Challenge Cup final: Hull hooker Danny Houghton unfazed by Wigan
Last Updated: 21/08/13 3:47pm
Danny Houghton: Keen to take his chance in Saturday's cup final
Hull hooker Danny Houghton will not be overawed when the Airlie Birds face favourites Wigan in the final of the Challenge Cup on Saturday.
Peter Gentle's side go into the Wembley showpiece as underdogs, with the Black and Whites looking to win a trophy they last secured at the Millennium Stadium in 2005.
But Houghton believes confidence in the camp is high after the Black and Whites defeated Warrington and Catalan on their way to the final, with Hull often saving their best performances this season for the cup.
"Wigan have been up there for years now challenging for major honours," said Houghton. "They should go into a cup final as favourites but we won't let that bother us.
"Wigan should go into a cup final as favourites but we won't let that bother us. Warrington went into the game as favourites and so did Catalan and we did the job on them, so there is no reason why we can't do the job at the weekend."
"Warrington went into the game as favourites and so did Catalan and we did the job on them, so there is no reason why we can't do the job at the weekend.
"We've saved our best two performances for the quarter-final and the semi-final after going into those games in poor form really.
"This time we go into the final in a bit of form. We've gone four from four so we've got that knack of winning and I'm sure it will put us in good stead."
Houghton was part of the Hull side that made it to the Challenge Cup final against St Helens on 2008 but he missed out on selection, with Shaun Berrigan starting and Richard Horne named on the bench.
That has left the 24-year-old keen to make amends this time, assuming he is selected by Gentle.
"At the time it was devastating. You think you're never going to get the opportunity again," added Houghton.
"As much as it hurt, it was a case of being as positive as I could be. I warmed up with the lads and went and got changed and sat just behind the dug-out. It wasn't the greatest memory watching.
"I had to get over it pretty quickly because we had a game the following week and I was selected to play.
"I don't know if I'd have made a difference or not - you can't say that because it didn't happen.
"To sit watching it after being so close to playing was terrible. At the time, that was the choice the coach made. I stuck by him and I'm sure it's made me a better player than if I had played.
"Five years on, I get the opportunity and I can't wait now."