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Hull must transfer FA Cup intensity to the Premier League

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Hull have reached their first FA Cup final.
Hull have reached their first FA Cup final..

After two very different semi-finals, Hull City will play Arsenal in their first FA Cup final on May 17.

Despite conceding three goals to League One hopefuls Sheffield United, the Tigers managed to outscore their opponents in a 5-3 'goal-fest'.

Goals from Yannick Sagbo, Matty Fryatt, Tom Huddlestone and Steven Quinn gave the Tigers a 4-2 lead over the Blades.

However, a late goal from Jamie Murphy had Steve Bruce's side rattled until David Meyler secured the victory with a 92nd-minute winner.

The Tigers - who sit in 13th position in the Premier League - still have the Gunners to play this coming Saturday, along with games away to Fulham, Aston Villa and Manchester United, before their final game of the season at home to high-flying Everton.

With a two-point advantage over Aston Villa who sit directly beneath the Tigers in 14th, their next fixture down at Craven Cottage is now a must-win game in their fight for Premier League safety.

Hull will be looking to avoid a repeat of Wigan's 2012/13 season, when the Latics conquered Manchester City to win the FA Cup but failed to avoid the drop.

Yet, after their first-half performance on Saturday some alarm bells will surely be ringing for many City fans. After being bossed by Nigel Clough's Sheffield United, it took an inspired change in tactics from Steve Bruce who not only made changes, but changed formation for the second half.

Although his side managed to overcome their League One opponents, it seems unlikely that these heroics could be repeated against their remaining Premier League competition.

To be sure of Premier League safety, the Tigers need to take the intensity of their second-half FA Cup triumph and use this to catapult them back up the Premier League table.

However, with the fixture list that awaits Bruce, perhaps a repeat of his half-time team talk at Wembley will be needed again.

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