Goalkeeper Colin Doyle has admitted that past experience against play-off opponents Blackpool gives Birmingham City confidence going into Friday's first leg.
And Doyle said Blues had to relish the prospect of reaching the final at Wembley.
Blues drew a pulsating encounter in the Championship at Bloomfield Road in November. Both sides missed glorious chances and Nikola Zigic equalised with three minutes left moments after fluffing a sitter.
At St Andrew’s in December, Blues won 3-0 and the Seasiders had ex-Blues favourite Barry Ferguson sent off.
“They’re a good side, it’s going to be tough,” said the goalkeeper. “They’ve got some fantastic players. Kev Phillips and Barry Ferguson were both here last year so we know them very well.
“But if you look at what we did at their place, we drew 2-2 and were unlucky not to win it, Ziggy missed a blatant sitter at the back post, and I remember their ’keeper (Matt Gilks) also made a brilliant save from yards out.
“At our place we won 3-0 and their ’keeper was probably man-of-the-match.
“So that does give us confidence and hopefully we can repeat that and get to Wembley.”
“It’s going to be tough but the lads have got to go in with no fear and relish it really,” Doyle added.
“It’s 60 games we’ve played now, which is a lot, but it’s not really affected us. Hopefully we’ll have three more.”
Doyle was given a surprise award at the club’s annual dinner on Monday at the ICC to commemorate ten years’ service at the club.
He came over to Blues from Cork in Ireland on trial as a 16-year-old.
He didn’t expect to be Blues’ last line of defence in the play-offs, but Boaz Myhill’s thumb injury, sustained in the warm-up before the Bristol City match four games ago, has presented him with this opportunity.
He said: “After the Chelsea FA Cup replay I probably thought my season was finished.
“I had played pretty much all the cup games and European games, which was good for me and I did okay.
“But to get in in the league now – obviously not in the best of circumstances because of injury to Boaz – is great, and this kind of thing happens in football.
“I’m delighted I’m playing and I hope we can get the result in the semi-finals and get to Wembley which, on a personal level, would be a great highlight because in the Carling Cup I couldn’t be involved because I was cup-tied.
“It’s one I want to be involved in and hopefully we can do it.”
Should penalties decide the play-offs, then Doyle is the ideal man to have on your side.
The save from Ian Harte in Blues’ final league game, a 2-0 win over champions Reading, was his fourth in the last five spot-kicks he has faced in competitive action.
And his record in all Blues’ games makes for even better stats.
“If you include ressie games and friendlies, it’s eight out of ten,” Doyle revealed. “They are not competitive games though, are they?
“I just hope it continues if needed in the play-offs.”
So what’s the secret?
“I don’t know. I just enjoy it. You are not expected to save them. I might be expected to save them now – that’s the problem!
“The pressure is on the striker taking it, whoever is taking it.
“I just tend to pick my side and commit to going that way. I try to read the body shape of the kicker, but it’s pretty much of a gamble.”