|COMPETITION||FA Cup Fourth Round|
|DATE||Saturday 27th January 2018|
|Newport County SQUAD||1.
2. David PIPE
3. Dan BUTLER
4. Joss LABADIE
6. Ben WHITE
7. Robbie WILLMOTT
8. Matt DOLAN
9. Padraig AMOND
10. Frank NOUBLE
12. Ben TOZER
13. Marlon JACKSON
14. Jazzi BARNUM-BOBB
15. Shawn McCOULSKEY
17. Scot BENNETT
18. Jay FOULSON
19. Tyler REID
20. Tom OWEN-EVANS
21. Lewis COLLINS
22. Emmanuel OSADEBE
24. Momodou TOURAY
25. Mark O'BRIEN
27. Sean RIGG
28. Mickey DEMETRIOU
30. James BITTNER
31. Josh SHEEHAN
32. Calaum JAHRALDO-MARTIN
34. Tom HILLMAN
36. Owen TAYLOR
39. Paul HAYES
45. Aaron COLLINS
Having knocked Leeds United out in the last round, Newport County,
on their home turf, are no push-overs. The fact that there is
now some turf on the Rodney Parade pitch might help Spurs, as last
year's mud-heap would have been the traditional FA Cup leveller, but
the surface will still not be what they are used to with rugby still
being played on the pitch, as that club own the ground.
It will be a test of Tottenham's pedigree to get through this tie, as I have seen them go away to lower level teams in the past and not roll their sleeves up and get stuck in, because that is what the opposition will do. They will think that if they get some "reducers" in early in the match, the Spurs players won't fancy it. We came very close to being undone by Wycombe Wanderers last season, so will need to be approaching the game properly this time to ensure that they go into the hat for the Fifth Round. They have seen off lower league teams before and need to have the same mind set to come through.
One of Wycombe's players is now among the Newport squad and Paul Hayes will be hoping to replicate his scoring feat of last season, so hopefully Tottenham will be aware of his presence around the box and former Tottenham Hotspur Foundation graduate Emmanuel Osadebe, who played against us in the League Cup for Gillingham, is at Newport on loan. Of the rest of the squad, there is little top flight experience, with Ben Tozer appearing for Newcastle United twice and Frank Nouble with 13 games for West Ham. Nouble is one of the main scorers, with former Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Joss Labadie and Irishman Padraig Amond, with the man who scored the winner over Leeds - Bristol City loanee Shawn McCoulsky - leading the way with 11 goals.
The County back four of David Pipe, Mickey Demetriou, Mark O'Brien and Dan Butler are solid defenders, with Ben White likely to come back in at centre-half, while the midfield will work hard in front of them to close down space and the Spurs players on the ball to try and get them to turn over possession. The tempo and the movement off the ball will be important to Spurs to overcome this pressing.
Joe Day could be in for a busy day, with Tottenham surely aiming to test him at every opportunity with quickly taken shots, with former caretaker manager James Bittner the reserve keeper. Also among the Newport County squad are Michael Flynn (the manager is still registered as a player, but I don't think he will feature on Saturday), a young professional called Lewis Collins and the marvellously named Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, who was born in Enfield, so might be hoping to put one over his local side if he gets anywhere near the match-day squad.
They are on a run of seven league games unbeaten and they are a big physical side, who are good at set-pieces. Mike Flynn will have them psyched up to get into Tottenham, being organised at the back and not giving away chances easily, but the stamina issue might kick in later in the game, with Spurs aiming to make them chase the ball by passing it around the home players, rather than trying to go through them. Ever keen to get among the goals, Pochettino might start with Harry Kane and might even play Llorente up top too, although it didn't work too well against Wimbledon.
The team proved against
Wimbledon that they have the right approach to these games, but they
must make sure they have the winning mentality from the start of the
|PREDICTION||Newport County 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3|
NEWPORT COUNTY TEAM NEWS :
Midfielder Joss Labadie and Matt Dolan are likely to return, as could Brighton loanee Ben White, but The Exiles will be without Sean Rigg (hip) and Tom Owen-Evans (dead leg) will miss the Spurs cup-tie.
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Harry Winks (ankle), Danny Rose (ankle), Serge Aurier (calf), Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) and Erik Lamela (gluteus maximus) are likely to all miss the game. Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris (flu) are doubtful.
