NEWPORT County AFC goalkeeper Joe Day insists the Exiles will not be taking anything for granted when they travel to Surrey to take on non-league minnows Metropolitan Police FC in Saturday’s FA Cup first-round tie.

The Met play in the Southern League Premier Division South, three tiers below League Two County, at the 3,000-capacity Imber Court in East Molesey.

Hampton Court Palace, the former home of King Henry VIII, is nearby and County will be determined not to lose their heads by the River Thames.

Day told iFollow Exiles: "You could say it’s a great tie but let me tell you, there is no easy tie in the FA Cup.

“It doesn’t matter who you are playing, it brings the best out of both teams sometimes and we’re going to have to be at our very best, be on top of everything 100 per cent, to go there and beat them.

"I imagine it’s going to be a tough game,” he added.

“You always give teams the upmost respect, but we have to go there and make sure we dominate the game with how we want to play.

"We’ll have our game plan and we’ll put it into practice this week in training.”

Day was instrumental in the club’s run to the fourth round of the competition last season as they beat Cambridge United and Walsall before shocking Championship giants Leeds United in January.

County were within eight minutes of sealing a famous victory over Premier League big boys Tottenham Hotspur later that month before England captain Harry Kane forced a Wembley replay.

Day was in outstanding form at England’s national stadium but he couldn’t prevent Spurs claiming a 2-0 win to end County’s remarkable run.

And he wants more of the same this season if possible.

“We know from last season how important an FA Cup run can be and we want a repeat of that this season as well,” he said.

"We won’t go there with any fear, once you cross the white line, any game is a game for me.

“We’ll have to look at things this week, it’ll probably be a different preparation because it’s not the league but, like any game, we’ll prepare to win it.”

Day is also keen to progress in the Checkatrade Trophy with victory over Plymouth Argyle at Rodney Parade on Tuesday, November 13.

"There’s an opportunity there now in the Checkatrade Trophy as well where we know if we win then we progress,” said the Exiles number one.

“That’s something we’ll look at as well after the Met Police game. All we’ll be focused on this week in training is the FA Cup game.”