Apr 13, 2014 at 4.07pm UK at ​Wembley
Hull City
5-3
Sheff UtdSheffield United
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Baxter (19'), Scougall (44'), Murphy (92')

Steve Bruce grateful for Sheffield United spell

Hull City's English manager Steve Bruce is pictured before the start of the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Hull City at The American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on February 17, 2014
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Hull City boss Steve Bruce admits that he is "eternally grateful" for his spell in charge of Sheffield United earlier in his managerial career.

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has revealed that his brief spell in charge of Sheffield United earlier in his career helped put him on a "learning curve" in football management.

Bruce made his dugout bow for the Blades in 1998 before departing the following summer, but ahead of his team's FA Cup semi-final with the League One club, the Tigers chief has placed on record his gratitude for his former employers.

The 53-year-old is quoted by Sportinglife.com as saying: "I'll be eternally grateful to them because the one thing it did was give me a chance in management.

"It put me on a learning curve, very quickly. I think that I had six chief executives in one year and they were difficult times. That's an understatement."

The winner of Sunday's fixture will play either Arsenal or Wigan Athletic in the final.

Steve Bruce manager of Hull City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Chelsea at KC Stadium on January 11, 2014
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