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9 March 2014
• Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
Referee: C. Pawson
• Attendance: 20047
C. Davies 68'
D. Meyler 72'
M. Fryatt 77'
Thank you for joining me today. I hope you have enjoyed the action. I have been Ryan Benson. Farewell.
90' + 4'
FULL-TIME! Hull are going to Wembley! Thanks to a 3-0 win over visitors Sunderland, they are heading for their first FA Cup semi-final since 1930. Such a feat looked at risk in the first half as Sunderland survived a veritable onslaught and Aluko missed a penalty, but Hull's patience was rewarded in the second period as goals from Davies, Meyler and Fryatt got the all-important strikes. It is back to the Premier League relegation battle for Sunderland, while Hull will have their eye on a place in the FA Cup final.
90' + 1'
Three minutes of stoppage time will be played.
No. No they can't. Huddlestone's delivery seemed to be a shot despite the awkward position out on the wing. Either way, whether it was a shot or cross, it was pretty terrible, flying straight over the goal and out for a goal-kick.
Cynical and unnecessary foul by Bardsley out on the right as he charges into the back of Boyd. The hosts have a free-kick in a very inviting position now. Can they get a fourth?
Quick, incisive and intricate passes are the rage at the KC now. Hull are toying with their opponents now, like a child pulling the wings off a fly. The home fans are enjoying themselves, though, with every accurate pass greeted with a shout of "ole!"
What a disappointment-dominated week for Sunderland this will have been. It was only last weekend that they were defeated 3-1 in the Capital One Cup final by Manchester City and now they have been denied a return to Wembley by their former manager.
Swift attacking move by the hosts. Koren charges through the middle and slips a pass to his right for Meyler. The scorer of Hull's second runs on to it and shoots first-time, but slices wide of the target. He probably won't be too bothered, though!
Ahmed El Mohamady
Clever footwork by Boyd as he twists and turns his way into space on the left flank, keeping Bardsley at bay. The home fans certainly enjoyed it, too. Now, can Hull make this even more comfortable?
Sunderland will just be focused on ensuring this defeat doesn't get any more embarrassing now. They have just over 10 minutes to hold on and potentially nick a consolation, but this will be a day to forget for Poyet & Co.
GOAL!!! Game over as Hull make it 3-0 at the KC Stadium. Vergini played a pass out of defence to Cattermole and the Sunderland captain hit a first-time ball straight back towards his goalkeeper, but Fryatt was already waiting and he confidently placed his shot past Ustari. Hull will play their first Wembley FA Cup sem-final and their first game in the competition's last four since 1930.
Sunderland look very dejected now. They seem to recognise that this tie is as good as dead-and-buried now, while Hull look determined to make this as comfortable as possible.
What a huge few minutes for Hull. Sunderland brought on two of their better players from the bench as they looked to push for a late win, but they found themselves immediately pegged back by Davies' header, before a quick-fire second from Meyler. Wembley could not be a more distance dream for them than right now.
GOAL!!! Hull get a second!! From a Sunderland corner, Hull break with such brilliant pace and end the move with what should be the clincher. Boyd hooked a hopeful ball into the Sunderland half and Meyler beat Cattermole to it, burst through the visitors' half and cooly slotted past Ustari. Hull look destined for Wembley.
Sunderland will be hoping to level as soon as possible to keep their chances alive here, but they are pushing virtually everyone forward, leaving them looking rather exposed at the back.
GOAL!!! Hull take the lead in the FA Cup quarter-final! Curtis Davies gets his third goal in as many games in all competitions as he rises at the far post to meet Huddlestone's stood-up free-kick delivery, heading the ball back across the area and into the far side of the goal. Brilliant finish and we may now be in for an entertaining final 20 minutes!
Changes on both sides now, with Scocco getting put out of his misery by being replaced by Borini. Johnson also comes on for Giaccherini, while Koren takes Aluko's place for Hull.
Yellow CardIgnacio Scocco
Scocco's poor showing gets worse as he is booked for a late tackle on James Chester. He tries to escape the referee's gaze, but his name goes into the book regardless.
Scocco is presented with a brief opening after drifting over to the left-hand side of the Sunderland attack, but his eventual shot is hopelessly tame. McGregor scoops it up while wondering if he'll have anything easier to deal with for the rest of the season.
There is a break in play now as Meyler and Bardsley receive some medical attention. They both appear to be fine, though, and play will continue momentarily.
Good move by the hosts. Elmohamady cleverly picks out a disguised pass into the area for Meyler. The midfielder cuts back inside Dossena before teeing up Aluko, but his effort is blocked and it doesn't quite fall kindly enough for Fryatt.
