MICHAEL Brown’s love of the FA Cup continued when he captained Leeds United to a 2-1 victory over former club Tottenham Hotspur.
Brown turned 36 on Friday and the Hartlepool-born midfielder celebrated with a man-of-the-match performance in the Leeds engine room at Elland Road.
He set up the opening goal for Luke Varney – a sweet moment for both players who had been the subject of some unflattering chants from a section of Leeds fans during the win at Birmingham last week.
Ross McCormack added the second goal to send the Yorkshire club through to a fifth-round tie at Manchester City.
Clint Dempsey’s reply for Tottenham was not enough to spark a Spurs fightback.
“There were a lot of heroes,” raved manager Neil Warnock, who had been concerned about some “dissent” recently by some supporters.
“It was a fabulous performance.”
For Brown, the win over Andre Villas-Boas’s star-studded team set up a trip to his first club, Manchester City.
The tenacious Poolie played almost a century of games for City in the mid to late nineties.
But he is hoping for more progress in the FA Cup.
“I got to the quarters when I was at Tottenham and the final with Portsmouth and I love the cup,” he said.
“It seems to be falling away a bit with some supporters ... but it is still special to the players – well, it is to me anyway.”