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Newport County 1-4 Exeter City

Newport Exeter
Exeter's David Wheeler (left) and Newport's Sean Rigg both scored, but it was the Grecians who came out on top at Rodney Parade

Ollie Watkins' hat-trick helped Exeter City seize all three points in a comfortable win for Exeter City, which left Newport County five points adrift at the bottom of League Two.

Watkins struck either side of the break and late on while David Wheeler tapped home on 53 minutes for the Grecians.

Sean Rigg's late header proved a mere consolation for the struggling Exiles.

The win moved the visitors up to 11th, but leaves Newport County bottom of the table and five points from safety.

Manager Graham Westley told BBC Radio Wales Sport: "I thought we played with good character in the first half.

"To concede before half time was tough. In the second half we slumped a little bit and were still feeling sorry for ourselves.

"By the time we kicked ourselves out of that we were 3-0 down.

"We effectively lost the game in the five or ten minutes after half time."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 1Day
  • 2Barnum-Bobb
  • 40Meite
  • 17BennettSubstituted forO'Hanlonat 69'minutes
  • 11Myrie-Williams
  • 8Randall
  • 12TozerSubstituted forComptonat 45'minutes
  • 16Sheehan
  • 13JacksonSubstituted forGreenat 63'minutes
  • 19Healey
  • 27RiggBooked at 19mins

Substitutes

  • 3Butler
  • 7Compton
  • 14Bignot
  • 15Green
  • 20Owen-Evans
  • 30Bittner
  • 34O'Hanlon

Exeter

  • 30Pym
  • 28Stacey
  • 39Brown
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 23Riley-Lowe
  • 11WheelerSubstituted forTillsonat 80'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 4JamesBooked at 44mins
  • 14Watkins
  • 12GrantSubstituted forHarleyat 55'minutes
  • 19McAlindenSubstituted forSimpsonat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Olejnik
  • 5Archibald-Henville
  • 6Tillson
  • 7Harley
  • 8Simpson
  • 16Oakley
  • 33Reid
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
2,663

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Newport County 1, Exeter City 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newport County 1, Exeter City 4.

Goal!

Goal! Newport County 1, Exeter City 4. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robbie Simpson following a fast break.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Lloyd James.

Josh O'Hanlon (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City).

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Connor Riley-Lowe.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Christy Pym.

Attempt saved. Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Newport County) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Robbie Simpson replaces Liam McAlinden.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Jake Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Josh Sheehan (Newport County) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked.

Foul by Rhys Healey (Newport County).

Lloyd James (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rhys Healey (Newport County).

Jack Stacey (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Newport County 1, Exeter City 3. Sean Rigg (Newport County) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Randall with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jordan Tillson replaces David Wheeler.

Foul by Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Newport County).

Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Rhys Healey (Newport County).

Jack Stacey (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Josh O'Hanlon replaces Scot Bennett because of an injury.

Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Newport County).

Rhys Healey (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Jordan Green replaces Marlon Jackson.

Jennison Myrie-Williams (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Wheeler (Exeter City).

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

Foul by Mark Randall (Newport County).

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Abdoulaye Méité (Newport County).

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Ryan Harley replaces Joel Grant.

Goal!

Goal! Newport County 0, Exeter City 3. David Wheeler (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Foul by Marlon Jackson (Newport County).

Lloyd James (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

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5Luton23108534211338
6Wycombe2311573025538
7Cambridge2310583126535
8Blackpool2397736241234
9Colchester239683429533
10Barnet238963233-133
11Exeter2393112927230
12Grimsby238692927230
13Yeovil238692526-130
14Stevenage2393113538-330
15Crawley2385102838-1029
16Crewe236982431-727
17Mansfield236982229-727
18Hartlepool236893140-926
19Morecambe2282122741-1426
20Leyton Orient2374122630-425
21Accrington2366112129-824
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24Newport2245132639-1317
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