Phil Foden admits he will learn more from a potentially costly mistake against Newport County than his two goals that helped Manchester City to a 4-1 win.

The Premier League champions made hard work of their FA Cup fifth-round clash with their League Two opponents before two goals from Foden in a frantic final 15 minutes helped them reach the quarter-finals.

City led through Leroy Sane's 51st-minute opener before Foden's run and finish made it 2-0, and another fine strike from the 18-year-old restored their two-goal lead a minute after Padraig Amond halved the deficit.

Riyad Mahrez added an injury-time fourth as City kept their quadruple hopes alive, but Foden says he will dwell on an error in the first half, when he allowed Tyreeq Bakinson a free header that was saved brilliantly by Ederson.

"I let my man go in the first half and he nearly scored at the back post. That was a massive one," said Foden, who felt he made "a few" mistakes throughout.

"I'll definitely dwell on that [rather than the goals]. That's the thing I need to learn, the defensive side of the game. I'm going to work on that."

Foden has been a regular for City in domestic cups this term, but he is yet to make a start in the Premier League under Pep Guardiola.

The England youth international insists he simply has to keep making the most of the chances he gets to impress.

"I need to keep going. It's important to play my game every time I get a chance. That's what I'm trying to do," he said.

"I've been around the first team for a year now. I've learned everything I need to know regarding the basics with Pep.

"He's quite strict with his game plans. I know all that now. It's about stepping forward and trying to impress him. I'm ready to go and I'm trying to make my point."

Phil Foden netted an impressive FA Cup brace in Manchester City's 4-1 fifth-round win at Newport County despite a Rodney Parade pitch he branded the worst he has played on.

Pep Guardiola's free-scoring Premier League leaders were kept at bay during a keenly contested first half before Leroy Sane broke the deadlock six minutes into the second period.

Foden dispatched a fine solo effort in the 75th minute but the 18-year-old's fifth goal of the season was required to settle nerves a minute from time after Newport striker Padraig Amond reduced the arrears.

"We showed our professionalism, keeping the ball moving. In the end it showed," the England Under-21 international told BT Sport.

"We scored straight away after [Amond] scored, it's always good to do that.

"[The pitch] is the worst I've played on, to be honest."

Pep Guardiola felt his Manchester City players "showed everybody how incredible they are" as they beat Newport County 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The Premier League champions were unable to find a breakthrough in the first 45 minutes at Rodney Parade and could even have fallen behind to their League Two opponents despite dominating possession.

However, Leroy Sane broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half and a flurry of late goals saw Phil Foden score twice either side of Padraig Amond's strike, before Riyad Mahrez added a fourth for City.

Guardiola told BT Sport: "It was a real tough game. We believed it was done [at 2-0] and then they scored, which is typical of this sort of game.

"Then Phil scored an incredible third goal and they softened in the last few minutes.

"My players showed everybody how incredible they are. I have a big compliment for all the guys today who played.

"The first 15 to 20 minutes was difficult. They were better than us in long-ball situations, but in the second half we adjusted with some movement."

Newport, who are 15th in England's fourth tier, put in a superb display against their illustrious visitors and Guardiola added: "I was really impressed. The home crowd was amazing. I am surprised they are in the position they are.

"Here I realised English football better than ever and why the cup is special for a team in those conditions - they use their strength points and that's why the cup always has big surprises."

Next up for City is the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Schalke, before an EFL Cup final meeting with Chelsea next Sunday.

"We are still in four competitions and we accept all the challenges," said Guardiola. "Today it was League Two and in four days we play on the biggest stage. We have to change mentality."

"The big mistake is believing you are better than the other ones. Look at what happened between [Manchester] United and PSG, and also Ajax having an incredible game against Real Madrid."

Newport boss Mike Flynn said: "It's no disgrace to lose to City, no matter the score. I said to the lads, 'I'm so proud of you, you deserve all the plaudits.'"

Manchester City averted an FA Cup upset and clinched a place in the quarter-finals as Phil Foden scored a brace in a 4-1 win over Newport County.

