Congratulations to fourth tier Newport County who dumped former Barclays Premier League champions Leicester City out of the Emirates FA Cup with a fine 2-1 win at Rodney Parade yesterday leaving Leicester fans raging at ‘Plonker Puel.’
It took just 10 minutes for 29 year old Jamaican striker Jamille Matt to head the home side in front followed by 72 minutes of brave defending before Leicester City’s Rachid Ghezzal equalized. At that point maybe both managers would have taken that. Puel, relieved to get out of South Wales with a replay and Newport’s Michael Flynn possibly hoping to hold on for a money-spinning replay. But that all changed in the 84th minute. Leicester’s Marc Albrighton handled in the penalty area, Pádraig Amond kept his nerve, and Leicester crashed out at the first hurdle. The magic of the Emirates FA Cup is alive and kicking in South Wales.
Puel Understood the Importance of the FA Cup!
Before the game, Puel tweeted that he understood the importance of the FA Cup. But for Leicester City fans the season is, more or less, over. With 31 Barclays Premier League points in the bag, they only need another 7 to reach the benchmark safety 38 points. Do they want to push on for the Europa League? The answer, when you look at the Premier Leagues teams outside the top 6 who have entered, such as Southampton, Everton, and Burnley might be no.
Puel Back in Front of the Sack Race Pack
So why, when he had the opportunity to be the 2nd French Manager to win the trophy after Arsène Wenger, did Puel rest so many players? Only 3 players started from the team that recently beat Everton at Goodison Park and Schmeichel, Maguire, Chilwell, and Vardy didn’t even make the squad. At least they’re not cup-tied, should they move to pastures new in the next few weeks, which is absolutely no consolation to Leicester City fans.
At the age of 17 Marc started working for the local Echo in Southampton and even made the sports pages himself when selected for Hampshire youth. But a serious back injury, sustained after a car crash on his way back from a party from Bournemouth, put paid to his sporting career. So now he writes about it.