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Quique will “respect” Nottingham Forest after FA Cup date announced

Quique Sanchez Flores is excited about the prospect of going to the City Ground in the fourth round of the FA Cup and facing an opposition steeped in history.

It has been confirmed Watford will face Dougie Freedman’s Nottingham Forest on Saturday, January 30, 3pm KO with a place in the fifth-round and prize money of £90,000 at stake.

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Forest have suffered a sharp decline since winning the European Cup in 1979 and 1980 at a time when Sanchez Flores was a teenager.

“I follow Nottingham Forest in the 70s because they were very famous,” he said.

Sanchez Flores rung the changes in the last round against Newcastle United and it will be fascinating to see his approach for the fourth-round tie, especially with Chelsea at home the following Wednesday.

“We saw in the last round a lot of big clubs were eliminated,” said the head coach. “The level of Nottingham Forest is very, very high and we will need to respect a lot this club. We manage the FA Cup with the conditions we find in the league.”

The Hornets will receive a ticket allocation of circa 4,566 for the match at the City Ground. Two famous faces who won’t be in the crowd will be Forest fan Stuart Broad and big Watford fan Steven Finn as they will still be in South Africa with the England cricket team.

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Watford last met Forest in the FA Cup in 1989, losing a fifth-round tie 3-0 at Vicarage Road to goals from Lee Chapman, Brian Laws and Neil Webb. The Hornets have only been beyond the fourth round three times in the last 12 years.

Watford’s last seven fourth-round opponents

2014: Manchester City (away)
2012: Tottenham Hospur (home)
2011: Brighton (home)
2009: Crystal Palace (home)
2008: Wolves (home)
2007: West Ham United (away)
2003: West Brom (home)