Yesterday, League Two side, Newport County, held Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw at Rodney Parade in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.
9,836 people at a packed-out Rodney Parade witnessed Newport County achieve a draw against Premier League side, Tottenham Hostpur, in what has been claimed as a cup upset.
There were just 8 minutes left on the clock when superstar Harry Kane managed to salvage a home replay for his team. However, County fans certainly won’t be disappointed with their return trip to Wembley.
The last time Newport County graced Wembley Stadium was in 2013 under manager Justin Edinburgh, whose team secured promotion to the football league after a 25-year absence. This was a day that current players Robbie Willmott and David Pipe were both pivotal in and also a day that was celebrated by current manager, Michael Flynn, as a player himself.
The fixture against Tottenham Hotspur in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup was one of the most anticipated games in Newport County’s history and Flynn’s side didn’t fail to deliver.
County, very aware that they may have a battle on their hands against a strong Premier League side, didn’t ease off at all in the first half, applying plenty of pressure to Spurs, whose players were in unknown territory.
In the 38th minute of the game, County claimed their reward. Padraig Amond headed home at the back post after a spectacular ball was delivered to him by Robbie Willmott, giving the Exiles a 1-0 lead.
The atmosphere at Rodney Parade was electric and, with only 10 minutes left on the clock, Newport fans were feeling like their team could fly straight into the 5th round with a win over Tottenham.
2 minutes later, in the 82nd minute, Son was able to flick the ball on from a corner. The ball then found Kane who easily tapped home at the back post, confirming at least a replay for Spurs.
Newport proved themselves determined until the end and held on to the draw which ensured a replay for the Exiles at Wembley. Chants of “Que sera, sera” rang loudly around Rodney Parade and Michael Flynn claimed himself to be the proudest manager in the country.
Newport County played outstandingly well and full credit is due to everyone involved with the club. The Exiles can now look forward to their much deserved trip to Wembley. Who knows what the magic of the FA Cup will bring?
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