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O’Neill on Sheffield United challenge

18 April 2019

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Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill says there will be no let-off from his side as they go in search of all three points against Sheffield United tomorrow.

The Reds play-off hopes have faded in the past couple of weeks but O'Neill believes the integrity of the competition must be maintained as his side look to get maximum points from Bramall Lane.

He said: "We are in the results business and you have to win games. I'd like to find out as much as possible about all of the players at my disposal before we kick-off pre-season but all of these games are very important.

"The last thing that Sheffield United's rivals would want to hear is that we are going there to make up the numbers. That is not the case.

"We would like to try out some things, of course, but overall you want to try and win the matches."

The Blades have been performing well in the Championship this season, being firmly in the mix for an automatic promotion spot.

"Naturally it will be a very tough game," O'Neill added. "They have gone very strongly this year and they are a big club. They are doing really well and you will have to say that of the three teams that are up there, and there is a gap to the fourth team, Sheffield United definitely deserve it.

"It will be a difficult game for us. Chris [Wilder] has done a very good job there indeed. They had a bit of experience of it last year but dropped short at the end. They will be fired up for the game but we have to meet that."

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