The League Two side frustrated the Premier League champions throughout a goalless first half at Rodney Parade and came agonisingly close to taking the lead despite City dominating possession on an uneven surface they initially struggled to adjust to.

Newport's admirable resistance was broken when Leroy Sane fired home from close range early in the second half, the winger scoring his 12th goal of the season on an afternoon when his customary flair was in short supply.

Foden then scored a brace either side of an 88th-minute Padraig Amond goal that gave Newport brief hope and extended his record of netting in every round of the competition.

Riyad Mahrez added a fourth in second-half stoppage time to secure a scoreline that somewhat flattered City, who survived some nervous moments in South Wales but will fancy their chances of going all the way after avoiding a potential banana skin.

Pep Guardiola insists he has complete faith in Riyad Mahrez despite offering sparing first-team opportunities to the Algeria winger of late.

Last January, City launched a deadline-day bid to bring in Mahrez from Leicester City – falling short but eventually getting their man in a club-record £60million deal during the close season.

The 27-year-old has nine goals in 34 appearances across all competitions for the reigning Premier League champions but has not started a top-flight game since the 3-1 win at Southampton on December 30.

Two appearances from the bench, four games as an unused substitute and a missed squad altogether at Huddersfield Town have followed, although he has been an ever-present for Guardiola during domestic cup games in 2019.

On the eve of Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round trip to League Two Newport County, Guardiola explained superb form from the likes of Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling was making life difficult for Mahrez.

Asked why he was not playing the City boss replied: "I have a reason. I am the reason. He is absolutely not guilty.

"I am sad because he is training incredibly, he is an incredibly talented player. But in this moment we have five strikers. For example the last games [home wins over Arsenal and Chelsea] Leroy [Sane] hasn't played.

"We have incredible players, like for example Bernardo and Raz in top, top form and that is the only reason why, there’s no particular reason, like [me] being upset or something like that.

"He is a guy we are happy with, but unfortunately I am not kind with him. In fact, I cannot give him the minutes he deserves, so I'm sorry. That's all I can say."

Mahrez coming in to bolster an already stacked City forward line during a period when gifted youngsters such as Jadon Sancho, Brahim Diaz and most recently Rabbi Matondo have left the club has not helped his standing among some sections of the Etihad Stadium fanbase.

There have also been suggestions the 2015-16 Premier League winner does not have the requisite quality to compete with the likes of Sterling, Sane and Silva, but Guardiola gives those the short shrift.

"He has a level, but give him five or six games in a row playing he is going to play at the level of Sterling or Bernardo or the players who play," said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss.

"Because in two months, when we played four or five games in a row he was incredible, outstanding.

"I don’t have any doubts about his quality. Just keep going, not complain too much, move forward and fight more and more and more. His time is coming. It's coming and I'm pretty sure he is going to play good."

After taking on giant killers Newport, City visit Schalke in the Champions League before facing Chelsea in the EFL Cup final next Sunday.

Having such attractive fixtures on the horizon will not serve as an excuse, however, if their manager finds focus waning at Rodney Parade.

"I expect the best performance by each one of them. Focus on all the details," Guardiola added.

"That is the best way to prepare for Schalke and the Carabao Cup final. When you have a final in a week, or a tough game in the Champions League, then you concentrate, you train on the set-pieces, the pressing, those details in tough conditions.

"That is good, we need it. If not, you arrive there a little bit relaxed and then you’re out. Maybe Newport will help us for the final and Schalke."

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City's FA Cup defeat to Wigan Athletic last season serves as a warning ahead of Saturday's fifth-round trip to Newport County.

City won the Premier League and EFL Cup last term but missed out on a shot at an unprecedented domestic treble when Fabian Delph was sent off and Will Grigg scored the only goal at the DW Stadium.

Wigan were on their way to promotion from League One at that stage, while their round-five foes this time around are languishing 15th in League Two.

But Mike Flynn's Newport have been a team transformed in the FA Cup, dumping out Premier League Leicester City before goals from Robbie Willmott and Padraig Amond saw off Middlesbrough in a fourth-round replay.

