Wembley Stadium is set to play host to a pair of exciting FA Cup semi-finals, each of which has its own interesting narrative. The first of the games sees Sheffield United and Hull City face off under the world-famous arch, in what promises to be a closely contested tie.
United booked their place in the last four of the competition thanks to two goals in three second-half minutes from Ryan Flynn and John Brayford in their game against Charlton. It means that three third-tier teams have made it as far as the semi finals since 2001, when Wycombe Wanderers made it that far. Speaking after the game, manager Nigel Clough spoke of his pride at beating Charlton and making it to the next round of the competition.
“The atmosphere, it saps you when you’re not used to it and a lot of players playing in this sort of thing for the first time, this atmosphere takes your energy and it takes your breath away at times,” he commented. “To get to this stage as a League One club in the semi-final is an incredible achievement”.
Hull, for their part, have made it through to the semi final, despite enduring a tough season in the league.They are currently five points away from the relgation zone and with a few more victories in the coming weeks, they will be able to focus all of their attention on winning the upcoming fixture.Indeed, given that neither side has won much in recent times, they will have every incentive to go that extra mile to achieve FA Cup glory, meaning that it promises to be an intense affair at one of the world’s most iconic stadiums.