Hull City and Charlton progress in FA Cup
Steve Bruce set to face former club Sunderland after 2-1 home win over Brighton
Hull City and Ireland’s David Meyler (left) challenges Brighton Hove Albion’s Leonardo Ulloa during their FA Cup fifth round replay at the KC Stadium. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters
First-half goals from Curtis Davies and Robert Koren saw Hull book their place in the FA Cup sixth round with a scrappy win over Brighton at the KC Stadium.
This fifth-round replay was never likely to go down as a classic, with fewer than 11,000 in the ground and both sides having played just 48 hours earlier in the league. But that will matter little to the Tigers, whose 2-1 win earned them a home tie against Sunderland.
Davies’s headed effort and Koren’s deflected free-kick put the Barclays Premier League side two up inside 35 minutes but their second-tier opponents gave themselves hope when Leonardo Ulloa, a goalscorer in the previous fixture at the Amex Stadium, nodded home from close range with 22 minutes to go.
That made things unnecessarily nervy for the home side in the closing stages but they closed out victory to tee up a last-eight meeting with Steve Bruce’s former club Sunderland, who they have already beaten twice this season.
Simon Church dashed Sheffield Wednesday’s hopes of an FA Cup derby clash with Sheffield United by heading Charlton into the last eight at Hillsborough.
The Wales international headed home captain Johnnie Jackson’s 65th-minute free-kick after Wednesday forward Leon Best had cancelled out Callum Harriott’s first-half opener for the Addicks.
All of Sheffield had been hoping Wednesday would see off the London side to set up the first Steel City derby in the FA Cup since the famous Wembley semi-final against Sheffield United in 1993. But Chris Powell’s Sky Bet Championship relegation battlers were reading from a different script and instead booked their own place in the sixth round for the first time since 2006.
However, it took a breathtaking stoppage-time save from Charlton goalkeeper Ben Hamer, who hurled himself at Chris Maguire’s deflected shot to turn the ball away from the top corner, to deny Wednesday a replay.