In stadiums half the capacities of their Premiership counterparts, on pitches uneven and irregular, with squads costing a fraction of the top rung payroll, the English bulldog shone this weekend as the lower echelon put the sword to their peers. No names, 85 places below, non- league, League 2, it did not matter as the Premiership crashed and burned in the most English of competitions. The FA Cup as never before.
The endeavours of John Marquis, Scott Rendell, Ryan Lowe, Ryan Harley, Darren Potter, consumed Aston Villa, Norwich City, and Queens Park Rangers. Today, it was Luke Varney and Ross McCormack leading Leeds United past high flying Spurs in Cristiano Ronaldo like flourishes that brought the roof down at Elland Road. Clint Dempsey pulled one back but Andre Villas Boas joined Paul Lambert, Chris Huhgton, and Harry Redknapp in the losing column.