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Arca out to stop Hartlepool again, 13 years on

Julio Arca has already broken Hartlepool United hearts once in the FA Cup. And the South Shields midfielder is hoping to do it all over again on Saturday – albeit with the boot very much on the other foot.

Arca scored the only goal as Sunderland saw off a brave Hartlepool challenge in the third round of the competition in 2004, kicking off a run to the semi-finals for the Black Cats.

His second-half goal – scored against the run of play – ensured Sunderland did not suffer an upset against one of the lowest-ranked sides left in the cup.

On Saturday, though, Arca will be part of a Shields team looking to upset the odds themselves, and claim a fourth higher-division scalp of the season to take their place in the first round proper.

It's a task the 36-year-old feels they can succeed in against the National League side.

He said: "We've got a fantastic record over the last year and we're all hoping it can continue.

"It's a great opportunity for us to play against a really good team and try to progress in the competition."

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