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Hunt risking family feud ahead of Toffees clash

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Reading striker Noel Hunt hopes to cause a family feud on Tuesday night by knocking Everton out of the FA Cup.

Hunt - brother of Wolves winger Stephen - will start alongside Shane Long in attack at Goodison Park as the Royals look to book a place in the quarter-finals for the second straight year.

But the Republic of Ireland international's girlfriend Alana is an ardent Toffees fan and he is bracing himself for grief if he scores in a win for the npower Championship side.

He said: "She will have to sit with the Reading fans or she won't be let back in the house. Her family has a box at Goodison and they are very passionate about it so it will be a family feud for sure if we knock them out."

He added: "We are going there to win. Everton are a fantastic side and you watch them week in, week out on Match of the Day but we are going up confident of causing an upset."


 

Hunt suffered a demoralising season last year as he battled injuries and scored just twice.

But he is back to full fitness now and celebrated signing a new contract recently by scoring for the third game in a row during Saturday's 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace.

The 27-year-old missed out on a famous night last season when the Royals knocked Everton's rivals Liverpool out but is hoping to take part in another giantkilling on Tuesday evening.

He said: "For me a win would go some way to making up for missing out on the win at Anfield.

"You have to have massive respect for Everton but it is the FA Cup and everyone wants to do well in it."

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