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Clough unfazed by visit from United

Burton manager Nigel Clough insists his non-league minnows will show no fear when mighty Manchester United visit in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.

Clough is convinced any pressure associated with the tie evaporated after Albion's 4-1 second-round replay win over Burscough secured the biggest game in their history.

'Am I worried? No. The Burscough game worried us more because we were expected to win and there was so much at stake,' said Clough.

'There is not so much at stake against United - it is the occasion. It is a big day and the finances will be there.

'But I do not think we have got too much chance if they bring a proper side down.

'And it is not a game I will be losing sleep over. How can you worry about the likes of Rooney? There is no point.'

Clough's men are one of four remaining non-league sides playing their part over the most romantic weekend in the English football calendar.

Conference North title-chasers Nuneaton were also forced to hold their nerve to beat Histon and book a home clash with Steve McClaren's moneybags Middlesbrough.

And like Clough, Boro boss Roger Ashby is simply relishing the big day out in the spotlight for his side after years of involvement brought no such reward.

Ashby said: 'I've been in the non-league game for 40 years and you start to wonder if you will be lucky enough to get something special like this.

'We might have to play eight at the back and board up the goals, but it will be a great experience for us and you never know what might happen over 90 minutes.'

Nuneaton's Conference North promotion rivals Northwich are relishing the chance to put a grim recent past behind them and heap more woe upon Mick McCarthy's Sunderland.

Steve Burr's Vics, who travel to the Stadium of Light on Sunday, overcame a 10-point penalty for going into administration last season to finish out of the Conference drop zone - only to be relegated anyway for financial reasons.

Striker Paul Brayson - a former trainee in the north-east with Newcastle - scored the second-round winner against Woking and said: 'These opportunities come around once in a lifetime.

'It will be brilliant to play up there. They are the Premiership club and we have got nothing to lose so we will just go and enjoy ourselves.'

Tamworth make the short, 40-mile trip to Stoke having already accounted for two League One teams - Bournemouth and Hartlepool.

Boss Mark Cooper, the son of former Leeds and England defender Terry, said: 'It is a fantastic achievement for the players and the club.

'We are a small, part-time club but we have won away against two highly-respected League One teams - and we have done it on merit.'