And that's that
Thanks for keeping me company, now go enjoy Nick Miller’s view of Man City v Wigan - playing for the opportunity to beat Arsenal in the semi-final.
I got it spot on!
Hull City v Sheffield United
Man City/Wigan v Arsenal
Anyway, the FA continue with their series of father/son draw partnerships. This time it’s the Wrights - Ian and Shaun (Wright-Phillips) at Wembley
Man City/Wigan v Arsenal
Hull v Sheffield United
ITV are stringing this out, no doubt to ensure the draw clashes with the start of Man City v Wigan. Thanks ITV.
Curtis Davies seems bemused by the pitch invasion at the end, but this is a big deal for Hull, and their fans are rightfully delighted with a trip to Wembley.
Crushing disappointment for Sunderland of course, but it’s lovely to see fans really appreciate the FA Cup.
They’re also taking the opportunity to make a point to owner Assem Allam, with a ‘City til I die banner’ unveiled. Wembley will certainly provide a big occasion to make that point to the footballing authorities.
On yer 'ead son
Here’s a look at that cheeky celebration from Meyler after Hull’s second goal.
It had to happen, didn’t it?
Stick with me
It’s all over at the KC - where the fans have jumped on the pitch to celebrate - but don’t go anywhere, the semi-final draw is coming up.
It’s Sheffield United, Manchester City/Wigan, Arsenal and of course Hull City in the hat.
Full-time: Hull City 3-0 Sunderland
A well-deserved victory for Hull - the scoreline may flatter a little, but a Curtis Davies header and two horrendous mistakes from Lee Cattermole gifted them a comfortable win after the second half had looked set to put your MBMer to sleep.
90+1: Three added minutes, and Sunderland enjoy a short spell with the ball, Borini with the chance to put in the box before Chester heads clear.
90 min: George Boyd scampers down the right hand side and Phil Bardsley crunches into the back of him. Bad challenge and he’s lucky to escape a booking.
From the free-kick Tom Huddlestone hits it too high and wide as it goes out of play on the right.
88 min: Olés at the KC as Hull keep the ball for a couple of minutes with a succession of short passes before Sunderland finally interrupt their flow.
A painful last few minutes for the visiting side.
86 min: Curtis Davies is named man of the match, and rightly so after a very solid defensive display and the goal that opened the floodgates for Hull.
There will be a few teams near the top of the table looking for a centre back this summer and they could do worse than take a glance at Davies.
84 min: Cheers from the Hull fans as Lee Cattermole receives the ball and plays it back to his keeper. This time there’s no City player there to take advantage.
It’s party time at the KC.
After two mistakes and two goals conceded in five minutes, what are the odds on Lee Cattermole losing his rag and getting a second yellow? Short I’d think.
81 min: Bruce brings on Stephen Quinn for Ahmed Elmohamady, to rapturous applause. He’s played well today, and could have got a couple of assists if the Hull forwards had been on their toes.
Sunderland are all over the place now, with Hull allowed to pass it between themselves easily.
Well that’s two terrible mistakes from Lee Cattermole, this one’s worse than the first. Cattermole is passed the ball out of defence, and without looking he tries to play it back to the goalkeeper, ignoring that fact that Matty Fryatt is lurking. The Hull striker takes the ball and passes it calmy past Ustari into the back of the net. Game over.
Woeful play from Sunderland.
Goal! (Hull City 3-0 Sunderland)
77 min: Fryatt capitalises on an horrendous back pass from Cattermole.
I missed that celebration first time round, but Meyler’s really planted one on that corner flag - no half-hearted Pardew effort from him - that was a proper head-butt.
No FA charge for assaulting inanimate objects though I would imagine.
75 min: Sunderland look a broken team after those two goals - and no wonder. Oscar Ustari slips as he clears the ball and Elmohamady takes an audacious shot from just in front of the half way line. It goes well wide.
And of course - to celebrate after last week’s controversy - Meyler runs to the corner flag and plants a ‘Pardew kiss’ onto it.
Seb Larsson takes a corner from the right, but it’s easily cleared from Steven Fletcher. Hull break down the other end, David Meyler nicking the ball off Lee Cattermole’s boot - the Sunderland man making the cardinal sin of letting the ball bounce.
Meyler’s free and ignores Koren to his left to slot the ball past Oscar Ustari and put Hull on course for Wembley.
