Preview: Bristol City v Hull City
Posted: Tuesday, October 25th 2016
Monday, October 24th 2016
Aden Flint says taking the scalp of a Premier League team is a source of huge motivation for City’s players tonight.
The big defender is no stranger to being an underdog in a cup tie, having finished on the winning side on three of his previous seven meetings with top-flight clubs in his career.
With City sitting pretty in the Sky Bet Championship play-off places as they prepare to host struggling Hull City (7.45pm), a home win might be considered more of an eyebrow raiser than a major shock.
“There will be pressure tomorrow, but probably not as much as a league game,” Flint told Bristol City Player HD.
“Hull have not had the best of results lately but I’m sure they’ll be up for it. Hopefully it will be an entertaining game.
“Their squad has not changed that much from last season. We did well against them at our place and then got battered by them away.
“They’re a Premier League team now and we want to get the scalp of beating a Premier League team and reaching the quarter-finals – that’s a big incentive for us.”
Flint believes City can take inspiration from Bradford City, who reached the final of the competition as a fourth-tier outfit in 2013, as well as Joe Jordan’s class of 1988/89 – the last City team to be in the fourth round.
“I wasn’t even born!” he laughed. “You look at teams like Bradford who have gone all the way to the final and it just proves that anyone can beat anyone if you perform well.”
City’s influential defender is the only player in Lee Johnson’s squad to appear in every minute of every match in all competitions this season.
“I’m happy to be playing because that’s all any footballer wants to do,” he added. “I’m always looking to improve every day in training and hopefully that’s showing on the pitch.”
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