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Newport County 2-0 Stevenage

Aaron O'Connor heads Newport County in front against Stevenage
Aaron O'Connor heads Newport County in front against Stevenage

Ten-man Newport County stretched their unbeaten run in League Two to nine matches with a win over Stevenage.

Aaron O'Connor headed County in front midway through the first half after Lee Minshull flicked on from Ryan Jackson's throw-in.

Darren Jones finished from close range to double their lead, before O'Connor was sent off in injury time for a late challenge on Ron Henry.

Newport's third successive win sees them climb to sixth place in the table.

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"Obviously the gloss has been taken off the result in terms of the sending off.

"It was a thoroughly good victory in a dogged game in which there wasn't a lot of football played.

"But when you come up against a strong Stevenage side you know what you have to do well at and we certainly did that."

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Westley on Newport v Stevenage

"Away from home, we've struggled to get our formula right, but we started the game strongly and at the end of 90 minutes I can't say we were physically overrun.

"As an away performance it was much more solid and structured than we've been, but detail is the difference between winning and losing. It's nice to be looking at points of detail, because that means you know you're not a million miles away from getting it right.

"I thought our back three, in open play, defended the threat well and the problems that came our way were from the set-plays that we'd organised ourselves around, but ones where one or two people forgetting the details cost us."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 25Stephens
  • 6Yakubu
  • 5Jones
  • 16HughesSubstituted forObengat 61'minutes
  • 2Jackson
  • 8Minshull
  • 4Porter
  • 18Klukowski
  • 13Sandell
  • 10O'ConnorBooked at 90mins
  • 14JeffersSubstituted forByrneat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Pidgeley
  • 7Chapman
  • 9Howe
  • 21Obeng
  • 26Poole
  • 28Crow
  • 33Byrne

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 3Dembele
  • 19Wells
  • 23Okimo
  • 25Henry
  • 7WhelpdaleSubstituted forAdamsat 79'minutes
  • 8WaltonSubstituted forJebbat 70'minutes
  • 12McAllister
  • 22Lee
  • 37Barnard
  • 20BeardsleySubstituted forBruntat 71'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 1Beasant
  • 6Bond
  • 11Pett
  • 18Parrett
  • 24Brunt
  • 46Jebb
  • 49Adams
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
2,976

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Newport County 2, Stevenage 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newport County 2, Stevenage 0.

Dismissal

Aaron O'Connor (Newport County) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aaron O'Connor (Newport County).

Dean Wells (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

David McAllister (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lee Minshull (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David McAllister (Stevenage).

Booking

Lee Barnard (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Dean Wells.

Attempt missed. Bira Dembele (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Charlie Adams (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Max Porter (Newport County).

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Mark Byrne replaces Shaun Jeffers.

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

Ryan Brunt (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Charlie Adams replaces Chris Whelpdale.

Jerome Okimo (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Yan Klukowski (Newport County).

Attempt blocked. David McAllister (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Max Porter (Newport County).

Lee Barnard (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

Ronnie Henry (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Chris Day.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Ryan Brunt replaces Chris Beardsley.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Jack Jebb replaces Simon Walton.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Chris Whelpdale.

Attempt missed. Dean Wells (Stevenage) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Curtis Obeng (Newport County).

Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Curtis Obeng replaces Andrew Hughes because of an injury.

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

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

David McAllister (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chris Beardsley (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

goal

As It Stood

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1Wycombe20125335181741
2Burton2112363023739
3Shrewsbury20114530151537
4Luton2011452315837
5Plymouth20104625131234
6Newport209743021934
7Exeter219753026434
8Southend2010462219334
9Bury209382825330
10Morecambe209382321230
11Accrington209293134-329
12Cambridge208483124728
13Wimbledon207672729-227
14Portsmouth207582425-126
15Stevenage207492729-225
16Northampton2073102930-124
17Oxford Utd206682225-324
18Cheltenham206681929-1024
19Mansfield206591625-923
20Dag & Red2063112531-621
21York2031072026-619
22Tranmere2046102026-618
23Carlisle2053122539-1418
24Hartlepool2033141438-2412
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