Birmingham City striker Cameron Jerome says he is refusing to waste any energy worrying about starting at Wembley against Arsenal next Saturday.
Birmingham have made it through to the Carling Cup final, where they will face Barcelona conquerors, Arsenal in a game that may be the biggest of their lives.
Birmingham’s players have just one more game to impress boss Alex McLeish and convince him they deserve to start in the final, an FA Cup 5th round match against Sheffield Wednesday at St Andrews.
England under21 international, Jerome has dropped down the pecking order to the subs bench with the arrival of former Newcastle man, Obafemi Martins, but refused to lose sleep over the situation.
He said: To be honest, if you get picked for the FA Cup game, it is about going out there and playing your game.
“You can’t think too far ahead. It would be nice to play in a cup final but you can’t take things for granted in football and you’ve got to earn your place.
“I’m sure you will do that in training. The lads will be looking to do that in training and in matches.
“But it is important not to put too much pressure on yourself.”
Jerome added: “It is just another game, play with a smile on your face and work hard, and hopefully you will get picked.
“I think if you put too much pressure on yourself you will probably put in a bad performance.”