NOW SONE SEEKS TO TAME THE TIGERS...
WHILE Sone Aluko felt it was inevitable Fulham would be drawn against his former side Hull City in the FA Cup, the forward insists the Premier League team advancing is far from a foregone conclusion.
The FA Cup and Hull City hold bittersweet memories for Aluko, with the 27-year-old coming off the bench in the 2014 final against Arsenal at Wembley.
While on the bench, Aluko had seen Arsenal level at 2-2 after falling two goals behind in the first eight minutes, while the Gunners would go on and win the game in extra-time through Aaron Ramsey.
The following season Aluko played 31 times as Hull were relegated to the Championship, and although he featured the same number of times the following term to propel the club straight back to the Premier League, he was released in the summer.
It’s been all change at Hull since he left with Marco Silva now in the hotseat, and Aluko is adamant home advantage could see Fulham tame the Tigers.
“I said to the lads that we would get Hull and that I would like to get a home game – and it came out that way so it was law of attraction,” said Aluko, who has scored four times for Fulham this season.
“The FA Cup is something every club should take seriously and there is a lot of history. The final was a great day and I would like to get there again.
“It is what you dream about when you are young – playing in big finals and playing in the FA Cup.
“When you dream, you are winning so it wasn’t enjoyable to lose the game, especially when we were 2-0 up.
“We could have won but, all in all, I can say that I have played in an FA Cup final and played at Wembley, so it is something I can look back on and cherish.
“It will be a good challenge for us to see where we are against a Premier League team.
“Any time we play at home we need to be confident we can win the game. When we are at home we back ourselves to dictate the play and control the game. “After that it is about taking chances.”