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"I don't think Middlesbrough fancied it" - Padraig Amond

Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

09:10 6 Feb 2019


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Padraig Amond's becoming a bit of an FA Cup legend of late.

Last night's goal against Middlesbrough for Newport County followed a winning goal against Premier League Leicester City in the third round.

That's booked Newport a place in a lucrative fifth round clash with Manchester City.

And those weren't his first FA Cup goals either. Last season, the Carlow man also scored against Premier League Tottenham in the third round.

As he basks in the glory of another crucial FA Cup goal, the ex-Ireland Under-21 striker joined us on The Football Show.

"We just keeping lifting our performances for it and we just keep defying the odds," said Amond.

"We sensed that"

He also added that strangely enough they deserved the victories against the sides in the higher divisions. But when they met lower tier opposition, it was a different story.

"The first two rounds against the Met Police and Wrexham, we probably should have been out to be honest. So the Met Police are probably looking at us, thinking, 'How are they able to beat all these teams but struggled against us?'"

But he also felt Middlesbrough might not have been prepared for what Newport had in store.

"I'll be honest with you. I don't think Middlesbrough fancied it last night," he said.

"We were out warming up for about 10-15 minutes before they came out and we sensed that. We had a little chat among ourselves and said, 'Lads, if there's ever a chance, we have to make a name for ourselves and get to play Manchester City'. That opportunity doesn't come along often for a League 2 team."

He also spoke about the thought and routine that went into his goal. Watch the full interview above.


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