A penalty from skipper Jamie Collins put the Conference club into tonight’s draw for the last 16 of the FA Cup as two Premier League teams were sent packing.
After Lincoln’s success on Saturday, it is the first time since World War II that two non-League teams have both reached the FA Cup’s fifth round in the same season.
A delighted Doswell said: “I’ve been talking about making more modern memories and it’s brilliant.
“In 1989 for Sutton to beat Coventry, who at that time were a top flight club, was an amazing experience.
“But we’ve gone on and done another round now. “We’ve beaten a team that 47 years ago beat us 6-0 – after Don Revie brought the likes of Billy Bremner and Peter Lorimer here – so we’ve made some progress.
Sutton boss Paul Doswell has paid tribute to his players after their FA Cup win over Leeds
Jamie Collins was the matchwinner as Sutton stunned Leeds
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Non-league Sutton United had reason to celebrate in 1989 when they eliminated top flight Coventry in the third round thanks to goals from Tony Hains and Matthew Hanlan
“Now we’ve got to the fifth round and the club’s never done that. It has to be the best day.” Unlike Revie back in 1970, current Leeds manager Garry Monk left out his stars, making 10 changes from the team who beat Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Wednesday.
Doswell added: “We guessed nine of the 11 they would play. We went from what they did for Cambridge in the previous round knowing they’ve got a massive game on Wednesday, and their overriding priority is to get in the Premier League.
“I would have done exactly the same as Garry today. The riches of the Premier League mean it’s a nobrainer for him.”
Doswell said the £400,000 cash windfall which National League Sutton have landed from this run so far could not have come at a better time.
“I was doing an interview this week and the roof was leaking,” he said. “We were doing shape and free-kicks yesterday on the pitch, and someone came running in saying there was water coming into the electrical cupboard.
“I said to the chairman, instead of just patching the roof, can we have a new one and he said he”ll think about it.
Sutton players celebrate with their fans after scoring against Leeds
Monk took the blame for the loss.
“It’s my full responsibility,” he said. “I’m the one who made those changes and we didn’t get the result that we wanted so I take full responsibility.
“Our performance wasn’t good enough from start to finish. I accept that. The players accept that. I am the one who made those changes, we did it in the League Cup, we made it to the quarter-finals doing the same.
“The aim of the club and the aim of anyone in the Championship I would imagine, to get to Premier League. We have come a long way, we need to take these setbacks on the chin and make sure we learn.”