Hull are very unlucky not to get a second penalty! Aluko cut in from the from a delivered a teasing cross with his left foot. Fryatt looked destined to get on the end of it, but the forward is blatantly pulled back by O'Shea, yet no penalty is given. The Sunderland captain has got away with that.
With Hull looking short of ideas, it is no surprise to see George Boyd replace Sagbo with just over 30 minutes to go. He should provide to dynamism in the final third.
There is not much of a pattern to this match at the moment and proceedings have gone a little flat. There is no real rhythm to the match as continuous cheap fouls ensure both teams struggle to get a foothold.
Colback catches Davies in a fairly innocuous clash on the left and Poyet is clearly angry about the defender's seemingly delayed reaction. Rosenior and Davies aim a flurry of words in the Uruguayan's direction, but Meyler keeps out of this manager confrontation.
The visitors can't quite make the most of the chance, however. Larsson's delivery is partially cleared to the corner of the area, where Colback is waiting to chip the ball back into the danger zone. McGregor catches the looping effort with ease, though.
Quick change in fortunes as Sunderland surge down the right and win themselves a corner from very little. A smash-and-grab goal here would go down a treat for Poyet and his men.
Hull can't complain about having a lack of good opportunities to create chances, but their final ball has generally been poor. The latest to disappoint is Rosenior, whose cross is effectively headed away by the first man.
Fryatt is the latest to do well down the right for Hull. He holds off Dossena before squeezing a low cross into the centre, but luckily for Sunderland O'Shea is there to hack clear, unlike last time.
Huddlestone gets his second sight of couple in three minutes as he collects Aluko's pass on the edge of the area, but his first-time curling effort is blocked well by Cattermole, who subsequently looks a little dazed!
Hull try their luck down the left this time. Sagbo attacks the Sunderland defence and then cuts a pass back towards Meyler, but Cattermole nips in to end the danger.
Lots of intent from Hull early in this second period. O'Shea fails to deal properly with Rosenior's cross and Meyler steals possession. He plays a pass back to Huddlestone, who hits a left-footed effort wide of the target.
We are back underway at the KC Stadium in this FA Cup quarter-final.
HALF-TIME! The referee blows his whistle to end what was a fairly entertaining first half at the KC Stadium. Hull have generally controlled the play and looked the more likely to score, but they ultimately wasted their best chances as Aluko saw his penalty saved by the impressive Ustari. Sunderland have had a few chances of their own and Bruce will have to make sure his Hull players' heads don't drop at the break following that spot-kick miss if they are to remain on top.
There will be one minute of stoppage time at the end of this first half.
The corner gives Sunderland a good opportunity for some respite, but they ultimately waste the chance as a hopeful ball from deep is hooked back into the area and easily collected by McGregor.
Clever, tricky play by Giaccherini as he attacks down the left, twisting and turning in an attempt to beat Rosenior. The Italian seems to create enough space for a cross, but the hull defender recovers to perfection and concedes a corner.
Sunderland are hanging on a little bit here. Hull are enjoying a great spell, although that penalty will have had a big effect on both sides. The visitors will be buoyed by the save, while Bruce's hosts will feel very frustrated if they cannot make amends quickly.
Another very good save from Ustari! Elmohamady drives a powerful effort towards the bottom-left corner from way out on the right wing, but Ustari turns it around the post with his fingertips. The Argentina international is having a good day.
Replays showed Hull boss Bruce facing the other way when Aluko took his kick. That seems to show just how much this match means, with the former Manchester United man completely unable to watch.
Penalty saveÓscar Ustari
Missed PenaltySone Aluko
USTARI SAVE!! Aluko's left-footed spot-kick goes down towards the bottom-left corner, but the Argentine dives down and keeps it out with both hands, before pouncing on the rebound.
PENALTY TO HULL! Sagbo produces a clever turn in the area and Larsson accidentally trips him up, but the referee had no choice there! Penalty correctly given and what a chance for Hull!
Good movement from Fryatt once again as he jolts ahead of Vergini to meet Sagbo's left-wing cross, but he effectively knocks it straight back out to the flank.
From the resulting free-kick, Sagbo flicks the initial delivery on towards the back post, but his header simply evades everyone and goes straight out of play.
Yellow CardLee Cattermole
Unsurprisingly, Cattermole's name goes into the book after a late challenge on Meyler, but Sunderland and Poyet are not impressed with that decision. Free-kick to Hull in deep position on the left.
Sunderland are struggling at the moment. Hull are generally controlling the play and their visitors are trying to put themselves about in an aggressive fashion in midfield.
Great chance for Hull! Elmohamady does brilliantly down the right and whips in a teasing cross, but Fryatt narrowly misses the bottom-left corner with his diving header.
Larsson's free-kick delivery is played towards the left side of the area and they try to work the ball back into the centre, but Hull are quick to clear and they launch a break of their own down the right flank.
