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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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 2, Plymouth Argyle 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Morgan (Plymouth Argyle).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Yan Klukowski replaces Lee Minshull.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Michael Flynn.

  14. 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.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Andy Kellett.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Carl McHugh (Plymouth Argyle).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Michael Flynn replaces Adam Chapman.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
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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