Goal! (Hull City 2-0 Sunderland)
72 min: David Meyler breaks clear to score.
That’s three goals in three matches for Curtis Davies - forget playing centre-back for England, let’s bung him up front.
Bad timing for Gus Poyet’s side, just after that attacking substitution it’s taken the wind right out of their sails.
Hull immediately win a free kick by the right corner flag. Tom Huddlestone takes it, a lovely ball to the far post. Curtis Davies rises high above John O’Shea and heads into the top right hand corner.
A great header and the City fans go wild.
Goal! (Hull City 1-0 Sunderland)
68 min: Curtis Davies
Substitutions & yellow card!
67 min: Scocco is booked for a late challenge, and Steve Bruce takes the opportunity to bring on club captain Robert Koren for Sone Aluko.
Sunderland bring on Adam Johnson for Emanuele Giaccherini and Fabio Borini replaces Iganacio Scocco to a roar from the travelling fans.
25 minutes to make something happen. Anything. Please.
Nothing to talk about this half - and if it stays like this Hull will rue that missed penalty from Sone Aluko.
63 min: Walking wounded at the KC - Phil Bardsley and David Meyler are both patched up by the physios, but are well enough to continue.
Another stoppage to this stop-start game. No real flow to the action in the second half.
61 min: John O’Shea hits a hopeful clearance forward, which Giaccherini gathers, he runs forward and Seb Larsson is clear on the right. He’s fed the ball by the Italian, but just when it looks as if Sunderland are going to create something Curtis Davies steps forward to clear the danger. Good defending.
59 min: Aluko knocks a ball in from the right, and John O’Shea has hold of Matty Fryatt in the middle as he struggles to reach the ball, he doesn’t get there and Ustari gratefully gathers. Decent shout of a penalty there.
58 min: Someone make a change! This game is hurting my eyes.
Steve Bruce answers my prayers, George Boyd coming on to replace Yannick Sagbo on Hull’s left.
55 min: Neither side is putting much pressure on - content to gently probe without any real urgency.
Hard to see where a goal is going to come from if it continues like this.
53 min: Larsson takes the corner, which drops to Colback who tries to chip McGregor, but the Hull keeper gathers it easily.
52 min: Sunderland break after Hull pressure, and Seb Larsson puts in a poor low cross, but blinded by the sun, the defender shanks the ball in to touch.
51 min: Hull are targeting Sunderland’s left-hand side, but there’s nobody attacking a couple of good balls from Elmohamady. They’re making it easy for the visiting defence.
49 min: Tom Huddlestone pile drives the ball into Lee Cattermole’s head. That must have hurt.
48 min: Hull fans chanting ‘Davies for England’. The Hull defender has been impressive this season for sure - but Hodgson has been conspicuous by his absence at the KC this season.
Meanwhile the ball is bogged down in the midfield.
Insult to injury
As if missing the penalty wasn’t bad enough, now the poor tiger below is being mocked by the readers.
That tiger actually looks angry. Perhaps it’s been renamed by the tiger community.
And we're off!
The players are back on and Hull kick off to get the second half under way, no change to either team.
Some music to keep you entertained until the players are back on the pitch.
Matt from Coventry writes to say:
It feels strange to call this a North-East derby - that’s surely reserved for Sunderland/Newcastle/Middlesbrough - although Hull is in that part of the world. Solutions?
The feline derby sounds just rubbish though, doesn’t it?
Just to balance things up...
Steve Bruce has a job on his hand to lift the heads of the Hull players who never seemed to get back into the game after the penalty save.
In the opposition dressing room, Gus Poyet can be pleased with the resilience of his side. They seem to be feeling the effects of last Sunday’s cup final defeat, but have slowly worked their way into the game and Ustari’s save will be a real boost.
Still all to play for here then.
45 + 1: The half peters out, Seb Larsson has a free kick from 35 yards, he hits it high into the box, but it’s cleared and the whistle is blown.
44 min: Hull break with some space in the Sunderland half, with Sagbo feeding Aluko through the middle, he holds on to the ball, drives forward and loses it when there was space on the right. Still thinking about that penalty miss?
43 min: It comes to nothing, Curtis Davies clearing.
43 min: Hull have had almost none of the ball since Aluko’s miss, but Sunderland aren’t creating much as Hull’s defenders stand tall.
