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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:

"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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 2, Stevenage 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newport County 2, Stevenage 0.

  3. Dismissal

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Aaron O'Connor (Newport County).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by David McAllister (Stevenage).

  10. Booking

    Lee Barnard (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Dean Wells.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Max Porter (Newport County).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Mark Byrne replaces Shaun Jeffers.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Charlie Adams replaces Chris Whelpdale.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
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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