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Blades suffer cup heartache in classic semi-final

Sheffield United
3 - 5
Hull City

Wembley

13/04/14 4.07pm

Attendance: 71,820

Referee:

League One Sheffield United caused Premier League side Hull City a huge fright before going down 5-3 in an enthralling FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley.

United went in at the break 2-1 ahead thanks to goals from Jose Baxter and Stefan Scougall.

Baxter put United ahead on 19 minutes when his deflected shot left the Hull goalkeeper stranded.

Hull looked to be going in level at the break when Yannick Sagbo slid in at the far post after a precise cross but United were not to be denied an half time lead their efforts thoroughly deserved when Scougall fired home after superb work from Jamie Murphy.

Tigers boss Steve Bruce had seen enough and he made two inspired changes at the start of the second half. Matt Fryatt came on and within four minutes of the restart, he poked home after United failed to clear their area.

Five minutes later the Premier League side were ahead when Tom Huddlestone made no mistake.

Former blades player Stephen Quinn came off the bench for Hull and within minutes, it proved to be another inspired change when he headed home from close range.

United were given renewed hope in the final minute when Murphy fired home but with the blades committing men forward in injury time, Hull broke and David Meyler fired home a fifth that was harsh on the blades who had given their all in a tremendous cup tie.

Whilst United will be hugely disappointed to go so close in the FA Cup this season it has been a tremendous adventure that started at Colchester United in November and as seen them win at Cambridge United, Aston Villa and Fulham as well as beating Nottingham Forest and Charlton Athletic at home.

Teams

Sheffield United
Howard, Brayford, Maguire, Collins, Harris (Hill 90), Flynn, Doyle, Baxter (Davies 83), Coady, Scougall (Porter 83), Murphy

Subs not used
Long, Freeman, McGinn, Kennedy

Hull City
Harper, Rosenior, Chester, Davies, Huddlestone, Figueroa (Fryatt 45), Livermore, Boyd (Aluko 45), Meyler, Sagbo (Quinn 64), Elmohamady.

Subs not used
Jakupovic, Bruce, Koren, Faye.

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Writer:S2
Date:Sunday April 13 2014
Time: 7:38PM

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Comments

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Great effort and went so close. The first fifteen minutes of the second half were always going to be pivotal after going in ahead at half time.
S2 Blades
13/04/2014 19:54:00
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Brilliant! Proud of them. Great cup run, great support at Wembely.
BilboBlade
14/04/2014 09:08:00
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Unlucky lads. For once you didn't freeze at Wembley. Shame it was one BT sport really.
Radon Barrier
14/04/2014 11:02:00
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Was a pleasure to play against you in the semis. Such a great set of fans and you really gave us a scare. Sheffield Utd are no way a 1st Division Team, you deserve to be back in the prem. Hull Fan.
londontiger1904
14/04/2014 13:39:00
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Brilliant effort. I don't count their 5th goal, every Blades player was up looking for the equaliser. 4-3 was a fair result given Hulls second half domination. We had to keep them quiet for the first 10 minutes of the second half, and failed. Thats were the game was lost. Only Coady had a disappointing game, which was a great shame given his recent form. Murphy was always our likely match winner, we needed to get the ball to him more often. Fantastic support from the 33000 blades. Great expectations for next season.
gloucblade
16/04/2014 14:10:00
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