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Sam Kerr double helps the Blues win the Women's FA Cup final

Sam Kerr's header gave Chelsea the lead in the first half; a stunning Lauren Hemp strike equalized for Man City; Erin Cuthbert's long-range shot put the Blues ahead, but Hayley Raso equalized for City in the 89th minute; Kerr's goal in extra time sealed victory for Chelsea (Author: Gardener)

Sam KerrSam Kerr was once again the heroine of Chelsea as her double helped the Blues to a 3-2 win in extra time in the Women's FA Cup final against Manchester City to earn their Women's Super League title last weekend contributed. The striker scored two stunning goals on Sunday to seal a third straight WSL win for Chelsea and made another appearance at Wembley to guide her side to victory. Kerr opened the scoring against the flow of play in the 33rd minute and nodded home from the right after a cross from Millie Bright. The defender's delivery looked on target, but Kerr was there to help him on his way. City twice came from behind to force extra time, the first from a superb Lauren Hemp goal. The winger punched Bright down the left side of the box before rolling an excellent effort into the far corner. It was another smash, this time from Chelsea's Erin Cuthbert, that put the Blues back in front. Chelsea were minutes away from defending their title but Hayley Raso fired again at City level. But Kerr was the match-winner in the 99th minute, driving from midfield into the box before her shot was deflected into the net by Greenwood. It's a game that Chelsea won despite being second-best for much of the game. City dominated possession and shots - at 23 to Chelsea's nine - but were thwarted by an inspired Berger, particularly in the second half. Sunday's defeat also marks the first time Man City have lost an FA Cup final, winning in their opening three appearances. The result was also a touch of revenge for Chelsea, who lost 3-1 to City in the League Cup final in March. They add a second trophy to their cabinet this season and have successfully defended their title from the 2020/21 season. They have conceded four goals in back-to-back games where the pressure was on to win - they have conceded just one in their career up to the FA Cup final and ten in total this season in WSL. "It might be a touch of nervousness or confronting teams with talented attacking skills, but the Blues hardly took it easy on Sunday. As they did against Manchester United, Chelsea ended the game with four centre-backs on the pitch to try and stem City's relentless flow of attacks. "Man City have to deserve credit too. It's not easy to fall behind twice in a game, let alone a final at Wembley, but they showed the incredible determination and cohesion that has helped them, a far from easy one season to get through."But to end the campaign with Champions League football and win the League Cup, plus an appearance in the FA Cup final, can certainly be counted as an achievement."But Hayes' mentality monsters won again and theirs Ability to win in the big moments - even when they might not be their best - is unparalleled."It's the Blues' fourth domestic double as they progress to four FA Cup titles. "Chelsea played at a level a little below what they are capable of, but they know how to take difficult moments and turn them into an advantage. They spent most of the game without the ball and were in almost every department behind Man City, apart from the goal line." City's game plan was clear and they executed it well, but Chelsea's edge was lacking. This is how trophies are won and lost. "Of City's 23 attempted shots, four were on target and two were converted. Of Chelsea's nine offers, four hit the bullseye and three went in. Emma Hayes' side don't need many chances to win a game - they have them about a striker who hits the net more than anyone Sam Kerr had scored 14 goals in her last 12 games - including 16 in 13. In what was an unusually quiet afternoon for the Australia international, she scored her two most important goals - the first and the crucial.Moreover, she has now scored in each of Chelsea's last three domestic cup finals."The numbers favored City's performance but the result was thanks to Chelsea's ruthlessness. That's why they've won the WSL title three seasons in a row - they almost playing with an air of inevitability, you either face the pressure or cave in under it and when When it comes to crucial moments, it's usually the Chelsea players who grab the big opportunity."

