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Newport County 0-1 Portsmouth

Portsmouth's Matt Tubbs celebrates his goal with creator Kyle Bennett
Portsmouth's Matt Tubbs celebrates his goal with creator Kyle Bennett

Portsmouth won for the fifth time away from home this season to consign bottom club Newport to their ninth defeat.

Matt Tubbs scored the decisive goal, and his sixth this season, in first-half stoppage time when he converted Kyle Bennett's pass from eight yards.

Newport's Lenell John-Lewis had a header ruled out for a foul in the build-up but the home side struggled to create any meaningful chances.

Tubbs had chances to score again but one proved enough for the three points.

Newport County manager John Sheridan told BBC Radio Wales:

"There was nothing between the sides in the first half, I was happy with the way things were going.

"The difference was the naivety of some of our play at times, just giving the ball away when we had good position and making ourselves vulnerable.

"They had the players who didn't ignore the simple things, which makes good players. But our work-rate was really good."

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Solent:

"I'm pleased with the win, not pleased with the performance. I didn't think we played very well. I thought we were very fortunate to go in 1-0 at half time. I thought we were very sloppy in the first half.

"It was nice to keep a clean sheet today, some of the goals we have conceded have disappointed me.

"We missed Garrett Evans' energy today and that was there for all to see. We are just hoping to put a performance together that everyone can be proud of, but at the moment we are just like a stuttering engine, we are just not firing."

Line-ups

Newport

Formation 3-5-2

  • 30Day
  • 12Donacien
  • 18Bennett
  • 21Partridge
  • 24Barnum-Bobb
  • 33Byrne
  • 4O'Sullivan
  • 7Elito
  • 3BarrowBooked at 46minsSubstituted forRodmanat 65'minutes
  • 9AnsahSubstituted forBodenat 59'minutes
  • 10John-LewisSubstituted forCollinsat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Taylor
  • 2Holmes
  • 6Taylor
  • 8Klukowski
  • 19Boden
  • 23Rodman
  • 39Collins

Portsmouth

Formation 4-5-1

  • 27McCarey
  • 2Davies
  • 6Burgess
  • 4Webster
  • 3StevensBooked at 85mins
  • 14NaismithSubstituted forBocoat 59'minutes
  • 8Doyle
  • 11Roberts
  • 23Bennett
  • 15BartonSubstituted forHollandsat 68'minutes
  • 9TubbsSubstituted forLaveryat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Boco
  • 13Lavery
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Clarke
  • 24Murphy
  • 25Atangana
  • 29Hollands
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
3,298

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home5
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 0, Portsmouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newport County 0, Portsmouth 1.

  3. Post update

    Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Alex Rodman (Newport County).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Scott Bennett.

  6. Booking

    Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Enda Stevens (Portsmouth).

  8. Post update

    Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Scott Boden (Newport County).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Medy Elito (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Caolan Lavery replaces Matt Tubbs.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Byrne (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

  16. Post update

    Tommy O'Sullivan (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Danny Hollands replaces Adam Barton.

  18. Post update

    Mark Byrne (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Tommy O'Sullivan (Newport County).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth139222191229
2Portsmouth1375121111026
3Oxford Utd136611911824
4Mansfield1364321111022
5Leyton Orient136432418622
6Accrington136431712522
7Carlisle136432322122
8Wycombe126331710721
9Northampton136341916321
10Morecambe136252825320
11Bristol Rovers126151613319
12Luton135352318518
13Exeter135351920-118
14Cambridge134541719-217
15Notts County135261821-317
16Wimbledon134451519-416
17Hartlepool135171319-616
18Crawley134361520-515
19Barnet134181723-613
20Stevenage133461622-613
21York132561520-511
22Yeovil132381322-99
23Dag & Red131571424-108
24Newport13139723-166
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