Newport County will host Championship side Leeds United in the third round of the FA Cup in January.

Frank Nouble

Newport County striker Frank Nouble has taken to Twitter after The Exiles were drawn against Leeds United in the third round of the FA Cup, and has suggested that the League Two side will be coming up against a massive club in January.

Newport have reached the third round after seeing off Walsall and Cambridge United – the team Leeds beat in last year’s third round – and have been rewarded with a home tie with Thomas Christiansen’s side. 

And after the draw was made, Nouble – who tops the club’s scoring charts in the league this season – took to social media to comment, and seemed to predict that the game will be televised, as so many of Leeds’ games seem to be.

Before this season, Leeds had not met Newport since the latter reformed in 1989, but the FA Cup clash will now be the second fixture between the two as they also met in the Carabao Cup back in August.

On that occasion, it was Leeds who came out on top as they came from behind to win 5-1. Kemar Roofe scored a hat-trick that night while Samuel Saiz also got his fourth goal in the competition. 

Christiansen would, of course, love a repeat of the scoreline from the previous meeting. While many of the faces involved have now moved on from Elland Road, it seems inevitable that recollections of last season’s shock defeat to Sutton United will be mentioned in the build up to the tie, and a victory over Newport – who play at a higher level – may help banish some of the painful memories from last term.

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