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Browny ready for Forest fire

Posted on 2 March 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Michael Brown knows from personal experience what the likely mindset of the Nottingham Forest players will be going into tonight's FA Cup 5th round replay.


The midfielder is now experiencing the flip side of the coin to when he was a Sheffield United player preparing to face the likes of Leeds, Liverpool and Arsenal in cup competitions two seasons ago.


He is now a Premiership player and is well qualified to suggest the team will have to meet fire with fire at the City Ground against a team who will be determined to slay top flight opponents.


"The FA Cup is totally different from the league and you always looking for that big game to come along - to test yourself against the big players," reasoned Michael.


"You are listening to the draw and thinking 'come on, let's get a big one' and we had some great ties while I was at Sheffield. I think it means everything to the clubs and they want to take a big scalp.


"It will be no different with Forest on Wednesday, they came to our place and did well and it is now going to be a tougher game for us. They will have been delighted with the draw and really looking forward to getting us there and giving us a hard game."


Michael went on to explain the possible attitude of the players who are seeking to produce a cup upset in front of the live television cameras.


"I think they test you out to see if you are taking your foot off the pedal and that is one thing you can't do. They will be hoping we will do it and we can't get caught up in that.


"In the first ten minutes I think they will come straight at us and we will have to be ready for that. They will test us out to see if we're ready and we won't disappoint, I'm sure.


"Looking at it from Sheffield's point of view while I was there, it was a case of 'come on lads, it is a big stage for you to prove yourself'. With us going to Forest, I'm sure the boss will be telling us to be ready for the fight, we've got to be right and play our football on top of that.


"It is a different way of looking at it and both managers have their job to do.


"It is going to be tough, people are saying because they are at home they will come out at us a bit more. I don't think they will, we should have a lot of the ball and have got to make it work."