PNE boss Simon Grayson did not want a FA Cup replay according to Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough.

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson
Preston North End manager Simon Grayson
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Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough revealed PNE gaffer Simon Grayson was not keen on a FA Cup fourth round replay.

United’s young striker Diego De Girolamo’s second half strike cancelled out Paul Gallagher’s sublime set-piece as the visitors fought back to draw 1-1 with North End at Deepdale.

The result means the Lilywhites will now travel to their ‘hoodoo’ ground Bramall Lane a week on Tuesday to earn a place in the fifth round of the cup.

And despite adding another game to an already overloaded fixture list Clough admitted he would take a replay any day rather than miss out on a chance of progressing.

He said: “Simon was saying with five minutes to go ‘you don’t want a replay do you?’

“And I said yeah we’d do it, we’ll take a replay rather than get knocked out.

“Although it adds another fixture it might give some of these lads a chance to get another game.”

The clash will be the two sides fourth encounter of the season and cup king Clough said he will be sick of the sight of North End by May.

He said: “We said to the lads before the game lets be in the hat at five o’clock.

“We have a good record against PNE.

“We have had three unbelievably tough games against them, now a fourth and potentially in the play-offs too.

“I think we are sick of the sight of them. We’ll be sick of the sight of each other by May.”

Whilst PNE boss Grayson was also happy to still be in the mix for the fifth round draw.

He said: “If you are not going to win the game the next best thing is that you are still in the hat.

“I thought it was a good cup tie, two teams going head to head that know a lot about each other.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t get the victory today but I was pleased with how we worked.”