Nottingham Forest will host Sheffield United in the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final this week.
Forest hold the advantage in their tie following a dramatic first leg on Saturday.
Jack Colback and Brennan Johnson scored for Forest at Bramall Lane to seemingly put them in control of the tie.
But a 91st-minute Sander Berge goal has given United hope ahead of the return leg.
These two drew 1-1 in both matches in the regular season and will now clash once more for a place in the showpiece Championship play-off final.
Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United: talkSPORT commentary
This Championship play-off semi-final second leg will take place on Tuesday, May 17.
talkSPORT will have exclusive coverage of the game at The City Ground which will kick off at 7:45pm.
Hugh Woozencroft will be your host and commentary will come from Ian Danter and former Arsenal midfielder Adrian Clarke.
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Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United: Team news
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Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United: What has been said?
Forest boss Steve Cooper: “Half-time gets mentioned quite a lot when we speak about play-offs, and at half-time in any normal game you would try and carry on. I think this is fairly similar.
“I think we’ve approached games this season in a certain manner which has served us well, so we won’t come away from that. Preparations will stay the same.
“Taking a step aside from the game, it was a really good occasion on Saturday. It’s great to be part of the play-offs and they’re the games everyone tunes into.
“We’re looking forward to the game. We love going back home and playing at The City Ground, and when the games have something on them like this one, we’re even more excited.
“All we’ve got to be do is be confident in our work, commit to the plan and believe in what we do. The spirit is really high and the training ground has been excellent.
“We’ve had incredible support this season. There’s been times where we’ve had to really work to get a result, but the fans have kept us going. Our support both home and away has been incredible, but it’s our responsibility to try and get them feeling that way.”
Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United: Match facts
- Sheffield United have never won an away match in the Football League play-offs, playing eight away games without success (D5 L3), with their last such match a 5-5 draw with Swindon Town in 2015. The Blades have the record for competing in the most play-off campaigns without ever gaining promotion via that method (eight before this season).
- Nottingham Forest have never won a home match in the Football League play-offs in four previous attempts (D2 L2), with one of those coming against Sheffield United in 2003, drawing 1-1.
- In the history of the second-tier play-offs, only one side has won the first leg of the semi-final away from home and then not gone on to reach the final, with Leeds doing so in 2018-19 vs Derby (1-0 first leg, 2-4 second leg).
- Sheffield United haven’t scored more than once away to Nottingham Forest in the second tier since May 1993, in a 2-0 victory. Indeed, their last 13 such trips have seen them score just seven times, and never more than once in a single game.
- Nottingham Forest have only lost one of their last 13 home games against Sheffield United in the second tier (W7 D5), while they are unbeaten in the most recent five, winning three of them (D2).
- Brennan Johnson scored Nottingham Forest’s second goal in their 2-1 victory in the first leg against Sheffield United. The only player to score in both legs of a play-off semi-final for Forest is his father David, who did so against Sheffield United in 2002-03, although they were eliminated 5-4 on aggregate.
- Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp has scored four goals in six league starts against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, although none of the four were netted for his current club (two for Scunthorpe, one for Doncaster and one for Leeds).
- Sam Surridge has averaged a league goal every 54 minutes for Nottingham Forest at the City Ground this season, netting five times in 271 minutes on the pitch. In his only two home starts for the club in the Championship, he has scored four times, including a hat-trick last time out versus Swansea.