Steve Cooper says his Nottingham Forest side will not be looking to protect their 2-1 lead when they host Sheffield United on Tuesday (Match Result – Nottingham Forest 13/10, Draw 12/5, Sheffield United 23/10).
The pair resume hostilities at the City Ground after goals from Brennan Johnson and Jack Colback handed Cooper’s side a 2-1 first-leg win at Bramall Lane (Forest 8/11, Sheff Utd 13/2 – Promotion).
A similarly pulsating contest is expected on the banks of the Trent, where the hosts have won 12 of 14 games in 2022, and their 42-year-old boss has promised that his team will be heading out on the attack.
Cooper took charge at Forest in September, taking over a side sat bottom of the Championship and feels approaching games in a “certain manner” has been the key to their success.
The winner on Tuesday will go on to face Huddersfield (13/8 – Promotion) at Wembley on May 29 after the Terriers defeated Luton 1-0 on Monday to seal a 2-1 aggregate win.
With his side potentially 180 minutes from promotion to the Premier League, Cooper believes sticking to their tried and tested plan will be key to their hopes of progressing past the Blades.
“Half-time gets mentioned a lot in play-offs. And at half-time, you would try to carry on. This is fairly similar,” he said.
“We’ve approached games in a certain manner, which has served us quite well. We have a certain attitude to how we want to be and what we want to get from it.
“I don’t think we should come away from that. We won’t come away from that.”
For the Blades, Conor Hourihane and Rhys Norrington-Davies are pushing for starts, with John Fleck and Enda Stevens potentially in danger of missing out.