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Britney Spears fans and celebrity friends are showing their support for the star after miscarriage news

The pop star announced her first pregnancy in 15 years back in April (Author: Gardener)

Britney SpearsGet the latest entertainment news straight to your inbox with our weekly Showbiz newsletter. Get the latest entertainment news straight to your inbox with our weekly Showbiz newsletter after she revealed she had suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage. The 40-year-old pop star announced in April that she and fiancé Sam Asghari, 28, were expecting their first child together. The news was a delight for fans, as Spears revealed earlier this year that she was placed on forced birth control - while she was under the supervision of her father Jamie Spears. But on Saturday, the singer revealed in a devastating Instagram post that she had lost her third baby, the Mirror reported. In a joint statement, Britney and Sam wrote on the social media platform: "It is with our deepest sadness that we announce that we lost our miracle baby early in the pregnancy. Perhaps we should have waited until we were further along to make the announcement, but we were overly excited to share the good news. “Our love for one another is our strength. Paris Hilton was one of the first to offer her condolences to the singer, writing in the comments: "So sorry for your loss sis. TV screenwriter Marlene King wrote: "So sorry for your loss. Send love." Send love." Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore hinted that she's keeping Britney in her thoughts as she responded to her update with a simple red heart emoji. While adding that they are determined to try and start a family again, Britney's fiancé Sam wrote, "We're about to see a miracle soon." Fans of the duo also expressed their shock and sadness at the tragic news — with one Writing: "It's better to be said and supported than to keep it a secret and go through it all alone. Sorry for your loss." And another typed, "Sending love, light and strength to you both." While another responded, writing, "After everything you've been through this is so unfair. Sorry Britney.” The baby would have been the third for Britney, who shares two sons with her ex-husband Kevin Federline. Britney and Sam got engaged in September last year, and the singer announced the news just days after filing for conservatorship dissolution. The miscarriage association (01924 200 799) misCarriageassociation.org.uk supports women affected by miscarriage, ectopic and molar pregnancies. If you are concerned about a loved one you can also call the helpline, which is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm, or email [email protected] Don't miss the latest news from across Scotland and beyond - sign up for our daily newsletter here.

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Nottingham Forest defeats Sheffield United in a vibrant clash but the late Blades goal leaves the tie open

Forest recovered from their defeat by Bournemouth and beat Sheff Utd at Bramall Lane - but the Blades are still in the game after a late goal (Author: Gardener)

BladesNottingham Forest beat Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane in the Championship play-off semi-final - but a late Jack Robinson goal kept the Blades' hopes alive. Forest recovered from their disappointing defeat by Bournemouth with a top performance in South Yorkshire, although Paul Heckingbottom's side are still tied after an injury-time goal. Sheffield United were booked just five minutes later when Brennan Johnson got in behind the Blades defence. Heckingbottom's men didn't learn their lesson, however, and Nottingham Forest took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute. Sam Surridge came to the touchline and pulled the ball back for Philip Zinckernagel, who benefited from ex-Forest star Ben Osborn slipping at the crucial moment. Wes Foderingham, United's best player in the first half, saved Zinckernagel's shot - but Jack Colback was there to finish the rebound. John Egan had the home side's best chance of the first half in the 18th minute. He towered over his opponent from a corner to a header. Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba was nowhere to be seen and was lucky as Surridge bounced off the goal line. Forest began opening up United's defense regularly and Surridge should have doubled the visitors' lead when he fired from the box. But once again Foderingham was there to keep United in the game. John Fleck then slipped before a tackle and subsequently kicked two feet. Reds midfielder Ryan Yates should have scored in the 36th minute when he headed in from a James Garner cross, although he could only deflect the shot wide. After Johnson chipped a low drive just wide of the post, Foderingham made a brilliant double save to prevent Surridge and then Johnson from scoring. United had more control early in the second half and the first chance after the break came from Sander Berge. In the latter change, Heckingbottom Osborn moved from right-back to midfield. Despite growing into the match, the Blades went 2-0 down in the 71st minute. United skipper John Egan was too slow with possession and Lolley pinched him before firing on goal. Fleck made a great block of his attempt, but the ball fell in Johnson's path and he landed in the top corner. Forest fans then applauded forward Keinan Davis on the pitch as he replaced Surridge up front. Following his earlier error, Egan brilliantly blocked a Johnson shot after Djed Spance dragged the ball back into a dangerous area. Heckingbottom returned to his bench in the 82nd minute and brought in attacker Daniel Jebbison for Osborn while United looked for a way back into the game. And they got it in stoppage time when Forest failed to handle a corner and Robinson headed into the net from close range. United were beaten at home but after so many missed chances for the visitors and a late goal, Cooper and co could be more frustrated. The article Nottingham Forest beats Sheffield United in vibrant clash but late Blades goal leaves tie open, appeared first on Teamtalk.com.

