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REACTION | Tom King: "We don’t fear anyone"

11 January 2021

Goalkeeper Tom King says Newport County AFC can use their performance against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Emirates FA Cup third round as a motivation for promotion.

The Exiles forced the Seagulls into a penalty shootout in the after an own goal in stoppage time cancelled out Solly March's 90th minute strike.
 
A star-studded Brighton & Hove Albion, however, proved their Premier League qualities by progressing to the next round of the competition, following a 4-3 victory on penalties. 
 
"We’ve taken two Premier League sides to penalties," said the shot stopper. 
 
"We’re full of confidence. We’ll be going into every game thinking we can beat everyone for the rest of the season. We don’t fear anyone, we’ve got to respect opponents but not respect them too much.
 
"We’ve got to be at a high intensity. Nothing will change for us, we're going to take all of our confidence. To go toe-to-toe with the two Premier League sides, it gives us nothing but confidence."
 
Nick Townsend, who is battling King for the number one shirt, congratulated the goalkeeper at the full-time whistle following a strong performance between the sticks. 
 
The 25-year-old made a string of saves to deny keep several Brighton players at bay and was unlucky to be on the losing side in the shootout after saving a number of spot kicks. 
 
Despite there being only one spot in the starting line-up for the goalkeeping position, King says both goalkeepers share a common goal of achieving promotion with the Exiles this season. 
 
"We’ll keep pushing each other all the way," added King. 
 
"He’s been good with me. He could have sulked but he was right there to support me. He was the first one to hug me and congratulate me. I feel like we’ve got a proper good bond. 
 
"There is one common thing between us and that is to get Newport County into League One, which is the rightful place where they belong."

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