League Two
NewportNewport County1PlymouthPlymouth Argyle2
Ryan Brunt celebrates his goal at Rodney Parade
Ryan Brunt's winner was his fourth of the season for Argyle

League Two leaders Plymouth fought back to deny former manager John Sheridan's Newport County a point at Rodney Parade and open a three-point gap at the top.

County led at half-time after Scott Boden lobbed goalkeeper Luke McCormick following Lenell John-Lewis' flick-on.

But Jake Jervis' close-range header turned the tables three minutes after the break as Argyle took control.

Newport held out until Ryan Brunt had time to turn and fire in left-footed 20-minutes from time.

The Exiles - who are 29 points and 19 places behind Plymouth - rallied, but Mark Byrne was twice denied by McCormick.

Newport manager Sheridan told BBC Radio Wales: "The biggest downer for me, again, is giving the lead away. I thought we played well in the first half and deserved the lead.

"We should have more points from the last few games we've played, but I'm not making excuses - we've got to know how to see games through.

"We've played a team who are top of the league and I thought we were the better team - their best player was their keeper (McCormick)."

Newport celebrate taking the lead against Plymouth Argyle
Newport took the lead in the 24th minute

Line-ups

Newport

  • 30Day
  • 24Barnum-Bobb
  • 12Donacien
  • 21Partridge
  • 3BarrowSubstituted forCollinsat 71'minutes
  • 4O'Sullivan
  • 16Hughes
  • 33Byrne
  • 18Bennett
  • 19Boden
  • 10John-Lewis

Substitutes

  • 2Holmes
  • 6Taylor
  • 14Ofori-Twumasi
  • 15Green
  • 20Owen-Evans
  • 22Parselle
  • 39Collins

Plymouth

  • 23McCormick
  • 2Mellor
  • 5NelsonBooked at 83mins
  • 6HartleyBooked at 53mins
  • 3Sawyer
  • 4McHugh
  • 11WyldeSubstituted forSimpsonat 45'minutes
  • 26ThrelkeldBooked at 44mins
  • 27TannerSubstituted forPurringtonat 80'minutes
  • 14JervisBooked at 87mins
  • 17Brunt

Substitutes

  • 8Simpson
  • 9Reid
  • 15Harvey
  • 16Purrington
  • 18Smalley
  • 24Rooney
  • 31Walton
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
4,314

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home8
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 1, Plymouth Argyle 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newport County 1, Plymouth Argyle 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Collins (Newport County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  4. Booking

    Jake Jervis (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Brunt (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jake Jervis (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Booking

    Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Matt Partridge (Newport County).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Ben Purrington replaces Craig Tanner.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott Bennett (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tommy O'Sullivan (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mark Byrne (Newport County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Byrne (Newport County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lenell John-Lewis (Newport County) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Aaron Collins replaces Scott Barrow.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Newport County 1, Plymouth Argyle 2. Ryan Brunt (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matt Partridge.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

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