Tottenham Hotspur drawn away to League Two outfit Newport County in the fourth round of the FA Cup
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Spurs will travel to Wales looking to book their place in the fifth round ahead of a crucial run of fixtures at the end of January and start of February
Tottenham Hotspur will face a trip to Wales in the fourth round of the FA Cup after being drawn away to Newport County this evening.
Spurs are set to visit Rodney Parade on the weekend of January 27-29 and Mauricio Pochettino will no doubt fancy his chances of qualifying for the fifth round.
Tottenham last faced the Exiles all the way back in January 1960, also in the FA Cup and on that occasion they triumphed 4-0 away to the Welsh outfit.
A year earlier Spurs had faced Newport again in the competition, this time at home on January 24 1959 and once more the Lilywhites triumphed scoring four times (4-1 win).
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The Rodney Parade club are managed by Michael Flynn and after leading the team to a great escape last season in League Two, the Exiles have enjoyed an impressive term to date and sit 11th having dumped Leeds United out of the FA Cup on Sunday.
Newport’s win over the Championship side shows what they are capable of, but Spurs will be pleased to have avoided a potentially tricky fourth-round tie.
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The FA Cup clash will represent the start of a crucial period for Tottenham with the club set to play five big games in the space of two-and-a-half weeks.
It will start with a trip to Wales on the weekend of January 27-29 before Spurs host Manchester United on January 31, visit Liverpool on February 4, entertain Arsenal on February 10 and travel to Juventus in the Champions League on February 13.
The last thing Pochettino and co needed was another tough game in the FA Cup and although Newport will no doubt prove to be no pushovers, if Tottenham are realistic about winning this competition, they must progress at Rodney Parade.