Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Leicester manager Claude Puel frustrated by Newport FA Cup upset

Leicester manager Claude Puel frustrated by Newport FA Cup upset

Newport County manager Michael Flynn has lavished praise on his players after the League Two side defeated 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City.

Leicester have been eliminated from The FA Cup by a side in the fourth tier or lower for the first time since non-League Harlow Town knocked out the Foxes in a third round replay during the 1979-80 season.

"If you look at the chances and opportunities we had, we could have won that game quite easily", Morgan said.

After being criticised for fielding a weakened side in the Foxes' Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat to Manchester City last month, Puel's much-changed line-up on Sunday drew added scrutiny.

Jamille Matt headed home for the fourth tier side in the 10th minute, putting them on track for a huge upset, only for Rachid Ghezzal to break the home side's hearts with an equaliser in the 82nd minute.

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

"It is a bit different then taking a penalty in League Two when there's not so many cameras on you, or the player who is saying it to you isn't an England global".

The FA Cup has lost some sheen in recent years but Oldham and Barnet, along with third-tier Gillingham who beat top-flight Cardiff City on Saturday, revived the magic.

'It was a hard day and the magic of the FA Cup happened, definitely, ' Morgan said.

"I thought we played well, especially the second half". We had loads of half-chances, some very good positions where we should score, and on another day they all go in.

"On another day they all go in, but today it didn't happen for us".

Carrying no ill-will for Maddison's attempts at unnerving him, Amond admitted: "I'd be disappointed if one of our players didn't say something like that to them".

"Last season they played well with good results at home against Spurs and it will be a tough match because it's hard to play against this team on a small pitch".

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