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Newport County 1-1 Burton Albion

Andy Sandell fires Newport County in front against Burton Albion

Burton Albion's hopes of automatic promotion suffered a blow following a 1-1 draw at 15th-placed Newport.

Andy Sandell gave the Exiles an early lead at Rodney Parade, blasting home a powerful shot from outside the area.

Michael Symes equalised for the Brewers from the penalty spot after Dominic Knowles was fouled by County defender Darcy Blake.

Burton, who are fifth, are now six points behind third-placed Rochdale with two games to go.

Both sides pushed for a winner after the break and Alex MacDonald hit the post for Burton with a long-range effort.

Albion goalkeeper Dean Lyness denied Sandell a second deep into injury time, keeping out his close-range header.

Newport County assistant manager Jimmy Dack told BBC Radio Wales:

"I thought it was a very soft penalty.

"We saw it at half-time and the referee didn't have a good view of it.

"I thought he made a big decision and it was a costly decision on our behalf."

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

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Post-match: Burton manager Rowett

"Reaching the play-offs is a really good achievement. It was always going to be difficult to do that, particularly at the start of the season after losing the players we did.

"After a very, very poor start, it took us ten minutes or so to get going and we found ourselves one-nil down within that ten minutes. We got back into the game and we settled down a little bit. They started the second half a little bit brighter, but in the last twenty-five minutes we got into some really good positions.

"Unfortunately, we weren't able to nick the win, which I think would have been a little unfair on Newport too, because they're a tough, physical side and I thought that was a really committed performance from them."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 1Pidgeley
  • 18Jackson
  • 12Willmott
  • 4Porter
  • 16Blake
  • 13SandellBooked at 90mins
  • 23JolleySubstituted forChapmanat 64'minutes
  • 8MinshullSubstituted forJeffersat 76'minutes
  • 20Feely
  • 17FlynnSubstituted forO'Connorat 57'minutes
  • 11Zebroski

Substitutes

  • 3Hughes
  • 7Chapman
  • 10O'Connor
  • 14Jeffers
  • 24Amadi-Holloway
  • 33McLoughlin

Burton

  • 16Lyness
  • 26GrayBooked at 18mins
  • 15McFadzean
  • 7Bell
  • 6Sharps
  • 21Holness
  • 12HemmingsSubstituted forMacDonaldat 61'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 23Palmer
  • 28SymesSubstituted forKeeat 78'minutes
  • 18KnowlesSubstituted forHarnessat 72'minutes
  • 17Phillips

Substitutes

  • 1Lainton
  • 2Edwards
  • 9Alexander
  • 11MacDonald
  • 24Slade
  • 27Harness
  • 29Kee
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
2,630

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Newport County 1, Burton Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newport County 1, Burton Albion 1.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Darcy Blake.

Booking

Andy Sandell (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

David Gray (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kevin Feely (Newport County).

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Andy Sandell (Newport County) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by David Gray.

Max Porter (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion).

Andy Sandell (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marcus Harness (Burton Albion).

Attempt saved. Shaun Jeffers (Newport County) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Darcy Blake (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion).

Attempt missed. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Marcus Holness (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Kevin Feely.

Attempt saved. Lee Bell (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Billy Kee replaces Michael Symes.

Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Shaun Jeffers replaces Lee Minshull.

Booking

Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion).

Attempt saved. Marcus Harness (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Marcus Harness replaces Dominic Knowles.

Attempt blocked. Aaron O'Connor (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Adam Chapman replaces Christian Jolley.

Foul by Max Porter (Newport County).

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Alexander MacDonald replaces Ashley Hemmings.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Aaron O'Connor replaces Michael Flynn.

Max Porter (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

Attempt missed. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Dean Lyness.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe442020466402680
2Chesterfield442115867392878
3Rochdale442391266462078
4Fleetwood442291364491575
5Burton441915104739872
6Southend4418141254381668
7York4417161149391067
8Oxford Utd441614145145662
9Plymouth441610184754-758
10Bury441318135547857
11Dag & Red441415155054-457
12Mansfield441415154755-857
13Portsmouth441415154959-1057
14Wimbledon441414164751-456
15Newport441316155457-355
16Cheltenham441316155158-755
17Hartlepool441410204953-452
18Accrington441215174953-451
19Morecambe441214184964-1550
20Exeter441213195057-749
21Wycombe441114194252-1047
22Bristol Rovers441114194152-1147
23Northampton441114193656-2047
24Torquay44119243962-2342
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