Nottingham Forest winger Jamie Paterson says reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals would represent his dream scenario ahead of Sunday’s fifth-round tie at Sheffield United.The Reds travel to Bramall Lane chasing a spot in the last eight for the first time since 1996 but Paterson admits any underestimation of Nigel Clough’s side could easily result in a cup upset.
He told Forest Player: “Sheffield United are a massive club and we’ll go there with a lot of respect for them. The stadium will be packed out with a boisterous crowd but it’ll make a massive difference that we’ve got over 5,000 fans supporting us too.
“Reaching the latter stages of the FA Cup is something you dream about as a kid. If we can get through to the quarter-finals then we’ll only be 90 minutes away from playing at Wembley which is great motivation for us.”
Paterson has already provided Forest fans with a moment to remember in this season’s competition with his stunning third-round hat-trick against West Ham United and the 21 year old says he just wants to continue scoring goals and enjoying his football.
He said: “I’ve not set myself a target of goals to reach but if I get into double figures then I’ll be happy. Everyone in this team chips in with their fair share of goals and that is what is helping us push up the league and go through in the cup at the moment.
“The FA Cup has always been special through the years. It has been good to me this season after scoring my first professional hat-trick against West Ham and hopefully I can carry on against Sheffield United on Sunday.”
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