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Bruce Delighted To Deliver Cup Magic


18:07 9th March 2014

Steve Bruce is delighted that Hull City fans have a big day out at Wembley to look forward to after guiding the Tigers through to the FA Cup Semi-Finals.

Bruce’s men saw off Sunderland 3-0 at the KC Stadium on Sunday to set-up a Semi-Final tie with Sheffield United next month. It will be only the second time the Tigers have appeared in an FA Cup Semi-Final, the last time being in 1930, and only a second ever appearance at Wembley.

“As is normal for myself, the moment always seems to leave me very quickly,” said Bruce.

“Managers come and go, players come and go but I’ve already seen supporters who have been following this club for years and they can quite rightly be excited about the prospect of seeing their team play at Wembley in an FA Cup Semi-Final.

“This is what the magic of the FA Cup is all about, so I hope they can save their pennies and travel in their thousands to what should be a terrific occasion against Sheffield United, a Yorkshire rival that has also had a wonderful run in this competition.

“I’m delighted for everybody concerned with this club and those that have supported this club for a very long time.

“I’ve never been anywhere near the final (as a manager). I remember our third round at Middlesbrough, and then going to Southend on a horrible afternoon which is also what the FA Cup is all about.

“Then you have occasions like Sunday, which was terrific and what we’re all in it for.

“Let’s all enjoy the next 24 hours, and then get back to work and make sure we stay in the Barclays Premier League.”

Sunday’s win came courtesy of second half goals from Curtis Davies, David Meyler and Matty Fryatt, who all scored in a blistering nine-minute spell.

“In the second half, our hunger and desire came through to make sure the game was ours,” added Bruce.

“Sunderland appeared to me to be playing a diamond, so we needed to move the ball to the wider areas more quickly and get our full backs more involved to make the game a little bit more open.

“We did that in abundance, especially with George Boyd coming on in the second half as well. Big games like that are often made by the first goal and the captain (Davies) came up with it.

“At 3-0, I could sit back and enjoy the last ten minutes.

“Now we must get ready for next weekend and move on.”

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