David Meyler eager to make amends at Wembley

David Meyler is desperate to ensure that he is not a Wembley loser for a second time when Hull City face Sheffield Wednesday in this afternoon’s Championship play-off final.

David Meyler eager to make amends at Wembley

Meyler tasted defeat at the hands of Arsenal in the 2014 FA Cup Final and he is determined to “make it right” in the game dubbed the richest in football with a potential £200m pay-day on offer to the winners.

He said: “The FA Cup would have been a magnificent trophy to win. It is an accolade you would have for the rest of your life.

“I don’t want to get started on that game because I could go on all day about how we should have won it. The goal Santi Cazorla scored, if we had have gone in at 2-0 then we would have probably seen it out.

“I try to think of the good memories about Wembley. After the FA Cup final I was drugs tested and didn’t get back to the team hotel until 11.30pm. I had my mum, dad and sister there waiting for me.

“I was annoyed, I was angry but I remember my dad saying, ‘What a day, this will live with you forever.’ He still talks about going up Wembley Way with the Hull fans, Leonna Lewis singing beforehand, the fireworks, everything. It was remarkable.

“As players you don’t see all that, we are bussed into the stadium underground and then into the changing rooms.

“This time, I would just be happy to win the final. We couldn’t do it in the FA Cup final so we have to make sure we make it right at Wembley this time.

“It would be great to have Premier League football for the city of Hull.

“A lot of people at home ask me what Hull is like and my response is always to say it is just like Cork.

“I can understand if you have come from London, one of the best cities in Europe, and you are not keen. But I like living in Hull, we have got everything we need.

“I have fabulous neighbours, Graham and Sue. They are lovely people. Everyone around Cottingham, where I live, is nice. I enjoy the area and the people. It is a warm place.

“It would be great to have Premier League football back next season. You only have to look at the attendances and how they change. People want to come and watch the big teams.

“I keep hearing that Hull is going to be the City of Culture next year. Cork was City of Culture (in 2005) and it never got the same talk! But the people here are obviously very proud and that is great.”

Meyler, who will hope to be celebrating his 27th birthday tomorrow as a Premier League player, is confident that Hull have the big game player who can rise to the occasion and he added: “We have a lot of experience.

“You could see from the first leg of the play-off semi-final that we dealt with it superbly. In the second, we probably let ourselves down if we are honest. Derby pushed us all the way but we dealt with it, in the end. We showed a different side to us.

“Maybe a few months ago when we were going through rough patches, we would have caved in. Instead, we dug deep and got through to Wembley. And I believe we can beat them, I believe we are better than them and I believe we will win.”

Meyler hopes he will start the game as a hamstring problem that he picked up in mid-April sidelined him at a crucial time. Now fully fit and boosted by the role that he played off the bench in the second leg against Derby when he went on to calm matters with Hull trailing 2-0 after winning the first-leg 3-0.

Meyler is in a straight fight with Tom Huddlestone for a role in the heart of the Hull engine room.

He said: “I’m 100 per cent. Obviously I’m going to try and force my way in. That’s goes for everyone. It’s a massive occasion and no-one wants to miss out.

“It’s going to be tough because the players have been doing the business in recent weeks but I’ll train hard and try to force my way into the starting eleven.

“It’s a chance to get back to where we want to be and everyone wants to play their part in getting Hull back into the Premier League.”

A return to the top-flight could herald the start of a very special summer for Meyler who hopes to be heading to the European Championships.

But getting back to the promised land of the Premier League is the only thing on his mind at present.

He added: “At the moment you have to keep the Euros to one side.

“The lads who played in the Bosnia play-offs know they are in but for the rest it’s about playing at a consistently high level for our clubs and achieving something to make the manager take notice.

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