REALISTIC Richard Agar believes his York City Knights have little chance of beating Huddersfield Giants in Sunday's big McAlpine quarter-final (3.00).
But that hasn't stopped him predicting his side will give it their very best shot.
York's preparations for their biggest game in 20 years suffered a setback this week with the suspension of centre Aaron Wood after he was sent off for a high tackle in the City Knights victory at Featherstone in the last round.
That was the last thing coach Agar needed at a time like this.
Yet that hasn't dampened his spirits as York look to get into the semi-finals for the first time since 1984 when they were beaten 14-8 by Wigan.
"I've been asked on numerous occasions how I think we'll do against Huddersfield," said Agar.
"And I've told everyone straight. We should not win, it's as simple as that.
"I believe the days of the major Cup shocks have now come to an end.
"I know everyone will see when the two teams step out on Sunday the difference between a Super League side and one from the National League.
"Physically, there will be a huge difference, and that should be reflected during this contest.
"But that doesn't mean we'll be going over to the McAlpine in awe of the opposition. Far from it.
"We're going over to play a Super League team in a fantastic stadium, knowing we have absolutely nothing to lose.
"These really are exciting times and after great Cup wins over Villeneuve and Feathersone my players have earned the right to play on the big stage.
"They will relish every moment, well aware that all the pressure will be on the opposition."
Agar is particularly looking forward to the chance to lock horns on the coaching front with Giants boss Jon Sharp.
The pair grew up together in Featherstone and that's added to the sense of occasions for Agar.
"We've always got on well, and I'll afford myself a smile when I see Jon in the opposite dugout," he added.
Former Huddersfield centre Chris Langley, meanwhile, knows the Giants will take nothing for granted this weekend.
Langley, who was a member of the Giants' squad that secured promotion back into Super League two years ago, is facing a race against time to be fit to play after suffering a back injury two weeks ago.
That has made him a doubt for York's big day when he is predicting the toughest of challenges for his club.
"I would obviously love to see York go through and play in the semi-final," said Langley.
"But I would also feel proud if Huddersfield reached the semis and then, hopefully, the final.
"I loved my time at the club and they deserve some success for all the hard work a lot of people have put in at Huddersfield.
"However, I also know the club won't be looking beyond Sunday.
"Jon Sharp is a great coach, I know that from my time working under him was he was No2 at the Giants three years ago.
"He'll have made sure his players are 100% focused on the York game and won't have allowed them to think any further.
"That in itself makes me realise how tough Sunday is going to be.
"But we all aim to enjoy it."