By Matt Farr
Hull City defender Harry Maguire has urged his team-mates to respect Newcastle when the Championship leaders visit the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday night.
The 23-year-old insisted that the club must be wary of the quality within the Newcastle squad, and the threat they pose – despite their relegation to the second tier last season.
Newcastle have won 13 of their 18 league games this season, and hold a two-point lead at the top over promotion rivals Brighton.
“We’ve had some tough draws in the competition so far, and we’ve got another one tomorrow night when Newcastle visit the KCOM,” Maguire said, as quoted by the official Hull Twitter account.
“It’s a good game for us to have though. They are a Premier League club, with a Premier League manager and Premier League players.”
? | HM: “It’s a good game for us to have though. They’re a Premier League club, with a Premier League manager and Premier League players.”
— Hull City (@HullCity) November 28, 2016
Maguire did add, however, that his Hull team-mates would be up to the task, and are keen to progress to the semi-finals of the competition.
In particular, Hull will have to keep an eye on the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic – who has seven goals this season – as well as Ayoze Perez, Mohamed Diame, Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie.
Meanwhile, opposite Hull’s Mike Phelan in the dugout is Rafa Benitez, who boasts managerial roles at Liverpool. Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid on his CV.
The Spaniard is also the only manager in history to have won the Europa League, Super Cup, Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Hull are riding a three-game winning streak in the competition – their best run to date – beating Exeter, Stoke and Bristol City to reach the quarter-finals.
Newcastle, meanwhile, have yet to concede in the competition this season, beating Cheltenham and Wolves, before thumping Preston 6-0 in the previous round.
In other Newcastle news, fans have reacted on Twitter to the struggles of former Magpie duo, Alan Pardew and Moussa Sissoko.