubs in Aston Villa and Fulham. Victory over Charlton will guarantee a semi-final trip to Wembley.
Howard, seeking a sixth successive clean sheet, said: “This is one of the biggest games of my career. I grew up watching the FA Cup and you dream about getting to Wembley. It is a great achievement to have got this far but we want to go that step further.”
Charlton are third-from-bottom in the Championship after securing a meagre six wins from their 30 league fixtures. Nonetheless, Howard is refusing to underestimate Chris Powell’s team, who defeated Sheffield Wednesday in the last 16.
He said: “We know it is going to be a difficult test. They are in the league above us but it is a great opportunity. Hopefully we can seize that.
“They are a good team and we all need to be at it on the day and hopefully that will be enough to get us through.”