Sunday 21 January 2018

We are match for anyone on our day - Robert Snodgrass

Robert Snodgrass thinks Hull are as good as anyone in the Championship
Robert Snodgrass thinks Hull are as good as anyone in the Championship

Winger Robert Snodgrass believes Hull are more than a match for anyone in the Sky Bet Championship on their day as they prepare for the play-off final with Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley.

The Tigers' chances of a third promotion to the top flight in nine seasons have been undermined by fluctuating form but when they produce their best they have shown they are as good a side as there is outside of the Premier League.

Hull were top of the table in February, but faltered with just two wins in 10 league games heading into April and almost blew a 3-0 advantage in the second leg of their play-off semi-final against Derby before holding on to win 3-2 on aggregate.

"That's the reason why we've not been automatically promoted because there hasn't been that consistency over the last few months and that's the truth," the former Leeds and Norwich midfielder said.

"I've said many times, on our day we've proved against Burnley, against Middlesbrough, we beat them both comfortably, so we can't go in there thinking about the games we've not done well in."

Centre-half Curtis Davies, who scored at Wembley in the 3-2 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal two years ago, believes the second leg wobble against Derby was a wake-up call.

"It's probably the kick up the backside we needed going into the final," he said.

"We know we need to be bang on our game because Sheffield Wednesday will be giving it everything they've got to get to the Premier League as well."

Tigers boss Steve Bruce is chasing a new record by becoming the first manager to win promotion to the Premier League four times.

He twice won promotion with former club Birmingham, via the play-offs in 2002 and after finishing second in 2007, while he guided Hull to automatic promotion in 2013 at the end of his first season in charge.

Club captain Glenn Loovens feels Sheffield Wednesday's fans can be the 12th man for the Owls.

The Owls sold their allocation of just under 39,000 tickets in less than five days for the Wembley match and the two-time Holland international is confident that following can make a huge difference.

"They have been helping us all season, home and away, and especially the last couple of games we played, Cardiff at home and Brighton home and away," Loovens said.

"The atmosphere has been amazing and I expect they are going to step it up a notch on Saturday.

"It would be massive for everyone, not only for the players but everyone involved who works hard behind the scenes and the fans as well, who have been longing for it for a long time."

The central defender has tasted defeat under the arch of Wembley when he played for Cardiff against Portsmouth in the 2008 FA Cup final and is hoping for a better result this time around.

"We don't go there to lose. It will be a tough game and whoever turns up on the day will probably take it, and we have to make sure it's us," Loovens added.

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