Tuesday 25 February 2014
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.
Sheff Wed 1-2 Charlton Athletic
Hull City (Davies, Koren) 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion (Ulloa)
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