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Charlton urges Leeds not to become obsessed with FA Cup

Leeds United legend Jack Charlton has urged his old club to not get obsessed by their FA Cup replay with Tottenham.

Simon Grayson's League One side have restored the feelgood factor to the FA Cup this season by beating Manchester United at Old Trafford and drawing with Tottenham at White Hart Lane to force a replay.

But their league form has suffered as a result - and their promotion campaign is threatening to unravel, with the team yet to record a victory since their triumph over Fergie's men at the beginning of January.

"I've watched Leeds go from good to bad, and then from bad to good and bad to back again," he told the Sunday Mirror. "It upsets me to see what has happened to my old club.

"It will give them such a boost to beat Spurs at Elland Road. There will be a fantastic atmosphere at Elland Road. And it's not impossible for them to go all the way.

"But they have to get out of the third division. That's where their priorities should lie. When I was manager at Sheffield Wednesday we were top of our division at Christmas and we were in all the cup competitions. I told the board we couldn't handle it because we didn't have enough players.

"They said they wanted to have cup runs because it was bringing in the crowds. I said, 'I'll leave it to you then'.

"In the end we failed to get promotion on goal difference."

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