TOM HUDDLESTONE last night insisted Hull City can approach the FA Cup final “with plenty of confidence”.
The Tigers are preparing for the biggest day in the club’s 110-year history when they take on Arsenal at Wembley.
Bookmakers have made the Gunners overwhelming favourites after a strong end to the season that brought five straight wins and the securing of a Champions League place.
Arsene Wenger’s men also beat Hull twice in the Premier League with the Yorkshire club failing to score in either meeting.
Despite that, Huddlestone believes a shock is on the cards at the national stadium.
He said: “There have been some unbelievable players over the years who have never been to a FA Cup final. So, I count myself lucky to be in this position.
“There is no point getting there, though, if you are happy to take a runners-up medal. If we were to win the trophy then it would live on for decades to come.
“We will go in with plenty of confidence. We know our league form hasn’t been what we expected but we have got to put all that out of the window and concentrate on the final.
“We know it is upon us now. In recent weeks, we have let ourselves down in the league. Once we knew we were safe, we unintentionally took our foot off the gas a little bit.
“But we know this week is a massive one in our careers and the history of this club.
“When you have got someone like the manager (Steve Bruce), who has won what he has won, telling you to grasp the chance and have no regrets, you take that on board.”
Asked about Arsenal’s 3-0 win at the KC last month, Huddlestone replied: “First half against them up here, we tried to go toe-to-toe with them and we could have taken the lead maybe two or three times.
“But once they went in front, they controlled things. They are one of the best at controlling a game and holding a lead. We know they’re going to have large periods of possession but we have got to stay disciplined and, hopefully, hit them on the break.”