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Newport County 1-0 Luton Town

Aaron O'Connor put Newport County one place off the League Two play-off places as they dented Luton's hopes at Rodney Parade.

The former Luton striker sent Lee Minshull's assist into the top-right corner of the net in the 21st minute.

He and his team-mates held on to deny the visitors for only their third win in 12 matches.

It was also Luton's fourth successive defeat as John Still's side failed to hit the target.

Newport County manager Jimmy Dack told BBC Radio Wales:

"We had less possession than they did but we won the match - normally it's the other way round, so for me that's really pleasing.

"It was a big effort and I'm delighted for Aaron O'Connor because we need his goals and he's felt a bit under pressure.

"He produced tonight so fair play to him and the group."

Luton Town manager John Still told BBC BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Still on Newport v Luton

"We have missed players, they are important players but we can't do anything about that.

"Was it good enough defending (for Newport's goal)? I don't think so. Having looked at it real time, we could have done better.

"This is a massive challenge for us now, and it's about how strong mentally we are.

"There's nothing wrong in losing, it's how you respond to losing. I don't believe in luck."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 30Day
  • 6Yakubu
  • 5Jones
  • 3FeelyBooked at 44mins
  • 2Jackson
  • 8Minshull
  • 4Porter
  • 18KlukowskiSubstituted forFlynnat 79'minutes
  • 13Sandell
  • 14JeffersSubstituted forZebroskiat 71'minutes
  • 10O'ConnorSubstituted forChapmanat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Chapman
  • 11Zebroski
  • 17Flynn
  • 20Storey
  • 24Parker
  • 25Stephens
  • 27Tutonda

Luton

  • 16Justham
  • 22HarrimanSubstituted forFranksat 52'minutes
  • 5McNulty
  • 30Wilkinson
  • 11Howells
  • 7LawlessSubstituted forOduwaat 72'minutes
  • 21Guttridge
  • 50McGeehanBooked at 42mins
  • 8Drury
  • 13CullenSubstituted forBensonat 61'minutes
  • 38Lee

Substitutes

  • 2Franks
  • 9Benson
  • 23Robinson
  • 25Stockley
  • 27Hall
  • 31Oduwa
  • 41King
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
2,536

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away9
Fouls
Home7
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Newport County 1, Luton Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newport County 1, Luton Town 0.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Darren Jones.

Attempt blocked. Andy Drury (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Adam Chapman replaces Aaron O'Connor.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Jackson (Newport County) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

Attempt missed. Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Elliot Lee (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Elliot Justham.

Attempt saved. Aaron O'Connor (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Luke Wilkinson.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Jackson (Newport County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Michael Flynn replaces Yan Klukowski.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Chris Zebroski.

Attempt missed. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Delay in match Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town) because of an injury.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Max Porter.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Nathan Oduwa replaces Alex Lawless.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Chris Zebroski replaces Shaun Jeffers.

Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the six yard box.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Joe Day.

Attempt saved. Elliot Lee (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Shaun Jeffers (Newport County).

Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Elliot Justham.

Attempt saved. Lee Minshull (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Steve McNulty.

Attempt missed. Max Porter (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Aaron O'Connor (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steve McNulty (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Paul Benson replaces Mark Cullen.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Steve McNulty.

Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliot Lee (Luton Town).

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Max Porter.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Kevin Feely.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Joe Day.

Attempt saved. Mark Cullen (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton36217850302070
2Shrewsbury37208954282668
3Wycombe371814554342068
4Bury371971148361264
5Southend361711843331062
6Luton371610114334958
7Stevenage37169125245757
8Newport37169124342157
9Plymouth371681342281456
10Northampton37165165547853
11Exeter371312124951-251
12Portsmouth371213124441349
13Wimbledon371310144849-149
14Morecambe37139153942-348
15Dag & Red37137174551-646
16Mansfield37129163245-1345
17Accrington37136184561-1645
18Cambridge371110165151043
19Oxford Utd371013143843-543
20Carlisle37124214461-1740
21York37716143543-837
22Tranmere37910183950-1137
23Cheltenham37813163453-1937
24Hartlepool3796222857-2933
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