HOT-SHOT striker Jamille Matt has called on his Newport County AFC teammates to believe in themselves as they look to cause another FA Cup upset at Middlesbrough this Saturday.

Matt, who scored his 15th goal of the season in the 1-0 win over Exeter City last weekend, netted the Exiles’ opener in their third-round defeat of Premier League Leicester City.

Victory against Championship promotion contenders Boro at the Riverside Stadium would see County reach round five for the first time since the club was reformed in 1989.

“We’ll have to prepare right to cause Middlesbrough a problem,” said 29-year-old Matt.

“Middlesbrough are up near the play-offs on merit, but we’re in the fourth round of the FA Cup on merit.

“We’re a good team and we need to believe in ourselves so that we can go there and get a result.

“The boys are working really hard in training and everyone is chomping at the bit to get into the starting line-up to give the gaffer a headache.”

Matt and strike partner Padraig Amond (17) have a total of 32 goals between them in league and cup this term, while both have also netted in each round of the cup.

Both are enjoying their most profitable campaigns at Football League clubs, and 2018-19 is far from over.

While former Fleetwood Town and Blackpool forward Matt is delighted to be on a hot streak individually, he insists it’s the service he gets that needs praising.

He added: “As a forward, you are always making runs, but the ball doesn’t always get to you.

“With Robbie Willmott, you know that if you make a decent run and get into a good position then he’ll find you or put in a cross that makes you favourite to get to the ball.

“That makes my job as a striker a lot easier and it’s brilliant to have Robbie in the team, but it’s the same on the other side with Dan Butler.

“We’ve got great delivery throughout the team and there’s more players I could mention like Matty Dolan.

“As strikers, that’s something we thrive off and long may it continue.”

He continued: “That’s always a nice accolade (his best return in a Football League campaign).

“It’s nice to get the winner, and it’s especially good to score when you get three points at the end of it.

“I’m pleased for everyone because, like I said, I’ve got the goal but it’s a reflection of everyone’s hard work.”