ewport County, fresh from their battling 4-1 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday evening, must switch focus back to League Two matters as they travel to Notts County on Tuesday night.
Pep Guardiola said of County's performance, "I understand completely why Leicester and Middlesbrough suffered a lot in this stadium. What they do, they do incredibly." And they will need to remain in this mould if they are to stop their season from petering out.
The Exiles' cup run has seen them become the subject of swathes of media attention this season, and with good reason; they boast the top goal-scorer of the competition (Padraig Amond, who has scored in each of the five rounds) and the top shot-stopper; Joe Day having made 24 saves. It is believed that the revenue generated from the run could top £2m, which Mike Flynn hopes to use to secure the future of players and backroom staff, as well as potentially investing in a new training ground.
But their league form has struggled in the it's wake, however, Flynn's side having won just twice and scored only six league goals since the turn of the year. It certainly isn't for lack of want, however, as County have looked to play a more dominant, attacking style of play in recent weeks, looking in particular to use the wide men and get crosses into the box at every available opportunity. With Robbie Willmott and Dan Butler adorning each wing, there is pace to burn and with a frontline that can hurt any team - be it aerially or along the deck - County are still very much a threat.
Some may look back to the last meeting between these sides for relative comfort given the last two results; a stoppage-time winner from Jamille Matt saw County shade it by the odd goal in five in late August.
Having said that, while Neal Ardley's overall record hasn't been brilliant since taking over following Harry Kewell's sacking in November, the Football League's basement club are currently in an impressive run of form. The magpies have taken seven points from their last three league matches; a home victory against promotion-chasing Mansfield Town, a win on the road at play-off hopefuls Forest Green and a draw against table-toppers Lincoln City.
This is a game in which it really will depend which County side show up; if the side that reached the FA Cup 5th round, allowing them to host the Premier League champions show up, they will win. Should Mike Flynn make changes, enforced or otherwise, or indeed the squad has lost half a yard of pace off the back of the City game, it becomes a tight one. They must show the desire to win and raise their efficiency in front of goal if they are to get all three points, however. This will be the real test.
Prediction: Notts County 1-1 Newport County