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Newport County 2-0 Plymouth Argyle

Chris Zebroski of Newport County celebrates scoring a goal
Chris Zebroski's goal against Plymouth was his sixth in League Two in 2014-15

Newport County moved to within six points of the top of League Two with victory over Plymouth in front of 5,020 spectators at Rodney Parade.

Chris Zebroski headed the Exiles in front against his former club, before County goalkeeper Jamie Stephens turned away Argyle defender Anthony O'Connor's close-range header.

Mark Byrne doubled the Welsh side's advantage from Andy Sandell's corner.

Reuben Reid hit the crossbar for the visitors, but County held on to win.

The Exiles remain seventh in the table but have moved level on points with the sixth-placed Pilgrims, who they trail on goal difference.

Newport boss Justin Edinburgh:

"In terms of energy, determination and effort I thought we were very good.

"It wasn't a vintage game, but with the conditions I thought it was a well-fought game.

"[The second goal] took the sting out of the game and disheartened Plymouth.

"We were then able to play the last 10 minutes quite comfortably and see the game out."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 25Stephens
  • 5JonesBooked at 33mins
  • 6Yakubu
  • 26Poole
  • 2Jackson
  • 7ChapmanSubstituted forFlynnat 79'minutes
  • 8MinshullSubstituted forKlukowskiat 90'minutes
  • 13Sandell
  • 33Byrne
  • 11Zebroski
  • 14JeffersSubstituted forHoweat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Pidgeley
  • 9Howe
  • 17Flynn
  • 18Klukowski
  • 22Owen-Evans
  • 28Crow
  • 39Collins

Plymouth

  • 23McCormick
  • 2Mellor
  • 16McHugh
  • 13KellettBooked at 17mins
  • 28O'ConnorBooked at 53mins
  • 4Cox
  • 6NorburnSubstituted forMorganat 68'minutes
  • 17Reid
  • 25Bentley
  • 7AlessandraSubstituted forBantonat 77'minutes
  • 9Reid

Substitutes

  • 1Bittner
  • 3Purrington
  • 8Banton
  • 10Morgan
  • 14Harvey
  • 19Thomas
  • 24Allen
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
5,020

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Newport County 2, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newport County 2, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Foul by Marvin Morgan (Plymouth Argyle).

Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Yan Klukowski replaces Lee Minshull.

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Anthony O'Connor (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

Aaron Bentley (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Michael Flynn.

Goal!

Goal! Newport County 2, Plymouth Argyle 0. Mark Byrne (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Sandell with a cross.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Andy Kellett.

Foul by Carl McHugh (Plymouth Argyle).

Chris Zebroski (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Michael Flynn replaces Adam Chapman.

Attempt missed. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

Attempt missed. Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Bobby Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

Chris Zebroski (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Jason Banton replaces Lewis Alessandra.

Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from very close range is too high.

Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Plymouth Argyle).

Lee Minshull (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kelvin Mellor (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Lee Cox (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Newport County).

Hand ball by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Jones (Newport County).

Andy Kellett (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Newport County).

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Marvin Morgan replaces Oliver Norburn.

Attempt missed. Mark Byrne (Newport County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Rene Howe replaces Shaun Jeffers.

Attempt missed. Andy Sandell (Newport County) left footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

Foul by Oliver Norburn (Plymouth Argyle).

goal

As It Stood

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1Shrewsbury22134533151843
2Wycombe22127337201743
3Burton2313463223943
4Luton22125527161141
5Southend2211562319438
6Plymouth22114728151337
7Newport2210753224837
8Exeter2310763127437
9Bury2210483329434
10Stevenage229493029131
11Morecambe2293102323030
12Wimbledon228682930-130
13Accrington2293103236-430
14Cambridge228593226629
15Portsmouth227692528-327
16Mansfield227691826-827
17Oxford Utd226792328-525
18Cheltenham226792031-1125
19Northampton2273123235-324
20Carlisle2273122840-1224
21York2241172328-523
22Dag & Red2263132536-1121
23Tranmere2247112129-819
24Hartlepool2235141640-2414
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