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Steve Cooper's side go into the second leg tight after a late goal

Sander Berge ensured Sheffield United would travel to the City Ground with at least something when they play Nottingham Forest in Tuesday's semi-final second leg of the Championship play-offs. Jack Colback and Brennan Johnson had put Steve Cooper's side two goals clear and on the brink of a trip to Wembley before the Norway international brought in a late reply in injury time. A rough atmosphere greeted both groups of players onto the pitch as Blades looked for a return to the top flight after two years, while Forest looked to end a 23-year absence. (Author: Gardener)

Steve Cooper'sSander Berge ensured Sheffield United would travel to the City Ground with at least something when they play Nottingham Forest in Tuesday's semi-final second leg of the Championship play-offs. Forest opened the scoring in the 10th minute thanks to Colback's rebound efforts with his first foray into the half. The Reds could have been further up the field had it not been for Wes Foderingham in the Blades' net, who denied the clear efforts of Sam Surridge and Johnson to hold the 1-0 lead before the break. In contrast, Forest attacks were few and far between in the second half but Joe Lolley capitalized on a defensive error to give Johnson a brace, but Blades reacted late to give them a glimmer of hope in the second leg thanks to a header from Berge. His initial try was brilliantly saved by Foderingham before Colback caught the rebound and completed from close range, causing chaos among the traveling Reds supporters. Minutes later, the Blades almost responded when a corner kick from the right found John Egan's head, but his goal-bound header was cleared off the line by Surridge to keep Forest's early lead. Frustration began to mount at Bramall Lane and the visitors came almost to a second as a neat connecting play found Zinckernagel with the ball at his feet before selecting Surridge in an acre of space just 10 yards away but he was able to get his shot aimed at Foderingham only. Reds boss Steve Cooper must have wondered why his side only scored one good goal. This time Manchester United loanee James Garner got Jerry Yates free from eight yards but he shot a narrow shot wide of the far post. The hosts had goalkeeper Foderingham to thank for not going more than a goal into the break as he made a good save from Surridge's melee before getting up well to deny Johnson in the follow-up. The Blades responded to Paul Heckingbottom's words at the break and forced a couple of chances when Morgan Gibbs-White touched Sander Berge, but he shot over from inside the box and Gibbs-White rolled an effort straight into Brice Samba's grip -Moments later. While the visitors had few chances in the second half, they eventually doubled their lead in the 71st minute to calm nervousness about paying for their barrage of missed chances before the break. Lolley's first contribution after coming off the bench was to disown Egan in the last line of defense before joining Johnson, who finished emphatically in the top right corner. United scored an injury-time goal in the tie when Berge nodded into an empty net after goalkeeper Samba found himself in no man's land for the first time in the competition setting up a thriller en route back to the City Ground on Tuesday.

