Foden dwelling on one mistake over decisive Newport double

May JohnsonFeb 18, 2019

"We had to show professionalism and keep the ball moving and they exhausted in the end".

"It was the worst conditions I have played in", said the City youngster.

City are top of the Premier League while Newport are mid-table in League Two, English football's fourth level.

"The first 20 minutes were hard from throw-ins and long balls, and they are much better than us in those situations, but in the last 20 minutes we put the game into our hands, " Guardiola said.

"The home crowd was wonderful, winning here, I realise English football today better than ever and how tough the cup is in these conditions".

Wallace headed in a cross from Ryan Leonard in the fifth minute and the hosts had a number of second-half chances to add to the lead, but couldn't find a way past Wimbledon goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for a second time.

And don't forget, Monday's FA Cup draw will determine who we play in the next round.

Foden played alongside David Silva in midfield and the Spaniard also earned praised for the way he played on the hard Rodney Parade pitch.

Two goals from Phil Foden sandwiched strikes from Leroy Sane and a late clincher from Riyad Mahrez, yet Guardiola's decision to use United's defeat against PSG as an example of a side showing over-confidence ahead of a big game may raise a few eyebrows.

"Everything is going well at the moment and we can definitely win every competition, but it is going to be hard".

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Guardiola was quick to shower praise on the 18-year-old Foden, describing the England prospect as "brilliant". We are the team everyone wants to beat because in doing so it puts them on them map.

"As soon as he called me I wanted to come back and I couldn't wait to get started", he said.

"David is a fantastic player".

And Guardiola said his squad have to embrace the challenge of fighting in four competitions.

City entered the game as the overwhelming favorite _ especially after beating Chelsea 6-0 last weekend in the Premier League _ but struggled to impose its usual attacking game on a pitch that contained more mud than grass in many places. We have to adapt, change mentality, change the way we play.

Before that Citty return to Champions League action with a last-16 tie at Schalke on Wednesday.

"We are just taking it game by game".

Foden doubled his side's lead when he cut inside and fired past Joe Day, who missed the birth of his twin daughters during Newport's fourth round replay win over Middlesbrough.

The BBC and other "so called" national treasures in the media spend every second talking up the nostalgic power and importance of the FA Cup - the premium domestic trophy on offer in the competition. Now we go to biggest stage, Champions League, and we will see in May and June. "We're delighted, thank you, congratulations to the players, now we prepare for our trip to Germany".

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