Newport County vs Middlesbrough Match Info
Date: Tuesday February 5 2019
Kick-off time: 7.45pm GMT
Venue: Rodney Parade
Newport County vs Middlesbrough Head-To-Head Record
3 previous matches
January 26 2019 (FA Cup 4th round): Middlesbrough 1-1 Newport County
January 3 1987: Middlesbrough 2-0 Newport County
November 22 1986: Newport County 0-1 Middlesbrough
Newport County vs Middlesbrough Stats
- Newport have lost only one of their last 14 home matches
- They are trying to advance to the FA Cup fifth round for the first time since 1949
- Middlesbrough have reached that stage in three of the previous six seasons
Newport County vs Middlesbrough Match Preview
Tony Pulis returns to his hometown club aiming to succeed where Tottenham, Leicester and Leeds have failed in the last 13 months and knock Newport County out of the FA Cup on their own pitch.
Leicester this term and Leeds last season have been the subject of giant-killings by the South Wales club, while Spurs trailed for 44 minutes and needed a Harry Kane goal to force a Wembley replay which they won comfortably.
Therefore Pulis, who was born in Newport and spent two years as a player with County in the mid-1980s, will know his Middlesbrough side cannot afford any complacency – especially after being held 1-1 at the Riverside Stadium in the original match of this tie.
Daniel Ayala put Boro ahead and they looked to be going through at the first time of asking until Matty Dolan popped up with a last-gasp equaliser.
As the stats above outline, County have been very difficult to beat at Rodney Parade since the end of September and the prospect of a huge fifth-round clash with Manchester City will serve as an extra incentive for Michael Flynn’s side.
But Pulis will fancy that tie as well, especially since Boro knocked City out of the FA Cup at the Etihad Stadium in 2015, and the 61-year-old is backed to ensure it will be a happy homecoming by guiding his team into the last 16 within 90 minutes.
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