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Leeds march on through, but I'm not bothered about the FA Cup.

Leeds comfortably strode through to round two of the FA cup with a 2-0 away win at Oldham Athletic. Something which will delight most Leeds fans. But if i'm being honest I wasn't too fussed.

Controversial maybe as once again someone is downgrading the finest cup competition in the world. And I agree that it is. My arguement of not being bothered stems from the fact that for me, the league is the biggest priority.

We have a commanding position at the top of league one. 7 points clear and with a superior goal difference. And getting out of League One and making sure we don't mess it up is the biggest concern and worry.

As a Leeds fan i'm used to seeing my side somehow mess it up but never from such a commanding position and i don't want this to happen.

The FA cup has its magic and is a fine competition, but if we had been knocked out last night, it really wouldn't have concerned me. We're never going to win the cup, i'd rather concentrate on something we can win. I think thats the league and the JPT.

Another reason for sacrificing the FA cup this season is the fear of drawing a non-league side away again like last season, and being forced to watch a debacle of exceptional proportions on a mud laden pitch in the driving rain leading to my team once being humiliated in front of the nation. Again.

So guess who we've got in round two. Kettering Town. Away. Oh crap.

3rd in the conference and knocked out a League one team yesterday, it's Histon mark II written all over it.

One may argue that things are different under Simon Grayson, he knows how to grind out results and under him I am the most confident we can win, but its still a 70-30 advantage to fear of being knocked out.

But there is something different about this team under Grayson and once again last night, Leeds got a solid result away in a landmark match.

The first ever FA cup match to be shown on the internet (officially i may hasten to add!) and although i didn't watch it cause i was busy, the goals i did see afterwards were of good quality.

Jonny Howson with a beautiful wisping shot across Flahavan into the top left hand corner for one nil. And American substitute Mike Grella got on the end of youngster and fellow sub Aidy White's cross for two nil.

Pleasing to see Grella score and to see White getting a brief appearance and making it count.

White has made huge strides since his first team debut against Crytsal Palace in the 4-0 Carling Cup demolition of the eagles. Starting at left back at the age of 16, he didn't look out of place and once again many Leeds fans we were watching another potential first teamer rising through the ranks. And left back isn't even his first choice position. Even more impressive.

When he did come on it was on his preferred left wing position and made it count.

But again i can't help but think, yes there may be some small financial rewards from the Cup (and no doubt the Kettering match will be shown on TV to give us a bit more money), the prospect of further humiliation which could derail our season ,as it did last season, is something that worries me.

The FA cup does have its magic, but it's a magic i'd happily trade for the League One title and promotion.

So when the Kettering game happens i'll be in bed, with the covers over my eyes, waiting for it all to end so hopefully it'll be back to the league and the more important pressing matters.