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Football: Hull City find cutting edge to tame plucky Blades

Published on Apr 14, 2014 6:04 AM
Hull City's Tom Huddlestone (left) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Sheffield United during their English FA Cup semi-final soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London on April 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Premier League Hull City were given a fright as they had to come from behind twice to beat obstinate third tier side Sheffield United 5-3 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday to reach the final for the first time.

In a frantic opening half, Jose Baxter gave Sheffield United a shock lead on 19 minutes. Yannick Sagbo equalised for Hull on 42 minutes, but Stefan Scougall restored the League One side's advantage just before half-time.

Hull fought back at the start of the second period with substitute Matty Fryatt and Tom Huddlestone scoring in quick succession, before Stephen Quinn's header effectively wrapped up victory for the Premier League side.

Jamie Murphy snatched a late consolation for United in injury time, before Hull added a fifth through David Meyler.

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