Fourth-tier teams prove FA Cup fairytale lives on

Jan 08, 2019, 01:17
Fourth-tier teams prove FA Cup fairytale lives on

"My Dad has been out and bought all the papers this morning already", such was the excitement surrounding Padraig Amond's match-winning penalty in Newport County's FA Cup third-round defeat of Leicester City.

Leicester's Rachid Ghezzal equalised after Jamille Matt's opener before Michael Flynn's men scored an 85th-minute victor through a Padraig Amond penalty after Marc Albrighton's handball.

Padraig Amond was the match victor for the Exiles, scoring a late penalty not long after Rachid Ghezzai had equalised for the Foxes.

Leicester, Premier League winners in 2016, suffered as well with Newport claiming an incredible 2-1 win at Rodney Parade. He faced a few of my penalties in training so I was hoping he wouldn't remember.

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Watford booked their spot in the fourth round after crusing to a 2-0 win over Woking.

Manchester City swept to its biggest win under Pep Guardiola with a 7-0 thrashing of second-tier Rotherham in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

"There was a couple of the Leicester players trying to say a few things to me, trying to put me off".

Fulham were awarded a soft penalty but Alexsandar Mitrovic, brought off the bench to take the kick, had his effort superbly saved by a Danish keeper Daniel Iversen.

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The victory was especially sweet for Currie, in charge after the retirement last month of John Still, as his uncle Tony was once a Sheffield United great and has a stand named after him.

Claudio Ranieri's Fulham reign has got off to a hard start and it got worse for the former Leicester boss at the hands of Pete Wild's Oldham.

"I am really proud of them", Currie, who made more than 100 appearances for the club just north of London, said. There were one or two scary moments but we came through it.

However, in the league, his side have registered wins against Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton during the festive period.

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The other City scorers were Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Nicolas Otamendi, while there was also an own-goal by Semi Ajayi.