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Newport County 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Newport come ever so close to a memorable FA Cup upset over Tottenham.
  • Padraig Amond gave Exiles a deserved lead just before half-time.
  • Newport were dreaming of the fifth round but were ultimately denied - for now - by Harry Kane.
  • Newport County: Day, Pipe, Demetriou, White, Bennett, Butler, Willmott, Tozer, Labadie, Nouble, Amond.
  • Tottenham: Vorm, Trippier, Foyth, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Dier, Wanyama, Sissoko, Dembele, Llorente, Kane.
Scott Amond

Full-time: Newport County 1-1 Tottenham

Newport earn a deserved replay, and may be a tad frustrated that they didn't knock Spurs out. Amanda's first-half header was eventually cancelled out by a Kane tap-in - the stand-in Tottenham skipper bailing Pochettino's side out, and not for the first time.

Scott Amond

Kane almost broke Newport hearts as he danced away from Newport's defence, but White eventually managed to get back and clear for a corner.

The League Two outfit clear, but Spurs come back with Kane and Alli, who was prevented from nodding the ball home by Day.

Four minutes of stoppage time added on.

A long Newport throw causes chaos in the Tottenham box. Vorm can only concede a corner, which he does well to catch.

Tottenham win a couple of corners that Newport do well to clear. Foyth attempts to keep the pressure on but eventually picks up a yellow card for his troubles for scything down Dolan.

Newport make a change - Captain Joss Labadie, comfortably the man of the match, makes way for Matty Dolan.

Who else?

Kane sneaks away from his marker to tap home Son's brilliant flick from the near post. He's spared Tottenham's blushes here - can either team find a winner?

GOAL! Newport County 1-1 Tottenham (Kane)

Day beats away a cross from Davies before Dier's shot is blocked by White.

Spurs win a corner... which brings the equaliser.

Final change for Spurs as Davies comes on for Dembele. They're still huffing and puffing but have not found that moment of real quality to unlock Newport, who are holding firm.

Sissoko and Alli combine on the edge of the penalty area but Newport thwart the pair with a thunderous clearance.

Labadie then surges forward but is tackled by Wanyama fairly, in the eyes of Roger East.

Newport's first substitute sees goalscorer Amond come off for McCoulsky. Will the Scot prove to be the latest in a long line of FA Cup heroes?

20 minutes remaining at the Rodney Parade. Amanda's first-half header the difference at this stage.

Scott Amond

Superb save from Day to deny Son!

Kane and Alli link up well, the latter managing to work the space to feed the Korean, who is denied excellently by Day. The resulting corner is cleared.

Tottenham have certainly improved thanks to the introduction of Son and the change of system. They are certainly in control of proceedings but are not overly troubling Newport yet. Dele Alli is readying himself.

A wonderful chance for Kane as he connects with a lovely cross from Trippier, but he somehow contrives to nod the ball over the bar. A huge let-off for Newport - how did Kane not score?

Tozer attempts to cause yet more havoc with a long throw but it comes to nothing. Foyth then boots the ball out of touch, allowing Tozer to try again.

Tottenham have made a change by the way - Son is on for Walker-Peters. Should have mentioned that earlier.

The Korean is almost fed in by Harry Kane but he couldn't bring ht ball under his spell.

Back underway in the second half. Tottenham immediately on the front foot, ears no doubt ringing from a Pochettino dressing-down.

Half-time: Newport County 1-0 Tottenham

Spurs may be 72 places ahead of Newport in the British football pyramid, but the hosts are certainly the better side this evening. Amond has given Newport a much-deserved lead, while captain Labadie has dominated Wanyama et al. Tottenham are in a real cup-tie here.

We're into two minutes of stoppage time as Kane is shepherded off the ball. Spurs haven't had a shot on target so far, and that doesn't look like changing anytime soon.

Walker-Peters does brilliantly to win a foul out of White after running into a bunch of Newport shirts.

The free-kick is whipped in, but Newport clear with authority.

Play is stopped temporarily as Willmott receives treatment. The Rodney Parade is rocking now, and for good reason.

