League Two
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Ryan Jackson (far right) is shown the red card dyring Newport's 2-1 win over Rochdale

Rochdale had to be content with third place in League Two after Kevin Feely's late looping header gave 10-man Newport County a shock win.

Chesterfield's 2-1 win over Fleetwood saw them take the title.

George Donnelly put Rochdale ahead before Aaron O'Connor marked his return from injury with a scrambled equaliser.

Matthew Lund had an 83rd-minute penalty saved by Ian McLoughlin after Ryan Jackson had been sent off for bringing down Ian Henderson.

Newport's 14th-place finish marked a season of consolidation after their promotion from the Conference Premier at the end of last season.

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"It's fantastic. We've had a brilliant season and accomplished what we set out to do and to round it off with a victory against a promoted side was a fantastic end to the season.

"And it's a credit to the players because I think they have been absolutely outstanding all year."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

" You have to lose games to learn about yourselves.

"We shouldn't really in this financial world be competing against Scunthorpe and Chesterfield for the title so it's been a great race."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 33McLoughlin
  • 20Feely
  • 3Hughes
  • 12Willmott
  • 18JacksonBooked at 84mins
  • 16Blake
  • 7Chapman
  • 4Porter
  • 11ZebroskiSubstituted forJeffersat 81'minutes
  • 10O'ConnorSubstituted forJolleyat 66'minutes
  • 17FlynnBooked at 72minsSubstituted forMinshullat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Minshull
  • 14Jeffers
  • 19Naylor
  • 23Jolley
  • 24Amadi-Holloway
  • 27Parker
  • 45Howe

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 25RoseSubstituted forDoneat 73'minutes
  • 3Bennett
  • 12LundBooked at 65mins
  • 22O'Connell
  • 6Lancashire
  • 7Vincenti
  • 14HerySubstituted forLynchat 56'minutes
  • 40HendersonBooked at 90mins
  • 9DonnellySubstituted forBunneyat 72'minutes
  • 24Allen

Substitutes

  • 2Rafferty
  • 4Cavanagh
  • 5Eastham
  • 16Done
  • 19Lynch
  • 21Thomson
  • 39Bunney
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
4,662

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 2, Rochdale 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newport County 2, Rochdale 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

  4. Post update

    Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  6. Booking

    Ian Henderson (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Darcy Blake (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Newport County 2, Rochdale 1. Kevin Feely (Newport County) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Robbie Willmott following a set piece situation.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Craig Lynch (Rochdale).

  11. Post update

    Adam Chapman (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ian McLoughlin.

  14. Post update

    Penalty saved! Matthew Lund (Rochdale) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

  15. Dismissal

    Ryan Jackson (Newport County) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Penalty Rochdale. Ian Henderson draws a foul in the penalty area.

  17. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Ryan Jackson (Newport County) after a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Booking

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

  19. Post update

    Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).