Newport and Oldham cause major FA Cup shocks

Newport and Oldham cause major FA Cup shocks

Newport stunned Leicester City 2-1 in the FA Cup to follow Oldham Athletic and non-league Barnet into the fourth round.

Humble Welsh club Newport had led from the 10th minute but their dream appeared to have been snatched away when Rachid Ghezzal smashed in a late equaliser, only for Padraig Amond to send the Rodney Parade faithful crazy with a penalty winner.

Newport, who took Tottenham Hotspur to a replay last year, held on to beat a top-flight side for the first time since 1964.

Oldham came from a goal down to defeat struggling Premier League Fulham 2-1 away at Craven Cottage while minor league Barnet won 1-0 at four-times Cup winners Sheffield United.

Manchester City recorded their biggest FA Cup victory for 51 years, thrashing Championship side Rotherham United 7-0, but it was a day for the lesser lights, with bookmaker William Hill quoting odds of over 450,000-1 for Newport, Oldham and Barnet all to win.

Newport, 13th in League Two, set about Claude Puel's Leicester side with relish and went ahead as Robbie Willmott raced down the right and crossed for centre forward Jamille Matt to glance home a header.

Leicester, seventh in the Premier League after recent wins over Manchester City and Chelsea, eventually broke through in the 82nd minute as Ghezzal hammered a ferocious shot past keeper Joe Day who moments earlier had denied Kelechi Iheanacho.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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