Hull can beat Arsenal in FA Cup replay, says defender
PUBLISHED: 12:20 22 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:20 22 February 2016
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Hull’s Curtis Davies says any thoughts of revenge for recent FA Cup defeats by Arsenal will be irrelevant when the sides clash again in their fifth round replay.
Davies scored the Tigers’ second goal to give them an early 2-0 lead in the 2014 final at Wembley before Arsene Wenger’s side fought back to claim the trophy 3-2 in extra time.
The central defender was involved again last season when Hull lost their third round tie 2-0 at the Emirates – but this time the Gunners must travel to Humberside for a replay following Saturday’s 0-0 draw.
And Davies believes the Championship leaders are capable of breaking Arsenal’s stranglehold on the trophy when the sides renew battle at the KC Stadium next month.
“I don’t see why not,” said the 30-year-old. “We’ve been stronger at home than we have been away and it’s all dependent on us on the day, whether we’re up for it and whether we do it right.
“It’ll be an interesting game. We can cause anyone a threat on our day and hopefully Arsenal will have bigger fish to fry, so they might take their eye off the ball.
“But I don’t think it’s right to say we owe them one because they won those games fair and square. It’s not like we were cheated out of it or anything and those games are in the history books now.
“We need to move on. The point is that if we win the replay we’re into the quarter-final and then you never know – there could be another opportunity to go to Wembley and put it right for ourselves.
“Obviously it’s all well and good to beat Arsenal but, unless it’s a final and you go and lift that trophy, I don’t think that hatchet’s been buried yet.”
Hull manager Steve Bruce has made little secret of where the FA Cup ranks in his list of priorities this season, with an immediate return to the Premier League the club’s main target.
While Davies admits that both teams would have preferred a positive result on Saturday, he feels the Tigers’ performance against Arsenal aids their prospects of a successful promotion push.
“We knew if we came and tried to out-football Arsenal, we were going to lose,” he added. “Arsenal actually played a stronger team than I expected, so the fact that we got the result is even better.
“It’s the replay that neither team really wanted, with the schedules we’ve got, but I think it gives us confidence that we’ve come to a club like that and got a result.
“We know we’ve got a strong squad and everyone is fit at the moment, so we’re looking forward to the run-in to the end of the season.”