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The excitement of the cup

2 January 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce says the FA Cup is of similar importance to him as the league campaign.

Pearce takes his team to face League One side Rochdale in the third round tomorrow, a match he is looking forward to.

He told Forest Player: “The league campaign is paramount to us, but to have a good run in the FA Cup is as well.

“It’s a fantastic tie and a tough game against a team that play a lot of football. I think it’ll be close to a sell-out, which is a great indictment of how good the FA Cup is.

“I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve got some great memories of the FA Cup over the years.”

Pearce’s previous employment at the FA saw him involve himself with promoting the competition, a responsibility he has carried into the latest chapter of his career.

He said: “I took the cup to Afghanistan for five days to visit the troops. They all wanted a picture with it, and they were supporters of varying clubs up and down the country. You can’t underestimate the excitement of the FA Cup.

“I’m not selling a product I feel I should be because I’m manager of Nottingham Forest, I’m selling a product that I genuinely get excited about.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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