Date: 16th February 2019 at 7:43pm
Written by:
Newport County
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Manchester City

Rodney Parade, Wales

FA Cup Fifth Round

24/08/2019 5:30 pm

Attendance: 9, 680

Referee: Andre Marriner of The West Midlands

Newport County Manchester City
Amond (88') Sané (51'), Foden (75', 89'), Mahrez (90'+4)
1 Joe Day 31 Ederson
26 Regan Poole 3 Danilo
28 Mickey Demetriou 5 John Stones
25 Mark O'Brien 30 Nicolas Otamendi
7 Robbie Willmott 35 Oleks Zinchenko
17 Scott Bennett Franks 86' 47 Philip Foden
4 Joss Labadie Dolan 68' 25 Fernandinho Laporte 79'
15 Tyreeq Bakinson Sheehan 61' 21 David Silva Gündogan 82'
3 Dan Butler 26 Riyad Mahrez
11 Jamille Matt 33 Gabriel Jesus
9 Padraig Amond 19 Leroy Sané

Substitutes

2 David Pipe 2 Kyle Walker
5 Fraser Franks 7 Raheem Sterling
8 Matt Dolan 8 Ilkay Gündogan
10 Keanu Marsh-Brown 14 Aymeric Laporte
16 Josh Sheehan 17 Kevin De Bruyne
27 Harry McKirdy 20 Bernardo Silva
30 Nick Townsend 49 Aro Muric

Game Statistics

9 Goal attempts 21
3 On Target 9
2 Corners 7
2 Fouls 1
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
23 % 77

Johnny On The Spot:

#COMBATIVE.  Manchester City’s run of 4 games across 4 different competitions inside 14 days arrived at phase 2 tonight with a tricky FA Cup assignment at Newport.

This cup-tie was never going to be played out on easy street. The pitch had seen 60 football and rugby games so far this season and it showed. Michael Flynn’s approach was simple. Defend any which way and look to turn the City defenders at every opportunity. Understandably, City took half an hour to get going on the dreadful surface. The Welsh side proved game opponents in the first half despite only registering 46 passes. City had been unsettled in midfield and were unable to pass and move with their usual customary ease. However, you got the feeling that if we could avoid conceding any freak set pieces , then the Blues would need to rely upon a more direct approach to score the opening goal that would take the wind out of Newport’s sails. I would suggest that Pep Guardiola had figured that by sending Leroy Sané and Gabriel Jesus up high for Ederson’s booming kicks.

And so it came to pass. Full marks to City for digging deep, rolling their collective sleeves up and adapting their game to the situation. The longer the game wore on, the more it was apparent that the English champions had done their homework. The direct pace and power of Sané broke Welsh hearts and then the Stockport Iniesta broke their backs with two fine solo goals, the second snuffing out the late gift City’s defenders had offered up to the home side. Riyad Mahrez, industrious if still unconvincing, was rewarded at the death for his persistence with a goal that better reflected the gulf in footballing talent.

Pep has forged a tremendous will to win right through the core of his superbly drilled Manchester City squad and they fly to Germany on Tuesday in great spirits. We are approaching the business end of the season and this increasingly versatile side could yet realise the astonishing achievements that last season’s records threatened.

JB’s Man of The Match: Philip Foden. Composed and confident.