Asked how City would approach a match that comes ahead of a Champions League trip to Schalke and the EFL Cup final against Chelsea, Guardiola told a news conference: "With a lot of respect. They have done incredibly in this competition. What they do, they do really well. We have watched as much of them as possible.

"Always we try to understand the opponents but in cup competitions, what happened last season with Wigan, one game, especially away. Everything can happen.

"Now our players know a little bit [about Newport] with Wilmott, with [Jamille] Matt, with [Scot] Bennet, with Amond. Both strikers have scored 14 or 15 goals, they are incredible in the set-pieces and the throw-ins.

"They go into the second balls, they use the channels perfectly to put balls into the box. Especially in our box we are going to suffer because they are taller and stronger than us.

"I saw the game against Leicester, I saw the game against Middlesbrough, away and at home. Especially in the second game they were outstanding. They were much better than Middlesbrough."

The churned-up state of the Rodney Parade pitch has come in for plenty of pre-match discussion but Guardiola insists his players can have no qualms over what greets them in south Wales.

"We have to adapt. It is what it is. Accept that challenge," he said, before offering a reminder that City's 1-0 Premier League win over Tottenham at Wembley this season hardly took place in ideal conditions.

"We played in the Premier League against Tottenham when three days before there were two NFL games

"It happened in the Premier League, so why should [a bad pitch] not happen for a team in the lower division?"

Indeed, the City boss acknowledged muddy winter pitches as a quintessential part of England's football heritage and something that might force a deviation from the slick playing style that saw Chelsea pulled apart 6-0 last weekend.

"They play at home and they can do whatever they want [to the pitch]," he added, having explained Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy would once again be injury absentees.

"I saw reviews of vintage games here in England from the 60s, 70s and 80s. The big difference from football in the past to right now is the pitches.

"Most of them are perfect, which is why in England you can play in different ways.

"Before it was not possible with pitches in that condition to play on the grass. You have to play long ball, set-pieces, throw-ins, boxes.

"We will see the pitch tomorrow and have to adapt. If you have to play longer or quicker, I don't know. But you don't win absolutely anything complaining about that."

Newport County FA Cup hero Padraig Amond will enjoy an unlikely reunion when Premier League champions Manchester City visit Rodney Parade in a David-versus-Goliath last-16 clash on Saturday.

Amond's sweetly struck goal against Middlesbrough to help set up the money-spinning tie followed a coolly dispatched penalty as County saw off Leicester City in round three.

The 30-year-old Irish forward has 18 goals in all competitions this season – making him Newport's main threat as they chase an upset he feels would rank as "the biggest shock in the history of the FA Cup".

Amond's route to south Wales comes after stints in England's lower divisions with the likes of Accrington Stanley and Hartlepool United but is far from typical.

Following his breakthrough as a youngster with Sligo Rovers in the League of Ireland, he was poached by Pacos de Ferreira and spent 2010-11 in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

At the same time, City's Argentinian centre-back Nicolas Otamendi was making his first steps in European football with Porto and was an unused substitute when Amond – on his final Pacos appearance – laid on a hat-trick sealing equaliser for Pizzi in a 3-3 draw at Estadio Do Dragao.

Earlier in the season, Otamendi scored in a 3-0 Porto win as Amond was introduced from the bench in vain.

"I'm going to have to try and repay the favour this time around," Amond told Omnisport, although he is under no illusions that he made any impression upon his likely Saturday opponent.

"Obviously he's been a really good defender, he's won a lot of trophies. I highly doubt Otamendi will remember playing against me, but I remember playing against him."

Those memories and experiences underpin an enduring ambition within Amond that will be called upon when Pep Guardiola's men return to action for the first time since demolishing Chelsea 6-0 last weekend.

"At the time you take it for granted, but now, when you look back… when I go into the bigger games now, it doesn't actually affect me," he explained.

"Sometimes you're questioning whether you should be on the same field as them but now you realise, 'why shouldn't I be?'.