Newport come on the charge again through the fit-again Willmott, who finds Amond in the box. The Scot tries his luck from a dangerous angle and forces a corner, which is eventually settled by Vorm.

Newport take a deserved lead!

Tozer's throw isn't cleared and eventually falls to Willmott, who eventually brings the ball under his spell and whips in a sumptuous ball to the back post, where Amond is lurking to head home.

GOAL! Newport County 1-0 Tottenham (Amond)

Some majestic skill from Labadie affords him the chance to whip in a cross. He wins a throw... which brings the first goal!

Labadie wins the ball high up the pitch after forcing another mistake from Wanyama, but Amond was called offside.

Wanyama then tries to set Sissoko away but the Frenchman can only give away a foul.

First yellow card of tonight goes to Labadie as he scythes Kane down.

Kane picks himself up to take from all of 35 yards, but his effort does not trouble Day.

Tottenham finally force Day into a save as he tips Kane's effort onto the post.

All in a Day's work.

Llorente spins brilliantly and lays the ball off to Dembele, who finds Walker-Peters. The youngster shoots, but his shot is blocked.

Newport giving as good as they've got so far. 0-0 after 25 minutes.

Newport vs Tottenham

Newport win a free-kick on the edge of the box after Trippier shoved Labadie.

Wilmott takes and troubles Vorm, who didn't see the ball until it was practically in his grasp.

Nouble attempts to evade the attentions of Dier but his cross can only find Vorm.

Spurs have been absolutely dreadful so far - nothing in attack and shaky in defence too.

The match has settled after a frenetic start from the hosts. Demetriou plays a lovely ball over the top for Amond, who was adjudged offside by the linesman.

First sight of goal for Kane as he links up with strike partner Llorente. The pair exchanges passes before Kane skies an effort way over the bar. Poor from Tottenham's captain for the night.

Tottenham do not look comfortable at all here. Vertonghen inadvertently kicks the ball into touch, allowing Tozer to rifle a throw into the penalty area. A bit of a scramble ensues, but the ball eventually goes behind for a goal kick.

Labadie closes down and outmuscles Wanyama before unleashing a shot that is held by Vorm.

Tottenham try to spring an attack themselves, but Trippier could not keep Vertonghen's ranging ball in play.

Huge chance for Newport!

Dier is robbed of the ball and Nouble is picked out in acres of space in the penalty area. The former West Ham starlet must get the effort on target from there, but he manages to sky the ball way over the bar. Will he come to rue that later?

Uncomfortable start from Tottenham.

Tozer fires in one of his trademark long throws but Tottenham deal with the aerial danger. Kane then gives away possession, allowing Newport to fire the ball to Nouble, but the forward is penalised for a foul on Trippier.

Dembele gets things underway. Dier gives away possession cheaply but Wanyama easily retrieves the ball. The pitch doesn't look in great nick - rugby markings everywhere.

Around 10,000 present for one of Newport's biggest matches in decades. Extra seating has been putting to accommodate the fervent fans. They usually see 3,000 at a regular home match.

Kick-off just five minutes. Both teams are shoulder-to-shoulder in the Rodney Parade tunnel.

Tottenham captain Harry Kane peruses his temporary surroundings. Will he run riot like he has at so many other grounds this evening? Kick-off just over a quarter of an hour away.

Harry Kane
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Less than half an hour until kick-off now. Your reminder of today's teams:

Newport County: Day, Pipe, Demetriou, White, Bennett, Butler, Willmott, Tozer, Labadie, Nouble, Amond.

Tottenham: Vorm, Trippier, Foyth, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Dier, Wanyama, Sissoko, Dembele, Llorente, Kane (C).

Tottenham are used to the comforts of Wembley and the plush dressing rooms of Premier League and Champions League rivals. This may be a rude awakening for some, but at least they can still charge their phones.

Two at a time, lads.

Tottenham dressing room
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There will be now new signings in Tottenham's squad this evening - primarily because they haven't made any.