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Nottingham Forest take a narrow lead in the first leg

Sheffield United Ireland defender John Egan cleared a dangerous header off the line (Author: Gardener)

Nottingham ForestGoals from Jack Colback and Brennan Johnson helped Nottingham Forest to a narrow 2-1 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in the Sky Bet Championship play-off first leg. Ireland internationals John Egan and Enda Stevens started in Sheffield United's defense with Conor Hourihane, an unused substitute. Nottingham Forest opened the scoring with his first foray into the opposition half in the 10th minute, courtesy of Jack Colback's rebound attempt. The Reds could have been further up the field had it not been for Wes Foderingham in the Blades' net, who denied the clear efforts of Sam Surridge and Brennan Johnson to hold the 1-0 lead before the break. In contrast, Forest attacks were few and far between in the second half but Joe Lolley capitalized on a defensive error to give Johnson a brace, but Blades reacted late to give them a glimmer of hope in the second leg thanks to a header from Sander Berge. His initial try was brilliantly saved by Foderingham before Colback caught the rebound and completed from close range, causing chaos among the traveling Reds supporters. Minutes later, the Blades almost responded when a corner kick from the right found Ireland defender Egan's head, but his goal-bound header was cleared off the line by Surridge to keep Forest's early lead. Frustration began to mount at Bramall Lane and the visitors came almost to a second as a neat connecting play found Zinckernagel with the ball at his feet before selecting Surridge in an acre of space just 10 yards away but he was able to get his shot aimed at Foderingham only. The hosts had goalkeeper Foderingham to thank for not going more than a goal back at the break as he made a good save from Surridge's close range before getting up well to then deny Johnson. The Blades responded to Paul Heckingbottom's words at the break and forced a couple of chances when Morgan Gibbs-White touched Sander Berge, but he shot over from inside the box and Gibbs-White rolled an effort straight into Brice Samba's grip -Moments later. While the visitors had few chances in the second half, they eventually doubled their lead in the 71st minute to calm nervousness about paying for their barrage of missed chances before the break. Lolley's first contribution after coming off the bench was to disown Egan in the last line of defense before joining Johnson, who finished emphatically in the top right corner. United scored an injury-time goal in the tie when Berge nodded into an empty net after goalkeeper Samba found himself in no man's land for the first time in the competition setting up a thriller en route back to the City Ground on Tuesday.

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Nottingham Forest take the lead over Sheffield United in the Championship play-off first leg

Sheffield United 1-2 Nottingham Forest: Jack Colback and Brennan Johnson scored for Forest but Sander Berge's late goal gives the Blades hope for the second leg (Author: Gardener)

SheffieldGoals from Jack Colback and Brennan Johnson helped Nottingham Forest to a narrow 2-1 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in the first leg of the Championship play-offs. Nottingham Forest opened the scoring in the 10th minute thanks to Colback's rebound effort with their first foray into the opposition half. The Reds could have been further up the field had it not been for Wes Foderingham in the Blades' net, who denied the clear efforts of Sam Surridge and Johnson to hold the 1-0 lead before the break. In contrast, Forest attacks were few and far between in the second half but Joe Lolley capitalized on a defensive error to give Johnson a brace, but Blades reacted late to give them a glimmer of hope in the second leg thanks to a header from Sander Berge. The opener came when Joe Worrall swept Surridge down the field, his square ball from the touchline finding Philip Zinckernagel, who was helped by a Ben Osborn slip. His initial try was brilliantly saved by Foderingham before Colback caught the rebound and completed from close range, causing chaos among the traveling Reds supporters. Minutes later, the Blades almost responded when a corner kick from the right found John Egan's head, but his goal-bound header was cleared off the line by Surridge to keep Forest's early lead. Frustration began to mount at Bramall Lane and the visitors came almost to a second as a neat connecting play found Zinckernagel with the ball at his feet before selecting Surridge in an acre of space just 10 yards away but he was able to get his shot aimed at Foderingham only. Reds boss Steve Cooper must have wondered why his side only scored one good goal. This time Manchester United loanee James Garner got Jerry Yates free from eight yards but he shot a narrow shot wide of the far post. The hosts had goalkeeper Foderingham to thank for not going more than a goal into the break as he made a good save from Surridge's melee before getting up well to deny Johnson in the follow-up. The Blades responded to Paul Heckingbottom's words at the break and forced a couple of chances when Morgan Gibbs-White touched Sander Berge, but he shot over from inside the box and Gibbs-White rolled an effort straight into Brice Samba's grip -Moments later. While the visitors had few chances in the second half, they eventually doubled their lead in the 71st minute to calm nervousness about paying for their barrage of missed chances before the break. Lolley's first contribution after coming off the bench was to disown Egan in the last line of defense before joining Johnson, who finished emphatically in the top right corner. United scored an injury-time goal in the tie when Berge nodded into an empty net after goalkeeper Samba found himself in no man's land for the first time in the competition setting up a thriller en route back to the City Ground on Tuesday.

