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Exeter City 2-0 Newport County

Ismail Yakubu (r) and Craig Woodman battle for possession
Ismail Yakubu (r) and Craig Woodman battle for possession

Exeter boosted their League Two play-off hopes as David Wheeler's late goal and Ryan Harley's penalty saw off rivals Newport County.

The Grecians followed Good Friday's 2-0 win over Luton to move just one point behind Newport who slip to seventh.

Wheeler came off the bench to make his mark, beating Day after Clinton Morrison's through ball.

Ismail Yakubu was sent off for bringing down Wheeler, and Harley fired into the bottom right-hand corner from the spot.

Exeter remain 10th in the table with just five games to go.

Newport County manager Jimmy Dack told BBC Radio Wales: "Up until the goal we completely controlled the game. We've had four or five one on ones. We're going to look back on that one and say we probably let it slip because we came here and controlled the game but we just lost a bit of concentration, lost possession in a stupid area. We're really disappointed."

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 21Hamon
  • 11Davies
  • 6Ribeiro
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 14McAllisterSubstituted forWoodmanat 10'minutes
  • 7Sercombe
  • 8Oakley
  • 33HarleyBooked at 90mins
  • 23NichollsSubstituted forWheelerat 67'minutes
  • 31CumminsSubstituted forMorrisonat 68'minutes
  • 16Holmes

Substitutes

  • 2Butterfield
  • 3Woodman
  • 4Bennett
  • 10Keohane
  • 22Wheeler
  • 30Pym
  • 34Morrison

Newport

  • 30Day
  • 18Klukowski
  • 26Poole
  • 5Jones
  • 6YakubuBooked at 90mins
  • 13Sandell
  • 7ChapmanSubstituted forMinshullat 90+1'minutes
  • 4Porter
  • 33ByrneBooked at 3minsSubstituted forStoreyat 82'minutes
  • 10O'Connor
  • 14JeffersSubstituted forZebroskiat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Feely
  • 8Minshull
  • 11Zebroski
  • 17Flynn
  • 20Storey
  • 25Stephens
  • 27Tutonda
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
4,478

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home2
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 2, Newport County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Newport County 0.

Foul by Clinton Morrison (Exeter City).

Darren Jones (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

Craig Woodman (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

Booking

Ryan Harley (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Newport County 0. Ryan Harley (Exeter City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Lee Minshull replaces Adam Chapman.

Dismissal

Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

Penalty Exeter City. David Wheeler draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Lee Holmes (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Miles Storey replaces Mark Byrne.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Christian Ribeiro.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 1, Newport County 0. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Mark Byrne (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Mark Byrne (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Darren Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Clinton Morrison replaces Graham Cummins.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Alex Nicholls.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Chris Zebroski replaces Shaun Jeffers.

Attempt missed. Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shaun Jeffers (Newport County).

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Mark Byrne (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Second Half

Second Half begins Exeter City 0, Newport County 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Exeter City 0, Newport County 0.

Yan Klukowski (Newport County) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

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

Attempt saved. Lee Holmes (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (Exeter City) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Lee Holmes (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

Foul by Ryan Harley (Exeter City).

Andy Sandell (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton41249859342581
2Shrewsbury41248961283380
3Wycombe412014760402074
4Bury402171253391470
5Southend401912947351269
6Stevenage411711135649762
7Newport411711134746162
8Plymouth4117101447311661
9Luton411710144942761
10Exeter411613125755261
11Northampton41176186053757
12Morecambe411412154446-254
13Wimbledon411412155256-454
14Portsmouth411314144847153
15Dag & Red41157195054-452
16Oxford Utd411214154348-550
17Accrington41148195167-1650
18Cambridge411211185355-247
19York41918144246-445
20Mansfield41129203353-2045
21Carlisle41126234969-2042
22Hartlepool41117233361-2840
23Tranmere41912204358-1539
24Cheltenham41813203560-2537
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