Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United LIVE commentary: History of Forest side in Championship play-off clash, but Sander Berge goal gives Blades hope

Nottingham Forest will host Sheffield United in the second leg of their league semi-final this week.

Forest hold the advantage in their draw after a dramatic first leg on Saturday.

Nottingham Forest will face Sheffield United for a place in the Championship play-off final

Jack Colback and Brennan Johnson scored for Forest at Bramall Lane to seemingly give them control of the encounter.

But a 91st-minute goal from Sander Berge gave United hope ahead of the second leg.

These two have drawn 1-1 in both regular season matches and will face off again for a spot in the Championship play-off final.

Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United: talkSPORT commentary

This semi-final second leg of the Championship play-offs will take place on Tuesday 17 May.

talkSPORT will have exclusive coverage of the match at the City Ground which kicks 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 LIVE commentary: History of Forest side in Championship play-off clash, but Sander Berge goal gives Blades hope
Nottingham Forest have the advantage over Sheffield United
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Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United: Team news

Nottingham Forest: TO BE CONTINUED


Sheffield United: TO BE FOLLOWED


Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United: What was said?

Forest boss Steve Cooper: “Half-time is often mentioned when we talk about play-offs, and at half-time in any normal game you would try to carry on. I think it’s quite similar.

“I think we’ve approached games this season in a certain way that has served us well, so we won’t stray from that. The preparations will remain the same.

“Taking a little distance from the game, it was a very good opportunity on Saturday. It’s great to be in the play-offs and those are the games everyone is watching.

“We are looking forward to the match. We love going home and playing at City Ground, and when games have something like this, we get even more excited.

“All we have to do is have confidence in our work, commit to the plan and believe in what we are doing. The spirit is really high and the training ground has been excellent.

“We have had incredible support this season. There were times when we really had to work hard to get a result, but the fans supported us. Our home and away support has been amazing, but it’s our responsibility to try to make them feel that way.

Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United LIVE commentary: History of Forest side in Championship play-off clash, but Sander Berge goal gives Blades hope
The Blades have everything to do with Forest

Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United: Match facts

  • Sheffield United have never won an away game in the Football League play-offs, going eight away games without success (D5 L3), with their last such game a 5-5 draw with Swindon Town in 2015. The Blades have the record of competing in the most knockout campaigns without ever gaining promotion via this method (eight before this season).
  • Nottingham Forest have never won a home game in the Football League play-offs in four previous attempts (D2 L2), one of them against Sheffield United in 2003, drawing 1-1.
  • In the history of the second tier play-offs, only one team has won the first leg of the semi-final away and then failed to reach the final, Leeds having done so in 2018-19 against Derby (1 -0 first leg, 2-4 return leg).
  • Sheffield United have not scored more than once at Nottingham Forest in the Second Division since May 1993, when they won 2-0. 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 lost just one of their last 13 home games against second-tier Sheffield United (W7 D5), while they are unbeaten in their last five games, winning three of them (D2) .
  • Brennan Johnson scored Nottingham Forest’s second goal in their 2-1 first leg win over 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 have come 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 against Swansea.


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