FA Cup: Fulham, Leicester suffer shock defeats to fourth-division sides

Leicester City were dumped out the FA Cup after going down 2-1 to League Two outfit Newport County.

Jamille Matt's excellent early header after just 10 minutes gave the raucous home crowd a huge boost and what followed was a classic tale of missed chances by the Premier League big boys coupled with some heroic defending from the League Two side.

Padraig Amond's 85th-minute penalty fired the Welsh side into the fourth round as 2-1 winners, after Mark Albrighton was guilty of a needless handball in the area.

Newport County striker Padraig Amond celebrates after scoring their 2nd goal from the penalty spot during the FA Cup match against Leicester City at Rodney Parade in Newport.

And Fulham became the fourth Premier League side to exit the Cup at the hands of lower league opponents this weekend following their 2-1 defeat by Oldham Athletic.

"He faced a few of my penalties in training so I was hoping he wouldn't remember", Amond said.

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Leicester have never won the FA Cup having been runners-up four times, the last in 1969.

Remarkably, both Oldham and Barnet have caretaker managers - Pete Wild and Darren Currie - who were taking charge of their respective teams for only the third time.

When questioned about his seven changes for the trip to south Wales, a bullish Puel insisted (as quoted by Sky Sports): "I think we had a good team with eight who played winning the title with Leicester, and a lot of experienced players and quality on the pitch".

Fulham were awarded a soft penalty but Alexsandar Mitrovic, brought off the bench to take the kick, had his effort superbly saved by a Danish keeper Daniel Iversen. Barnet is now managed by Darren Currie, the nephew of Sheffield United great Tony Currie.

Callum Lang then sent 4,000 travelling Oldham fans wild with a headed victor in the 88th minute. 'I feel extremely proud.

Promising youngster Phil Foden doubled the lead at the Etihad before an own-goal Semi Ajayi made it three.

  • Lawrence Cooper