Giaccherini is the most dangerous threat, and he twists and turns around Rosenior on the right, winning the corner.
Hull need to calm down after that penalty miss, it’s all got a bit frantic which is allowing Sunderland to get into their rhythm, short passes between the defence and the midfield taking the sting out of Hull’s game.
38 min: Rosenior gets some space on the right hand side, 30 yards out and fires a hopeful low shot which is well saved by Ustari. From the resultant corner the keeper holds comfortably.
After a wobbly start the Argentinian goalkeeper is starting to impress the Sunderland fans.
Steve Bruce paces angrily after that, it was a golden opportunity and Sunderland seem reinvigorated.
Poor Sone Aluko, after an injury-hit season he could have done with that penalty going in.
35 min: Straight after, Sunderland break with Giaccherini running it into the Hull box, he curls a shot just past the right hand post. That would have been hard for Hull to take.
34 min: Aluko takes it in front of the Sunderland fans. After a long delay as Seb Larsson argues with Hull players, Aluko shoots into the bottom left corner and Ustari comfortably holds it.
Poor penalty, but good save down low.
34 min: A corner for Hull after Sagbo runs into the box on the left, crosses low to Fryatt and it’s cleared by Sunderland out of play. Hull make a hash of the short corner routine however. The ball works it’s way to the right, where Elmohamady crosses.
Sagbo takes it down, turns and he’s tripped by Seb Larsson. Correct decision despite Sunderland complaints.
And as if on cue - Dunx from Newark writes to say:
“Don’t think I can take this game seriously until the obligatory Lee Cattermole yellow. Where is it? Until then, back to the gardening.
There you go Dunx, time to focus on the FA Cup quarter-final. Nature will take care of itself.
29 min: Lee Cattermole gets a rather harsh booking after a gaggle of Hull players make the point to the referee about a clumsy challenge, that probably warranted no more than a ticking off. Gus Poyet is not happy about that.
28 min: Scocco wastes a good opportunity for Sunderland. Giaccherini feeds Dossena on the right, he exchanges the ball with Colback and the fizzes in a low cross, but Scocco takes it out wide rather than driving through the middle, and the ball is lost. Poor control by Scocco.
25 min: Matty Fryatt has a great chance. Elmohamady gets it on the right of the Sunderland box and doesn’t take a breath before whipping in a smart cross. Fryatt dives into to get his head on it, but it goes past the left hand post.
That should have been a goal - lovely cross from Elmohamady.
24 min: Sunderland win a corner about 35 yards out, Bardsley and Seb Larsson lurk over the ball, but it’s the Swede who takes control. He lofts it the far post, where John O’Shea wins the header, but he can’t find anyone else in the box and Hull clear.
23 min: Hull win a corner after a short free-kick from Figueroa to Aluko, who feeds Meyler in the box. He wins a corner, but Ustari punches clear and when Aluko dallies on the edge of the box Sunderland break. It’s to no avail though, as Dossena takes too long to get the ball into the box.
City til they die
1904 is the year Hull City were founded of course, hence the timing of that song.
19 min 04 secs: Resounding chants of ‘City til I die’ ring out at the KC. Is Assem Allam listening? I doubt it somehow.
18 min: Sunderland are starting to use the ball better now. Giaccherini gets the ball after a nice looping pass, he cuts inside to the box, and slips a lovely little back heel to Phil Bardsley who’s clear on the right. He fires it in low, but Scocco shoots high over the bar.
15 min: That’s not a nice challenge from Tom Huddlestone, as he comes in high with his studs showing and connects with Lee Cattermole’s calf. He complains, but it’s a good decision.
From the free-kick, Sunderland work the ball to Phil Bardsley, who can’t control the ball in the Hull box and kicks it into touch.
14 min: Finally Sunderland manage to keep the ball, passing it around in the midfield, nice short passes, which result in Giaccherini being freed down the right, he whips a low cross in, but it’s comfortable for McGregor to catch.
At the moment Sunderland seem to be intent on hoofing the ball back to Allan McGregor in the Hull goal every time they get a sniff of possession. I’m sure Gus Poyet will not be happy with that.
11 min: Hull work the ball down their right hand side - which is a much better position from this MBMers point of view with the sun shining on the pitch on that side.
