Hull City

Bowen Hoping For An FA Cup Night To Remember

16 February 2018
Jarrod Bowen is hoping to create a special FA Cup memory when the Tigers travel to Chelsea this evening.

The 21-year-old is enjoying his first taste of the competition this season – having been an unused sub in the Tigers’ two ties against Swansea City and Fulham last term – and bagged his first FA Cup goal when scoring in the 2-1 home win over Nottingham Forest in the previous round.

Despite that feat, the youngster admits his biggest memory of the oldest domestic cup competition in world football so far comes from before his time as a professional.

“The biggest memory I have of the FA Cup isn’t through playing,” he said. “Instead, I was watching Manchester United play Portsmouth and my little sister was born on that day.

“I was watching the FA Cup game and then dad came running in, turning the telly off. I looked him like, ‘Are you all right?’

“The next thing I know he is chucking me in the back of the car saying, ‘Your sister is being born, we have got to go’. That is the memory (of the FA Cup) that stands out mainly.

“Otherwise, I was at a tie between Hereford and Shrewsbury once. Back home that is a big derby. I think Sam Clucas played that day and we (Hereford) won. Then there was the 2014 final (for Hull) against Arsenal.

“Hereford’s season had finished and my move (to Hull) was already going through. Me and my dad were Hull fans for 90 minutes.”

Looking to secure a first-ever victory at Stamford Bridge after 22 games without a win, the Tigers head into tonight’s Fifth Round tie against the reigning Premier League champions as rank outsiders. Nevertheless, Bowen is hoping to help Nigel Adkins’ side spring an upset at the home of the West London outfit.

“It’s the FA Cup and we all know anything can happen in this competition,” he added. “Yes, Chelsea will be favourites. They’re the home team and are expected to win.

“That means the pressure is off us a little bit. Hopefully, we can go there, play our own game and cause a bit of an upset.

“I’m looking forward to the game and itching to be involved. I want to test myself against the best players in the world because that’s how you improve as a player – and that’s what I want to achieve.

“If selected tonight, I’ll relish the opportunity and look to do as well as I can for the team and help us to achieve the result we all want.

“The FA Cup is still a competition that is valued by players and everyone wants to do well in it. A good cup run can give everyone a lift – the Club, the players and the fans – and we want to keep our run going.”