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Manchester City face pitch-ed battle as Newport size up giant-killing

Newport manager Michael Flynn admits Pep Guardiola is right to be wary of the Rodney Parade pitch he will encounter for Manchester City‘s FA Cup visit. The surface, which is also used by rugby outfits Dragons and Newport RFC, is showing heavy signs of wear and tear despite being part-synthetic. With the Wales women’s national team also making the ground their home, Rodney Parade has already staged over 60 football and rugby matches this season. “The pitch will suit us more than them,” Flynn said ahead of Newport’s first FA Cup fifth-round appearance for 70 years. “I’m glad it will because it gives us more of a chance than if we had to go to the Etihad. “But let’s not blame the pitch or look for excuses. We’ve got to play out there...

I am the reason – Guardiola apologises to Mahrez for lack of game time

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has apologised for Riyad Mahrez‘s lack of action. Mahrez, City’s £60million record signing, has not started a Premier League game since the victory at Southampton on December 30. Guardiola insists the Algerian has done little wrong but the form of others – notably Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva – has simply prevented him getting into the side. Guardiola said: “I am the reason (he has not played). He is absolutely not guilty. “I am sad because he is training incredibly. He is an incredibly talented player but in this moment we have five strikers. In the last games Leroy hasn’t played. “We have incredible players, like for example Bernardo and Raz (Sterling) in top, top form and that is the only reason ...

Joe Day vows not to lose any sleep over facing Sergio Aguero and company

Newport goalkeeper Joe Day does not plan to lose any sleep over the prospect of facing Sergio Aguero and company in the FA Cup on Saturday after missing the birth of his twin girls in the last round. Day hit the headlines in the fourth round after becoming a father to Sophia Grace and Emelia Lillie during County’s FA Cup giant-killing of Middlesbrough. That impressive 2-0 win set up a fifth-round tie against Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions – and Day insists he is sleeping soundly ahead of another sell-out Rodney Parade occasion. 👶👶 | 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. Mother Lizzie and the two girls are all healthy and already looking forward to the #EmiratesFACu...

Manchester City team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Newport County

Sports Mole looks at the latest injury and suspension news for Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Newport County. Manchester City will continue their bid for the quadruple when they face Newport County in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday evening. Pep Guardiola‘s side had been seven points adrift of leaders Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, but City now find themselves at the top of the standings on goal difference. The North-West giants produced one of their best performances of the season on Sunday as they thrashed Chelsea by a 6-0 scoreline at the Etihad Stadium. City have reached the last 16 of the FA Cup by recording convincing victories over Rotherham United and Burnley. Here, Sports Mole looks at City’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of thei...

Joe Day: I ran off the pitch and was told two little girls were waiting for me

Newport goalkeeper Joe Day has spoken of his double delight after becoming a father to twin girls during his side’s FA Cup giant-killing of Middlesbrough. The 28-year-old rushed from the Rodney Parade pitch at the end of Tuesday night’s fourth-round replay, having learnt his wife Lizzie had gone into labour. She had baby girls Sophia Grace and Emelia Lillie at the Royal Gwent Hospital during the first half of Newport’s 2-0 victory, which set up a fifth-round tie at home to Premier League champions Manchester City a week on Saturday. 👶👶 | County’s Number One Joe Day has spoken about his joy at beating @Boro on Tuesday evening – as well as his rush to the Royal Gwent Hospital to meet his twin daughters! 🍼#NCAFC👶 Full Story 👶https://t.co/yf3PLG1ziZ — Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) ...

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

Newport have pulled off a string of big FA Cup results on home turf over the last 13 months, recording victories against Leicester, Middlesbrough and Leeds, and forcing a replay against Tottenham. Now they are aiming for a fifth – and which would be the biggest yet – with Manchester City due to visit Rodney Parade on February 16. Here, Press Association Sport looks back at their proud recent record under manager Michael Flynn. Newport 2 Leeds 1 – January 7 2018 Shawn McCoulsky, on loan from Bristol City, wrote his name into Newport’s history books with an 89th-minute winner against the Sky Bet Championship visitors in this third-round tie. It completed a late turnaround for Newport, who had trailed to Gaetano Berardi’s ninth-minute strike. But Newport were level through a 76th-minute own g...

