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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 February 2019

League Two Newport land FA Cup meeting with Man City as Wolves survive Shrewsbury scare

Second-half goals from Robbie Willmott and Padraig Amond inflicted a 2-0 defeat on Championship club Middlesbrough to set up plumb fifth-round tie against Premier League champions

Newport County's Padraig Amond celebrates scoring their second goal against Middlesbrough. Reuters
Newport County's Padraig Amond celebrates scoring their second goal against Middlesbrough. Reuters

Fourth-tier Newport County set up a mouthwatering match against Premier League champions Manchester City after vanquishing Championship side Middlesbrough in their FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Second-half goals from Robbie Willmott and Padraig Amond inflicted a 2-0 defeat on Tony Pulis' side to set up a dream fifth-round tie for the Welsh club.

It was a memorable day for home goalkeeper Joe Day, who sprinted off the pitch at the final whistle to attend the birth of his twins.

Conditions were far from conducive for attractive football with torrential rain leaving the Rodney Parade pitch resembling a quagmire.

But it was Newport who handled them better, and Pep Guardiola's City will not relish their visit to South Wales on February 16 in the middle of what is already a daunting fixture list.

"It's nothing more than we deserved tonight, we were absolutely outstanding," said Newport manager Mike Flynn.

"They can match Championship players. I don't know what it is with them. We can play like that but not every week in League Two."

A penalty appeal for handball by Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton was waved away and 40-year-old Greek goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos made a string of saves to keep Pulis' side level at the break.

However, Konstantopoulos could not keep out Willmott's strike from outside the box two minutes into the second period and Amond fired a well-worked corner into the top corner 23 minutes from time to send Newport into the last 16 for the first time in 70 years.

"They were the better team, they ran all over us. It was men against boys. Forget the conditions, you have to match people and that's the real disappointment," Pulis said.

"Give them credit, they were fantastic tonight and they deserve their win."

Day had missed the first game with Middlesbrough, a 1-1 draw at the Riverside, to be with his wife Lizzie, but the 28-year-old made himself available for the Rodney Parade replay.

"I don't know if she's gone into labour but the way he sprinted off I'd say there's a very good chance," Flynn added.

"As soon as the whistle went he ran up to me and said could he go. I said 'Of course you can, do you want a lift?'

"He sprinted off, it's the quickest I've seen him move, and all our thoughts are with Joe and Lizzie and the arrival of the twins."

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Matt Doherty celebrates scoring their first goal against Shrewsbury Town. Reuters
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Matt Doherty celebrates scoring their first goal against Shrewsbury Town. Reuters

League One Shrewsbury Town failed in their bid to add to this season's list of giant killings despite giving Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers another almighty scare.

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 draw last month.

The Republic of Ireland defender opened the scoring for Nuno Espirito Santo's men after only two minutes and then levelled just before half time after goals from James Bolton and Josh Laurent had put the Shrews 2-1 in front.

Ivan Cavaleiro then completed the Wolves comeback in the second half.

Nuno, however, was far from impressed with the manner of Wolves' win.

"I'm not happy with the performance but happy because we got to the fifth round," said the Portuguese.

"This is the most important [thing] but we have to look at the game and see it was not one of the best performances.

"Everybody is aware of that. It's job done. Football has these things and you can't always control them, you have to react to them.

"There are a lot of things we have to work on on the training ground and get better at."

Wolves' reward is a fifth-round trip to second-tier Bristol City.

Brentford will travel to Swansea City for an all-Championship clash after seeing off non-league outfit Barnet 3-1.

And Steve McClaren's Queen's Park Rangers will host Watford next after goals from Nahki Wells and Matt Smith beat Portsmouth 2-0.

Updated: February 6, 2019 11:15 AM

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