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Colback and Johnson give Nottingham Forest a first-leg win at Sheffield United

Jack Colback and Brennan Johnson put Nottingham Forest ahead with two goals but Sander Berge's stoppage-time goal means Sheffield United are still tied despite a 2-1 defeat (Author: Gardener)

SheffieldSteve Cooper and Nottingham Forest have taken a big step towards history but these wouldn't be the Championship Playoffs without a bit of drama. Even the most optimistic Sheffield United supporter would have admitted that a two-goal deficit going into Tuesday's second leg at the City Ground was a fair result considering how they were largely outplayed here. What happened in the final seconds makes all the more intriguing for the tally of that half-time draw. Make no mistake, Sheffield United are still underdogs going into the second leg, but who knows how great an injury-time goal from Sander Berge could be. It was undoubtedly the worst goal Berge will score in his career, but it could also prove to be the most important if Paul Heckingbottom's side can reach Wembley from here. Before that, it had been a near-perfect afternoon in the sunshine for Cooper and Forest, with their biggest complaint being that they weren't further up in the tie after goals from Jack Colback and Brennan Johnson gave them a 2-0 lead. Their front three, Sam Surridge, Johnson and Philip Zinckernagel, terrorized Sheffield United all afternoon and for what was supposed to be a tense period of the season, Forest played with the kind of temper and offensive freedom that got them to this point. "That's the randomness of the playoffs," Cooper said afterwards. We wanted to win and I understand a draw away would have been a good result, but we tackled everything right in front of us and we're not going to change now. Sheffield United couldn't complain about the result but should perhaps be unhappy with the way the two goals they conceded as they both came from individual mistakes by defenders. It was Ben Osborn's slip that allowed Zinckernagel a shot on target and while that was saved by Wes Foderingham Colback converted to put the visitors ahead. Surridge was denied twice by Foderingham, Johnson made a brilliant save from the home keeper and Ryan Yates headed wide from six yards when he was unmarked. However, despite the improvement, United failed to test Brice Samba properly and as the game went into the final quarter they were penalized. John Egan dallyed in possession halfway, allowing Joe Lolley to pinch the ball and run on goal. His shot was blocked by John Fleck, but only into Johnson's run, who converted coolly past Foderingham to double Forest's lead. An incredible block from Egan then denied Johnson a second and it was difficult not to feel the tie reached a premature end. Some home fans headed for the exits as the game slipped into injury time, perhaps even accepting their fate in the tie. But then, out of nowhere, a corner caught Berge, who bundled the ball home and changed the complexion of the tie. "You could see the whole body language changing," Heckingbottom said. "It definitely changed the mood in both camps when it happened. We'll accept where we are in the tie, but it goes on.” We'll find out on Tuesday night how crucial a moment that unfolds is. Despite everything Forest has done here, that connection is still very much alive.

