Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hailed Phil Foden’s exquisite performance against Newport County in the FA Cup last-16 clash
Although a 4-1 scoreline suggests the Citizens had another day at the office, in reality, the Premier League holders had immense problems adapting to the condition of Newport’s pitch.
It is probably the worst pitch condition, Foden and his fellow Man City teammates have ever witnessed in their professional careers.
Having failed to break the hosts’ stubborn defense in the first half, the visitors have entered the second part of the game frantically trying to break the deadlock.
After Leroy Sane’s opener in the 51st minute, things have become far more simple for Guardiola’s men.
In the 75th minute, Foden has scored the first of his two goals in this encounter to put daylight between the sides.
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However, Padraig Amont’s stunning lob in the 88th minute made Guardiola anxious, giving the home fans a glimmer of hope.
In the end, the 18-year-old prodigy was the one to put the final nail in Newport’s coffin, having scored a superb solo goal in the 89th minute.
In the post-match interview, the Spanish tactician has expressed his delight with the way his team has handled the tireless hosts, singling out Foden as a man who eventually decided the match.
“We were lucky that Phil scored an incredible third goal and after they help us not suffer in the last five, six minutes and in extra time.
“So big congratulations to the team they show us and everyone how incredible they are in all competitions and in every single game.
“They try to do their best and big compliments for all the guys today.
“The first 15, 20 minutes were difficult, they had the throw-ins which created chances. But the last 15, 20 minutes we took the game in our hands and in the second half we had a little bit of movement and of course the goals help us to win the game.”