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Hopes high as Sunderland arrive in Hull for FA Cup quarter final

Gus Poyet and his team have arrived in Hull ahead of this afternoon's FA Cup quarter final. A victory would give Sunderland another trip to Wembley.

Gus Poyet acknowledges fans as he arrives at the KC Stadium in Hull Credit: Richard Sellers/PA
Lee Cattermole is applauded by Sunderland fans as the team arrives in Hull Credit: Richard Sellers/PA
Fans are daring to dream of another trip to Wembley Credit: Richard Sellers/PA

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Sunderland through to FA Cup quarter finals

A fan poses with a cardboard cut-out of the FA Cup Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Sunderland fans can dare to dream of a Wembley double after victory in the fifth round of the FA Cup against Southampton. Craig Gardner scored after 49 minutes at the Stadium of Light to put his side through to the quarter finals.

Craig Gardner shoots, to win the match for Sunderland Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

The Stadium of Light was less than half full, with attendance of just over 16,000. Gus Poyet had made nine changes to his side. However, they were hardly tested in the match, which ended 1-0.

Craig Gardner celebrates his winning goal to a backdrop of empty seats Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Sunderland will discover who they will face in the next round on Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm.

Pardew calls for change to cup schedule

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has urged the Football Association to look at changing the fixture schedule to be more accommodating for clubs.

The 52-year-old says the FA Cup is being devalued because of the number of games that teams face during the busy festive period.

The Magpies host fellow Premier League side Cardiff City in the FA Cup Third Round on Saturday.

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