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NewportNewport County0CrawleyCrawley Town3
Crawley celebrate Gwion Edwards' first goal at Rodney Parade
Crawley celebrate Gwion Edwards' first goal at Rodney Parade

Gwion Edwards struck twice as Crawley comfortably beat Newport to win League Two's basement battle.

The former Swansea City youth player shone on his return to Wales, scoring both his goals from long range in the first half.

He then provided the cross for Matt Harrold to head in and seal the win.

Newport rallied but could not hit the target as Crawley climbed out of the relegation zone, leaving the hosts with one win at the bottom of the table.

Terry Butcher's side had secured their first win of the season three days earlier with a 1-0 victory at Carlisle United.

Newport County manager Terry Butcher told BBC Radio Wales:

"I don't know if we actually left the team we played at Carlisle up the M6 and brought home a load of strangers because that's how we played.

"It's bitterly disappointing to put on a performance like that in front of our own fans because a lot of them have been away and seen us play and seen the resilience and toughness.

"That certainly wasn't there tonight but fair play to Crawley, they've dominated the game and it could have been more than three."

Crawley assistant boss Jimmy Dack told BBC Surrey:

"It's a massive win for us because obviously we've lost our last four and it's nice to get back on track.

"We have a young side, and you know they are going to make mistakes, sometimes costly mistakes. But what was really pleasing for us was some young players put in a 90-minute performance.

"We are working hard on the training ground to get better and the manager deserves a bit of credit.

"I've never met a manager that works as hard as he does and he deserved those three points, because he takes all the brunt and takes the pressure off the players, and he's a good guy."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 30Day
  • 12Donacien
  • 21Partridge
  • 22ParselleSubstituted forElitoat 75'minutes
  • 14Ofori-Twumasi
  • 20Owen-EvansBooked at 77mins
  • 33Byrne
  • 19BodenBooked at 25minsSubstituted forRodmanat 64'minutes
  • 3Barrow
  • 10John-LewisSubstituted forCollinsat 64'minutes
  • 17Blackwood

Substitutes

  • 1Taylor
  • 4Laurent
  • 6Taylor
  • 7Elito
  • 8Klukowski
  • 23Rodman
  • 39Collins

Crawley

  • 1Woodman
  • 23DonnellyBooked at 86mins
  • 6Bradley
  • 25Yorwerth
  • 3Scales
  • 7EdwardsSubstituted forBawlingat 66'minutes
  • 22JenkinsBooked at 78mins
  • 8SmithSubstituted forWaltonat 80'minutes
  • 14Young
  • 39MurphySubstituted forDeaconat 77'minutes
  • 18Harrold

Substitutes

  • 4Walton
  • 9Barnard
  • 11Henderson
  • 12Preston
  • 15Fenelon
  • 17Bawling
  • 20Deacon
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
2,137

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 0, Crawley Town 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newport County 0, Crawley Town 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Rodman (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Roarie Deacon (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Partridge (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Booking

    Liam Donnelly (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Scott Barrow (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Liam Donnelly (Crawley Town).

  9. Post update

    Bobson Bawling (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Alex Rodman (Newport County).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Rodman (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Janoi Donacien (Newport County).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Simon Walton replaces Jimmy Smith because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mark Byrne (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Booking

    Ross Jenkins (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ross Jenkins (Crawley Town).

  18. Post update

    Tyler Blackwood (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Roarie Deacon replaces Rhys Murphy.

  20. Booking

    Tom Owen-Evans (Newport County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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