The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND - By Ben Baker

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.”

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