Mike Flynn will put his his 100% record at Wembley on the line when Newport County go up against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup fourth replay.
The Exiles were a whisker away from causing a sensational upset by knocking out Mauricio Pochettino’s men, as they headed into the final 10 minutes of their original meeting at Rodney Parade with a slender 1-0 lead, but a late Harry Kane equaliser ultimately forced a replay.
Flynn, who previously represented his boyhood club across four different spells throughout a near 20-year playing career before taking charge, would naturally be looking forward to the fixture, but with his unbeaten record at the spiritual home of English football in jeopardy, there’s a tinge of the bitter-sweet.
“I played there in the play-off final for Newport and got us back in the league,” he told The Guardian.
“That’s the only problem – I’ve got a 100% record at Wembley and I don’t want to spoil it.”
How Newport came close to pulling off the ultimate upset
Heading into the first meeting, Newport County, who were playing in their first FA Cup 4th round tie since 1979, sat 59 places below Spurs in League Two.
But, with less than 10 minutes left on the clock, they were on course to reach the FA Cup fifth round for the first time since 1949.
That was because after 38 minutes Newport striker Padraig Amond headed his team into a shock lead.
It would last for 44 minutes before Kane ensured Pochettino’s side, who have a Champions League date with Juventus later in this month, weren’t knocked out of the competition.