League Two
NewportNewport County3Oxford UtdOxford United2
Newport's Rene Howe
Newport's Rene Howe

Newport recorded their first league win in seven games to end Oxford's unbeaten away record in League Two.

Oxford took the lead with an early goal by striker James Constable, his 105th for the club, before forward Rene Howe equalised on the stroke of half-time.

Former U's pair Ryan Burge and Chris Zebroski scored in the second half to clinch victory for Newport.

Substitute Alfie Potter managed a consolation goal for the visitors in the 88th minute.

Oxford came into the game as the only team not to have lost away from home in English football's top four tiers.

But County manager Justin Edinburgh saw his side bounce back from the weekend's 3-0 loss at Hartlepool to get a vital win at Rodney Parade.


Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"It is a massive win but thoroughly deserved. It is nice to be playing back at home, we have had five in six [game]away from home.

"I don't think people realise in our last 11 games that nine of them have been away from home. For where we are and the position we are in, I think the players have been fantastic.

"It has been a tough time for the football club and we have been laughed about but I see Crawley's game is off and I don't now whether they have had a letter from the Football League.

"It's just good to play here [home] in front of a fantastic crowd and have a fantastic performance."

Oxford caretaker boss Mickey Lewis told BBC Radio Oxford:

"It's disappointing, we've been on a great run away from home, but they're a decent side, they've got a really good home record over the last couple of years, they put you under a lot of pressure, and I have to say I thought they were the better side.

"That said, we had a right go at the end, got it back to 3-2, and though it might not have been deserved, we got in good positions and we might have nicked a draw.

"We haven't really performed well. It wasn't a lack of effort, just of quality on the ball and decision-making, that sort of thing, but you have to be proud of what the team has achieved.

"We start again against Morecambe on Saturday, and let's see if we can go undefeated until the end of the season."



  • 29Parish
  • 7ChapmanBooked at 62minsSubstituted forPorterat 85'minutes
  • 15Burge
  • 2Pipe
  • 21Anthony
  • 6Yakubu
  • 8MinshullBooked at 89mins
  • 12Willmott
  • 45HoweBooked at 90mins
  • 13Sandell
  • 11ZebroskiSubstituted forJeffersat 85'minutes


  • 4Porter
  • 9Crow
  • 14Jeffers
  • 18Jackson
  • 19Naylor
  • 23Jolley
  • 33Thompson

Oxford Utd

  • 1Clarke
  • 37Ruffels
  • 17RoseSubstituted forPotterat 45'minutes
  • 3NeweyBooked at 62mins
  • 19Mullins
  • 34BevansSubstituted forConnollyat 77'minutes
  • 13Hunt
  • 22WroeBooked at 90mins
  • 9Constable
  • 8KitsonSubstituted forWilliamsat 58'minutes
  • 10Smalley


  • 11Potter
  • 15Williams
  • 18Davies
  • 23Henly
  • 24Connolly
  • 30Long
  • 38Ashby
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 3, Oxford United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newport County 3, Oxford United 2.

  3. Booking

    Nicky Wroe (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Ryan Burge (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Wroe (Oxford United).

  6. Booking

    Rene Howe (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Booking

    Lee Minshull (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

  9. Post update

    David Hunt (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Newport County 3, Oxford United 2. Alfie Potter (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Max Porter replaces Adam Chapman.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Shaun Jeffers replaces Chris Zebroski.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Constable (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Newport County 3, Oxford United 1. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

  17. Post update

    (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

  19. Post update

    Scott Davies (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Lee Minshull (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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