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Newport County 2-2 Stevenage

Stevenage defender Mark Hughes celebrates his late equaliser against Newport
Stevenage defender Mark Hughes celebrates his late equaliser against Newport

Stevenage defender Mark Hughes scored in stoppage time as both sides picked up their first point of the season.

Boro took a deserved lead shortly before the break when Dipo Akinyemi finished off a fine counter attack.

An improved Newport hit back through an Aaron Collins header before Scott Boden slotted home with 11 minutes remaining.

Hughes headed home to grab a draw, but Medy Elito wasted a great chance for Newport seconds from time after Regan Poole's shot was saved.

Newport manager Terry Butcher told BBC Radio Wales:

"I didn't think we were comfortable against their set plays, in the first half in particular.

"You always felt there was a sting in the tail unless we could get that third goal. We had plenty of opportunities to do just that.

"It was a bit of a sucker punch in many aspects."

Stevenage boss Teddy Sheringham told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We've had enough experience in the team to control the game, but we decided to do other things. Credit to Newport, they changed the way they played a little bit. Disappointing stuff from our point of view of conceding two goals.

"Can't fault our character. Tough start in the game, Tuesday was just as hard. Commitment, endeavour, work rate from my squad of players there. I'm delighted to end up with a point."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 30Day
  • 2Holmes
  • 22Parselle
  • 26Poole
  • 3BarrowSubstituted forHaydenat 77'minutes
  • 7Elito
  • 33Byrne
  • 8Klukowski
  • 14Ofori-Twumasi
  • 19BodenSubstituted forOwen-Evansat 90+3'minutes
  • 39Collins

Substitutes

  • 1Taylor
  • 15Hayden
  • 20Owen-Evans
  • 42Shephard
  • 47Bamford
  • 48Jones
  • 49Angel

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 5Franks
  • 6Hughes
  • 19Wells
  • 23Okimo
  • 8SchumacherSubstituted forConlonat 82'minutes
  • 18Parrett
  • 22LeeSubstituted forGormanat 82'minutes
  • 11PettBooked at 48mins
  • 9WilliamsBooked at 74mins
  • 20AkinyemiSubstituted forHitchcockat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Kettings
  • 15Hitchcock
  • 26Casey
  • 30Ogilvie
  • 32Conlon
  • 34Gorman
  • 38Storer
Referee:
Nick Kinseley
Attendance:
2,521

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 2, Stevenage 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newport County 2, Stevenage 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Kieran Parselle.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Medy Elito (Newport County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Tom Owen-Evans replaces Scott Boden.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Newport County 2, Stevenage 2. Mark Hughes (Stevenage) header from very close range to the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Regan Poole (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Tom Hitchcock (Stevenage).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Dale Gorman replaces Charlie Lee.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Tom Conlon replaces Steven Schumacher.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Aaron Hayden.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Mark Byrne (Newport County).

  13. Post update

    Dean Parrett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Newport County 2, Stevenage 1. Scott Boden (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Aaron Hayden replaces Scott Barrow because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Medy Elito (Newport County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Danny Holmes (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Dean Wells (Stevenage).