PEP Guardiola and Manchester City will be setting the sat-nav for Rodney Parade later this month after another remarkable FA Cup triumph for Newport County AFC.

Having beaten 2016 Premier League winners Leicester City, the Exiles will now get a crack at the reigning champions after totally outclassing Championship challengers Middlesbrough.

Second-half goals from Robbie Willmott and Padraig Amond ensured County progressed to the fifth round for the first time since 1949 and secured a dream date with Pep’s superstars on February 16.

It also means the club has now made more than £1.2m from this extraordinary run – but this was about memories rather than moolah.

And Michael Flynn’s men fully deserved their victory, producing perhaps their best performance in living memory – 2-0 flattered Tony Pulis’ team.

South Wales Argus:

Joe Day, Dan Butler, Mark O’Brien, Scot Bennett, Robbie Willmott and Padraig Amond all returned to the starting XI after missing Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Grimsby Town in League Two.

And County were unrecognisable from the team that meekly surrendered at Blundell Park in a fantastic first 45 minutes when they did everything but score.

Boro, who made five changes from their win at West Bromwich Albion as Pulis prepared for another huge Championship clash at Leeds United at the weekend, started reasonably well.

Jon Howson’s long-range effort whistled past Day’s left-hand post early on and Jordan Hugill clipped the outside of the other upright with the Exiles goalkeeper beaten.

But otherwise it was one-way traffic and County should really have been ahead before the break.

There was a big shout for a penalty when Adam Clayton appeared to handle in the area, but referee Stuart Atwell was unmoved by the vociferous appeals on the pitch and in the stands.

Mickey Demetriou, who was imperious at the back alongside O’Brien and the classy Regan Poole, was also a threat at the other end and his shot was almost turned in by Jamille Matt and Amond after a scramble in the six-yard box.

South Wales Argus:

Joss Labadie drove a free-kick into the wall before Amond’s header was palmed behind.

Poole then tried his luck with a dipping volley from 30 yards and Amond went agonisingly close when O’Brien flicked on a header and the striker was denied by the brilliant reflexes of 40-year-old goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos at close range.

George Friend hacked clear to deny Matt a tap-in and moments later both Matt and Labadie just failed to connect with a lofted ball into the box from Poole.

Willmott had been quiet in the opening exchanges but he burst into life on 34 minutes as he ran at the Boro defence like a man possessed and whipped in a perfect cross for Amond, whose header was straight at Dimi.

And, just before half-time, Matt saw a header loop onto the roof of the net.

Flynn’s men must have feared they would pay for not making the most of their superiority, but they needn’t have worried.

Just two minutes after the interval, the breakthrough came in spectacular style.

Willmott picked up the ball inside his own half and just kept on running as the visitors backed off and backed off, finally unleashing a curling effort from the edge of the D that was simply too good for Dimi.

The home fans roared with delight as Willmott launched himself into a jubilant sliding celebration on the sodden turf.

South Wales Argus:

Pulis, who had already brought on Rajiv van La Parra at half-time, made two more substitutions before the hour mark as Rudy Gestede and Ashley Fletcher replaced Hugill and Britt Assombalonga. It made no difference.

County continued to dominate and they got the second goal they deserved on 67 minutes with a corner routine straight off the training ground.

Willmott rolled it to the on-rushing Amond, who produced a top class finish to clip the ball into the top corner of the net before Dimi could react.

South Wales Argus:

That kept up the Irishman’s record of scoring in every round of the competition so far.

The Met Police, Wrexham, Leicester and Boro couldn’t keep him quiet and they were no match for County as a whole.

“Manchester City, we’re coming for you,” sang the fans as the clock ticked down. Bring it on.

County: Day; Poole, O’Brien, Demetriou; Willmott (Pipe, 86), Bakinson, Bennett, Butler; Labadie (Dolan, 74); Amond, Matt

Subs not used: Townsend, Forbes, Crofts, Sheehan, Marsh-Brown

Boro: Dimi, McNair (van La Parra, 46), Fry, Ayala, Flint, Friend, Clayton, Wing, Howson, Assombalonga (Fletcher, 60), Hugill (Gestede, 56)

Subs not used: Lonergan, Besic, Downing, Tavernier

Referee: Stuart Atwell

Attendance: 6,533

Argus star man: Poole