English Premiership

Fourth-tier Newport stun EPL side Leicester in FA Cup

2019-01-07 07:05
Claude Puel (AP)

London - Fourth-tier Newport County beat Premier League high-flyers Leicester City 2-1 to record a memorable upset win in the third round of the English FA Cup on Sunday, with Oldham defeating top-flight strugglers Fulham by the same scoreline.

Premier League champions Manchester City thrashed Rotherham 7-0, with Watford beating non-league Woking 2-0.

But Barnet ensured there would be a non-league presence in the fourth round with a 1-0 win away to second-tier Championship club Sheffield United.

It had seemed visitors Leicester, seventh in the Premier League and top-flight champions in 2016, would leave Rodney Parade with a draw when Rachid Ghezzal's shot eight minutes from time cancelled out Jamille Matt's 10th-minute header.

But, with five minutes left, Newport were awarded a penalty after Leicester's Marc Albrighton inexplicably raised his arm to block a cross into the box and Padraig Amond made no mistake from the spot to spark delirious scenes among the Welsh club's supporters.


"It's the first time I've beaten a Premier League club as a manager so it's one I'll never forget," Newport boss Michael Flynn told the BBC.

"It's unbelievable," he added after Newport's first FA Cup win against a top-tier club since they beat Sheffield Wednesday in the third round back in the 1963/64 season.

Leicester manager Claude Puel praised Newport by saying: "They believed in themselves and created the upset."

The Frenchman added: "I think we had an experienced team to manage this game. We had eight players who won the title."

Denis Odoi put Fulham ahead in the 52nd minute at Craven Cottage but Sam Sturridge drew Oldham level with a penalty before Callum Lang's header two minutes from time sealed a comeback win.

Daniel Iversen compounded Fulham's misery by saving an Aleksandar Mitrovic penalty - his first touch after coming off the bench - just moments earlier.

"It is Roy of the Rovers stuff," said Oldham caretaker boss Pete Wild.

"The character in the dressing room is phenomenal."

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri, explained his decision to have Mitrovic take the spot-kick by saying: "I said to him to shoot the penalty because he's our man to shoot the penalty."

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola made eight changes from the team that beat Premier League leaders Liverpool on Thursday but still fielded a strong side for the visit of Championship club Rotherham.

Raheem Sterling out City ahead in the 12th minute and they scored two more goals late in the first half through Phil Foden and a Semi Ajayi own-goal.

Gabriel Jesus made it 4-0 early in the second period before Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane added further goals.

Foden's goal was the England Under-21 international's first in senior football at the Etihad.

Elsewhere, Barnet beat Championship high-flyers Sheffield United thanks to Shaquile Coulthirst's 21st-minute penalty.

"It's unbelievable," said Barnet captain Callum Reynolds after the north London club's triumph.

Watford manager Javi Gracia changed his entire starting side from the team that drew 3-3 at Bournemouth.

But hopes of Woking, 110 places adrift of the Hornets, enjoying a shock win were dented by Will Hughes's 13th-minute curled shot from the edge of the area.

Watford doubled their lead 16 minutes from time through Troy Deeney.

Millwall came from a goal down to beat Championship rivals Hull 2-1, substitute Shane Ferguson scoring twice inside the closing eight minutes, with QPR also winning 2-1 against second-tier leaders Leeds.

On Saturday, holders Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in what seems certain to have been Cesc Fabregas's final match for the Blues.

It was the same result as Manchester United beat Reading to make it five wins out of five under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Arsenal, the record 13-times FA Cup winners, won 3-0 at Blackpool, West Ham beat Birmingham 2-0 and Everton defeated Lincoln 2-1.

Saturday also saw Championship Bristol City beat top-flight basement club Huddersfield 1-0.

Elsewhere, in an all-Premier League clash, Brighton won 3-1 away to south coast rivals Bournemouth.

Second division Derby, managed by ex-England midfielder Frank Lampard, came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Premier League strugglers Southampton, with Newcastle held 1-1 by second-tier Blackburn.

Liverpool will complete a third round that started with Tottenham's 7-0 thrashing of Tranmere on Friday when they face top-flight rivals Wolves on Monday.

Collated English FA Cup results on Sunday:

Third round

Fulham 1 (Odoi 52) Oldham 2 (Sturridge 76-pen, Lang 88)

Manchester City 7 (Sterling 12, Foden 43, Ajayi 45-og, Jesus 53, Mahrez 73, Otamendi 78, Sane 85) Rotherham 0

Millwall 2 (Ferguson 82, 85) Hull 1 (Toral 52)

Preston 1 (Hughes 56) Doncaster 3 (Marquis 5, Anderson 72, Wilks 87)

QPR 2 (Oteh 23-pen, Bidwell 75) Leeds 1 (Halme 25)

Newport 2 (Matt 10, Amond 85-pen) Leicester 1 (Ghezzal 82)

Sheffield United 0 Barnet 1 (Coulthirst 21-pen)

Woking 0 Watford 2 (Hughes 13, Deeney 74)

Playing on Monday

Wolves v Liverpool (21:45 SA time)

Played on Saturday

Accrington 1 (Key 76) Ipswich 0

Aston Villa 0 Swansea 3 (Baker-Richardson 2, Dyer 47, Fulton 78)

Blackpool 0 Arsenal 3 (Willock 11, 37, Iwobi 82)

Bournemouth 1 (Pugh 55) Brighton 3 (Knockaert 31, Bissouma 34, Andone 64)

Bolton 5 (Donaldson 58, Magennis 61, 80, 87, Guthrie 63) Walsall 2 (Cook 19, Beevers 68-og)

Brentford 1 (Maupay 80-pen) Oxford 0

Bristol City 1 Brownhill 72) Huddersfield 0

Burnley 1 (Wood 90-pen) Barnsley 0

Chelsea 2 (Morata 49, 59) Nottingham Forest 0

Crystal Palace 1 (Ayew 86) Grimsby 0

Derby 2 (Marriott 58, Lawrence 61) Southampton 2 (Redmond 4, 48)

Everton 2 (Lookman 12, Bernard 14) Lincoln 1 (Bostwick 28)

Fleetwood 2 (Madden 70, Evans ) AFC Wimbledon 3 (Barcham 16, Hartigan 55, Appiah 90)

Gillingham 1 (List 81) Cardiff 0

Manchester United 2 (Mata 22-pen, Lukaku 45+4) Reading 0

Middlesbrough 5 (Assombalonga 47, 70, Friend 50, Wing 62, Fletcher 87) Peterborough 0

Newcastle 1 (Ritchie 85-pen) Blackburn 1 (Dack 56)

Norwich 0 Portsmouth 1 (Green 90+4)

Sheffield Wednesday 0 Luton 0

Shrewsbury 1 (Norburn 45-pen) Stoke 1 (Crouch 78)

West Brom 1 (Sako 31) Wigan 0

West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 2, Carroll 90) Birmingham 0

Played on Friday

Tranmere 0 Tottenham 7 (Aurier 40, 55, Llorente 48, 71, 72, Son 57, Kane 82)

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