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Bruce admits cup distractions

Hull City manager Steve Bruce admits his side have been distracted by the FA Cup final since setting up their Wembley showdown with Arsenal.

The Tigers have only picked up one point from their four Premier League games since beating Sheffield United in the semi-finals on April 13.

That run has seen them drop to 16th place in the table but Bruce is hoping they can end their league campaign on a high with victory over Everton at the KC Stadium on Sunday.

Bruce, whose side lost 3-1 at Manchester United in midweek, is also keen to give goalkeeper Allan McGregor, midfielder Sone Aluko and defender Paul McShane a chance to prove their fitness if possible on Sunday after their recent injury problems.

He said: "The most difficult part I've had since we've qualified to get to the final of the FA Cup, no matter how I have tried, I have basically failed to keep the focus on them, because it's been normal for a club of our size, I suppose, to just be swept away with the FA Cup final.

"And of course our results since the semi-final haven't been that great either so we can't wait to get there quickly enough to be honest.

"What I'll do against Everton is what I did against Manchester United the other day. I will let a few have a break and get some football into people who obviously come into the equation, people like Matty Fryatt.

"We are waiting for McGregor and Aluko so it's a big day for them today and tomorrow and also McShane as well, so all of them things are whirring around in my mind at the moment - just to make sure we pick the right formula."