Last Updated: Fri, 03 May 2013 13:52
Hull's failure to secure automatic promotion in recent weeks will just make them more battle-hardened, according to Steve Bruce.
The second-placed Tigers host the champions on the final day after claiming just one point from their last three games which has left the door ajar for Watford in third.
Bruce's men have been plagued by anxiety in recent weeks but, even though they are without a goal in their last three, they still have a one-point lead over the Hornets, who host Leeds.
The tension will be cranked up at the KC Stadium yet Bruce believes his youthful team can cast their recent struggles aside.
"I wanted a young, hungry squad to go and get bigger and better and they'll learn from these experiences," said Bruce.
"They'll benefit and learn. I remember playing in my first semi-final and you try and erase it and get over the nerves, but it took hold of us, it took hold of me, and I was a 31-year-old. It happens, believe me.
"I hope the experience over the last couple of weeks has helped them a little bit but, make no mistake, they'll be nervous, and tense, and edgy, but we've got to handle that and produce a performance and get a result we're capable of."
Such big occasions will also provide the squad with a litmus test for the next campaign should they join the elite, when games of huge magnitude are likely to come every week.
Bruce, who watched his side lose 2-0 to Barnsley last Saturday, added: "If you can't overcome them (nerves) then you can't perform at the highest level, it's as simple as that. I'm quietly confident that all of them will benefit from last week and grasp the opportunity."
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