HULL CITY may be in their first FA Cup final but the 5-3 win over Sheffield United on Sunday was a bittersweet moment for Stephen Quinn (pictured).
The Republic of Ireland international came off the bench to grab the Tigers' fourth goal – his deft header was his first goal of the season – but there was no question of him celebrating against United, the club where he started his professional career.
"The question was posed during the week, would I celebrate, and I said 'no'. I've got too much respect for the club," he said. "They helped me as a player and looked after me and my family for a number of years. But it just had to happen, didn't it? It was written in the stars. I had some mixed emotions but I was really happy to score a goal at Wembley and get the team to the final."
Hull captain Curtis Davies has revealed how a few "home truths" spurred them on to secure a final place.
The Tigers trailed 2-1 to their League One opponents at Wembley, and manager Steve Bruce was quick to give credit to his captain Davies for the turnaround in fortunes.
Bruce said: "'I didn't say much at half-time. My captain did it all. It's a long time since I've been in a dressing room where the captain takes over. It used to happen a lot in my day. I just had a cup of tea and let him get on with it. He is a bit of a dying breed with the way football is nowadays."
Davies, a summer arrival from Birmingham for £2.25million, which already looks a snip, believes his side can exploit Arsenal's "nervous energy" when they meet in the final next month.
The Gunners have not won any major silverware since 2005, when Wenger's men lifted the FA Cup at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. "They'll be chomping at the bit to win it so hopefully we can play on that nervous energy they'll have on the day and cause an upset," said Davies.