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Forest responsible after first-leg win against Blades

A late goal from Sander Berge gives Sheffield United some hope for the second leg of the play-off semi-final against Nottingham Forest. (Author: Gardener)

BladesA late goal from Sander Berge gave Sheffield United some hope for the second leg of the play-off semi-final against Nottingham Forest. When time was almost up, Berge scored from a corner and set up a big second leg on Tuesday. Forest were just two minutes away from leaving Sheffield with a well-deserved two-goal advantage but will still go into the second leg as favorites to reach Wembley. After an even 10-minute opening, Forest took the lead when Sam Surridge clipped the ball up Joe Worrall's right inside channel, sending the ball up center for Zinckernagel. Sheffield United responded well to the setback and Surridge was in the right place to bounce off the line after Egan's header from John Fleck's corner. In the first 45 minutes, however, the home side never went as well as Forest totally dominated the rest of the half. Ryan Yates headed wide from a great position after James Garner's cross found him unmarked in the middle before goalkeeper Foderingham made a good save from Surridge and then got up brilliantly and parried off Johnson's subsequent header. Foderingham had previously made separate saves from Surridge and Johnson, while the latter screwed a try over the post as the Blades held on for the break. Despite dominating possession, they failed to force Brice Samba to make a significant save and were then caught off guard when substitute Joe Lolley stole the ball from Egan 30 yards from his own goal and drove forward before the ball broke nicely, allowing Johnson could sweep him up high-quality execution. It could have been worse for the Blades but Egan made a great block to deny Johnson after an enterprising run from Djed Spence and Spence then sent a low drive into the side netting. As the home fans flocked to the exits, their team won a late corner. He led Swansea to the play-offs in his two seasons with the Wales side but lost in the semi-finals to Brentford in the first year and to the same opponents under the archway in 2021. Forward Johnson repeated history with his goal 19 years later Father David scored in both legs against the same opponents in a play-off semi-final. Despite the late setback, this Forest team seems capable of doing what the other failed to do and at least reach the finals. Before the tie, there was a lot of talk about Sheffield United's poor record in the play-offs, having failed to do so in the last eight seasons. Boss Heckingbottom said he thought the record was "irrelevant" ahead of the game, but it felt like his team were weighed down in the first half by the expectation that they were incredibly lucky to be down to just one goal afterward . The Blades, who ended the regular season with an impressive 4-0 home win over champions Fulham, were again without a recognized striker due to injuries and their lack of penetration showed after the break, but when they enjoyed far more possession they rarely looked like scoring out. They'll be hoping veteran skipper Billy Sharp can at least play a role in the second leg.

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5 talking points as Nottingham Forest take a big step closer to the Premier League

The Reds sealed a 2-1 away win at Sheffield United in the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final at Bramall Lane - here we take a look at some of the key points to emerge (Author: Gardener)

