PNE winger Kyel Reid revealed he would love to get his revenge on former club Sheffield United by scoring the winner at Deepdale tomorrow.
Reid admitted he regrets joining the Blades in 2009 instead of penning a new deal at West Ham.
The move was a surprise due to the bad blood between the Hammers and the Blades after the furore that surrounded West Ham’s miraculous escape from relegation and United’s subsequent drop to the Championship in 2007.
The 27-year-old revealed he received some abuse from the crowd at Bramall Lane during PNE’s 2-1 defeat to Sheffield earlier this month.
But he is hoping to get his own back by knocking his old club out of the FA Cup in tomorrow’s fourth round clash.
He said: “When I first joined I got some stick from the Sheffield fans over my West Ham connection but it died down after a bit. When we played them the other week in the league I got a bit of stick when I was coming on.
“There were a few fans shouting and moaning. The normal ‘West Ham reject’ and all that stuff.
“I just wanted to get on the pitch and make something happen
“Hopefully this weekend I can. And if I get the winning goal I can give them a bit of stick back.”
Current PNE boss Simon Grayson tried to secure Reid’s services when he was manager of Leeds United but the winger opted to join Kevin Blackwell’s Sheffield side.
And Reid said he did not enjoy his one season at Bramall Lane.
He said: “When I look back on it I probably didn’t have a great time at Sheffield. I didn’t enjoy it.
“I didn’t really get on with the manager, Kevin Blackwell.
“He is not a manager I have got many good things to say about.
“But saying that I don’t think anyone who has played under him has either.”
The winger said he left Sheffield in 2010 to join Chorley-born manager Phil Parkinson’s Charlton side because United never lived up to their promise of first team football.
He said: “I don’t know what made me go to Sheffield. At the time they were trying to sue West Ham about the stuff that happened with Carlos Tevez.
“There was a lot going on.
“Funny enough at the same time that Blackwell was calling me, Grayson was trying to get me to sign for Leeds.
“I didn’t really want to leave West Ham. Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola offered me a new two year deal.
“But I was at that age where I just wanted to play football.
“I’d just come back off loan from Wolves. I won the Championship with them and scored the winning goal to get them promoted to the Premier League and I wanted to play regular football.
“I was promised that at Sheffield but when I went for pre-season it became a different thing.
“Maybe I should have stayed at West Ham and probably things would have worked out differently.”
Reid followed Parkinson to Bradford City and was part of the Bantams side that reached the League Cup final in 2013.
Bradford where in League Two at the time and Reid believes PNE have a squad more than capable of excelling in the cup.
He said: “I think in all fairness to the boys at Bradford we have got a better squad here, better quality.
“At Bradford we had a few good individual players like Nahki Wells, James Hanson and Gary Jones in midfield.
“We just had a good team spirit and worked hard for each other and it showed you anything can happen.
“When you look at the teams we came up against like Arsenal, Aston Villa, Watford. We played them off the park and got the win.”
“I think PNE can go and beat anyone. It showed against Norwich – you couldn’t tell the difference between the two teams.
“Once we get that first win back under our belt anything is possible.
“There is not much difference in the leagues it is just when you have that winning spirit and team bonding that anything can happen.”
Reid impressed in PNE’s 2-2 draw with Leyton Orient last Friday but came on as a substitute in North End’s 1-1 draw with Yeovil Town.
The winger did not start due to PNE’s ongoing management of an anterior ligament knee injury he picked up whilst playing for Bradford last January and due to family issues. Reid revealed he spent all weekend in a London hospital looking after his two-year-old son Icie Rich.
He said: “My little boy wasn’t well so straight after Orient I had to go back. He is just recovering now.
“He had a really bad viral infection. He wants to come up now to the game tomorrow, he loves football and he’d love to come to every game if he could.
“Now he is recovering I can just focus on playing football, getting back into the team and making a contribution.
“I said to the gaffer I want to play. I don’t want to miss out especially coming off the back of a great game against Orient where I think we deserved to win.
“I’m high on confidence, feeling back to my normal self so I want to play as many games as I can.”