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Newport County 1-1 Cheltenham Town

Struggling Cheltenham Town delivered a blow to Newport County's League Two play-off hopes as they held the Welsh side to a 1-1 draw at Rodney Parade.

Poor defending gave on-loan Wales Under-21 international Wes Burns the chance to put the visitors in front.

Miles Storey equalised with a header to leave Newport a point behind eighth-placed Stevenage in the table.

Cheltenham's hopes of avoiding relegation remain precarious as they lie two points above the drop zone.

Burns, on loan from Bristol City, struck after a mix-up between defender Kevin Feely and goalkeeper Joe Day.

Storey, on loan at Newport from Swindon, ensured the draw as the first half drew to a close, converting Ryan Jackson's cross.

Newport assistant manager Wayne Hatswell told BBC Radio Wales:

"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb conceding that goal. One point gained, but we were after three.

"Teams will come here and make it difficult. It stifles us but we have to find a better way."

Cheltenham caretaker manager Russell Milton told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Milton on Newport v Cheltenham

"I thought we were superb but that's three times now we've gone 1-0 up and drawn.

"We did say we need that other goal and we had opportunities to [score].

"It was a good battling performance and you can't fault the boys' efforts and throwing their bodies on the line.

"If you're in the play-off area, things go for you a bit more than they do when you're down at the bottom."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 30Day
  • 2Jackson
  • 3Feely
  • 5Jones
  • 27TutondaSubstituted forSandellat 49'minutes
  • 33Byrne
  • 8Minshull
  • 7ChapmanSubstituted forFlynnat 83'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18Klukowski
  • 20StoreySubstituted forHoweat 76'minutes
  • 10O'Connor

Substitutes

  • 4Porter
  • 9Howe
  • 13Sandell
  • 14Jeffers
  • 17Flynn
  • 25Stephens
  • 26Poole

Cheltenham

  • 1Carson
  • 25Berry
  • 26Packwood
  • 5Brown
  • 6MillsBooked at 90mins
  • 8Richards
  • 3Braham-Barrett
  • 24SparrowSubstituted forWynterat 77'minutes
  • 10Burns
  • 9Haynes
  • 29HarradSubstituted forMansetat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Vaughan
  • 4Taylor
  • 12Gould
  • 16Hanks
  • 18Richards
  • 20Wynter
  • 39Manset
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
2,951

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Newport County 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newport County 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

Booking

Michael Flynn (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Michael Flynn (Newport County).

Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Pablo Mills (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Darren Jones (Newport County).

Matt Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Danny Haynes (Cheltenham Town).

Michael Flynn (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Wynter (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. Michael Flynn (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Michael Flynn replaces Adam Chapman.

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

Matt Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Craig Braham-Barrett.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jordan Wynter replaces Matt Sparrow.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Rene Howe replaces Miles Storey because of an injury.

Darren Jones (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mathieu Manset (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Joe Day.

Attempt saved. Wes Burns (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

Pablo Mills (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

Attempt saved. Yan Klukowski (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Mark Byrne (Newport County).

Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Troy Brown.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Mathieu Manset replaces Shaun Harrad.

Attempt missed. Adam Chapman (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Hand ball by Aaron O'Connor (Newport County).

Attempt missed. Miles Storey (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Will Packwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Andy Sandell replaces David Tutonda.

Darren Jones (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Wes Burns (Cheltenham Town).

Second Half

Second Half begins Newport County 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton35207847301767
2Shrewsbury35198850262465
3Wycombe351713551321964
4Southend35161184032859
5Luton351610943311258
6Bury351771146361058
7Plymouth351671242261655
8Stevenage35167125144755
9Newport36159124242054
10Northampton35155155445950
11Wimbledon351310124544149
12Morecambe35139133837148
13Exeter351211124649-347
14Portsmouth351112124039145
15Accrington35135174356-1344
16Dag & Red35127164248-643
17Cambridge35119154948142
18Oxford Utd351012133841-342
19Mansfield35119153043-1342
20York35715133542-736
21Carlisle35113214261-1936
22Cheltenham36812163251-1936
23Tranmere35810173748-1134
24Hartlepool3576222557-3227
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