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Leeds slip up on a Newport banana skin

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Big scalp: Newport ’s Shawn McCoulsky (centre) won game
Big scalp: Newport ’s Shawn McCoulsky (centre) won game

By Phil Blanche

Newport manager Mike Flynn is dreaming of an FA Cup trip to Anfield after his Sky Bet League Two side sent Leeds spinning out.

Leeds, 53 places higher on the league ladder than Newport, led 1-0 for most of a pulsating third-round tie at Rodney Parade.

But a Conor Shaugnessy own goal and substitute Shawn McCoulsky’s towering header put County in the fourth round for the first time since the 1978-79 season.

A grim afternoon for Leeds got even worse when Samuel Saiz was sent off in stoppage time, the Spaniard banished after allegedly spitting at County midfielder Robbie Willmott.

“I thought we were outstanding throughout, but I knew we were going to put a performance in because they never let me down,” said Flynn, who saved Newport from dropping out of the English Football League last season.

“They are an outstanding group and deserve all the credit.

“Being a Liverpool fan, I’d love us to play at Anfield in the next round.

“But, really, it’s whatever makes the club the most money.

“Hopefully we can get one of the big clubs away — the money will be huge for this football club.”

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen denied he had disrespected the FA Cup by making nine changes to his side. “If you look, every player we had in the first XI is from the first team or has possibilities in the first XI,” he said.

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