Wells eighth strike steers QPR into FA Cup fifth round

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Wells eighth strike steers QPR into FA Cup fifth round
Bermudian frontman Nahki Wells.
Bermudian frontman Nahki Wells.

LONDON, Feb 5, CMC – On-loan Bermudian striker Nahki Wells set Queens Park Rangers (QPR) on their way to victory over Portsmouth in an English FA Cup fourth-round replay with his eighth goal of the season at Loftus Road on Tuesday.

Jamaican striker Jamille Matt was also on the winning side as League Two minnows Newport County continued their giant-killing cup run by beating Championship side Middlesbrough 2-0 in their replay at Rodney Parade to set up a fifth-round clash with Manchester City.

Wells’ 70th minute strike laid the foundation for Championship club QPR’s 2-0 win over League One outfit Portsmouth, the Bermudian having earned the replay with the equaliser in a 1-1 draw in the first clash.

Wells, 28, who is on loan from Premier League club Burnley, broke the deadlock when he bundled the ball home after Matt Smith headed down from a corner, and Smith then sealed victory with a second goal from a header in the 77th minute.

It is the first time QPR have reached the fifth round since 1997. They will now face Watford.

Second-half goals from Robbie Wilmott and Padraig Amond settled Newport’s tie against Middlesbrough, who sit in fifth place in the Championship, dominating their more illustrious opponents.

Newport had needed a 93th-minute equaliser in the first game to force the replay. In the previous round Newport defeated 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City 2-1 after Matt headed Newport’s opener.

It is the first time since 1949 Newport have reached the fifth round.

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