“That can happen to any team. I’ve been on the less positive side, but I’ve also been on the other side of that and been an underdog who has beaten a team that’s far bigger.
“Anything can happen in cup competitions and that’s the beauty of it.”
So, he understands why all eyes will be on his men when they travel to Arbroath on Sunday to play Dick Campbell’s impressive part-timers.
“That’s what we have to prepare for,” warned Maloney. “That’s what makes these competitions what they are when you play against teams in the league below, although Arbroath at the moment look like they’ve got a really strong chance of promotion.
“They’ve got brilliant home form, so it’s a really difficult match and a really big challenge.
“We have to be at our very best throughout the match to give ourselves the best chance to progress. It’s just a brilliant challenge and that’s what the cup brings. It’s a really difficult place to go.
“They lost their first league game of the season at home [1-0 against Inverness on July 31] and since then they’ve been unbeaten [at home].
“So it’s just a very difficult cup match.
“My players have a lot of experience in cup competitions, even the players from different countries who we’ve brought in.
“It’s exactly the same in each country, there’s always rounds that throw up fixtures like this.
“My players will be ready for the challenge. It’s a big, big challenge but they’ll be ready for it and everything that the stadium and the environment brings.”
“We’re not looking at it as a banana skin,” insisted Easter Road wing-back Demetri Mitchell, “but we’re not taking it lightly.”
They can’t afford to if current form is any guide. While Arbroath have been defying expectations at the top of the Championship, Hibs have managed just one win in seven games and they made heavy weather of that one, squeezing past League One leaders Cove Rangers courtesy of a Kevin Nisbet extra time goal.
“Yeah, they’re doing well in the Championship, so they’re used to winning games,” admitted Mitchell, who featured in rivals Hearts’ run to the 2019 Scottish Cup final. “But, we’re focusing properly and preparing for the game and looking to get the win.
“It’s something different. It’s a cup game, it can go to extra time, penalties and what not so it's exciting.
“The cup tests you in different ways, it tests your character. We’re going there to show what we can do.”
And, the former Blackpool player loves the fact there has been no dilution of the desire to win cups north of the border.
“You look at the big teams down south and they play weakened sides in the cups. But up here teams genuinely believe they can win it, I know we do.”