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Tuesday 25 February 2014

FA Cup review: Bruce delight as Hull reach last eight

Goals from Curtis Davies and Robert Koren beat Brighton and set up Sunderland tie

Robert Koren's free-kick proved decisive for Hull in getting past Brighton

Hull City reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for only the fifth time in their history when they beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 at KC Stadium in a replay on Monday night.

Curtis Davies opened the scoring for Hull with a header before Roberto Koren’s free-kick doubled the lead after 35 minutes. Brighton striker Leonardo Ulloa halved the deficit with 22 minutes remaining but Hull held on to seal a match at home to Sunderland.

For Hull manager Steve Bruce it will be a reunion with the side he used to manage and he is desperate to treat the club's fans to a trip to Wembley for what would be only the Tigers’ second FA Cup semi-final.

Hull have beaten Sunderland both times they have faced them in the Barclays Premier League this season. A 1-0 home victory in November was followed by a 2-0 triumph at the Stadium of Light this month.

"We've given ourselves a wonderful chance," Bruce said. "It's a nice position to be in and now we've got to see if we can make it a really memorable season.

"[Wembley] is a wonderful occasion and when you sit back in your cardigan and slippers you remember the FA Cup. I've been fortunate enough to win it [as a player with Manchester United] and it would be nice to go back there again if we possibly could.

"It's all to play for. We've got to beat Sunderland yet but it is a wonderful day out - the best day you'll have as a player or a coach. But more importantly it's for the supporters, if we can give them that it's terrific."

As a result of Hull’s victory, their Barclays Premier League match away to West Ham United on Saturday, 8 March has been moved to Wednesday, 26 March.

In the other outstanding fifth-round tie, Charlton Athletic beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1.

FA Cup fifth-round result

Sheff Wed 1-2 Charlton Athletic

FA Cup fifth-round replay result

Hull City (Davies, Koren) 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion (Ulloa)

Revised FA Cup sixth-round draw

Saturday 8 March
12.45pm Arsenal v Everton
3pm Hull City v Sunderland AFC
3pm Sheffield United v Charlton Athletic

Sunday 9 March
4pm Manchester City v Wigan Athletic

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Key Points

  • Hull beat Brighton 2-1 in FA Cup fifth-round replay
  • Victory secures quarter-final tie at home to Sunderland
  • The win means the Barclays Premier League match with West Ham United is moved back 18 days