Steve Bruce: 'Pressure on Arsenal'

Hull manager Steve Bruce prior to kick-off against Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi final match on April 13, 2014
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Steve Bruce says that his Hull City side have nothing to lose when they take on Arsenal in the final of the FA Cup.

Steve Bruce has said that his Hull City side have nothing to lose when they take on Arsenal in the final of the FA Cup.

Hull booked a meeting with the Gunners on May 17 after beating Sheffield United 5-3 in an eight-goal thriller at Wembley this afternoon.

Arsene Wenger's men are without a trophy in nine years, and Bruce says that all the pressure will be on the North Londoners to end their barren spell in the showpiece next month.

He told reporters: "The pressure is on Arsenal. They haven't won anything for a while and that will be brought up again.

"We are absolutely delighted. We needed one hell of a turnaround but the one thing you can't do with this team is write them off."

The Tigers were trailing 2-1 at half time today, with Jose Baxter and Stefan Scougall netting either side of a brief Yannick Sagbo equaliser.

However, Bruce elected to switch to 4-4-2 with the introduction of Matty Fryatt - who scored the equaliser after the break - and the City boss says that altering his formation proved key.

He added: "You have to give credit to Sheffield United. They took care of the ball better than we did and we had a poor first half.

"We needed to go two up top and once we did that we have won out OK."

Tom Huddlestone and Stephen Quinn helped the Premier League outfit into a 4-2 lead, before Jamie Murphy struck in stoppage time to set up a nervy finale to the contest.

However, David Meyler killed off the encounter once and for all in the dying embers to put the result beyond doubt.

Hull's Yannick Sagbo scores his team's first goal against Sheffield United during the FA Cup semi final match on April 13, 2014
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