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Newport County 0-1 Shrewsbury Town

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro
Shrewsbury are Akpa Akpro's fifth club in English football

Substitute Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro scored a 77th-minute winner at Newport to lift Shrewsbury Town back to the top of the League Two table.

Two minutes after replacing debutant Mikael Mandron, he broke free in the penalty area to score from close range.

Shrewsbury then had midfielder Keith Southern sent off for a two-footed lunge on Kevin Feely deep into an ill-tempered period of injury time.

Newport stay sixth despite failing to score in a third consecutive defeat.

Southern's straight red card came less than 10 minutes after coming on as Shrewsbury's second substitute - on only his second appearance.

Newport manager Justin Edinburgh:

"It was about the performance and we were back to where we were. They are a top team and we went toe-to-toe with them.

"But a mistake has cost us a defeat again and that's three on the spin.

"We've got another tough game away at Wimbledon where we have to start a run going."

Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"It was a performance full of grit and determination in difficult conditions. With the wind and such a bobbly pitch, I'm delighted that we've come out on top.

"Jean-Louis has been itching to come on and play. We thought in training that we would introduce him. And, when you see a finish like that, you know he had to come on and play.

"It's lovely to be heading things up in the league table, but nothing has been won yet. We have to keep a focus on the next game."

Line-ups

Newport

Formation 3-5-2

  • 30Day
  • 2Jackson
  • 3Feely
  • 5Jones
  • 6Yakubu
  • 13Sandell
  • 7ChapmanSubstituted forKlukowskiat 82'minutes
  • 33ByrneSubstituted forMinshullat 87'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4Porter
  • 11ZebroskiSubstituted forStoreyat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10O'Connor

Substitutes

  • 8Minshull
  • 14Jeffers
  • 17Flynn
  • 18Klukowski
  • 20Storey
  • 25Stephens
  • 26Poole

Shrewsbury

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 12GayleSubstituted forGrandisonat 87'minutes
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 5Ellis
  • 6GoldsonBooked at 90mins
  • 3Demetriou
  • 4Woods
  • 11Lawrence
  • 24GrantSubstituted forSouthernat 87'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Collins
  • 28MandronSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Grandison
  • 10Vernon
  • 16Southern
  • 21Halstead
  • 22Clark
  • 26Akpa-Akpro
  • 27Randall
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
3,706

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home19
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 0, Shrewsbury Town 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Dismissal

    Keith Southern (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Max Porter (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Dangerous play by Keith Southern (Shrewsbury Town).

  6. Booking

    Lee Minshull (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Booking

    Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Booking

    Miles Storey (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Miles Storey (Newport County).

  11. Post update

    Liam Lawrence (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Jackson (Newport County).

  13. Post update

    Keith Southern (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Yan Klukowski (Newport County).

  15. Post update

    Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Keith Southern (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  18. Post update

    Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Aaron O'Connor (Newport County).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jermaine Grandison replaces Cameron Gayle.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury28166640182254
2Burton28166638261254
3Wycombe281411340211953
4Luton27148533201350
5Southend2814863023750
6Newport2813783633346
7Bury28135103933644
8Stevenage28125113937241
9Exeter29118103941-241
10Plymouth281171032221040
11Morecambe28108102826238
12Northampton28114134539637
13Wimbledon27107103838037
14Cambridge27106114233936
15Oxford Utd2889113236-433
16Accrington27103143648-1233
17Tranmere2779112932-330
18Portsmouth2779112833-530
19Dag & Red2886143039-930
20Carlisle2893163550-1530
21Cheltenham2879122540-1530
22York28513102733-628
23Mansfield2777132235-1328
24Hartlepool2856172249-2721
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