Come on the County - a closer look at Newport’s FA Cup exploits

Cheryl Sanders
February 9, 2019

Newport County's Irish striker Padraig Amond (L), Mickey Demetriou (3L), Joe Day (2R) and Matt Dolan (R) celebrates at the final whistle during the English FA Cup fourth round replay football match between Newport County and Middlesbrough at Rodney Parade.

The Blues reached this stage of the FA Cup after thrashing Rotherham 7-0 in the third round then sweeping aside Premier League opposition Burnley in the fourth round.

Their reward for a fine 2-0 win over the Championship side at Rodney Parade is a mouthwatering fifth-round visit from Manchester City.

Newport tweeted on Wednesday: "A huge congratulations to 'Keeper Joe Day and his wife Lizzie who gave birth to twins Sophia Grace Day and Emelia Lillie Day last night". "I didn't hide it, he turned his phone off".

Pro14 side Newport Gwent Dragons share the stadium with Newport County, although they don't have any home games between now and the tie against Manchester City.

Tensions were understandably running high after around 500 Boro fans made the 540-round trip to South Wales, before watching their side collapse against the League Two outfit. I don't know what it is with them.

"As soon as the whistle went, he ran up to me and said could he go. Forget the conditions, you have to match people and that's the real disappointment", said Pulis.

But for Matt Doherty's stoppage-time equaliser, Shrewsbury would have knocked out the side that sit seventh in the Premier League when they first met in a 2-2 draw 10 days ago.

"We are going to have to be prepared - I might play nine at the back".

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