NEWPORT County AFC’s stunning FA Cup triumph over Leicester City and run to the fourth round of this season’s competition is only going to help the club attract new players, says Jamille Matt.

The striker, whose first-half header gave the Exiles the lead against the Foxes at Rodney Parade on Sunday, claims it was last term’s knockout heroics that played a part in him signing in June 2018.

“It helps the club’s reputation in terms of attracting players,” said Matt, who is now on 14 goals for the campaign.

“That is something that stuck with me when I spoke to the manager about signing here.

“I knew they had good players because of that (Tottenham game) and I’m just happy that we’re on another cup run for the fans.”

He continued: “I’m just buzzing for everyone connected with the club.

“We’ve been on a little bit of a bad run in the league, but the fans have stuck with us and they came out in their numbers, which helped massively in achieving this result.

“The most frustrating thing is that we know what we can do when we get the right performance level.

“We just need to be a little bit more consistent in the league and I’m sure we’ll start climbing again.

“The lads are buzzing.

“It’s a great feeling and it’s something we all want to enjoy and savour.

“I said before the match that on our day we could beat anyone, and I think we’ve proved that.”

Matt’s 10th-minute header on Sunday is, understandably, up there with the 29-year-old’s best moments in football.

“I couldn’t feel my legs for five minutes after my goal,” he said.

“It was a rush of excitement running towards our fans as they celebrated.

“It was a great feeling and it’s something I’ll remember for a long time.

“It’s near the top of my achievements in football.

“We knew it would be a tough task but to pit my wits against Jonny Evans and Wes Morgan was something I looked forward to.

“As soon as Robbie got the ball, I knew I had to get into the box because his delivery is up there with the best I’ve played with, if not the best.

“It made my job pretty easy after that. I knew if I got it on target it was going in.”

County will be looking to go one better than they did in last season’s FA Cup when Michael Flynn’s giant-killers travel to Championship promotion contenders Middlesbrough in round four at the end of the month.

And Matt’s teammate Tyreeq Bakinson will be available for the trip to the Riverside after his loan was extended to the end of the season. The 20-year-old has made 19 League Two appearances – 27 in all competitions – since arriving at Rodney Parade from Bristol City.