Deeping Rangers boss Tuncay Korkmaz insists the formbook and past matches will count for nothing when they take on Huntingdon Town in the UCL KO Cup Final today, kick off at 3pm.
Rangers have failed to beat second-placed Huntingdon in three clashes this season but his believes his side are more than capable of leaving Yaxley’s In2itive Park with the silverware.
Korkmaz, who guided Deeping to a fine fourth place this season, said: “I am confident we can win it.
“I am always confident that my team will win although you have to respect Huntingdon because they are a good team.
“We haven’t got a good record against them this season but there are always three possible outcomes in football matches and hopefully on Monday it will be a win for us.
“Cup finals are different from league matches and what’s happened in previous matches counts for nothing.
“It’s all about who handles the pressure on the day and we have to make sure we have the heart for it and want it more than they do.”
The pair drew 1-1 when they last met in the league at Outgang Road although Huntingdon have twice beaten them at home this season - 2-0 in the quarter-final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup and 2-1 in the league.
Joe Braithwaite is cup-tied, having played for Holbeach earlier in the season, and Stacy Cartwright starts a three-match ban but Deeping are boosted by the return of Mitch Griffiths following his suspension for the latest of his three red cards this season.
Korkmaz added: “When you get to this stage of the season you are always likely to have a couple out and a couple coming in, and I’m sure Huntingdon will be in the same boat as us.
“It’s a shame that Joe and Stacy are not available but I am pleased to have Mitch back. Three red cards is three too many but I’m pleased he is available again.”
Deeping booked their place in their first knockout cup final with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Wellingborough.
Leading scorer Ryan Oliver impressed that night with a hat-trick while Matt Heron netted twice.
Deeping have banged in the goals in this season’s competition, having also won 4-0 at Harrowby as well as defeating Peterborough Sports 7-0, Wellingborough Whitworth 9-1 and Oadby 5-1 before their comprehensive semi-final success.