Hull's road to the FA Cup final
A look at Hull's route to the FA Cup final.
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Tigers boss Steve Bruce made nine changes to his side for the first FA Cup outing of the season but still enjoyed a relatively straightforward success over Sky Bet Championship opposition. Hull's goals came in either half with Aaron McLean and Nick Proschwitz both on target. Neither striker would be at the club at the end of the transfer window though, with Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long signed for club record fees.
The draw threw up a reunion with Hull's former boss Phil Brown, the only man prior to Bruce to lead the club into the top flight. But there was no fairytale result for Brown or his League 2 Shrimpers. Once again Bruce made sweeping changes and was rewarded by another out-of-favour striker as Matty Fryatt netted in the 63rd and 90th minutes.
A third successive away draw looked to be too much for Hull when Leonardo Ulloa's cool finish gave Brighton the lead in this televised clash. But Yannick Sagbo forced a replay five minutes from time.
Home advantage was enough to see Hull into the last eight, after goals from on-field skipper Curtis Davies and club captain Robert Koren put them 2-0 up by half-time. Ulloa set up a tense finish when he netted for the second time in a row but Hull held on.
The first all-Premier League clash of Hull's run proved arguably the simplest match yet at the KC Stadium. The relegation-threatened Black Cats, having already reached the Capital One Cup final, made more changes than their full-strength hosts and went down to three goals in nine second-half minutes from Davies, David Meyler and Fryatt.
Appearing in their first FA Cup semi-final in 80 years, Hull initially suffered stage-fright as they went in 2-1 down at the break. But a few choice words in the dressing room from Davies, and a half-time reshuffle, had the desired effect. Hull outscored their League 1 opposition four goals to two in the second half with Sagbo, Fryatt, Tom Huddlestone, Stephen Quinn and Meyler all notching at Wembley.