League Two
CheltenhamCheltenham Town0NewportNewport County1

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:

"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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Newport County 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Max Porter (Newport County).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Yan Klukowski (Newport County).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Michael Flynn replaces Adam Chapman.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Darren Jones (Newport County).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Bobbie Dale replaces Terry Gornell.

  12. Booking

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Ismail Yakubu.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Yan Klukowski (Newport County).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Troy Brown.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Max Porter replaces Shaun Jeffers.