Newport beat Middlesbrough to set up FA Cup tie with Manchester City

Agency, 6 February : Newport set up an FA Cup tie against Manchester City by upsetting Middlesbrough 2-0 in their fourth-round replay.

Robbie Willmott and Padraig Amond were the heroes as Sky Bet League Two side County – the lowest-ranked side in the last 16 – bridged a gap of 57 places between them and Championship side Middlesbrough on the league ladder.

It was a thoroughly miserable evening for Tony Pulis, who was brought up just a few miles away from Rodney Parade.

But the Boro boss can have no complaints as his side were second best in every department in joining a recent list of Rodney Parade cup casualties that also includes Leeds and Leicester.

Pep Guardiola’s side will provide far sterner opponents on February 16, but even the Premier League champions will not welcome the tight confines of this ground and the fervent atmosphere that comes with it.

County’s passage to the fifth round for only the second time – the previous occasion was in the 1948/49 season – was confirmed by two second-half goals.

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