A SHOCK victory for Newport County AFC over Manchester City on Saturday would earn its own chapter in the FA Cup history books, but it would still be no match for last week’s win over Middlesbrough as far as Joe Day is concerned.

The Exiles goalkeeper made national headlines as he raced off the pitch after the sensational 2-0 win over Tony Pulis’ Championship challengers to be with his wife Lizzie, who had given birth to twins during the match.

Little Sophia Grace and Emelia Lillie – County’s newest fans – were waiting for Day when he arrived at the Royal Gwent Hospital.

And, despite his excitement ahead of facing the Premier League champions, he admits that it will be impossible to top the emotions of that victory over Boro and what followed after the match.

“It was a pretty quick dash, I had to get out of my soaking wet kit and I didn’t shower – I just chucked on my club tracksuit,” Day recalled.

“When I got in the car, I rang Lizzie and she said ‘there’s two little girls here waiting for you.’

“It was a bit of an emotional moment and great knowing that they were both here safely and Lizzie was doing well.

“I was at the hospital within 10 minutes and I’m not afraid to say I had a little bit of a well-up, it was amazing to see two little babies there.

“I don’t have any regrets, because Lizzie has been fully supportive.

“She said ‘you might have missed the birth, but you’ll be there for the rest of their lives’ and the staff at the Royal Gwent were fantastic.”

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Day insists he hasn’t lost any sleep looking after the new arrivals or worrying about facing City’s superstars.

“The girls have been great,” he said. “I’ve been sleeping really well.

“I think it’s down to the fact there’s two of them and they’re close together that they’ve slept so well.

“Lizzie is going to try to get them to the game. It’ll be their first match.

“My little boy Harrison will be there as well. He’s well used to Rodney Parade.”

Pep Guardiola’s stars will not be used to the facilities or the pitch they will find in Newport, but Day hopes the City boss does brings his big guns with him.

“We know how good Man City are and that it will be an extremely difficult game,” said the County number one.

“But we’ve got to tackle it with a bit of optimism and make sure that we enjoy the occasion, because for League Two footballers these occasions don’t come around too often.

“Even if they rest a few, the strength of their squad is world-class and it’s not a case of them being weakened.

“But as professionals we want to test ourselves against the very best, and to see the likes of Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne grace Rodney Parade would be great.”

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