I’ve just purchased our tickets to the Newport County versus Blackburn Rovers Emirates FA Cup 3rd Round tie to be played on Saturday, January 9.
We’ll be going down to south Wales to ‘Support the Port’ in what will be a tricky tie for Rovers. The Championship side are currently mid-table and, if they take County for granted, could end up with egg on their faces.
We saw at Barnet, in their 1-0 win in Round 2, what a good footballing side John Sheridan has produced in his short time as boss of Newport.
Barnet, despite being the home side, were never really in the game, apart from one header that needed a goal line clearance late in the second half. Had that nestled in the corner and cancelled out Scott Boden’s looping header, it would’ve been an injustice.
Boden’s header sparked crazy scenes amongst the travelling County fans, who were in party mood throughout the game. Packed in a corner of Barnet’s tidy and tight little ground, fuelled by beverages from their own bar beneath the stand, the Exiles fans were in good voice. But when Boden scored – and dutifully came over to celebrate with the fans – the place went mental. Barnet’s supporters in contrast were extremely quiet. I don’t recall a single chant from them.
So with their passage to Round 3 secured, we continue our support and travel to Newport in the new year, hoping for an upset.
The trip to Rodney Parade means another league ground can be ticked off my list. We couldn’t get to the Newport-Brackley replay so, thankfully, The Exiles got a home tie. It’s always good to visit the home of the team you’re backing.
Meanwhile, a few Blackburn fans on Twitter have been a little cocky about their team’s Third Round draw. They believe that it will be a walk in the park for Rovers. I think they may be surprised.