NEWPORT County AFC's performance against Newcastle in the Carabao Cup has drawn the praises of a former Crystal Palace striker.

Clinton Morrison sang the praises of Michael Flynn's men during an appearance on EFL on Quest.

County narrowly missed out on upsetting the Magpies after losing 4-5 on penalties (1-1 FT).

The Exiles performed admirably throughout however and looked to be on course for yet another giant killing.

Tristan Abrahams had put his side ahead after just five minutes, latching onto the ball quickest after Twine's shot cannoned back off the crossbar.


The Rodney Parade stands were empty aside from the assembled press, a cheer going up nonetheless.

But it wasn't to be, as midfielder Jonjo Shelvey curled in a fantastic shot from the edge of the area.

Newcastle, who had put seven past County's League Two rivals Morecambe in the last round, were given a much sterner test against the Exiles.

The north-east side were restricted to shots from range and the odd foray into the area for much of the game.

Fluffed lines became the story of the first 60 minutes or so, as the Premier League outfit continually threw away good chances to get back on level terms.

Newcastle amassed a total of 27 shots during the game, but fewer than half were on target and, crucially, only one found the back of Nick Townsend's net.

A tie at 90 minutes meant the tie went straight to penalties.

Newport took the advantage, after Townsend - one of the star performers all game - made a smart save from multi-million-pound signing Joelinton.

However, misses from Sheehan (saved) and Cooper (over the bar) meant that The Exiles weren't able to hold on long enough and their Premier League opposition would progress to the quarter finals in their place.

“Until Calum Wilson came on, Newcastle were creating chances but didn’t look a threat," said Morrison.

“But you have to give huge credit to Michael Flynn and Newport, I thought they were outstanding on the night”

“The whole back line was excellent and the goalkeeper Townsend as well”

“Steve Bruce will know they were in the game and will feel very lucky to go away with the victory."