NEWPORT, Feb 17 — Manchester City endured some anxious moments but escaped from fourth-tier Newport County with their FA Cup hopes intact as Phil Foden scored twice in a 4-1 fifth-round victory yesterday.
Newport, 82 rungs below City on the English football ladder, rattled Pep Guardiola’s aristocrats in the first half and Tyreeq Bakinson almost gave them a dream lead.
But City’s class showed in the second half and once Leroy Sane’s powerful shot from a tight angle put them in front after 51 minutes the chances of a seismic Cup shock faded away.
Foden’s 75th-minute shot crept in at the near post to subdue the home fans but when Padraig Amond replied in the 88th minute a grandstand finish looked on the cards.
A second goal for youngster Foden arrived 71 seconds later though before Riyad Mahrez rubbed salt into Newport’s wounds with virtually the last kick of the game as City claimed a 12th win in 13 matches in all competitions.
In the day’s other fifth-round ties Brighton and Hove Albion shrugged off their poor Premier League form to beat Frank Lampard’s Derby County 2-1 thanks to first-half goals by Anthony Knockaert and Juergen Locadia.
Former Chelsea and England left back Ashley Cole grabbed Derby’s consolation — the first FA Cup goal of his career.
Millwall booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 1-0 victory over an AFC Wimbledon side who had outclassed top-flight West Ham United in the previous round.
Three more ties take place today, with top-flight Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace both in action, while tomorrow Chelsea host Manchester United in a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final won by Chelsea. — Reuters