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Pulis left ‘disappointed’ as Newport earn an FA Cup replay against Boro

Tony Pulis had to admit that he was disappointed his Middlesbrough side were unable to take their chances having been held to a 1-1 draw by League 2 Newport County.

Having beaten Leicester in the third round, Newport relied on another late goal, with Matthew Dolan scoring a 93rd minute equaliser at the Riverside to earn the Welsh side a replay in dramatic fashion.

Speaking after the game, Boro boss Pulis lamented his side for not taking advantage of their domination, adding that a number of his squad have been suffering with an illness.

“We should have dealt with that one (the goal) a little bit better, they had a good chance before that too. You have got to give them credit,” Pulis told the BBC.

“For 25-30 minutes we completely dominated and you have got to create chances and take opportunities, and we didn’t finish them.

“There has been a bug around the place and one or two players and staff have suffered but I don’t want to take anything away from Newport today, they kept it going until the last minute and I am disappointed we conceded late on.

“We need to make sure everything is cleared up with illnesses and move on. John Obi Mikel did smashing, that was his first game for a long time. He is so composed on the ball, he lifts the rest of the team, he is that type of player.

“Obviously there has been a lot of talk about me and Michael (Flynn) but it was a game and once the game starts you want to win.”

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