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FA Cup Fourth Round
Saturday 27th January 2018
Tottenham Hotspur 1 (0)
Kick off 17:30
|Amond 37m 23s||Kane 81m 50s|
Labadie (foul on Kane) 32
Foyth (Foul on White) 88
|Crowd : 9,836||Weather : Cold, windy|
|Referee : Roger East (Wiltshire)||Assistant Referees : Mr. G. Beswick; Mr. H. Lennard|
|Fourth Official : Oliver Langford|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Sytner end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 7 minutes.|
|Newport County :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
|Manager : Mike Flynn||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
|Sponsor : Mr. Tom||Shirt sponsor : AIA|
|Kit Supplier : FBT||Kit Supplier : Nike|
An organised and muscular display by Newport County took them to within 12 minutes of a famous giant-killing over Spurs, but their first half lead from a Padraig Amond header was heart-breakingly cancelled out by Harry Kane's late equaliser and the two sides will have to do it all over again at Wembley. As the results came in before Tottenham's kick off, some lower league victories came in, most notably Wigan Athletic's win over West Ham United London, so the reminder was there to put in the effort to make sure it didn't happen to us.
Unfortunately, in the first half, that is just what Tottenham didn't do. Moaning about the physical approach that Newport employed to get the ball off our players and not looking at home on a gluepot of a pitch still clearly bearing the rugby markings from the previous match at Rodney Parade. The old ground has had a few improvements since we last played there, but the temporary stand made the attendance greater than it would have been and added a bit more atmosphere, which was pretty hyped up by the time the game kicked off. Spurs did so, with Kane and Llorente in tandem up front, a selection that wasn't hugely successful against AFC Wimbledon and with a number of players missing or rested, Kyle Walker-Peters came in at left back, Wanyama paired up with Dier in front of the back four, with Mousa Dembele in midfield with Sissoko for company.
The start of the match
showed that Spurs were clearly not up for it. Josh Labadie,
more noted for two biting bans he had received playing in non-league
than he footballing achievements, ran the first half and by that I
mean ran it. Covering from box to box and getting in amongst
the Tottenham players, who were too slow on the ball, created an
early chance for Nouble that he made a real mess of. The pitch
looked heavy after the heavy rain and after three minutes, the
pressing by County on Eric Dier by Labadie saw him win the ball and
pull it back across the box, but Nouble skied his effort from 15
yards out with nobody but Vorm in front of him. The attacking style
at the start saw them throwing the ball into the box, but Labadie
again took the ball of a Spurs player – this time Wanyama – to
strike through the ball from 30 yards, but it was straight at Vorm,
who took the ball head high.
Apart from a couple of mis-placed passes, Foyth looked in control, Jan settled down in the second half and Trippier and Davies were more prominent in the second half, as Newport dropped back towards their own goal. Vorm did OK, with not a great deal to do, but his handling was sound, but he needed to boss his defence a bit more to reduce uncertainty. Eric Dier had a difficult afternoon, but once Poch has reshuffled the side, his forward runs from midfield were more effective, while Kyle Walker-Peters struggle don the left, with no support to get forward.
So, it's all back to Wembley and it will be a dream for Newport, but perhaps Spurs might feel a bit more at ease in familiar surroundings, it's just that the fixture will probably have to be fitted in between the Arsenal and Liverpool matches, which is less than ideal. butt hat is the price of success (hopefully).
Newport County are not the
county team of Gwent, the honour of which falls to nearby Rogerstone.
Ironically, Roger Stone was a goalkeeper for the Exiles in the
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|Other scores during this week :|
|Yeovil Town||0||Manchester United||4||Friday|
|Middlesbrough||0||Brighton & Hove Albion||1||Saturday|
|Huddersfield Town||1||Birmingham City||1||Saturday|
|Peterborough United||1||Leicester City||5||Saturday|
|MK Dons||0||Coventry City||1||Saturday|
|Sheffield United||1||Preston North End||0||Saturday|
|Notts County||1||Swansea City||1||Saturday|
|Hull City||2||Nottingham Forest||1||Saturday|
|Wigan Athletic||2||West Ham United London||0||Saturday|
|Liverpool||2||West Bromwich Albion||3||Saturday|
|Cardiff City||0||Manchester City||2||Sunday|
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone might think so.
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