Derry City manager Peter Hutton is happy to adopt the underdog tag as his side prepare to take on St Patrick’s Athletic in today's FAI Cup final (3.30pm live on RTÉ2).
In what is a repeat of the 2012 final, the Candystripes meet St Pat’s at the Aviva Stadium and while Hutton admits that the Dubliners are favourites, he remains confident that his team can get inflict more cup misery on a side that haven't won the tournament in 53 years.
"It’s about managing the game. The occasion can overawe not just young players but senior, experienced players who feel that this is their last Cup final perhaps and they can get carried away on the occasion," Hutton insisted.
"So it’s important that the players just focus solely on the football, if they do that then it will look after itself.
"I certainly think [we’re going to have to be at our best to win]. St Pat’s are a top side brimming with quality throughout so they’re definitely the team that will be favourites for the tie but we don’t mind going in as underdogs, we’re quietly confident we can get the result.
"The Aviva lends itself to the way we like to play, as it will St Pat’s too. The likes of Michael Duffy, Stephen Dooley and Patrick McEleaney like to play in the big open spaces so it should be a good game."
The Derry manager is hoping he can call on the services of Rory Patterson for the showpiece encounter.
Patterson is his side’s top goalscorer this season and his brace against St Pat’s in the 2012 Cup final helped Derry lift the trophy.
But Hutton revealed that he has been struggling with a flare up of an problematic back injury.
"He didn't train last week. He actually had an injection in his back ,though he was suspended against Bohemians, to settle it down again so hopefully he trains all week and comes through okay," the Derry boss said.
"Rory certainly has predatory instincts which he showed against Shamrock Rovers away when he popped up with a vital goal and Rory on-song is a handful for anybody."