The reality of Sunderland's relegation battle can wait a while longer: fans are dreaming of another trip to Wembley, The club could book their place in the semi-final - which is played at Wembley - if Gus Pouyet's team win at Hull in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Sports Correspondent Simon O'Rourke reports.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce says his side's 2-0 win over former club Sunderland was "no sweeter" than any other victory.
Bruce spent two-and-a-half years as Sunderland manager before being sacked in November 2011.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet gives his analysis of Hull City ahead of tomorrow's Premier League match at the Stadium of Light.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce says he's looking forward to this weekend's trip to former club Sunderland.
Bruce spent two-and-a-half years as manager at the Stadium of Light before being sacked in November 2011.
Aitor Karanka says Middlesbrough must give "120 percent" in order to beat Hull City in their FA Cup Third Round clash at the Riverside on Saturday.
Sunderland striker Danny Graham has joined Hull City on a one-year loan deal.
The 27-year-old had only been with the Black Cats since January after making a £5 million move from Swansea. But after failing to score in 13 appearances, he'll now spend next season at the KC Stadium.
Graham told Hull City's official website: "It's great to come to a club where everybody is on a high after winning promotion and I've only heard good things about this club.
"It's exactly the same as when I joined Swansea a couple of years ago, a club coming up into the Premier League.
"I know I'm coming to a good club with a top manager, a fantastic stadium and some very good players."
Graham has now linked up with the Tigers in Portugal for their pre-season campaign.
Sunderland midfielder David Meyler has joined Championship side Hull City on loan until the New Year.
The 23-year-old has yet to establish himself as a regular in Martin O'Neill's team, and he'll now link up with former Black Cats boss Steve Bruce until January 1.
The Republic of Ireland international moved to the Stadium of Light from Cork City in July 2008, and has made 31 appearances for the club.
Hull City boss Steve Bruce accepted that his side were second-best in their 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough last night.
Speaking after the match, the former Sunderland manager said: "The better team won on the night.
"It was a frustrating night because we got nowhere near it."
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