Shawn McCoulsky wants Manchester United or Chelsea, while manager Mike Flynn hopes to be paired with Liverpool – but both Newport County heroes will be happy with any money-spinning, glory-hunting tie when the FA Cup fourth round draw is made on Monday night. Winning goalscorer McCoulsky and manager Flynn will join the rest of the Newport squad in waiting eagerly to see which opponent comes out of the hat following County’s memorable 2-1 victory over Leeds United at Rodney Parade on Sunday. It was the kind of FA Cup tie that reminds fans why they go to grounds on freezing afternoons in extra layers of thermal underwear instead of watching on TV.
Alfie Mawson has pledged his future to relegation-threatened Swansea City, despite being a £25m target for West Ham. The England U21 centre-back is wanted by Hammers manager David Moyes and has previously interested both Spurs and Southampton. But Mawson, 23, insists his priority is to stick with the suffering Swans during this transfer window and make sure they are still in the Premier League at the end of the season.
The Ospreys will check further on the fitness of young centre Owen Watkin on Monday following his neck injury suffered in their 29-28 weekend victory over the Cardiff Blues. The Wales international was hurt during the late stages of the Guinness Pro14 derby at the Liberty Stadium and taken to hospital for medical checks. Watkin was released home on Saturday night but the 21-year-old is due to undergo more tests at the Ospreys’ training base before it will be known whether the injury will rule him out of European Champions Cup and Six Nations contention over the next few weeks.
A charity event set up by the 2003 World Rally Champion Phil Mills has raised a staggering total of £113,400.
Mike Flynn still believes in the romance of the FA Cup, but love has never paid the bills in football. The Newport County manager will try and chase the dream but have an eye on reality when his team host Leeds United in Sunday’s third round tie – a game that could lead to the club chalking up £250,000 from their run in the competition so far.