They seem to be closing in on now new recruit, though - French outlet RMC Sport claim that Spurs and Lucas Moura have reached an accord on a four-year deal with Spurs after the Brazilian travelled to London for talks.

Ooh. A slight change - Eriksen is omitted after Tottenham realised they had named eight substitutes. Thought something was awry. The Dane will not feature tonight.

A mix of youth and attacking quality on Tottenham's bench, with Georgiou and Oakley-Boothe afforded places in the squad by Pochettino.

The youngsters are joined by Dele Alli, son Heung-Min and Christian Eriksen, who has recovered from illness to make the trip. Pochettino will hope the trio are not required today.


Tottenham: Gazzaniga, Sanchez, Davies, Oakley-Boothe, Georgiou, Dele, Eriksen, Son.

Still no sign of substitutes from either side, but Pochettino has picked a very strong team this evening. Vertonghen, Dembele, Wanyama and Dier are all included along with a number of peripheral players, but the inclusion of Harry Kane, who captains the side, will strike fear into Newport hearts.


Newport County's starting line-up in text form: Day, Pipe, Demetriou, White, Bennett, Butler, Willmott, Tozer, Labadie, Nouble, Amond.


Still waiting for Newport County's team...


Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Trippier, Foyth, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Dier, Wanyama, Sissoko, Dembele, Llorente, Kane (C).


Newport and Tottenham have locked horns in the FA Cup before.

The two sides met in 1959 and 1960, with Spurs winning on both occasions.

Will it be third time lucky for Newport this evening?

Former Tottenham player and Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh has offered his thoughts on the impending contest between two of his former sides:

"The city itself will come to a standstill. Everyone connected to the club will embrace the occasion. It will be tough but we know if Spurs go there with the right mentality then nine times out of 10 they will win.

"I'm split, of course, but I think it's a great opportunity for Spurs to progress and I'd love to see this team and fantastic manager go on to win a trophy."

Tottenham maybe battling at the top of the Premier League while Newport fight it out in League Two, but Jan Vertonghen insists he and the rest of his teammates will not take the Welsh outfit lightly.

"I think this team has great focus, we know what we want and I'm very proud of that," Vertonghen said.

"We've got a very professional team that will approach this game against Newport in a very good way. We just have to approach it in the way we approach Premier League games, which we definitely will."

Jan Vertonghen

There aren't many people backing Newport to pull of a giant killing this evening, but the club's boss Mike Flynn is determined to upset the odds.

"I go into every game, whether it be as a manager or a player, with a lot of confidence," Flynn said.

"And if any player thinks that we can not win on Saturday then they will probably be sat next to me on the bench or up in the stand because we have to believe we can cause an upset.

"Otherwise we may as well take the money from the tickets and give Tottenham the tie."

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has a number of selection decisions to make before the clash at the Newport Stadium. Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose are closing in on returns, but the Argentine doesn't want to take any unnecessary risks.

"We need to decide tomorrow on everyone. It's one thing to be fit to integrate again with the team and another to be fit to play. Two different things and of course we are professionals and we need to take care of every player and then take the best decision for the team." Pochettino said.

"I don't know [if they could play]. They need to build their fitness, they integrate slowly with the team. But I repeat it's not the same to be integrating and start training with the team and be fit to play. It's a massive step in between."

Good evening and welcome to IB Times UK's live FA Cup coverage of Newport County vs Tottenham Hotspur.

Newport sprung an upset in the last round as they surged past Leeds United to book place with Tottenham, but the League Two outfit will certainly have their work cut out against Mauricio Pochettino's side, who are unbeaten in seven matches.

Tottenham coasted past AFC Wimbledon to book a trip to Wales and, while Pochettino will no doubt ring the changes tonight, the FA Cup represents his side's best chance of attaining silverware this season.

Tottenham may have to do without Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen again as the pair attempt to recover from illness, while Newport could be bolstered by the returns of Joss Labadie, Ben White and Matty Dolan.

Stick with IB Times UK for the latest team news, updates and reaction to all the goings on at the Newport Stadium.