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Atkinson: It'll be a great occasion

23 January 2014

Will Atkinson, who knows what it takes to knock out Premier League opposition, can't wait to face his former club

Midfielder Will Atkinson says he has a point to prove when Southend United take on his former club Hull City in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Roots Hall on Saturday.

Atkinson joined Hull’s academy at the age of eight and was with them up until the age of 22 when he made the decision to move on, joining Bradford City permanently.

Will hasn’t looked back and after a successful season with Bradford City, in which he helped them to Wembley in the Capital One Cup, he is now impressing in the heart of Blues’ midfield.

“It’s a massive game for the club and we’re all looking foroccaward to playing Hull City because they are a Premier League team,” Will said.

“Having played for them, there’s obviously a bit more about the game for myself, as well as the manager of course.

“Whenever you go up against a former club you always feel you’ve got a point to prove to show them the player you are.

“I won’t let that effect my game, but having not really been able to maintain a spot in the first-team, it’d be nice to help knock them out of the FA Cup.”

Knocking Premier League teams out of cup competitions is something the midfielder has become accustomed to in the last season or so.

Will’s Bradford City beat Arsenal, Wigan and Aston Villa, all Premier League sides, on their way to a Wembley final against Swansea City.

He added: “Playing a Premier League team when you’re playing in the lower leagues is always a special occasion and I can’t wait for it.

“The game against Arsenal at Valley Parade last season was amazing, the atmosphere, the occasion and of course winning the game.

“Then at Villa Park, winning in front of 40,000 fans to progress to a final at Wembley was just incredible.

“They are moments you never forget and hopefully there can be more of these moments with Southend, starting with Hull City.”

An exclusive interview with Will is available on Blues Player.

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