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FA Cup team of the week (Fifth round)

FA Cup team of the week (Fifth round)

21/02/2017Sport

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After this weekend's round of fixtures, it's fair to say the magic of the FA Cup is well and truly still alive, with two results in particular sending shockwaves throughout the land.

Firstly, non-league Lincoln City produced the upset of the round when they dumped out Premier League outfit Burnley in their own backyard.

A few hours later previous finalists Millwall, now playing in League One, followed suit when their 10 men eliminated English champions Leicester City.

Elsewhere, it was as you were, though Middlesbrough survived a resilient comeback from Oxford City to book their place in the quarter-finals.

Manchester City will have to do it all over again with Huddersfield after Pep Guardiola's millionaires could only manage a goalless draw at the Championship side.

Tottenham Hotspur, who survived a cup upset in the last round against Wycombe Wanderers, brushed Fulham aside thanks to a Harry Kane hat-trick.

Cup holders Manchester United came from a goal down against Blackburn Rovers to keep their chances of winning a record 13th crown.

They will face Chelsea in the next round after they managed what Liverpool couldn't and that was beating Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Here are the stand-out performers from the fifth round.

Defence: Joel Coleman; Shaun Cummings, Luke Waterfall, Sean Raggett, Nathan Ake

Unsurprisingly the bulk of this week's defence is made up of players from Huddersfield, Milwall and Lincoln City.

In goal is Joel Coleman who kept a clean sheet against free scoring Manchester City in the process denying Sergio Aguero on two separate occasions.

Shaun Cummings and Sean Raggett were resolute for Milwall and Lincoln respectively and they both were unlikely heroes when their goals saw two Premier League sides leave the competition.

Raggett's effort undoubtedly the more historic as Lincoln became the first non-league side in 114 years to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals. Partnering him was Luke Waterfall whose composed display, keeping Andre Gray and Sam Vokes at bay, has not gone unnoticed.

Although he played as the left-sided central defender in Antonio Conte's 3-4-3 system Nathan Ake features at left-back a position he's well-accustomed to. His display, as well as the shift he put in against Brentford, has gone a long way to validate Conte's decision to recall him from loan as he doesn't look out of place.

Midfielders: Christian Eriksen, Cesc Fabregas, Philip Billing, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 

Christian Eriksen was back to his mercurial best in Spurs' comfortable win over London rivals Fulham. The Danish international created Harry Kane's opening two goals in his subsequent hat-trick as well as being menacing every time he got on the ball.

Another midfielder exceling over the weekend was Cesc Fabregas, though he's no longer a guaranteed starter under Conte who prefers the industry of Nemanja Matic and N'golo Kante, the Spaniard has rarely disappointed whenever given an opportunity.

Fabregas' class is undisputed. Someone playing above their level was Philip Billing, an imposing presence in Huddersfield's midfield, he rose to the challenge presented by Guardiola in the shape of his duels with Fernandinho and Fernando in the middle of the park.

Rounding off the midfield quartet is Henrikh Mkhitaryan, again out of place given the Armenian international played the deep-lying forward role for Manchester United, but such was his performance – including producing the assist of the weekend for Marcus Rashford to equalise against Blackburn Rovers – he deserves a spot.

Forwards: Harry Kane, Matt Rhead 

No surprise to see hat-trick hero Harry Kane who returned to scoring ways in spectacular fashion with his treble takes his tally for the season to 19 goals across 25 matches in all competitions.

Matt Rhead might not have found the back of the net for Lincoln City, but nonetheless played an instrumental role in the club's historic win, even if Joey Barton tried his best to put him off. 

Write-up by Mohamed Moallim for Squawka.com