Carlow Man Grabs Winner As Newport Shock Leicester In FA Cup

Newport striker Padraig Amond

Newport striker Padraig Amond has scored in both of the Exiles FA Cup wins this season

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.

However, moments later a penalty was awarded to Newport when the ball struck Marc Albrighton's arm, which was converted by Padraig Amond in the 85th minute.

"I don't want to look for excuses about this. This competition was important".

Newport themselves then replied to the BBC man.

The Foxes forward was given his chance to shine in the absence of Vardy, but looked disinterested throughout, and was unable to get any joy from the Newport defence in a display which mirrored that of his team.

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"It is hard but we need to be strong in this situation".

"We tried, but it was not enough".

"They made a fantastic upset, it will be a fantastic memory for them".

Leicester's Rachid Ghezzal equalised after Jamille Matt's opener before Michael Flynn's men scored an 85th-minute victor through a Padraig Amond penalty after Marc Albrighton's handball.

Amond is not the only League of Ireland connection in the Newport team as former Dundalk defender Wayne Hatswell is Michael Flynn's second-in-command at Rodney Parade.

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Speaking to OTB AM this morning, the Carlow man talked through his decisive spot-kick, and the satisfaction he felt at overcoming the undue attention of an English worldwide doing all he could to distract Amond at the crucial moment.

"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". "I am proud as punch of the boys".

"How they can raise these levels is wonderful".

Leicester lost 2-1 on Sunday to the Sky Bet League Two minnows - 74 places below the Foxes in the football pyramid - after Puel had made seven changes from the New Year's Day win at Everton.

Newport's victory will deservedly take the headlines but it wasn't the only shock on a pulsating Sunday of Cup action.

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