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Newport County 1-2 Plymouth Argyle

Ryan Brunt celebrates his goal at Rodney Parade
Ryan Brunt's winner was his fourth of the season for Argyle

League Two leaders Plymouth fought back to deny former manager John Sheridan's Newport County a point at Rodney Parade and open a three-point gap at the top.

County led at half-time after Scott Boden lobbed goalkeeper Luke McCormick following Lenell John-Lewis' flick-on.

But Jake Jervis' close-range header turned the tables three minutes after the break as Argyle took control.

Newport held out until Ryan Brunt had time to turn and fire in left-footed 20-minutes from time.

The Exiles - who are 29 points and 19 places behind Plymouth - rallied, but Mark Byrne was twice denied by McCormick.

Newport manager Sheridan told BBC Radio Wales: "The biggest downer for me, again, is giving the lead away. I thought we played well in the first half and deserved the lead.

"We should have more points from the last few games we've played, but I'm not making excuses - we've got to know how to see games through.

"We've played a team who are top of the league and I thought we were the better team - their best player was their keeper (McCormick)."

Newport celebrate taking the lead against Plymouth Argyle
Newport took the lead in the 24th minute

Line-ups

Newport

  • 30Day
  • 24Barnum-Bobb
  • 12Donacien
  • 21Partridge
  • 3BarrowSubstituted forCollinsat 71'minutes
  • 4O'Sullivan
  • 16Hughes
  • 33Byrne
  • 18Bennett
  • 19Boden
  • 10John-Lewis

Substitutes

  • 2Holmes
  • 6Taylor
  • 14Ofori-Twumasi
  • 15Green
  • 20Owen-Evans
  • 22Parselle
  • 39Collins

Plymouth

  • 23McCormick
  • 2Mellor
  • 5NelsonBooked at 83mins
  • 6HartleyBooked at 53mins
  • 3Sawyer
  • 4McHugh
  • 11WyldeSubstituted forSimpsonat 45'minutes
  • 26ThrelkeldBooked at 44mins
  • 27TannerSubstituted forPurringtonat 80'minutes
  • 14JervisBooked at 87mins
  • 17Brunt

Substitutes

  • 8Simpson
  • 9Reid
  • 15Harvey
  • 16Purrington
  • 18Smalley
  • 24Rooney
  • 31Walton
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
4,314

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home8
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Newport County 1, Plymouth Argyle 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newport County 1, Plymouth Argyle 2.

Attempt missed. Aaron Collins (Newport County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Booking

Jake Jervis (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Ryan Brunt (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Jake Jervis (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Matt Partridge (Newport County).

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Ben Purrington replaces Craig Tanner.

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

Attempt saved. Tommy O'Sullivan (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

Attempt saved. Mark Byrne (Newport County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Attempt saved. Lenell John-Lewis (Newport County) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Aaron Collins replaces Scott Barrow.

Goal!

Goal! Newport County 1, Plymouth Argyle 2. Ryan Brunt (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matt Partridge.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

Attempt missed. Ryan Brunt (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Joe Day.

Attempt saved. Josh Simpson (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Lenell John-Lewis.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Jazzi Barnum-Bobb.

Matt Partridge (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Jervis (Plymouth Argyle).

Hand ball by Kelvin Mellor (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt saved. Ryan Brunt (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Scott Barrow (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Booking

Peter Hartley (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hand ball by Peter Hartley (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt missed. Ryan Brunt (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matt Partridge.

Goal!

Goal! Newport County 1, Plymouth Argyle 1. Jake Jervis (Plymouth Argyle) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Oscar Threlkeld.

Second Half

Second Half begins Newport County 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Josh Simpson replaces Gregg Wylde.

Half Time

First Half ends, Newport County 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Jazzi Barnum-Bobb.

Booking

Oscar Threlkeld (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth24154536201649
2Northampton23144539281146
3Oxford Utd24129336191745
4Portsmouth241011341221941
5Wycombe23117532221040
6Bristol Rovers2412483425940
7Carlisle2210754237537
8Accrington21106535241136
9Leyton Orient249963833536
10Cambridge2410683834436
11Mansfield2398631211035
12Wimbledon248973130133
13Crawley2494113241-931
14Luton2486103836230
15Notts County238693540-530
16Exeter238693035-530
17Morecambe2284104041-128
18Barnet2484123541-628
19Stevenage2468103243-1126
20Newport2448122739-1220
21Hartlepool2162132035-1520
22York2337132646-2016
23Dag & Red2437142444-2016
24Yeovil2428142238-1614
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