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Hull and Sheffield United book Wembley date

ESPN staff
March 9, 2014
David Meyler, who was headbutted by Alan Pardew last weekend, doubled Hull's lead against Sunderland © Getty Images

Lee Cattermole's pair of mistakes in five-second-half minutes helped send Hull to Wembley as they sealed a 3-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory over Sunderland at the KC Stadium.

Curtis Davies opened the scoring on 68 minutes with his third goal in as many games, powering Tom Huddlestone's free kick into the net.

David Meyler, who was headbutted by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew last weekend, then charged down and intercepted the ball from Cattermole before racing past him and slotting home on 72 minutes. Meyler headbutted the corner flag in his celebration.

Cattermole then played a disastrous back pass straight to Matty Fryatt, who finished coolly to end Sunderland's hopes.

John Brayford sealed Sheffield United's win as they became the first third tier side to reach the FA Cup semi-finals since 2001 © PA Photos

Hull will meet League One outfit Sheffield United at Wembley, following their 2-0 win over Championship strugglers Charlton.

Winger Ryan Flynn broke the deadlock in the 65th minute and right-back John Brayford's deflected shot less than two minutes later ensured a deserved 2-0 victory for the resurgent Blades.

Nigel Clough's side become the first team from the third tier to reach the last four of the competition since Wycombe in 2001 and extended their remarkable winning sequence to nine matches in all competitions.

The Blades were spiralling towards relegation when former Derby boss Clough took over in November, but five months later the club are daring to believe a late run on the play-offs is on, as well as now securing their place in the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time in 11 years.

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