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Southend United 2-0 Newport County

Goal scorer Cian Bolger joined Southend United from Bolton Wanderers
Goal scorer Cian Bolger joined Southend United from Bolton Wanderers

Southend United kept their automatic promotion hopes alive with a 2-0 win at Roots Hall that dents Newport County's ambition of making the play-offs.

Cian Bolger's header seconds before the break and Stephen McLaughlin's second-half strike sealed a play-off place for the Shrimpers.

County's David Tutonda and Aaron O'Connor hit the woodwork for the Exiles who slip to ninth in the table.

Southend are five points off the top three with a game in hand.

United keeper Daniel Bentley kept an 11th successive home clean sheet - a club record.

Newport manager Jimmy Dack told BBC Radio Wales:

"It's a hard place to come, Southend, but we've got to play better than that.

"We will keep working hard and we will keep fighting until the end.

"We've got three games left and we need three wins [to make the play-offs]."

Line-ups

Southend

  • 1Bentley
  • 2WhiteSubstituted forBinnom-Williamsat 79'minutes
  • 15Bolger
  • 26Barrett
  • 3Coker
  • 12AtkinsonSubstituted forLeonardat 73'minutes
  • 22Deegan
  • 8Timlin
  • 25McLaughlinSubstituted forWorrallat 73'minutes
  • 32Pigott
  • 24Cassidy

Substitutes

  • 7Worrall
  • 10Corr
  • 13Smith
  • 14Hurst
  • 18Leonard
  • 19Payne
  • 23Binnom-Williams

Newport

  • 30Day
  • 2Jackson
  • 6YakubuSubstituted forFeelyat 61'minutes
  • 5Jones
  • 13Sandell
  • 20Storey
  • 4PorterSubstituted forTutondaat 55'minutes
  • 7Chapman
  • 33Byrne
  • 10O'Connor
  • 14JeffersSubstituted forZebroskiat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Feely
  • 11Zebroski
  • 19Patten
  • 24Parker
  • 25Stephens
  • 26Poole
  • 27Tutonda
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
5,480

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 2, Newport County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 2, Newport County 0.

(Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

Attempt missed. David Tutonda (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Adam Barrett (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Miles Storey (Newport County).

Jerome Binnom-Williams (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Tutonda (Newport County).

Foul by Adam Barrett (Southend United).

Chris Zebroski (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Worrall (Southend United).

Kevin Feely (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Jerome Binnom-Williams replaces John White because of an injury.

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

Mark Byrne (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Ryan Leonard replaces Will Atkinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. David Worrall replaces Stephen McLaughlin.

Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Jones (Newport County).

Adam Barrett (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

David Tutonda (Newport County) hits the right post with a header from very close range.

Foul by Adam Barrett (Southend United).

Chris Zebroski (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Gary Deegan (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Tutonda (Newport County).

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

David Tutonda (Newport County) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Darren Jones.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Andy Sandell.

Attempt saved. Joe Pigott (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Kevin Feely replaces Ismail Yakubu because of an injury.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Darren Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Chris Zebroski replaces Shaun Jeffers.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. David Tutonda replaces Max Porter because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 2, Newport County 0. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary Deegan.

Joe Pigott (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

Second Half

Second Half begins Southend United 1, Newport County 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton42259860342684
2Shrewsbury432581065293683
3Wycombe432214764422280
4Bury422371256391776
5Southend422112950351575
6Stevenage431911135950968
7Plymouth4318111450331765
8Luton431711154943662
9Newport431711154750-362
10Exeter431613145861-361
11Northampton43177196256658
12Morecambe431512164849-157
13Wimbledon431414155357-456
14Portsmouth431314164951-253
15Dag & Red43158205055-553
16Oxford Utd431216154449-552
17Accrington431410195470-1652
18York431118144547-251
19Cambridge431212195660-448
20Mansfield43139213555-2048
21Carlisle42136235069-1945
22Hartlepool43118243463-2941
23Cheltenham43913213963-2440
24Tranmere43912224360-1739
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