"I've worked really hard in my career, grafted really hard every day. I think I've still been a bit unlucky with regards to playing at a higher level. I've scored goals wherever I've been and, for one reason or another, it's not happened.

"I'm not giving up hope of playing at whatever the highest level possible is. I think I'm good enough to do it."

However, Amond knows there is a clear line between belief and bombastic predictions, as Sergio Aguero and others approach the match in rampant mood.

"I'm not going to be silly and say we're going to win and then have egg on my face if it turns out to be a disaster of a game," he said.

"You look at Aguero and he's one of the best players to play in the Premier League. His goals record is unbelievable, his movement is unbelievable.

"As a striker, you're kind of hoping that it can all be about one of us - that one of us gets the opportunity that might be the biggest goal in the history of the FA Cup and the one that causes a massive upset."

Amond's recent turns as an FA Cup star - he was also on target when Newport took Tottenham to a replay last season – have seen glasses raised in his native Carlow.

Edward Cahill, the manager of Tully's Bar and an old school friend of Amond's, has offered a free drink to all punters each time he has scored in a televised FA Cup game.

"His family have been fantastic supporters of sports in Carlow," Amond said, explaining Sean O'Brien's exploits for the Ireland rugby team have received similar backing.

"They did it last year for the Spurs game. There were a few people in the bar and it said 'when' I score, not 'if' I scored – they fully believed I was going to score – there would be a free drink for everybody."

A busload of Tully's regulars will make a near 800 kilometre trip to Rodney Parade this weekend, but the offer still stands for those staying behind.

"It'll be the same wording – when, not if," Amond added. "They have a lot of confidence in me, so hopefully I can back up their confidence."

Newport County knocked Middlesbrough out of the FA Cup to set up a fifth-round tie at home to Premier League champions Manchester City.

Boro boss Tony Pulis endured a miserable return to Newport as his Championship promotion hopefuls were beaten 2-0 in Tuesday's replay by the League Two side.

In heavy rain at Rodney Parade, Robbie Willmott opened the scoring for Newport with a long-range strike that Boro goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos should have kept out.

But there was nothing the 40-year-old Greek could do about the clincher as a right-wing corner routine produced a stunning second Newport goal.

Willmott's low delivery fooled the Boro defence and Padraig Amond met the ball with a superb first-time finish that sent the ball spinning into the top corner for his fourth FA Cup goal of the season.

Newport took Tottenham to a fourth-round replay last season and Michael Flynn's side now have a date with City to look forward to later this month.

Wolves had to come from behind at Shrewsbury Town to force a replay and they were again pushed hard by the League One strugglers in the Molineux return.

Matt Doherty's second-minute goal opened the scoring but goals from James Bolton and Josh Laurent put Shrewsbury in front in the tie once more.

Doherty levelled in first-half added time, though, and Wolves edged through 3-2 thanks to a winning goal in the 62nd minute that was made by Doherty and scored by Ivan Cavaleiro.

Second-half goals from Nahki Wells and Matt Smith earned Queens Park Rangers a 2-0 home win over Portsmouth, while Brentford prevailed 3-1 against Barnet in the battle of the Bees.

Last-16 ties will be played over the weekend of February 15 to 18, with Chelsea hosting Manchester United in a repeat of last year's final in the tie of the round.

 

FA Cup fifth round draw in full: 

Bristol City v Wolves
AFC Wimbledon v Millwall
Doncaster Rovers v Crystal Palace
Newport County v Manchester City
Chelsea v Manchester United
Swansea City v Brentford
Queens Park Rangers v Watford
Brighton and Hove Albion or West Brom v Derby County

FA Cup holders Chelsea have been drawn against last season's beaten finalists Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round.

FA Cup holders Chelsea have been drawn against last season's beaten finalists Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round.

Premier League side Wolves had to come from two goals down to draw 2-2 with League One side Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup fourth round, while Watford left Newcastle United with a 2-0 win.

The biggest win of the day came at the Etihad Stadium, however, as Manchester City demolished Burnley 5-0 to seal a place in Monday's fifth-round draw.