Nottingham ForestThe Reds sealed a 2-1 away win at Sheffield United in the first leg of their play-off semi-final at Bramall Lane. 1. Victory over Sheffield United in play-off semi-final first leg Nottingham Forest have the advantage after the first leg of their play-off semi-final first leg against Sheffield United. Steve Cooper's side sealed a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane with Jack Colback and Brennan Johnson scoring in both halves - only for ex-Forest man Jack Robinson to score in injury time. The result leaves Forest in the driving seat to win a place in the final at Wembley, against either Luton or Huddersfield on May 29. Forest took an early lead when Sam Surridge's retreat selected Philip Zinckernagel. Although the Watford loanee's attempt was repelled by Wes Foderingham, it fell to Colback, who had the easy task of intervening. Forest should have extended their lead in the first half. United pressed and tested the second half but they just couldn't break a resilient Forest defense - and Johnson struck out forcefully to double the advantage with 20 minutes left. But Robinson's late-night header gives United some hope for Tuesday's second leg at the City Ground. But the bubble of expectant home fans burst after just under 10 minutes as Forest struck the first shot of the competition. Jack Colback was the quickest to react after Foderingham's save fell friendly to him. Ben Osborn's slip also played a role, but the early goal set the tone for a Forest full of aggression. They had to weather a storm in the second half, but Johnson's reckless finish gave them a perfect kick. Johnson was busy all game and had just the right bang for the buck in the 71st minute to double the lead with a stylish finish. Elsewhere, Sam Surridge and Phillip Zinkernagel also contributed, particularly in the run-up to the opening goal. Three of these Forest side were voted into the EFL Championship Team of the Year but it wasn't any of the trios mentioned above - showing just how deep the quality Forest have in their ranks. Playing on hostile soil, Forest's side put in an excellent, near-perfect performance to ensure they have the advantage ahead of the rematch in 72 Hours. United had to go into this game without their four main centre-forwards. Admittedly, that didn't hurt them too much at the end of the regular season as they won their last three games, including a stunning 4-0 win over champions Fulham. There was too much haste in shooting in key areas where the goal was gaping and calm was required. Robinson's header in added time gave them hope, but they were lacking a strong goalscorer all game. Luckily for United, Sharp could be back for the second leg, although his involvement from the bench will likely be limited. This is the exclusive list of teams who left City Ground with a win in 2022. Steve Cooper's side have generally been outstanding since his arrival in the early days of the season. But their home form has been different, especially since the turn of the year. Steve Cooper's side are firmly in the driver's seat heading into the second leg. Losing to Liverpool, which came in an FA Cup quarter-finals after Forest pushed them to the end, can't be a disgrace. That makes United's task all the more difficult on Tuesday night. United fans will pray for a comeback in the second leg on Tuesday Only a handful of sides have come from a first-leg deficit in play-off history. It's a sobering fact that Paul Heckingbottom's side will need to make a memorable comeback on Tuesday night if they are to progress to a fifth final at Wembley.

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Forest plot revenge against Sheffield United in playoff semifinals

Sheffield United prevailed in a thrilling play-off semi-final in 2003, coming back from a 2-0 deficit in the second leg at Bramall Lane and winning 4-3 in extra time - beating Nottingham Forest 5-4 on aggregate. (Author: Gardener)

