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Morecambe 3-2 Newport County

Aaron O'Connor
Aaron O'Connor scored Newport's second goal against Morecambe

Newport County threw away a two-goal lead as Morecambe scored three second-half goals to secure a dramatic win.

Adam Chapman's goal from the edge of the box and a close-range finish from Aaron O'Connor two minutes later gave County a 2-0 half-time lead.

A superb 25-yard free-kick and a header following a mix-up between Lenny Pidgeley and Billy Jones gave Kevin Ellison a brace.

An unmarked Paul Mullin sealed the win with an 84th minute far post header.

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We were very poor in the first half. I don't want to be going through the season again as England's comeback kings, but credit where credit's due.

"After a few stern words at half-time and a couple of changes, we went about our jobs in the manner that we know we can do."

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"After a very good start and a very good opening 45 minutes, it was a typical case of shooting yourself in the foot.

"We've just got to see the game out there; it's a free header in the box, it's criminal.

"I don't think they've beaten us, I think we've beaten ourselves today and that's the really disappointing factor."

Line-ups

Morecambe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Roche
  • 2Beeley
  • 5Hughes
  • 22Parrish
  • 4Kenyon
  • 17Fleming
  • 13Goodall
  • 10WilliamsSubstituted forDevittat 45'minutes
  • 7RedshawSubstituted forDrummondat 89'minutes
  • 27AmondSubstituted forMullinat 45'minutes
  • 11Ellison

Substitutes

  • 3Devitt
  • 8Wright
  • 9Sampson
  • 12Mullin
  • 16Drummond
  • 23Doyle
  • 25Arestidou

Newport

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pidgeley
  • 12Willmott
  • 5Jones
  • 6Yakubu
  • 16Hughes
  • 7ChapmanSubstituted forJeffersat 78'minutes
  • 8MinshullBooked at 64mins
  • 33Byrne
  • 13Sandell
  • 9HoweSubstituted forZebroskiat 70'minutes
  • 10O'ConnorSubstituted forJolleyat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Jackson
  • 11Zebroski
  • 14Jeffers
  • 18Klukowski
  • 22Thomas
  • 23Jolley
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
1,506

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Morecambe 3, Newport County 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Morecambe 3, Newport County 2.

  3. Post update

    Stewart Drummond (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Morecambe. Stewart Drummond replaces Jack Redshaw.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Redshaw (Morecambe) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Christian Jolley replaces Aaron O'Connor.

  9. Post update

    Shaun Beeley (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Morecambe 3, Newport County 2. Paul Mullin (Morecambe) from a free kick with a header to the top right corner.

  12. Post update

    Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Jeffers (Newport County).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

  16. Post update

    Shaun Beeley (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Redshaw (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Shaun Jeffers replaces Adam Chapman.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Sandell (Newport County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.