Hull boss: ‘Poyet would probably have swapped Sunderland cup runs for league wins’

Steve Bruce
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HULL boss Steve Bruce believes Poyet would rather have had wins in the league than Sunderland’s success in cup competitions.

Bruce’s side are going into Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final at home to a Sunderland team already beaten twice by the Tigers this season.

That is in stark contrast with their form in the knockout competitions, with the Black Cats defeated in the Capital One Cup by Manchester City last Sunday and now eyeing another Wembley appearance.

“If you ask (Sunderland manager) Gus Poyet he’d probably like it the other way round,” said Bruce.

“They’ve had a wonderful run in the cups but Gus would probably have liked a few more wins in the Premier League.”

One player who would not be available to play a part should Hull reach their first FA Cup semi-final since 1930 is Republic of Ireland winger Robbie Brady.

He has not played since February 4 due to a groin complaint and will take no further part this season following surgery.

“The problem has been hovering for a long time as we know, but hopefully it has been put to bed now,” said Bruce.

“The operation he’s had is a serious one and we wish him the best of luck. We hope that we’ll see him at the start of next season.

“He’s got a long summer ahead of him.”