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League Two: Newport County 0-3 Crawley Town

Crawley celebrate Gwion Edwards' first goal at Rodney Parade
Crawley celebrate Gwion Edwards' first goal at Rodney Parade

Gwion Edwards struck twice as Crawley comfortably beat Newport to win League Two's basement battle.

The former Swansea City youth player shone on his return to Wales, scoring both his goals from long range in the first half.

He then provided the cross for Matt Harrold to head in and seal the win.

Newport rallied but could not hit the target as Crawley climbed out of the relegation zone, leaving the hosts with one win at the bottom of the table.

Terry Butcher's side had secured their first win of the season three days earlier with a 1-0 victory at Carlisle United.

Newport County manager Terry Butcher told BBC Radio Wales:

"I don't know if we actually left the team we played at Carlisle up the M6 and brought home a load of strangers because that's how we played.

"It's bitterly disappointing to put on a performance like that in front of our own fans because a lot of them have been away and seen us play and seen the resilience and toughness.

"That certainly wasn't there tonight but fair play to Crawley, they've dominated the game and it could have been more than three."

Crawley assistant boss Jimmy Dack told BBC Surrey:

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Jimmy Dack: Crawley assistant after win over Newport

"It's a massive win for us because obviously we've lost our last four and it's nice to get back on track.

"We have a young side, and you know they are going to make mistakes, sometimes costly mistakes. But what was really pleasing for us was some young players put in a 90-minute performance.

"We are working hard on the training ground to get better and the manager deserves a bit of credit.

"I've never met a manager that works as hard as he does and he deserved those three points, because he takes all the brunt and takes the pressure off the players, and he's a good guy."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 30Day
  • 12Donacien
  • 21Partridge
  • 22ParselleSubstituted forElitoat 75'minutes
  • 14Ofori-Twumasi
  • 20Owen-EvansBooked at 77mins
  • 33Byrne
  • 19BodenBooked at 25minsSubstituted forRodmanat 64'minutes
  • 3Barrow
  • 10John-LewisSubstituted forCollinsat 64'minutes
  • 17Blackwood

Substitutes

  • 1Taylor
  • 4Laurent
  • 6Taylor
  • 7Elito
  • 8Klukowski
  • 23Rodman
  • 39Collins

Crawley

  • 1Woodman
  • 23DonnellyBooked at 86mins
  • 6Bradley
  • 25Yorwerth
  • 3Scales
  • 7EdwardsSubstituted forBawlingat 66'minutes
  • 22JenkinsBooked at 78mins
  • 8SmithSubstituted forWaltonat 80'minutes
  • 14Young
  • 39MurphySubstituted forDeaconat 77'minutes
  • 18Harrold

Substitutes

  • 4Walton
  • 9Barnard
  • 11Henderson
  • 12Preston
  • 15Fenelon
  • 17Bawling
  • 20Deacon
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
2,137

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Newport County 0, Crawley Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newport County 0, Crawley Town 3.

Attempt saved. Alex Rodman (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Roarie Deacon (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Booking

Liam Donnelly (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scott Barrow (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Donnelly (Crawley Town).

Bobson Bawling (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alex Rodman (Newport County).

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

Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Janoi Donacien (Newport County).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Simon Walton replaces Jimmy Smith because of an injury.

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

Booking

Ross Jenkins (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ross Jenkins (Crawley Town).

Tyler Blackwood (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Roarie Deacon replaces Rhys Murphy.

Booking

Tom Owen-Evans (Newport County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Owen-Evans (Newport County).

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Medy Elito replaces Kieran Parselle.

Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Rodman (Newport County).

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Liam Donnelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Bobson Bawling replaces Gwion Edwards because of an injury.

Sonny Bradley (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aaron Collins (Newport County).

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Alex Rodman replaces Scott Boden.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Aaron Collins replaces Lenell John-Lewis.

Foul by Matt Harrold (Crawley Town).

Kieran Parselle (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (Newport County).

Goal!

Goal! Newport County 0, Crawley Town 3. Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gwion Edwards.

Attempt missed. Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Scott Barrow.

Attempt saved. Rhys Murphy (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Mark Byrne (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe10631145921
2Plymouth10622168820
3Portsmouth105411710719
4Accrington10541147719
5Leyton Orient105321712518
6Oxford Utd10451138517
7Mansfield10442136716
8Carlisle104421919016
9Exeter105141515016
10Northampton104331311215
11Luton104241714314
12Morecambe104241717014
13Notts County104241516-114
14Bristol Rovers10415109113
15Cambridge103431213-113
16Wimbledon103431113-213
17Hartlepool104151013-313
18Barnet103161318-510
19York102351114-39
20Stevenage102351117-69
21Crawley10235915-69
22Yeovil102171118-77
23Dag & Red10145917-87
24Newport10127618-125
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