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Newport's Michael Flynn: 'You try and get that generation back that we lost'

Manchester City beat Newport County at Rodney Parade by four goals to one. Credit: PA

Newport County manager Michael Flynn hopes his team's performance in the FA Cup will inspire a generation of fans.

Speaking after County lost four goals to one against visitors Manchester City, Flynn said: "You try and get that generation back that we lost".

He added: "I think we're doing that. That atmosphere today was electric".

The League Two side has not reached the fifth round of the FA Cup for more than 70 years when they played Man City at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

Newport Manager Michael Flynn congratulates the teams. Credit: PA

County manager Michael Flynn reckoned a home win would represent the biggest upset in the history of the competition, surpassing famous giant-killing acts administered by the likes of Colchester, Hereford and Wrexham.

Manchester City's Phil Foden celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game. Credit: PA

The teams were at a deadlock going in at the break with no goals from either side. Returning after half-time, however, Leroy Sane gave City the lead in the 51st minute.

Sane's fierce shot from the left side of the box proved too powerful for Day, who got two hands to it but could not prevent the ball from spinning into his net. Goalkeeper Joe Day was left bleeding from the attempted save.

Newport Goalie Joe Day with his son before the game. Credit: PA

Phil Foden put his team two goals up in the 75th minute as Manchester City looked to break away from the hosts. The 18-year-old picked up the ball on the halfway line before charging forward and slotting beyond Day in a spectacular solo effort.

It was Newport's turn next. Padraig Amond hit the back of the net, capitalising on confusion in Manchester City's defensive play. Amond lifted the ball over Ederson to maintain his record of scoring in every round.

Speaking after the game, the Irish striker said: "In years to come that's going to be something I'm very proud of".

The fact that I've scored against the best team in Europe, Pep came over after the game and congratulated me that I'd scored, and when you hear that from someone like him it means a lot.

It's been a great run, you have kids wanting to play for Newport County and maybe before that they wanted to play for Cardiff, Bristol, Swansea. The club can be very proud to inspire a new generation.

– Padraig Amond, Newport County
Padraig Amond provided City's only goal of the game. Credit: PA

But hopes of a late comeback for Newport County were dashed as Phil Foden struck back just a minute later putting City's lead to 3-1.

Reflecting on the game, Foden admitted ""It was always going to be a difficult game on the pitch, but in the end we showed our quality."

We are Premier League footballers so we can handle any pitch. It was always going to be a difficult game on the pitch, but in the end we showed our quality.

It was tight but we just had to keep doing what we were doing, and that was the message at half-time.

We knew they would tire and they did in the end.

– Phil Foden, Manchester City

A fourth and final goal sealed a convincing victory for Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez smashing in from the left side of the box to put City into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

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Final score 4-1 and a win for Manchester City.