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Stevenage 2-1 Newport County

Darren Jones booked
Darren Jones is booked as Newport try to stop another Stevenage attack

Stevenage leapfrogged Newport County and secured their League Two safety in the process with a comfortable win.

Stevenage are up to 21st with Newport slipping to 22nd, still 11 points clear of the League Two drop zone.

The hosts were ahead on ten minutes, Jake Mulraney heading home from Tom Pett's cross before former Newport favourite Aaron O'Connor scored against his old club.

Alex Rodman fired in a late consolation for Newport.

The Exiles have failed to win since 5 March and have drawn one and lost eight of their last nine, including losing six in a row for the first time in 11-years.

Stevenage caretaker boss Darren Sarll told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Darren Sarll: Stevenage caretaker boss on Newport win

"The points were going to be the targets for the day, and the performance would be secondary to that.

"Ultimately, it was the win we wanted and the win we deserved.

"I thought we were brilliant in the first half, but we were poor in the second. It felt two days long and we looked anxious and nervous.

"We have been in good from lately, so we will go into next week with the belief that we can see off the problems we are facing and enjoy the rest of the season."

Newport manager Warren Feeney told BBC Wales Sport:

"We lost the game in the first half today and I can take people having bad games but I can't take people having no desire and no hunger and unfortunately today in the first half we showed that.

"Without a doubt it was the worst 45 minutes since I've been here.

"I don't want to lose football games.

"It's a mentality thing for me. You can't get into a lull of losing football matches and they've had it all season unfortunately.

"I've every confidence we will stay up but you shouldn't just be buzzing to stay up."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 1Jones
  • 25Henry
  • 2WilkinsonBooked at 32mins
  • 19Wells
  • 5Franks
  • 18Parrett
  • 15Tonge
  • 29MulraneyBooked at 68minsSubstituted forLeeat 73'minutes
  • 11Pett
  • 10O'ConnorBooked at 70minsSubstituted forKennedyat 70'minutes
  • 9LuerSubstituted forGormanat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Keane
  • 16Day
  • 22Lee
  • 23Okimo
  • 32Conlon
  • 33Kennedy
  • 34Gorman

Newport

  • 30Day
  • 2HolmesBooked at 29mins
  • 5DaviesSubstituted forDonacienat 38'minutes
  • 16Hughes
  • 33Byrne
  • 7ElitoBooked at 58mins
  • 28O'SullivanSubstituted forBodenat 45'minutes
  • 4JonesBooked at 32mins
  • 18Ayina
  • 10John-LewisSubstituted forCoulibalyat 67'minutes
  • 23Rodman

Substitutes

  • 8Klukowski
  • 9Coulibaly
  • 12Donacien
  • 15Green
  • 17Morgan
  • 19Boden
  • 21Partridge
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
2,673

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 2, Newport County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, Newport County 1.

Dean Parrett (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Holmes (Newport County).

Attempt missed. John-Christophe Ayina (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Ben Kennedy (Stevenage).

Medy Elito (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dean Wells (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Boden (Newport County).

Attempt missed. John-Christophe Ayina (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Charlie Lee (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Boden (Newport County).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Dale Gorman replaces Greg Luer.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 2, Newport County 1. Alex Rodman (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Medy Elito.

Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Janoi Donacien (Newport County).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Janoi Donacien.

Foul by Tom Pett (Stevenage).

Andrew Hughes (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay in match Michael Tonge (Stevenage) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Souleymane Coulibaly (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Dean Parrett (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Souleymane Coulibaly (Newport County).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Charlie Lee replaces Jake Mulraney.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Ben Kennedy replaces Aaron O'Connor.

Booking

Aaron O'Connor (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aaron O'Connor (Stevenage).

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

Booking

Jake Mulraney (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jake Mulraney (Stevenage).

Alex Rodman (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Souleymane Coulibaly replaces Lenell John-Lewis.

Attempt missed. Jake Mulraney (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Medy Elito (Newport County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Pett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Medy Elito (Newport County).

Attempt saved. Dean Wells (Stevenage) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Janoi Donacien.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton422611575433289
2Oxford Utd422113876403676
3Bristol Rovers422361368432575
4Accrington422112968472175
5Plymouth422281260402074
6Portsmouth411815868383069
7Wimbledon4118111260491165
8Wycombe421712134438663
9Exeter421712135854463
10Leyton Orient421712135757063
11Carlisle421516116058261
12Cambridge421612145552360
13Mansfield421611155749859
14Luton42178175656059
15Barnet421510175762-555
16Hartlepool42156214861-1351
17Notts County42139205173-2248
18Crawley42138214469-2547
19Morecambe42128226678-1244
20Yeovil421013193854-1643
21Stevenage421012204866-1842
22Newport421011214160-1941
23York42612244678-3230
24Dag & Red42610263975-3628
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