While English football club Newport County celebrated their stunning win over Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on Tuesday night, their star goalkeeper made an unusually swift exit from the field.

Joe Day, who had turned his phone off during the 2-0 win, found out on the final whistle that his pregnant wife had gone into labour.

The 28-year-old rushed into the arms of his boss Michael Flynn and after getting the all clear that he could leave, Day was quickly ushered down the tunnel in a bid to make it to his wife in time.

Flynn explained what had happened to BT Sport after the win.

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"Look, the professional that he is, he turned his phone off," Flynn said.

As soon as the whistle went Joe Day ran to boss Michael Flynn to ask if he could leave. Photo / Twitter
As soon as the whistle went Joe Day ran to boss Michael Flynn to ask if he could leave. Photo / Twitter

"I didn't hide it believe it or not! I didn't hide it, he turned his phone off. As soon as the game was over and we won he said 'gaffer thank you so much, can I go please?'"

"I said 'of course you can, do you need a lift?' and that was it."

The win set up a FA Cup fifth round tie with Manchester City for the league Two side.