‘We want revenge’ – Redfearn looks ahead to huge clash

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Leeds United's manager has been looking ahead to their match against Sunderland, and has an added incentive to win.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has been looking ahead to the club’s FA Cup third round match against Sunderland on Sunday.

The match is a repeat of the 1973 FA Cup final when Division Two side Sunderland cause a huge upset to defeat a top flight Leeds side 1-0.

The match has gone down in history for both clubs – for very different reasons – but now it is Leeds who are in the second tier and they will be hoping to get one over the Black Cats this weekend.

Leeds are currently 20th in the Championship while Sunderland are 14th in the Premier League, but anything can happen in football’s most famous knock-out competition.

Speaking to LUTV in the build-up to the encounter, Redfearn looked back on that ’73 clash, and suggested his side were looking to even the score.

“It’s for the supporters, it’s the tradition of it and obviously the fixture of '73 for people who can look back that far,” Redfearn said.

“Obviously from a supporters’ point of view we want revenge. We want to get the result we couldn’t get then.

“But also from the club’s point of view it’s a real opportunity to progress and they’re a good side.They have done well. Gus Poyet’s done really well with them but we need to put a side out that we think can compete and go and get a result.”

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