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Bruce anticipating big occasion after Magpies paired with holders

Steve Bruce is hopeful Newcastle United fans can help create an electric atmosphere at St. James’ Park when the Magpies take on holders Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup later this month.

United made it through to the last eight of the competition for the first time since 2006 with a dramatic 3-2 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night.

Standing between the Magpies and a Wembley semi-final are Pep Guardiola’s City, who have won six of the last seven domestic trophies available and secured a third straight Carabao Cup by beating Aston Villa on Sunday.

For Bruce, though, home advantage has the potential to be a major weapon in United’s armoury, with the Black ‘n’ Whites now within touching distance of a first FA Cup clash at Wembley since the stadium’s redevelopment.

“We couldn’t have asked for a tougher opponent in the competition, but it’s great to get a home tie,” he said.

“It would be fantastic to fill St. James’ Park and experience the atmosphere that a big FA Cup quarter final can bring.”

The tie will take place between Friday, 20th and Sunday, 22nd March – stay tuned to nufc.co.uk for confirmation of the exact date and time.

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