Foden And Mahrez Unimpressed With Newport County Pitch

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But Leroy Sane struck six minutes after the interval, and Foden scored either side of Padraig Amond's chip before Riyad Mahrez added a fourth in stoppage-time.

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

The 18-year-old scored twice as City overcame a hard pitch to knock out the League Two side to reach the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to the Champions League".

But the win keeps City's hopes of a quadruple on track with a Champions League trip to Schalke and Carabao Cup final against Chelsea (live on ESPN+ Feb. 24 at 11:30 a.m. ET) up next for Guardiola's side.

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

"That's the main one, so we'll see if we can get a result in that".

Several County players have appeared as if they could perform regularly at a higher level, none more so than Irish striker Amond whose late chip gave him a goal in every round. Just after the game, Pep came over and congratulated me. That was the worst I've played in, to be honest, but we've done well.

Cameras spotting Guardiola speaking to the Irishman and he was asked about what was said - while he also revealed that City invited them into the dressing room after the game. We are the team everyone wants to beat because in doing so it puts them on them map. I've learned everything I need to know regarding the basics with Pep. "We had to show professionalism and keep the ball moving and they exhausted in the end".

Foden played alongside David Silva in midfield and the Spaniard also earned praised for the way he played on the hard Rodney Parade pitch. We scored straight after they did and it is always good to take the pressure off and get the goal.

"They won't be training much at the moment, they are all very fit, they all know how to play the way the system works".

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

"If someone like that says you can be proud of yourself it means a lot more."Amond's five goals in the League Two side's FA Cup run has taken his tally for the season to 19 but he is far from done yet. I wanted to go and slide on my knees in the corner, but we needed to get going again quickly and get back in the game".

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