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Newport County 4-1 AFC Wimbledon

Ismail Yakubu of Newport County
Ismail Yakubu was a fitness doubt in the build-up to the game against Wimbledon

On-loan striker Joe Pigott scored twice as Newport County moved up to 15th place in League Two with a comfortable win over AFC Wimbledon.

Ismail Yakubu's close-range header gave the Exiles a 1-0 interval lead.

Pigott pounced for a second when Chris Zebroski's shot was parried by goalkeeper James Shea and Pigott's deflected shot put Newport 3-0 up.

Adebayo Akinfenwa headed one back for the Dons, but Aaron O'Connor sealed the win from the edge of the box.

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"It's a continued development of our performances of late.

"Getting the second goal when we did, 15 seconds into the second half, gave us that foothold in the game. Wimbledon had to come out and we exploited the space in the second half and scored some good goals.

"I thought we had to stay strong against a very physical side and there was a lot of pressure on our back three.

"And special praise must go to young Scott Tancock, because he only met his team-mates today and I thought it was an excellent debut and a very mature one."

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley told BBC London 94.9:

"It wasn't a 4-1. I know that was the final result but that was a result of chasing a game. In the first half, there was not much between the teams. We were a bit tentative and we needed to up the tempo a bit, but that was about it.

"I was sure that we would finish stronger than them and I was sure that we had goals in there. The second goal is the moment that kills us.

"After that, you have to go flat out to chase the game. From that moment, you have 43 minutes to get two goals. I felt we could do it, but when you're chasing the game you're also leaving it open."

Line-ups

Newport

Formation 3-5-2

  • 30Day
  • 6Yakubu
  • 5Jones
  • 15Tancock
  • 7ChapmanSubstituted forCrowat 90+7'minutes
  • 12WillmottBooked at 54mins
  • 8MinshullSubstituted forKlukowskiat 45'minutes
  • 33Byrne
  • 13SandellBooked at 24mins
  • 11ZebroskiSubstituted forO'Connorat 71'minutes
  • 45PigottBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 10O'Connor
  • 18Klukowski
  • 22Owen-Evans
  • 26Poole
  • 28Crow

Wimbledon

Formation 4-4-2

  • 20Shea
  • 27BarrettBooked at 8mins
  • 2Fuller
  • 6BennettBooked at 73mins
  • 29HarrisonSubstituted forKennedyat 57'minutes
  • 7FrancombSubstituted forAzeezat 58'minutes
  • 4Bulman
  • 8Moore
  • 11RiggSubstituted forSainte-Luceat 74'minutes
  • 10AkinfenwaBooked at 90mins
  • 9Tubbs

Substitutes

  • 14Azeez
  • 15Phillips
  • 16Sainte-Luce
  • 17Kennedy
  • 18Nicholson
  • 21Beere
  • 26McDonnell
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
2,804

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 4, AFC Wimbledon 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newport County 4, AFC Wimbledon 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Danny Crow replaces Adam Chapman.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

  5. Post update

    Adebayo Azeez (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by James Shea.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aaron O'Connor (Newport County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  8. Booking

    Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mark Byrne (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Newport County 4, AFC Wimbledon 1. Aaron O'Connor (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yan Klukowski with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

  13. Post update

    Adebayo Azeez (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Tubbs (AFC Wimbledon) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  16. Booking

    Joe Pigott (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Aaron O'Connor (Newport County).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Pigott (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin Sainte-Luce (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.