Hull City secure return to Wembley with FA Cup semi-final defeat of Sheffield United

League One side Sheffield United give as good as they get on big day out in London

Stefan Scougall, left, of Sheffield United battles with George Boyd of Hull City during their FA Cup semi-final match at Wembley Stadium on April 13, 2014, in London. Shaun Botterill / Getty Images
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Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone said his team deserved the plaudits after advancing to the final of the FA Cup for the first time with a 5-3 comeback victory on Sunday over Sheffield United at Wembley Stadium.

United took the lead midway through the first half when John Brayford crossed for Jose Baxter to poke the ball past Steve Harper at the near post.

Hull pulled one back to level through Yannick Sagbo just before the break, but they were behind again moments later when Stefan Scougall netted a second for the League One outfit.

The Premier League side struck back four minutes after the break through Matty Fryatt, before Huddlestone put them ahead for the first time five minutes later. Stephen Quinn looked like he made the result safe after 67 minutes with a close-range, flying header.

But Jamie Murphy scored for Sheffield United before the Tigers’ David Meyler struck three minutes into added time.

Huddlestone said: “We were feeling disappointment at half time. The manager tweaked a few things and in the second half, I thought we deserved to win the game.”

Hull manager Steve Bruce made two half-time substitutions, bringing on Sone Aluko for Maynor Figueroa and Fryatt for George Boyd.

“It was just what we needed. We went two up top and Aluko was the game-changer, really,” Huddlestone said.

Bruce said: “We’re absolutely delighted. We needed one hell of a turnaround, if we’re going to be honest.”

Hull will face Arsenal in an all-Premier League final.

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