Manchester City have proven that no one is safe from their dominance. Having already dismantled teams from the Premier League and Championship, League Two and Newport County was next on their list.
Newport have had quite the journey themselves, and one that’s perhaps a little less routine.
Metropolitan Police and Wrexham were the first to fall, before Leicester City and Middlesbrough suffered unlikely but deserved defeats at the hands one of the competitions few remaining “smaller” sides.
A fairy-tale story for the hosts; a story in which Manchester City were ultimately the villains.
The visitors arrived in Newport with every intention of continuing their pursuit for every available trophy this season, fielding the likes of Ederson, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi, David Silva and Fernandinho alongside Zinchenko, Danilo, Phil Foden, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez for form one of the strongest 2nd teams we’ve ever seen
Despite Newport’s tremendous efforts to keep Pep Guardiola’s men at bay for the first 45 minutes, Sane was quick to restore normality with a goal early in the second-half. This was then followed by two more from homegrown Stockport talent Foden, and a surprise (or not) goal from Newport’s Almond who capitalised on some ghastly defending from City to complete his record of scoring in every round of the FA Cup this term.
Mahrez finished the game off in the dying seconds with his own contribution.
4-1 Manchester City.
Foden predictably collected Man of the Match for his tremendous efforts; however, we believe credit should also be given to Leroy Sane.
The German forward probably hasn’t featured as much as he’d hoped this season but was truly quality on the day.
He did extremely well to manage the poor pitch conditions and was rewarded for his efforts with the opening goal.
Sane also saw one of his attempts hit the crossbar and was unlucky not to see a penalty awarded for a challenge on him in the area.
Made a top-notch performance look effortless.