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Foden And Mahrez Unimpressed With Newport County Pitch

Foden And Mahrez Unimpressed With Newport County Pitch
By PJ Browne Updated
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Manchester City ended Newport County's FA Cup run with a 4-1 victory at Rodney Parade on Saturday evening.

The pitch, which also hosts PRO14 rugby games for the Dragons, was in poor condition for the game.

After a goalless first half, Man City scored four in the second. Carlow man Padraig Amond answered with one for the home side.

Phil Foden scored two of City's goals. Speaking to BT Sport following the game, the 18-year-old said the pitch was one of the worst he has played on.

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"It was important to show professionalism and keep the ball moving and they tired," said Foden.

We killed them really. We scored straight away as they scored. That was the worst I've played in, to be honest, but we've done well.

It's a big squad and everyone wants to show the boss they can start. It's good competition.

Riyad Mahrez, scorer of City's fourth goal, felt similarly.

"The most important thing at the end is the result," Mahrez told BT Sport.

"If you can add the performance, it’s perfect.

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“It wasn’t a good pitch but we are professional. We have to adapt to everything. Everyone is happy to be through to the quarter-finals."

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