Swansea City were also emphatic victors, defeating Gillingham 4-1, while fellow Championship sides West Brom and QPR played out 0-0 and 1-1 draws with Brighton and Hove Albion and Portsmouth, respectively.

Derby County survived a scare away to Accrington Stanley, edging a heated encounter 1-0 after both sides had a man sent off.

Doncaster Rovers boost the League One contingent in the draw after they edged out League Two's Oldham Athletic 2-1.

WOLVES CLAW THINGS BACK AGAINST BRAVE SHREWS

Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves have attracted acclaim in the Premier League this term, but they had a lucky escape on Saturday against a team two divisions below them.

The Shrews found themselves one up just after the break, as Greg Docherty's stunning effort found the top corner.

Luke Waterfall added to that 19 minutes from time, his header leaving Wolves on the brink of elimination.

But back came Nuno's men - Raul Jimenez pulled one back with a neat finish inside the area soon after, and Matt Doherty headed in the last-gasp equaliser, earning Wolves a replay.

MIDDLESBROUGH DENIED BY NEWPORT

League Two's Newport County earned themselves a home replay with a stoppage-time leveller of their own to draw at Championship side Middlesbrough.

Daniel Ayala's header early in the second half looked to have done enough for the home side.

However, Matt Dolan - a former Middlesbrough player - equalised in the third minute of added time to force a replay and leave Tony Pulis frustrated, though there was one element he was happy about.

Speaking to BBC Sport at full-time, Pulis said: "John Obi Mikel [Boro's new signing] did smashing, that was his first game for a long time. He is so composed on the ball, he lifts the rest of the team, he is that type of player."

WATFORD TRIUMPH IN ALL-PREMIER LEAGUE TIE

Javi Gracia received criticism before their trip to St James' Park after making 11 changes to his team, but a 2-0 win made it look as though the Spaniard knew precisely what he was doing.

Andre Gray opened the scoring with a crisp finish following Will Hughes' inch-perfect throughball just past the hour.

And Isaac Success wrapped things up late on, bundling in from close range after Domingos Quina's cross.

Jamaica-born Manchester City star has offered words of encouragement to a young British fan that has struggled with facing racial abuse.

The plight of the 13-year-old Manchester City fan was brought to the attention of the Sterling by his grandmother.

 According to the letter penned to the England international, the concerned matriarch revealed Ethan Ross, a young goalkeeper in the under-14s team at Newport County, had been badly affected after suffering abuse from bullies in Newport last year.

"Dear Ethan, I have recently been told from your loving Nanna Sue about the tough time you are having with racial abuse," wrote Sterling, quoted by BBC Sport.

"Stand tall, don't let them take away your courage. You are strong and very brave and your nanna is also very proud of you. Keep being you kid."

Sterling has himself been the target of racial abuse.  Most recently the league suspended four Chelsea supporters who abused the Manchester City winger during a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal will host Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with Manchester City at home to Burnley.

Claude Puel insists Leicester City can make no excuses after they suffered a humbling defeat to Newport County in the FA Cup third round.

Padraig Amond's late penalty sent Newport through on Sunday, three minutes after Rachid Ghezzal had cancelled out Jamille Matt's opener.

Leicester dominated at Rodney Parade, with Newport goalkeeper Joe Day in fine form behind the hosts' stoic defence, while Marc Albrighton – who gave away the penalty – also hit the woodwork.

But Puel, who may now be back under pressure at Leicester despite a fruitful festive period which included Premier League wins over Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton, says his side should have had the quality to progress.

"I think we had a good team with eight who played winning the title with Leicester, and a lot of experienced players and quality on the pitch," Puel, who made seven changes from the side that beat Everton on New Year's Day, told reporters.

"I think we had enough quality on the pitch to qualify, I don't want to look for excuses about this.

"I think we lost together, we are all together disappointed and frustrated after this game, because it was an objective for us. This competition was important."

Captain Wes Morgan returned to Leicester's side after a spell on the sidelines, and rued the visitors' inability to convert more of their 24 shots at goal.

"It was a difficult day," Morgan told Leicester's official website. "The magic of the FA Cup happened today, definitely.

