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Browny seeks Forest repeat

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 full well the experience of facing Nottingham Forest in a high stakes encounter.

The combative midfielder was a key member of the Sheffield United side that took on Forest in the then Division One play-off semi-finals back in May 2003. Browny proved to be a thorn in their side as it was he who netted a penalty at the City Ground in the first leg to cancel out Forest's advantage and the game finished all square.

Forest were two goals to the good in the return at Bramall Lane before Michael found the net again on the hour and United went on to win 4-3 to secure a date in Cardiff, where they were beaten by Wolves.

Another scorer in that second leg is a more familiar face now - Andy Reid netted just two minutes before Michael's reply, although our other Forest connection was missing on the night.

"Dawson and Reidy were both playing in the first game - although Daws got sent off and didn't play in the second," recalled Michael.

"We had some fantastic games against Forest in the league and then we went into the play-offs. We drew 1-1 in the first leg and then had an exciting game at our place where we beat them 4-3 after extra time to go to Cardiff."

Forest have suffered a dip in fortunes since jostling for a Premiership return and Michael - who keeps tabs on the Championship race due to his still close connections in Sheffield - is slightly surprised they are not battling in the top half of the table.

"It is a fantastic club with great fans and I don't know why they have struggled. There have been some great players coming out of there - look at us, we have just got Dawson and Reidy.

"I can't sum up why they are down there, but they are and have got to put it right soon."

Michael suspects a high-profile FA Cup game will provide a fitting distraction from the league challenges ahead for Gary Megson's side.

"I think it will be a nice change for them with the pressures they have had in the league. They will be able to relax and give it their best shot.

"If it is anything like the Brighton game, we really found it tough and I think it will be no different on Sunday.

"How we approach it mentally is massive, we've got to first and foremost win the battle and hopefully our football can win out at the end of the day."