Tony Pulis will be putting the romance of the cup to one side as his Boro team come up against Newport County on Saturday (3pm).
The fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup has thrown up an intriguing prospect at the Riverside as Boro face our manager's hometown club.
And his opposite number in the dugout, Michael Flynn, was born and raised just a few streets away from Pulis himself in the Pillgwenlli district of the city in South Wales.
Despite the special feel to this cup tie, Pulis says come 3pm on Saturday he'll be fully focused on beating an Exiles side that have developed something of reputation as giant-killers.
"It's nice to touch base with a few friends," he said.
"Bus as soon as that whistle goes at 3 o'clock we'll want to win.
"[Flynn]'s a good lad, he's done a very good job there. They're very committed and well organised.
"You look at their games against Tottenham and Leicester - they're playing against Premier League opposition and haven't looked out of place.
"They are a group of players who can lift themselves and that's always a danger in the cup. We have to make sure we're on it."
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