Lunt leads Bulls’ bid to rock Owls

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IF Hereford manage to pull off an FA Cup shock against the Owls today then no-one will be more pleased than Kenny Lunt.

It will be the Bulls midfield player’s first return to Hillsborough since his contract was cancelled by mutual consent in the summer of 2009.

It ended a largely disappointing three-year stay for him - the reason why the 32-year-old will want to upset his former club in today’s fourth-round tie.

He made only 38 starts for the Owls - just over half the number he has made in 18 months at Hereford, whom he joined after two loan spells at his former club Crewe.

There could also be a Bulls place today for ex-Wednesday right-back Ryan Green, who was released in 2003 after a six-month Hillsborough spell and has since played for Bristol Rovers as well as Hereford.

Wednesday face the same sort of test that they passed at Southport and at home to Northampton, before pulling off their own shock at Bristol City.

Hereford are fourth from bottom of League Two but have won their last five games: three in the league and two in the cup, where they won 4-3 at Lincoln and triumphed 1-0 as the underdogs at Wycombe.

“They’ll look on this as a great place to play,” says Alan Irvine.

“We are expected to beat them. But Bristol City were expected to beat us in the last round, and Wycombe were expected to beat Hereford.

“I certainly don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion but if we can give the same kind of performance as we gave against, for example, Southport, we can go through.

“I think they’ll probably come and make life difficult for us and approach it like Yeovil did, getting a lot of players behind the ball.

“They’ll work extremely hard. They’re playing well. They’ll see a chance of getting goals against us. There’s probably a lot less pressure on their players than there is on ours.

“If we win, everybody will say ‘so you should.’ People will regard it as a possible upset; there will be upsets in this round; we have to make sure we’re not one of them.”

Captain Nicky Weaver said: “Neither Southport nor Northampton were easy games, and at Bristol City it was role reversals.

“This is going to be a difficult game. Hereford are on a good run and will be looking to catch us while we’re on a bad one.

“We’ll show them respect but we need to get back to winning ways.”