Magic of the Cup - a look back at the weekend's shocks
There has been a real debate, particularly this weekend, surrounding the FA Cup and whether the most famous domestic cup competition in the world has lost any of its magic.
In a bygone era, the FA Cup was something to build a season around. It was the trophy the big boys wanted to win and the stage every minnow wanted to shock.
More recently, though, that universal desire to succeed has disappeared, with some of the very best teams choosing to prioritise the Premier League or European competition.
As a result, reserves and youth players get a run out. Hardly romantic, right?
Well, don’t tell National League sides Lincoln City and Sutton United that. The non-league boys have made it through to the last 16, downing Championship outfits Ipswich Town and Leeds United respectively.
Paul Lambert, the Wolves manager, would also scoff in your face. His team went to Anfield on Saturday and turned over Liverpool and the mighty Jurgen Klopp.
Even if the Reds were weakened and out of form, who cares?
Honourable mentions go to Oxford United and Wycombe Wanderers for excellent displays this weekend. The former for thrashing Championhip promotion hopefuls Newcastle 3-0 and the latter for getting within two minutes of a stunning victory at White Hart Lane against Tottenham, but for two late goals making it 4-3.