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FA Cup Fifth round: Team of the Week

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Carroll was at his best for Liverpool. (©GettyImages)
Carroll was at his best for Liverpool. (©GettyImages).

The FA Cup came back into focus over the weekend, and the competition lived up to its billing with another string of classic performances and dramatic moments.

Sunderland continued Arsenal's misery at the Stadium of Light, Birmingham City and Stevenage each won replays in their respective ties against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, while Everton swept aside Blackpool.

The shock of the weekend came in the form of Leicester City's win at Norwich City, but the biggest victory of the weekend came from Liverpool, who trounced Brighton & Hove Albion.

GiveMeFootball takes a look at those players who shone in the fifth round.
 

Goalkeeper - Colin Doyle (Birmingham City)

With The Blues one-up at Stamford Bridge, Doyle temporarily stalled Chelsea's comeback, brilliantly tipping Juan Mata's penalty onto the post.

Defender - Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)

Produced an inch perfect cross for Daniel Sturridge to draw Chelsea level and provided decent width in the second-half.

Defender - John O'Shea (Sunderland)

Made a brilliant tackle to deny Robin van Persie when the scores were level before marshalling a defence that kept Arsenal at bay in the closing stages.

Defender - Sean St Ledger (Leicester City)

Nodded The Foxes ahead at Carrow Road before seeing off the threat of Steve Morison and James Vaughan.

Defender - David Murphy (Birmingham City)

Smashed Birmingham into a first-half lead and then helped Chris Hughton's side claim a replay.

Midfield - Ryo Miyaichi (Bolton Wanderers)

Scored his first senior goal in English football in breathtaking style, using his pace to scurry past Alan Dunne and tuck beyond Steve Mildenhall.

Midfielder - Joe Byrom (Stevenage)

Byrom's performance typified Stevenage's draw with Tottenham Hotspur; spirited, committed and resilient. Came the closest to breaking the deadlock with a long-range effort.

Midfielder - Jordon Mutch (Birmingham City)

Did his burgeoning reputation no harm as he stood up to John Obi Mikel in the middle of the park. Late header almost snatched unlikely win.

Midfielder - Royston Drenthe (Everton)

Set the Toffees on their way after just 48 seconds against Blackpool, curling beyond a helpless Matt Gilks.

Striker - David Nugent (Leicester City)

Scored the goal of the weekend in the FA Cup, as he ran through the Norwich backline to send Leicester into the last eight for the first time since 2005.

Striker - Andy Carroll (Liverpool)

Truly arrived at Anfield with his best display since his move from Newcastle. Stroked home the Reds' third, before setting up Luis Suarez.

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