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Curtis Davies not fazed by Derby prospect

Hull City face Derby County in the Championship play-offs

Hull City defender Curtis Davies has said he and his teammates are not fazed by the prospect of facing a Derby side who have beaten the Tigers twice this season already.

Hull were crushed at the iPro Stadium by Derby in April, losing 4-0 courtesy of goals from Chris Martin, Craig Bryson and a brace from Bradley Johnson, completing a double after the Rams triumphed on Humberside with a 2-0 goal win back in November..

But Hull City managed to finish above their play-off rivals by five points, and Davies is hoping to take confidence from that fact into their play-off semi-final tie.

"The main thing for us is to be ready," Davies told the Hull Daily Mail.

"They are the only team to do the double on us and will be confident. But, hopefully, we can cause them a mini-upset and get to the final.

"The play-offs are so unpredictable, form goes out the window along with results in the season. Whatever has gone before, we just have to be on form for those three games."

The first leg of their playoff tie takes place on Saturday at the iPro, with the return leg at the KC Stadium taking place on Tuesday night.

Playoff favourites Brighton take on Sheffield Wednesday in the other semi-final, with the Seagulls hoping to bounce back after their heartbreak at the Riverside last weekend, where they missed out on automatic promotion on goal difference – the narrowest of margins.

With a reported financial windfall of up to £200 million for the eventual winner, there is plenty riding on success for all four clubs.

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