League Two
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Cheltenham Town 0-1 Newport County

Chris Zebroski of Newport County celebrates scoring their first goal with Adam Chapman
Newport County striker Chris Zebroski celebrates scoring with Adam Chapman

Newport overcame a battling Cheltenham side to rise to fifth place in League Two after Chris Zebroski's first-half strike against his former club.

Zebroski, 28, scored his seventh of the season, and his second in two days, with a 20-yard shot on 11 minutes.

Defender Ismail Yakubu nearly doubled County's advantage, but his second-half header was cleared off the line.

Cheltenham applied plenty of pressure but drop to 19th in the table ahead of their trip to Oxford on Saturday.

Cheltenham Town manager Paul Buckle told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Buckle on Cheltenham v Newport

"I'm absolutely gutted. I thought we were very good considering the two players that had come out the team.

"It was everything I wanted from a performance although I'm obviously disappointed with the goal.

"I thought this was a totally different Cheltenham team to what I took over.

"I was really proud of them but I'm just gutted we didn't get a minimum of a point."

Newport manager Justin Edinburgh:

"We rode our luck slightly in the first half, but we were resilient second half.

"You've got to come away from home, keep clean sheets, then you've always got a chance of winning a game and the goal that won it was a very good finish.

"We're not always going to be able to play free-flowing football away from home, but the way we defended and the work rate was immense.

"I certainly felt that, once we got a grip of their system a little bit in the first half, we were good in the second half."

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 1Carson
  • 2Vaughan
  • 15Deaman
  • 5Brown
  • 3Braham-Barrett
  • 19Sterling-James
  • 7Ferdinand
  • 8Richards
  • 17Kotwica
  • 21Williams
  • 10GornellSubstituted forDaleat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Harrison
  • 11Haworth
  • 12Gould
  • 18Black
  • 22Dale
  • 23Bowen
  • 33Reynolds

Newport

  • 25Stephens
  • 5JonesBooked at 65mins
  • 6YakubuBooked at 84mins
  • 26PooleSubstituted forHoweat 45'minutes
  • 2JacksonBooked at 38mins
  • 7ChapmanBooked at 57minsSubstituted forFlynnat 87'minutes
  • 18Klukowski
  • 33Byrne
  • 13SandellBooked at 26mins
  • 11Zebroski
  • 14JeffersSubstituted forPorterat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Pidgeley
  • 4Porter
  • 8Minshull
  • 9Howe
  • 17Flynn
  • 23Jolley
  • 28Crow
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
3,417

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Newport County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Newport County 1.

Booking

Max Porter (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Max Porter (Newport County).

Bobbie Dale (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yan Klukowski (Newport County).

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Michael Flynn replaces Adam Chapman.

Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Darren Jones (Newport County).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Bobbie Dale replaces Terry Gornell.

Booking

Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

Kane Ferdinand (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Ismail Yakubu.

Attempt blocked. Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yan Klukowski (Newport County).

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Troy Brown.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Max Porter replaces Shaun Jeffers.

Hand ball by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

Foul by Harry Williams (Cheltenham Town).

Darren Jones (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

Booking

Darren Jones (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

Harry Williams (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darren Jones (Newport County).

Attempt missed. Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Jack Deaman.

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

Foul by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

Ryan Jackson (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Adam Chapman (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

Attempt saved. Shaun Jeffers (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Jack Deaman.

Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

Foul by Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury23135533151844
2Wycombe23128337201744
3Burton2313463223943
4Luton23126528171142
5Newport2311753324940
6Southend2311662319439
7Plymouth23114829171237
8Bury2311483529637
9Exeter2410773231137
10Stevenage2310493331234
11Wimbledon239683331233
12Morecambe23103102523233
13Accrington2293103236-430
14Cambridge2385103429529
15Portsmouth237792629-328
16Oxford Utd237792529-428
17Mansfield2376101828-1027
18York2351172628-226
19Cheltenham2367102032-1225
20Northampton2373133337-424
21Carlisle2373132843-1524
22Tranmere2357112330-722
23Dag & Red2364132536-1122
24Hartlepool2335151642-2614
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