Sunderland get straight down the other end and win themselves a free-kick, as Bardsley is clipped by Elmohamady. Very good play by the visitors, winning a free-kick in a good area following a potentially dangerous Hull opportunity.
Ustari expertly deals with the corner as he produces a good punch. It goes as far as Sagbo, who beats the first man when shaping to shoot, but he is crowded out and Sunderland steal possession back before springing a counterattack.
Figueroa's free-kick delivery ends up with Meyler just inside the area and as he tries to cut the ball back on to his right foot, he is tackled and must settle for a corner.
Free-kick now for Hull just inside the Sunderland half as Cattermole brings down Meyler. This is a good opportunity here, as Hull fill the penalty area.
Sunderland get the game's first corner as Hull end one of their left-flank attacks, but Larsson's delivery is intercepted at the front post by Sagbo and the move comes to an end as O'Shea slows the play down on the right.
Great chance for Sunderland! Giaccherini does well on the right as he cuts into the penalty area before slipping a backheeled pass to Bardsley on the overlap. His first-time cross is met by Scocco, but he hooks the ball over the crossbar.
Yellow CardTom Huddlestone
There is the match's first yellow card as Huddlestone commits a cheap foul on Cattermole near the centre of the pitch. There could be a few more of those today.
Sunderland finally get themselves into the Hull defensive third, but the attack peters out as Giaccherini's attempted cross is awful. They have struggled to find much of a rhythm in the opening 15 minutes.
Bruce's men seem to be unsure about whether to stick to short, incisive passing or knock it long. From a neutral perspective, the former plan has certainly looked more effective so far.
Elmohamady and his Hull team-mates are clearly not happy as the Egyptian knocked the ball around Cattermole on the right flank before being sent tumbling to the ground. The referee gives a goal kick, ruling that Cattermole's shoulder-barge was perfectly legal.
Hull are starting to exert some control over proceedings now. Aluko is the latest to attack with intent as he cuts in off the right flank, comes across the edge of the area and shoots with his left foot. The low shot goes comfortably wide of Ustari's left-hand post, though.
The hosts are making everything go down their left at the moment. Figueroa crosses from deep on this occasion and Fryatt manages to meet it with a header, but Ustari collects just before Sagbo can get on the end of it.
Excellent, powerful tackle by Rosenior on the right as he goes straight through Dossena, taking the ball and the man. Hull win possession back with a throw-in. Feisty start at the KC.
Hull hit the crossbar! Figueroa found space once again on the left and fired in a powerful cross. Ustari thought it was going straight over the goal, but it curled back, clipped the bar and went over to the far side of the area. Lucky escape there for Sunderland.
Threatening move down the left by Hull. Sagbo, Figueroa and Fryatt all link up before the Honduran defender delivers an inviting cross into the centre. Vergini clears, but not very far.
Fairly encouraging start for the away side. They have seen mose of the possession in these first few minutes and they seem very willing to attack, with two wingers and a couple of forwards lurking.
Here we go. Sunderland start the action in Hull.
The two teams are out on the pitch. Kick-off is just a few moments away.
Hull have not reached the FA Cup semi-finals since 1930, while they have never played a game in this competition at Wembley. Bruce and his men certainly can't complain about a lack of incentive.
Bruce has already defeated his former side two times this year and he can make it a welcome hat-trick with victory today, but Sunderland will be hoping for a more focused and disciplined display at the KC. In the two sides' Premier League meetings this season, Sunderland have had three players sent off.
Sunderland, meanwhile, have just about their strongest XI starting in Hull today. Gus Poyet has selected a tenacious midfield foursome, while his choice to go with two forward in attack - Steven Fletcher and Nacho Scocco - is commendable. He clearly isn't setting up to defend for 90 minutes.
Hull manager Steve Bruce has the majority of his first-team available to him today, but unfortunately he cannot call upon forward duo Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long, both of whom are cup-tied after appearing in the earlier stages of this competition for their reprective former clubs, Everton and West Brom.
Sunderland subs: Ki, Johnson, Cuellar, Celustka, Bridcutt, Borini, Mannone.
Sunderland team: Ustari; Bardsley, O'Shea, Vergini, Dossena; Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, Giaccherini; Fletcher, Scocco.
Hull subs: Harper, Bruce, Faye, Henderson, Quinn, Boyd, Koren.
First of all, the teams. This is how Hull start the match: McGregor; Rosenior, Chester, Davies, Figueroa; Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Sagbo, Aluko, Fryatt.
Hello and welcome to the LIVE text commentary of the FA Cup quarter-final between Hull City and Sunderland. The KC Stadium is today's setting as these two sides battle it out for a place in the semi-finals and a day at Wembley.
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