Double delight for Day – Keeper celebrates cup upset by becoming father to twins

The 28-year-old rushed from the Rodney Parade pitch at the end of Tuesday’s fourth-round replay. Newport goalkeeper Joe Day has become a father to twin girls after dashing to attend their birth following his side’s FA Cup giant-killing of Middlesbrough. Day, 28, rushed from the Rodney Parade pitch at the end of Tuesday’s fourth-round replay, having learnt his wife Lizzie had gone into labour. Baby girls Sophia Grace and Emelia Lillie arrived later in the evening. 👶👶 | 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. Mother Lizzie and the two girls are all healthy and already looking forward to the #EmiratesFACup Fifth Round! 🏆#OneClubOneCounty 💛 pic.twitter.com/dzJu9oMCRS — Newport County AFC (@Ne...

Newport goalkeeper runs off pitch after learning wife had gone into labour

Newport County goalkeeper Joe Day made a quick exit from his side’s FA Cup tie celebrations after learning his wife had gone into labour. At the final whistle of the fourth-round replay at Rodney Parade, the 28-year-old was seen running off the pitch after helping his League Two team to a 2-0 win over Championship side Middlesbrough. Day had returned after missing the first game, a 1-1 draw at the Riverside, with his wife expecting twins. 👶👶 @NewportCounty goalkeeper Joe Day’s wife has been close to giving birth to twins for days. 🕤 Tonight, she went into labour during The Exiles’ 2-0 win over @Boro. 🏃 At the FT whistle, Joe raced straight down the tunnel to be with his wife. 💛 Good luck Joe and family! pic.twitter.com/w46gD2GjoM — The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) February ...

Joe Day makes sharp exit after Newport win to attend birth of twins

Newport County goalkeeper Joe Day made a quick exit from his side’s FA Cup tie celebrations after learning his wife had gone into labour. At the final whistle of the fourth-round replay at Rodney Parade, the 28-year-old was seen running off the pitch after helping his League Two team to a 2-0 win over Championship side Middlesbrough. Day had returned after missing the first game, a 1-1 draw at the Riverside, with his wife expecting twins. 👶👶 @NewportCounty goalkeeper Joe Day’s wife has been close to giving birth to twins for days. 🕤 Tonight, she went into labour during The Exiles’ 2-0 win over @Boro. 🏃 At the FT whistle, Joe raced straight down the tunnel to be with his wife. 💛 Good luck Joe and family! pic.twitter.com/w46gD2GjoM — The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) February ...

Day to remember for Newport as goalkeeper rushes off to birth of twins

Newport delivered an FA Cup giant-killing act against Middlesbrough before goalkeeper Joe Day sprinted off the Rodney Parade pitch to attend the birth of his twins. Second-half goals from Robbie Willmott and Padraig Amond secured County a fifth-round home tie with Premier League champions Manchester City on February 16. 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. 👶👶 @NewportCounty goalkeeper Joe Day’s wife has been close to giving birth to twins for days. 🕤 Tonight, she went into labour during The Exiles’ 2-0 win over @Boro. 🏃 At the FT whistle, Joe raced straight down the tunnel to be with his wife. 💛 Good luck Joe and family! pic.twitter.com/...

Result: Newport beat Middlesbrough to set up FA Cup clash against Manchester City

Newport set up an FA Cup money-spinner 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 minnows 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. The giant killers have done it again! 🔥 Next up for @NewportCounty: @ManCity! pic.twitter.com/fWCPyPIjwX — The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) February 5, 2019 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 a...

Newport boss Flynn ‘not thinking about Man City one bit’ ahead of Boro replay

Newport manager Michael Flynn is refusing to consider the prospect of a lucrative FA Cup tie against Manchester City ahead of a fourth-round replay with Middlesbrough. A home tie with Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions on February 16 is the prize for the winner of Tuesday’s replay at Rodney Parade. And Flynn had his own idiosyncratic way of describing why City are simply not on his agenda, referring to the popular Jim Bowen-hosted TV programme Bullseye of the 1980s and 1990s, where a speedboat was among the main prizes. “I am not thinking about Man City one bit, not a chance,” Flynn said. “This could end up like Bullseye – Bully’s special prize, look what you could have won! “You start getting carried away and you see the boat floating off, and you end up with a rubber dinghy.” Asked...

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