The FA Cup Third Round gave us some incredibly boring matches, but also some exciting upsets. No result was as well received by Spurs fans as Arsenal being knocked out of the tournament by struggling Championship club Nottingham Forest.
Tottenham had some nervy moments against AFC Wimbledon, but avoided a similarly embarrassing upset by winning 3-0 at Wembley. The draw has just concluded, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side now know they’ll be traveling to League Two’s Newport County in the next round.
We have been drawn away to @NewportCounty in the fourth round of the @EmiratesFACup.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 8, 2018
️ Games will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January 2018. #COYS pic.twitter.com/Yq6RhD1JUK
It’s another tie for Spurs in which they will be heavily favored. Newport County are currently 11th in League Two, which is the fourth-tier of English football. “The Exiles” scored a late goal to beat Leeds United 2-1 in the last round.
Newport are one of just a handful of Welsh teams that play in the English Football League. Their ground, Rodney Parade, is only just over the border into Wales. Tickets will be tough to come by, as the stadium seats just under 8,000 people.
Last season Newport completed a remarkable turnaround to avoid relegation from the Football League. They were 11 points away from safety in March, but somehow managed to stay up.
Tottenham will probably rotate heavily for the game, especially as it comes right before they have some massive fixtures in other competitions.
Here’s the full draw for the FA Cup Fourth Round.
- Liverpool v West Brom
- Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester
- Huddersfield v Birmingham
- Notts County v Wolves/Swansea
- Yeovil v Manchester United
- Carlisle/Sheffield Weds v Stevenage/Reading
- Cardiff/Mansfield v Manchester City
- MK Dons v Coventry
- Millwall v Rochdale
- Southampton v Watford
- Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace
- Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham
- Hull v Nottingham Forest
- Newport County v Spurs
- Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle
- Sheffield United v Preston