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Tuesday 26 March 2019

Beating City biggest Cup upset ever

Newport County Manager Michael Flynn
Newport County Manager Michael Flynn

Newport boss Michael Flynn says beating Manchester City in the fifth round today would be the biggest giant-killing in FA Cup history.

County are 82 places  below Premier League leaders City, but Flynn believes his League Two underdogs can add Pep Guardiola’s side to the list of recent Rodney

Parade victims that includes Leeds, Leicester and Middlesbrough.

“If we win this, whether it’s extra time or penalties and I don’t care how we do it, it will be the biggest shock in FA Cup history,” insisted Flynn. 

“My reasons for that are because of the sheer gulf in finances, the quality of players City have, the level they are playing at, and that they have the best manager in the world right now.

“So for those reasons it will be the biggest shock the FA Cup has ever seen.”

Newport have won only twice in the league since November, a run which has seen them fall from the play-off positions to 15th place.

Yet they have beaten Wrexham, Leicester and Middlesbrough in the FA Cup to reach the fifth round for the first time in 70 years.

“Of course there is,” Flynn, 38, replied when asked if a shock to end City’s hopes of winning a quadruple was possible.

“Otherwise I’d just turn up, give them the game, say ‘let’s shake hands’ and walk off.

“Who said we were going to draw with Spurs last season or beat Leicester, Leeds and Middlesbrough? These players have a knack of rising to the occasion.’’

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