Let’s not get caught by Police – Amond
PADRAIG Amond was the hero who almost made Newport County’s giant-killing dream a reality during last season’s miraculous FA Cup run.
The Irish striker will never forget the header he scored against Tottenham to put the League Two minnows within eight minutes of the fifth round last season.
But the tables have been turned this weekend as Mike Flynn’s men travel to take on the lowest-ranked team left in the draw, Met Police, and he is determined not to let David beat Goliath this time.
“They’re the lowest-ranked team in the draw, but they’ll be expecting to win the game so it’s up to us to make sure that come five o’clock Saturday, nobody’s talking about Newport being put out in the shock of the round,” said Amond.
“They’ll have big dreams of beating Newport and getting a bigger team in the third round.
“It was fantastic to be a part of the unbelievable run last year, it gave the club and ourselves exposure that we’ve never had before.
“Everyone wants that big draw away from home in the third round, there are shocks every year so if you take anything lightly, you’ll get turned over.
“It’s a winnable tie and a great opportunity for us to get into the next round and that’s the only way you can look at it.”
Newport’s magical run finally ended with defeat in their fourth round replay at Wembley after Harry Kane stabbed home an equaliser at Rodney Parade.
But Amond is desperate for another taste of the big time.
“The Spurs game was another level and to be seven or eight minutes away from beating them was amazing,” he added.
“But it was disappointing because we didn’t hold on for the victory because it would have been one of the biggest shocks in the history of the cup.
“For me to score the goal as well was something else, it’s something people keep bringing up which is brilliant, but their is a slight tinge of disappointment that comes with it.
“Shocks are always there to be had in the FA Cup, league form goes out the window.”