League Two
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Barnet 2-0 Newport County

John Akinde
John Akinde's brace took his tally up to nine league goals for the season so far

Barnet beat 10-man Newport County in League Two thanks to a second-half brace from John Akinde at The Hive.

The game's crucial moment saw Newport's Medy Elito sent off for a foul on Aaron McLean in the area and Akinde rolled into the bottom corner from the spot.

Barnet keeper Ian Lawlor saved a Scott Boden header as the visitors searched for an equaliser.

Akinde tapped into an empty net after a defensive mistake from Newport in the closing stages to make the points safe.

Victory saw the Bees secure back-to-back league wins for the first time since October and avenge their 1-0 FA Cup second-round loss at home to Newport on 5 December.

Barnet manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio London:

"It was a good result, it was nice for the supporters to see us play so well again.

"After they beat us here quite comfortably a few weeks ago, there's been a significant improvement in our play and I've got to say I was delighted with the players and really pleased for the supporters.

"The players have looked much more confident, much more comfortable in possession and out of possession."

Newport County boss John Sheridan told BBC Radio Wales:

"I think it (the sending-off) was a diabolical decision. I don't know what he has given it for.

"The referee has changed the game with that decision. It's ridiculous.

"We had four or five really good chances. Even when we went down to 10 men, we had a go. I can't fault the lads' effort.

"There was no danger of us losing the game if he (the referee) hadn't given that decision."

Line-ups

Barnet

Formation 4-4-2

  • 33Lawlor
  • 2Hoyte
  • 4Dembélé
  • 5N'Gala
  • 3Johnson
  • 7Yiadom
  • 8WestonSubstituted forTaylorat 90'minutes
  • 14Togwell
  • 12Gambin
  • 9AkindeBooked at 63minsSubstituted forLisbieat 90+6'minutes
  • 24McLeanSubstituted forGashat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Lisbie
  • 16Champion
  • 17Muggleton
  • 18Gash
  • 26Odofin
  • 31McKenzie-Lyle
  • 40Taylor

Newport

Formation 4-4-2

  • 30Day
  • 2Holmes
  • 12DonacienBooked at 11mins
  • 18Bennett
  • 16Hughes
  • 23RodmanSubstituted forBarnum-Bobbat 36'minutesSubstituted forBarrowat 60'minutes
  • 33Byrne
  • 4O'SullivanSubstituted forCollinsat 71'minutes
  • 7ElitoBooked at 53mins
  • 10John-Lewis
  • 19Boden

Substitutes

  • 3Barrow
  • 6Taylor
  • 15Green
  • 20Owen-Evans
  • 22Parselle
  • 24Barnum-Bobb
  • 39Collins
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
1,831

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnetAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away17
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnet 2, Newport County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnet 2, Newport County 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aaron Collins (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Byrne (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Kevin Lisbie replaces John Akinde.

  6. Post update

    Luke Gambin (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Scott Bennett (Newport County).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Harry Taylor replaces Curtis Weston.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Barnet 2, Newport County 0. John Akinde (Barnet) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gavin Hoyte.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Michael Gash replaces Aaron McLean.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lenell John-Lewis (Newport County).

  12. Post update

    Gavin Hoyte (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Barrow (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andrew Hughes (Newport County) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Akinde (Barnet) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andrew Hughes (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Bira Dembélé.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Togwell (Barnet) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aaron McLean (Barnet) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.