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Newport County 1-1 Cheltenham Town

Struggling Cheltenham Town delivered a blow to Newport County's League Two play-off hopes as they held the Welsh side to a 1-1 draw at Rodney Parade.

Poor defending gave on-loan Wales Under-21 international Wes Burns the chance to put the visitors in front.

Miles Storey equalised with a header to leave Newport a point behind eighth-placed Stevenage in the table.

Cheltenham's hopes of avoiding relegation remain precarious as they lie two points above the drop zone.

Burns, on loan from Bristol City, struck after a mix-up between defender Kevin Feely and goalkeeper Joe Day.

Storey, on loan at Newport from Swindon, ensured the draw as the first half drew to a close, converting Ryan Jackson's cross.

Newport assistant manager Wayne Hatswell told BBC Radio Wales:

"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb conceding that goal. One point gained, but we were after three.

"Teams will come here and make it difficult. It stifles us but we have to find a better way."

Cheltenham caretaker manager Russell Milton told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I thought we were superb but that's three times now we've gone 1-0 up and drawn.

"We did say we need that other goal and we had opportunities to [score].

"It was a good battling performance and you can't fault the boys' efforts and throwing their bodies on the line.

"If you're in the play-off area, things go for you a bit more than they do when you're down at the bottom."

Line-ups

Newport

Formation 4-4-2

  • 30Day
  • 2Jackson
  • 3Feely
  • 5Jones
  • 27TutondaSubstituted forSandellat 49'minutes
  • 33Byrne
  • 8Minshull
  • 7ChapmanSubstituted forFlynnat 83'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18Klukowski
  • 20StoreySubstituted forHoweat 76'minutes
  • 10O'Connor

Substitutes

  • 4Porter
  • 9Howe
  • 13Sandell
  • 14Jeffers
  • 17Flynn
  • 25Stephens
  • 26Poole

Cheltenham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Carson
  • 25Berry
  • 26Packwood
  • 5Brown
  • 6MillsBooked at 90mins
  • 8Richards
  • 3Braham-Barrett
  • 24SparrowSubstituted forWynterat 77'minutes
  • 10Burns
  • 9Haynes
  • 29HarradSubstituted forMansetat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Vaughan
  • 4Taylor
  • 12Gould
  • 16Hanks
  • 18Richards
  • 20Wynter
  • 39Manset
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
2,951

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

    Michael Flynn (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Michael Flynn (Newport County).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Booking

    Pablo Mills (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Darren Jones (Newport County).

  8. Post update

    Matt Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Danny Haynes (Cheltenham Town).

  10. Post update

    Michael Flynn (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Wynter (Cheltenham Town).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Flynn (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Michael Flynn replaces Adam Chapman.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

  15. Post update

    Matt Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Craig Braham-Barrett.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aaron O'Connor (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jordan Wynter replaces Matt Sparrow.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Rene Howe replaces Miles Storey because of an injury.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton35207847301767
2Shrewsbury35198850262465
3Wycombe351713551321964
4Southend35161184032859
5Luton351610943311258
6Bury351771146361058
7Plymouth351671242261655
8Stevenage35167125144755
9Newport36159124242054
10Northampton35155155445950
11Wimbledon351310124544149
12Morecambe35139133837148
13Exeter351211124649-347
14Portsmouth351112124039145
15Accrington35135174356-1344
16Dag & Red35127164248-643
17Cambridge35119154948142
18Oxford Utd351012133841-342
19Mansfield35119153043-1342
20York35715133542-736
21Carlisle35113214261-1936
22Cheltenham36812163251-1936
23Tranmere35810173748-1134
24Hartlepool3576222557-3227
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