Nick Proschwitz wants shot at redemption in FA Cup replay at Leyton Orient
NICK Proschwitz is urging Steve Bruce to give Hull City's first-team hopefuls a shot at redemption in the FA Cup third round replay at Leyton Orient next Tuesday.
The Tigers needed a stoppage time equaliser from Proschwitz to rescue a 1-1 draw against League One Orient on Saturday as Bruce's wholesale changes failed to bring a smooth passage into the fourth round.
The chance to stake a claim for a Championship recall was passed up by the majority of City's makeshift starting XI and the Tigers must now hope for a better effort in the replay at Brisbane Road in eight days, where they will contest the right to face Barnsley in the fourth round.
League games against Sheffield Wednesday and Peterborough will sandwich the unwanted trip to East London and Proschwitz is desperate for a chance to make amends.
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"We had the chance but, in the first half especially, we didn't use it," said Proschwitz.
"In the end we were lucky to get a draw but hopefully in the away game we can show we can play better.
"For the players who haven't played so often it was good to get 90 minutes in a tough game against a difficult team. That was a good chance for us and hopefully we can get that chance again in London.
"We will want to show a better performance and go into the next round."
Although nine changes made City unrecognisable from the side that drew 0-0 at Blackpool four days earlier, Bruce will have expected more from a side that boasted a combined 130 league appearances between them this term.
Leyton Orient, 37 places lower than City on the Football League ladder, were the superior side for long periods and had looked set for an upset when David Mooney's 78th-minute header broke the deadlock.
Proschwitz denied the O's victory but he admits his late equaliser could not mask City's failings.
"We didn't give up at the end and we believed we could get the goal," he added.
"We maybe got lucky that it was so late but because of the second half we deserved it.
"The first half was really poor. We played nothing like how we can play.
"The manager told us it was a really bad, horrible first half. You saw a reaction in the second half and I feel we were much better."
Proschwitz enjoyed an indifferent return to the City attack alongside Jay Simpson.
The £2.6m man cut a frustrated figure for long periods of his first start since October 23 but at least produced the Tigers' telling contribution with a late header.
"Every day in training and in the substitute appearances in the last few weeks I'm feeling more comfortable," he said.
"I'm getting better and better but we're successful and it's hard to change it.
"I hope I can help the team get promoted by scoring goals and, hopefully, I can have a start soon."