Eager Meyler gunning for another shot at bringing down Arsenal
Published 08/03/2016 | 02:30
Hull midfielder David Meyler is keen to figure in the next chapter of their FA Cup rivalry with Arsenal tonight but knows that winning promotion from the Championship is the top priority.
Steve Bruce fielded a weakened team for the initial fifth-round meeting of the sides at the Emirates Stadium with Meyler playing his part in ensuring the tie went to a replay.
He has bad cup memories of taking on Arsenal having been part of the group that gave away a two-goal lead in the final in 2014.
But he will accept it if he is asked to step aside tonight with league matches in mind - although he has a strong chance of involvement after missing last week's loss to Birmingham.
"The manager is very fortunate that he's got 23 or 24 outfield players to rotate," says the Corkman.
"He can give players a chance. If he decides to go that way, I'm sure the XI selected will put in a good performance.
"As pro footballers we want to play in every game, we want to play football. But the manager has tough decisions to make at times and promotion is the main target."
Meyler respects Arsene Wenger's approach to the competition, particularly when placed in contrast with other top bosses.
"They have won the competition in the last two seasons, as we know all too well," he continued. "You saw with Man City and (Manuel) Pellegrini, he felt the Champions League was important and put out a weak team.
"Arsene Wenger has always showed that he wants to win the FA Cup. We know whatever side he selects, it's going to be tough to beat. We're going to have to approach it in the right manner and make sure we're bang at it and good to go."
Elsewhere tonight, Daryl Murphy has an outside shot at coming into the frame for Ipswich's away game at Bolton.
He was absent for their weekend win against Nottingham Forest and Mick McCarthy has indicated that last term's top scorer might come into contention again; the Waterford native has found it harder in this campaign with the last of his eight strikes coming in January.
•The FAI say that the combined attendance for the opening weekend of the League of Ireland Premier Division season was the highest in five seasons.
A sell-out crowd for the North-West derby between Finn Harps and Derry and a 4,000 crowd for Cork's win over Bohemians were the driving factors in achieving a final total of 15,565 - compared to 14,924 in 2014 and 14,806 in 2015.