Foden And Mahrez Unimpressed With Newport County Pitch

Guardiola hails Foden’s ‘incredible’ double against Newport

Phil Foden takes centre stage as Man City successfully navigate FA Cup trip to Newport County

In the day's other ties Brighton and Hove Albion shrugged off their poor Premier League form to beat Frank Lampard's Derby County 2-1 thanks to first-half goals by Anthony Knockaert and Juergen Locadia.

"He played here at a League Two club like an 18-year-old, like Phil Foden".

"The big mistake is believing you are better than anyone", said Guardiola.

"It's a pleasure to see you, you're an absolute genius". You have to be calm and prepare well.

The great Newport County Cup run of 2018-2019 is over, but it took a side picked from one of the most talented group of players ever assembled in the history of British football to end it, and they did so having taken nothing for granted.

Foden doubled the lead in the 75th with a solo goal by Foden, after the teenager picked up the ball on the halfway line before charging forward and slotting a shot past Day.

Newport, 82 rungs below City on the English football ladder, rattled City in the first half and Tyreeq Bakinson nearly gave them the lead at a rocking Rodney Parade.

"Every free-kick and throw-in is hard, and we suffered in the first 20 minutes because we needed time to adapt". They use their points where they are better than us.

"Today we spoke about that".

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Guardiola would not be drawn on suggestions his side could win all four competitions they are still competing in as he faced the media after his side's latest win. They are alive on all fronts: in the FA Cup quarter-finals; first in the league; playing in the League Cup final next Sunday, and resume the Champions League on Wednesday.

"That's the main one, so we'll see if we can get a result in that". "Every challenge is different". "Today we play League Two and then we go to Champions League".

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

"It was the worst conditions I have played in, " Foden said. "We had to show professionalism and keep the ball moving and they exhausted in the end". They scored a goal - a stupid goal - at the end and Phil's goal helped the team to not suffer at the end. It's a big squad and everyone wants to show the boss they can start.

"It wasn't a good pitch but we are professional".

County manager Michael Flynn said: "I am very proud of the players".

"The opponents got exhausted and the space started opening up and the chances came and we managed to take them". Despite Pep's warnings about the physicality of the opposition, he would still be setting up his team to keep control of the ball even on today's pitch, and the German is adept at doing just that.

"Everything is going well at the moment and we can definitely win every competition but it is going to be hard", Foden said after the match. "I'm trying to take my opportunities as they come".

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