DEFENDER Dan Butler has described beating Middlesbrough as the best moment of his career to date – but he genuinely believes another one could be just around the corner, writes David Williams.

The left-back played his part in Newport County AFC’s famous FA Cup triumph over Championship side Boro on Tuesday night, and he’s now looking forward to the visit of Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola brings his Premier League stars to Gwent next Saturday for a fifth-round tie at Rodney Parade that will no doubt push the Exiles to their limits.

Reflecting on the 2-0 replay win, Butler told the Isle of Wight County Press: “It was a great night – a career high for me so far, with the occasion, the atmosphere and the result.

“Looking ahead to the Man City game, I’m not going to lie, I’m glad we aren’t playing them away from home at the Etihad.

“At home, if we play like we did against Middlesbrough last night and against Leicester, we stand a chance of causing another upset.

“We are hard to beat at home. Boro had a full-strength team out last night – and in the first game at the Riverside.

“Rodney Parade is a bit of a fortress and on their day, the fans can be brilliant, like they were last night. It can be an intimidating and hostile place to come.

“As a professional footballer, you want to play against the best and that’s what City are.

“It may sound ridiculous, but we believe we’ve got a chance against City. I’m really looking forward to it.

“The game is also going to be shown live on TV, so that will be good.

“Life at Newport County could not be better – for me, my partner and little girl, Dolly, and my football is going well.”

The 24-year-old Butler, who was born in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, joined County from Torquay United in June 2016 and has become a firm favourite among Exiles supporters.