WEMBLEY has rarely been kind to us down the years. But this feels different. This feels more like a day out than the nightmare that has been our previous visits in the play-offs.
The entire season boiled down to one game in those. That brought pressure, both on the pitch and in the stands. Talk of £60m finals and things like that in 2009 before we played Burnley didn’t help, either.
But this is different. We are a team from what used to be the Third Division taking on a club that has done really well in the Premier League this season.
There is no pressure and maybe that can work in our favour. That’s what we keep telling ourselves, at least.
Personally, I will be happy just to see us score. That is something we haven’t managed in any of the more recent Wembley games. Or the Millennium Stadium, for that matter.
Alan Cork scored against Wednesday at Wembley in the 1993 Cup semi-final which, of course, we lost. But since then we have been in the 1997, 2003, 2009 and 2012 play-off finals and yet not managed a goal in any of them. It was the same in 2003 when we lost 3-0 to Wolves in Cardiff.
In that respect, Nigel Clough’s side have a chance to give us something we all desperately want.
The bottom line this weekend is we want to go and enjoy ourselves, which is why our allocation sold out so fast. In the 2012 play-off final, we only took about 24,000 fans down and that was because no-one believed we would go up.
People ask if Steve Bruce being the Hull manager will bring an extra dimension. But it was a long time ago. Maybe some of our fans see him as having walked out on us. But our club was in a bit of a state at the time and I don’t blame him. I wouldn’t say there is any ill-feeling against him.
prediction: 1-0 to us (heart), 3-1 to Hull (head).