"I thought we played well, especially the second half. We had loads of half chances in very good positions where we should score.

"On another day they all go in, but today it didn't happen for us. I don't want to take the shine away from Newport, it's a big day for them.

"I wouldn't say they deserved it, but they battled to the end. Good luck to them."

Leicester City suffered the shock of the FA Cup third round on Sunday as Padraig Amond's late penalty secured a famous win for Newport County.

Rachid Ghezzal looked to have spared Leicester's blushes at Rodney Parade, but Marc Albrighton's handball gifted Newport a spot-kick from which Amond sealed glory five minutes from time. 

Newport were perhaps spurred on in their bid for an upset by fellow League Two side Oldham Athletic, who earlier came from behind to beat struggling Fulham at Craven Cottage.

There was no such misfortune for Manchester City as they cruised to a comprehensive 7-0 victory over Rotherham United, matching Tottenham's tally against Tranmere Rovers, with Watford also comfortable winners at Woking.

Elsewhere, QPR ended a 22-year wait to win an FA Cup tie at the first time of asking as they beat Championship leaders Leeds United, while Sheffield United went down at home to National League side Barnet.

COUNTY PILE THE PRESSURE BACK ON PUEL

Leicester's inconsistencies under Claude Puel continued as the Foxes were humbled by the Exiles. 

Puel saw his side beat Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton – while losing to Cardiff City – over the festive period, and his decision to make seven changes backfired when Jamille Matt marked an outstanding display by heading home in the 10th minute from Robbie Willmott's pinpoint cross.

Albrighton hit the crossbar as Leicester piled on the pressure, which finally paid off when Ghezzal drilled home from the edge of the box after Joe Day pulled off an outstanding stop to deny James Maddison.

But there was one final twist when Albrighton blatantly handled while trying to block a cross, and Newport's top scorer Amond stepped up to secure their first FA Cup win over a top-flight team since January 1964.

FULHAM HUMBLED AT THE COTTAGE

Huddersfield Town and Cardiff were dumped out by lower league opposition on Saturday and fellow Premier League relegation candidates Fulham followed suit, with Claudio Ranieri's side suffering a humiliating home defeat to Oldham.

Pete Wild only took charge as caretaker manager in the wake of Frankie Bunn's sacking 10 days ago, and saw his side go behind when Denis Odoi hammered home.

But three-time semi-finalists Oldham rallied and Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge converted from the spot after Ryan Sessegnon's foul on Peter Clarke.

Aleksandar Mitrovic could not repeat Surridge's feat when his spot-kick was parried wide by Daniel Iversen, with the on-loan Leicester goalkeeper's heroics paying further dividends in the 88th minute.

Callum Lang was the hero, expertly thumping in from Gevaro Nepomuceno's cross to secure the fourth-tier side's passage through to round four.

STERLING SHINES AS CITY HIT SEVEN

Having teed up City's winner against Liverpool on Thursday, Raheem Sterling came to the fore again at the Etihad Stadium, opening the scoring 12 minutes into Sunday's contest.

Championship strugglers Rotherham offered some resistance, but any hopes of a giant-killing were ended by half-time – Phil Foden and a Semi Ajayi own goal putting the result beyond doubt.

It turned into a rout after the interval, Gabriel Jesus netting from Sterling's precise cross, with Ilkay Gundogan then turning provider for City's final three goals – Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane getting in on the act.

City will be joined in the hat for the fourth round by Watford, who saw off sixth-tier Woking thanks to goals from Will Hughes and Troy Deeney.

BARNET SHOCK THE BLADES, QPR END HOODOO

The Championship's leading three clubs are now all out of the FA Cup, with Sheffield United and Leeds both suffering defeats. 

United were the victims of a massive shock – Shaquile Coulthirst's 21st-minute penalty securing a famous win for Barnet, the lowest-ranked side now left in the competition.

An inexperienced Leeds side, meanwhile, came unstuck at Loftus Road, where Jake Bidwell's header ended QPR's long wait for a win in an FA Cup tie without having to go to a replay.

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