Hull reserves have no pressure against Arsenal – says captain

Hull City are flying high at the top of the Championship, and with Steve Bruce’s policy of only playing his reserve team in Cup games they have also done very well, having played in five rounds in the League Cup, even beating Leicester City on penalties before succumbing to Man City at the Etihad, and also making it through to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Their captain Michael Dawson says that they have no worries about facing Arsenal, and their reserves will just go out at the Emirates and play their normal game. “Anyone who watches Arsenal knows they’re a top team and we’ll go there with no fear or pressure on us and enjoy the occasion,” Dawson said on

“We know the story with us and Arsenal in the FA Cup and we’ll go there as a team wanting to win and progress through to the next round.

“It was the same against Brighton and Bury – it’s all about trying to get into the next round of the competition.”

Two players that definitely won’t be playing is Chuba Akpom and Isaac Hayden who are ineligible to play against their parent club, but looking at Hull’s cup results so far Steve Bruce has given his reserves great motivation to show that they are ready to win a place back in the Championship-leading team’s first XI.

Two player’s that will be starting is Jake Livermore, who is coming back from a failed drug test for cocaine, and the on-loan Man United youngster Nick Powell, who will be making his debut.

All in all, it looks like it will be a very interesting match despite it being two second eams on show….

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  1. A team without pressure can be very dangerous
    Top teams lose in the FA Cup to lower mid, lower table and even lower league teams.
    A team with pressure on them can be more prone to mistakes

    We can’t underestimate any team

  2. Arsenal have become the bogey team of Hull City in the FA Cup in recent past FA Cup games.
    It’s’ not a matter of Arsenal underrating Hull by the Gunners which the Gunners can’t help. But it’s more of the Gunners not being complacent in their game against Hull even when they’re 2-0 up in the game, the Gunners MUST remain serious business like and keep probing the Tigers for more goals to be on the safer side of the game. AFC 4-0 HCFC @ FT +.

  3. Let’s be honest, we will not win the CL. Let’s focus on winning the league and the F.A cup again, keeping our best players and bring in another 2 world class players, then next season we challenge for CL. One step at a time…

  4. You can’t really blame Steve Bruce and the Tigers for focusing on promotion to the EPL. Next season is the bonanza year for teams in the EPL with the $$$ from the TV rights kicking in. You can bet your bottom dollar the Hull 1st team is going to sit the FA Cup game out. So, in all honesty we should expect to play the Hull 2nds sprinkled with some youth.
    That being said the boys who take the field still need to put in a shift but I don’t think we need to take any risks with key players.
    Flamini Per Chambers Ilias/Chiori (or Chambers Per Julio Flamini)
    Ox Mo
    Campbell Iwobi (Crowley 70) Jeff (sanchez 60)
    Walcott (welbeck 60)

    I would like to see Dan Crowley get on the bench and get some minutes here

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