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Sheffield is to play Hull in the FA Cup semi-finals this year, a Northern head-to-head that will dictate who is to go through to the final of this prestigious competition.
Sheffield United beat Charlton 2-0 in their quarterfinal at Bramall Lane on Sunday, a victory that made club history. They have not actually played at this semi-final level since 2003 where they were defeated 1-0 by Arsenal at Old Trafford. Although not having the best track record within this particular competition Sheffield are letting nothing hold them back, feeling very optimistic.
Hull managed to bag three goals against their Premier League competitors, Sunderland, who have not played at the FA Cup semi-final since 1930.
Tigers manager Steve Bruce will be taking nothing for granted in the Yorkshire derby against the Blades at Wembley.
“It’s a great draw,” he said. “Sheffield United have had a wonderful run and they’ve beaten every team in front of them so it’s never going to be easy but you’ve got to be honest and I’m sure Sheffield United were the same as us – you just want to avoid the big boys.
“When you get to quarter-finals and semi-finals, we haven’t been there since 1930. That’s a bit of the magic of the Cup.
“The magic of the FA Cup for me will never disappear.
“The magic of it when you get to the big quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals -whether you’re a player, manager, coach or supporter you enjoy the occasion.”
The other semi-finalists include Arsenal and Wigan. Arsenal is gearing up to win the FA Cup for the 11th time with their last victory dating back to 2005.
They will face Sky Bet Championship side Wigan at Wembley. Gunners manager Arsene Wenger boasted great confidence in Arsenal’s ability to win having beating Everton 4-1 in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
“People have questioned our desire to do well in the FA Cup many times, but we are in the semi-final now and from our performance on Saturday, you can see we really want it,” Wenger said.
“We took this competition seriously. Since the start of this competition it is true that we had a good draw in the fact that we played all the games at home, which is the first time [that this has happened] since I played in the FA Cup.
“But, on the other hand, we played difficult opponents – Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and that shows you that we have taken this competition seriously.”
The stadium is expecting an excess of 70,000 fans to make their way to London to see each game, all in need of transport to get them there on time. With transport providers already booked up the train and bus services are anticipating the flood of football fans.
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