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Newport County 0-1 Cheltenham Town

Steve Elliot of Cheltenham Town chases down Newport's Rene Howe

Ashley Vincent's first-half goal earned Cheltenham victory over Newport - their first win of 2014.

Andrew Hughes and Chris Zebroski squandered early home chances and Vincent, making his first start since re-signing for the Robins in August, converted Jermaine McGlashan's cross.

The win means Cheltenham move nine points clear of the relegation zone.

But defeat leaves Justin Edinburgh's hosts trailing seven points off the play-off places.

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I thought we were good today, we won everything because we wanted to. We've been far from perfect this season, we know that, but performances like that give you heart.

"It's time for people to step up and although we can't do anything this season, we can still finish eighth and with the desire and commitment shown today, we've got a chance.

"It's been a good week culminating in a good three points and we want to finish the season strongly. It hasn't been by design that we've not been as good this season, our standards haven't been as good but it's a tough league."

Newport County assistant manager Jimmy Dack told BBC Radio Wales: "It was very disappointing today, we were below par.

"We played well Tuesday night [in the 3-2 win against Oxford] and we thought we had an opportunity today to kick on.

"We know with that [Rodney Parade] pitch, going into the sand and that in the first half you can't move the ball quickly, it's a tough one to break the lines and get in behind them.

"But second half we felt that playing into the good side that we could pass the ball and move it a bit quicker, but our ball back to front wasn't good enough."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 29Parish
  • 8MinshullSubstituted forPorterat 60'minutes
  • 13Sandell
  • 21Anthony
  • 6Yakubu
  • 3HughesBooked at 83mins
  • 15BurgeBooked at 77mins
  • 12Willmott
  • 45HoweSubstituted forJeffersat 78'minutes
  • 11Zebroski
  • 7ChapmanSubstituted forCrowat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 4Porter
  • 9Crow
  • 14Jeffers
  • 18Jackson
  • 19Naylor
  • 33Thompson

Cheltenham

  • 1Brown
  • 28Ihiekwe
  • 22Braham-Barrett
  • 14Richards
  • 32Brundle
  • 6Elliott
  • 11McGlashan
  • 21VincentSubstituted forJombatiat 65'minutes
  • 10Gornell
  • 9Harrison
  • 8Deering

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 7Cureton
  • 12Roberts
  • 19Kotwica
  • 20Jombati
  • 27Williams
  • 31Lucas
Referee:
Steven Rushton
Attendance:
3,130

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home6
Away6
Shots on Target
Home0
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 0, Cheltenham Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newport County 0, Cheltenham Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Danny Crow (Newport County).

  6. Post update

    Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Andy Sandell.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Andy Sandell.

  9. Post update

    Danny Crow (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

  12. Post update

    Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Danny Crow (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town).

  15. Booking

    Andrew Hughes (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Hughes (Newport County).

  17. Post update

    Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Max Porter (Newport County).

  19. Post update

    Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Shaun Jeffers replaces Rene Howe.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield321610651292258
2Scunthorpe321513450311958
3Rochdale32176950361457
4Oxford Utd331413646281855
5Fleetwood311641148351352
6Burton32141083532352
7Southend321310939291049
8Newport2911993836242
9Hartlepool33119133638-242
10Plymouth31119112936-742
11York33913113837140
12Dag & Red321010123941-240
13Morecambe321010123642-640
14Exeter32109133842-439
15Cheltenham31912103640-439
16Wimbledon32108143238-638
17Mansfield32911123343-1038
18Bristol Rovers31910123032-237
19Accrington31910123541-637
20Bury30812103335-236
21Portsmouth32812123648-1236
22Wycombe31810133439-534
23Torquay3178163047-1729
24Northampton3178162542-1729
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