Elmohamady falls dramatically under the challenge from Phil Bardsley, Sunderland players want him booked for diving, but the referee waves it away and calls for a goal kick. Lee Cattermole is not happy with that decision.
9 min: David Meyler is looking for a less eventful weekend I would imagine, and some nice neat passing from him in midfield sees the ball launched into the box from Figueroa and Oscar Ustari saves comfortable from a looping header.
Shortly after that, Aluko cuts in from the right, ignores the run of Yannick Sagbo, and takes a pop himself. It trundles wide.
6 min: Cracking atmosphere in the ground - 4,000 Sunderland fans making their voices heard, and Hull selling out thanks to sensible ticket pricing. (£20 adults, and discounts for juniors). Magic of the cup and all that.
The game itself is bogged down in the midfield with nobody able to get a grip as yet.
4 min: A scrappy start, but Hull start to come into the game with Aluko linking well with the midfield to provide Maynor Figueroa a chance to cross from the left. His first is cleared easily, but when the ball comes back to him he whips in another which nearly catches Oscar Ustari out but comes off the top off the bar.
A close call - the keeper was nowhere near it.
2 min: Sunderland enjoy some early possession down the right hand side, but when they get near the box Tom Huddlestone hoofs the ball clear.
Hard to make out players in the shady section of the pitch,this could get interesting...
And we're off
Sunderland kick-off, going from left to right, with half the pitch bathed in sun. The other in a murky shade.
The teams are out
Sheffield United are through
Full-time at Bramall Lane, as the home side won 2-0 against Charlton, to send the League One side into the semi-final.
Nick Miller will return to talk you through City v Wigan after this, but stick around here too for the semi-final draw.
“[At the] beginning of the week we were a little bit down, but this is an opportunity to bounce back and have another go.”
Wes Brown and Craig Gardner both missing out due to injury rather than resting them apparently.
Poyet also has a pop at the league for his the way his side’s fixtures have been scheduled - Sunderland will have 2-3 games in hand compared to the teams around them, and could slip further behind depending on the result here. It’s certainly going to make for a dramatic end of the season.
If you want to know how this game’s going to turn out look no further than the first two meetings between these sides - both in the FA Cup.
1920: Sunderland 6-2 Hull City.
1933: Hull City 0-2 Sunderland.
So Poyet’s side have this one in the bag, right? Right?
Steve Bruce speaks
“When you get to this level, the quarter-final, the final’s in sight. You’re one of eight.”
Insightful stuff. Of course, with Arsenal through they’re actually now one of only seven.
Back in the ITV studio Roy Keane signs his praises - I’ve never heard him so positive about anyone as he is about former teammate ‘Brucey’.
So what to expect? Having lost the League Cup final last weekend, Gus Poyet continues his quest to lead Sunderland in emulating neighbours Middlesbrough to the ignominy of two cup final defeats and a relegation in the same season.
On the other hand, maybe he’s out to ape Roberto Martínez, and secure a glorious cup upset to go with relegation.
Or perhaps Steve Bruce will return to haunt his old club, and allow them to concentrate on the thorny issue of Premier League survival - after all, is it really fair to expect Black Cats fans to traipse all the way down to Wembley twice in a season - let alone three times?
If you’re wondering where Hull City’s new strike force is, Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic are both cup tied, so Sone Aluko and Yannick Sagbo get a chance to impress.
For Sunderland, Liam Bridcutt returns after missing the League Cup final (cup-tied as well).
McGregor, Chester, Davies, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Aluko, Rosenior, Fryatt, Sagbo.
Subs: Bruce, Koren, Boyd, Harper, Faye, Quinn, Henderson.
Ustari, Bardsley, Vergini, O’Shea, Dossena, Cattermole, Giaccherini, Larsson, Colback, Scocco, Fletcher.
Subs: Ki, Johnson, Celustka, Cuellar, Mannone, Bridcutt, Borini.
Working on a sunny afternoon
It’s a glorious day in Hull - and it’s not often you could say that this year . Likewise the sun burns brightly over the Kings Cross skyline, so of course there’s nowhere else your hard-working MBMer would rather that be than hunched over his desk typing feverishly.
You can all thank me later.
It’s a hard day’s work for the players of Sunderland and Hull City (definitely not Tigers) as they battle it out for a place in the FA Cup semi-finals. Who’s going to make it through? Damned if I know - that’s the kind of incisive analysis you can look forward to.