Sheffield"People will be talking about it for years to come," said Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock after his cobbled-together side knocked Nottingham Forest's rising stars out of the Championship play-offs nearly two decades ago. The Blades prevailed in a thrilling semi-final, coming back from a 2-0 deficit in the second leg at Bramall Lane to win 4-3 in overtime – and 5-4 on aggregate. That night in May 2003 was described by some United fans as the best night they had ever experienced on a football pitch. The memories are not tarnished despite a monumental post-game celebration that was still taking place at the team hotel when other guests came down for breakfast. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Forest players are less accommodating after squandering a valuable chance at the big time, despite a team that had talented academy graduates including Andy Reid, Gareth Williams, Marlon Harewood and John Thompson, as well as David Johnson and Darren Huckerby, on loan from Manchester City. But now Forest sees an opportunity for revenge by playing the first leg of this year's Championship play-off semi-final in Sheffield on Saturday and the second leg at the City Ground on Tuesday. Reid's reaction to the rematch was broadcast live last weekend when Hull City's 94th-minute equalizer meant Forest was suddenly destined to meet his old rival again. "Let's not talk about it," the Irishman quipped when asked about the game on BBC Radio 5 Live nineteen years ago. Reid, who has 10 years on the City Ground in two spells, admitted "a little revenge" would be sweet, adding: "We were 2-0 up. There was a real rivalry between us back then, we always had really good games against each other.' That night Forest was ambushed by some wily pros who had gathered around the Blades' own promising youngsters like Phil Jagielka and Michael Tonge and simply refused to give up. It was close to 1-1 after the first leg in Nottingham, but it was crucial that Forest's rising defender Michael Dawson was sent off and suspended for the second leg with seven minutes remaining. In a way, the semifinals turned Dawson's red card as it seriously weakened the Reds. Well, that and Paul Peschisolido's twisting, turning run and scratched shot that put the Blades ahead in overtime and sparked wild celebrations at Bramall Lane. Peschisolido tore his jersey off the field, followed by his teammates, while chaos erupted in the stands. "It's kind of embarrassing," Peschisolido told Yorkshire Live. I didn't know what came over me.' Michael Brown, who made 151 league appearances for the Blades in five years, equalized in the first leg and started the second-leg comeback with a free-kick to make it 2-1. "That was the classic game of the league," recalled the midfielder. "Yes, if you're not so much on the receiving end as winning it for us, it's been a remarkable day and night. None of us can ever forget that," Brown told the BBC. “The history is there between the two football clubs. Goalkeeper Paddy Kenny remembers every minute of the game. "Looking back now, it was the best atmosphere I've ever played in," Kenny told Sportsmail. “When we lost two to zero I couldn't believe it because we had a good draw away and thought we were going to win it. "But Neil Warnock knew we had good steel over us and this group of players held together and could fight back." United had enjoyed reaching the semi-finals of the League Cup and FA Cup that season and were used to digging deep. Nearly two decades later, Kenny is claiming two assists. First, for the equalizer, his long punt in the 68th minute was controlled by Kabba, who turned Des Walker back to Forest for his second term before heading home with a volley. And then for Peschisolido, with another long ball, but there was a lot of work to be done once the tricky striker was in possession. As the ball rolled over the line at one end, Kenny and Jagielka at the other end rolled around on the floor in celebration before Robert Page told them to cut it out. "Pagey came over and said, 'Damn it, get you two back up because we haven't done that yet,' Kenny later told the Sheffield Star, noting that the Welsh centre-back was 'tough as nails'. Kenny, who is a Sheffield United fan and follows the Blades' current crop at home and away, has been impressed with them this season. "They have to go out there and just do what they've been doing," said Kenny, who now runs a transportation business and gives lectures. The ground was in turmoil after Peschisolido's goal, but the United fans' incredible evening was only to get better. Walker, who had played 310 league games for arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday, headed into his own goal to make it 4-2. "It was an added treat," noted Amanda Ball, a lifelong Blades fan who was at the game. For Forest, the defeat was bewildering. David Johnson, whose son Brennan took the championship by storm for Forest this season and will be crucial if the Reds are to succeed this time, opened the scoring after the half-hour with a pounding blow that caught Kenny flat-footed. And in the 58th minute, Reid smashed a volley from five yards. At this point, Forest fans were planning their away day at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. "We were in dreamland," recalled Paul Severn, 41, an organizer with the Nottingham Forest Supporters' Trust. Des Walker's own goal made it ten times worse. He had returned [to the club]. In the end, Forest's hearts were broken and Johnson, who had scored 29 goals that season, including one in the first leg, left the pitch in tears, Severn grimly recalled. He admits there is now "some concern" ahead of another Sheffield United showdown, with whom Forest shares a long-standing rivalry that was heightened in that play-off defeat. Forest fans see similarities between this team and the one that failed last time, with academy grads like Joe Worrall, Ryan Yates and Johnson making names and making their claims, with one manager, Steve Cooper, known for managing young talent than Hart is. And the team that bottomed out in the championship after seven games got the City Ground back on track. Forest finally appear to have been liberated from incredible past achievements, including back-to-back European victories in 1979 and 1980. "It's been a long, long time since we achieved it," added Severn. I remember Brian Clough back end but people under 30 don't remember any of it and this is the best football they've seen in their life. “Even some of the veterans say they've never seen an atmosphere like this. There have been so many disappointments but to have a team that can give Arsenal and Liverpool a game and Leicester a hideout... There's real enthusiasm in the city. It's the best we've had in years.” Both clubs would do well not to look too far ahead. Her supporters are painfully aware of her miserable record in the playoffs. In 2003, Sheffield United were trailing Wolves 3-0 at half-time in the final. Since falling against the Blades, Forest has failed three more times in the semifinals. After Sheffield United's famous victory in that epic encounter 19 years ago, Warnock vowed: "I'll watch the video as often as I can." And there's motivation for both teams to be found in Warnock's old VHS tape.

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