DANNY Houghton hopes Hull FC can turn back the clock as they to go under the radar.
But he knows all too well that arch-rivals Hull KR will be looking to slap any confidence out of them in tonight’s derby between two ‘desperate’ teams, especially as they are rock bottom.
Normally, the Black and Whites would be buzzing at still having a shot of double glory by being third in Super League and the Challenge Cup semi-finals but this year has been very much a slow burner.
Injuries and hammerings along the way have even had some doubting whether coach Lee Radford is the man to lead them.
But hooker Houghton has been through this before and he can see similarities to 2016, when they finally ended their Wembley hoodoo.
“It sounds strange to say it but we have been under the radar,” he said.
“The consistency of St Helens and Warrington at the top and the high levels they’re playing at have allowed us to keep ticking away and knocking off the wins.
“But it’s similar to our year in 2016, when come the business end of the season we were in really good form and given the way we’re building, we could be heading that way again.
“We’ve sneaked under the radar and we’re just ticking along nicely. We didn’t get off to a great start and had a few shellackings.
“However, I know what the Hull derby is all about. KR are really, really desperate to scrape away from the relegation spot – but we’re desperate to keep in that top three, which will be massive for us at the end of the season.”
Houghton and FC will not be showing any charity at KCom Craven Park but Rovers ace Kane Linnett knows one interested spectator will have plenty of goodwill.
That is if mother Anne, who emigrated to Australia from Scotland with her father when she was eight-years-old, had the time amid all her volunteer work.
She still works with the Salvation Army down under, helping out with those less fortunate.
“It makes her feel better and she likes to help other people,” Scotland international Linnett, 30, said.
“She loves helping out there.”
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