Sods Law. Leeds put in a truly top drawer performance and dump Spurs out of the Cup, then along come Oldham and steal their thunder!
Of course, Leeds beating Spurs in times of yore would not have been a giant killing, more a typical result, though it was odd to hear that this was only the second time that the once mighty Whites had knocked Tottenham out of the competition. Even now, it wasn't a huge shock. Warnock does seem to being able to get his team to play at home, and they do seem to put in extra effort in Cup games. The question I would be asking, if I was Patel or Haigh is, why the hell can't this team win at Barnsley?
The truly amazing results yesterday were the Brentford draw against Chelsea and the Liverpool defeat at Oldham. That humbling of the blushing Reds must surely be rated one of the most sensational giant killing acts of all time, up there with Yeovil's victory over Sunderland, Hereford's defeat of Newcastle and Colchester's humbling of that great Revie team.
No sod it, Oldham's win compares only with that Leeds defeat at Colchester because you half expect teams like Sunderland, Newcastle, QPR, Norwich, Coventry and, yes, West Ham to come a Roy against the smaller teams. But Leeds under Revie? No way. And Liverpool under anybody, even Benitez, is unheard of, even if it takes a Suarez hand ball goal to see them through!
Mind you, it may be for the best that the headlines are elsewhere. Old Big Gob now has to get his players' feet back on the ground and focused on the league. But that should be easy enough, all he has to say is that, given the draw for the next round, the victory was something of an irrelevance anyway. Fun but little more.
After all, there's only one team from Yorkshire good enough to go all the way to Wembley at the moment!