The FA Cup - Third Round
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Newport County 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn will meet Oxford in the fourth round of the FA Cup after winning a feisty match at Newport.

Half-time substitute Jordan Rhodes headed home a superb winner for the Championship side, who had Chris Brown dismissed after 10 minutes for a scything tackle on Medy Elito.

Rovers had taken an early lead through a Ben Marshall penalty before Mark Byrne equalised from 25 yards.

League Two Newport had goalkeeper Joe Day sent off in injury time.

Day was dismissed for a professional foul on Rovers substitute Craig Conway, bringing down his opponent with a clumsy challenge just outside his area.

It was a frustrating end to a night that could have been very different for the Welsh side, especially given that Scott Boden wasted a wonderful chance to earn a replay, missing the target from six yards with a free header on 80 minutes.

This was arguably Newport's biggest FA Cup match since they lost 2-0 at Sunderland's Roker Park 30 years ago. And it was only the second game in charge for Warren Feeney, who took over following the departure of John Sheridan to Oldham last week - but it got off to a terrible start for the home side.

The original tie was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch but despite a tricky surface Marshall assuredly slotted home a penalty he won after being clipped by Scott Barrow with just eight minutes played.

Referee Charles Breakspear was back at the centre of the action just 90 seconds later, showing Brown a straight red card for his challenge on Elito.

With a man advantage, Newport soon found their rhythm against Paul Lambert's side and drew level before half-time via Byrne's thunderous strike, which went in off the underside of the bar.

Byrne had already gone close before scoring and Connor Dymond struck the woodwork for the home side.

However, Wales midfielder Tom Lawrence will have impressed his watching international manager Chris Coleman when his pinpoint cross was headed home by Rhodes in front of the away fans.

Newport manager Warren Feeney: "I am disappointed with the second-half performance but I can't be too hard on these players after that effort.

"The league is obviously our priority despite this being a big game for us. I'm proud of the performance of the players."

Blackburn manager Paul Lambert: "We looked to be positive even a man down and in the second half only one side looked like winning it.

"We hope to have more good news for fans on Tuesday, with a new signing."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 30DayBooked at 90mins
  • 2Holmes
  • 12Donacien
  • 16Hughes
  • 5Davies
  • 3BarrowSubstituted forGreenat 90+6'minutes
  • 27DymondBooked at 73minsSubstituted forTaylorat 83'minutes
  • 33Byrne
  • 7ElitoSubstituted forOwen-Evansat 14'minutes
  • 19Boden
  • 39Collins

Substitutes

  • 6Taylor
  • 8Klukowski
  • 11Ralph
  • 14Ofori-Twumasi
  • 15Green
  • 20Owen-Evans
  • 22Parselle

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 10Marshall
  • 29EvansSubstituted forHenleyat 90'minutes
  • 5Hanley
  • 3Spurr
  • 31BennettSubstituted forRhodesat 45'minutes
  • 19TaylorBooked at 88mins
  • 26Lenihan
  • 16LawrenceBooked at 47minsSubstituted forConwayat 77'minutes
  • 9BrownBooked at 10mins
  • 21Akpan

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 11Rhodes
  • 14Olsson
  • 32Conway
  • 33Raya
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
5,083

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Newport County 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newport County 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joe Green.

Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Joe Green replaces Scott Barrow.

Dismissal

Joe Day (Newport County) is shown the red card.

Foul by Joe Day (Newport County).

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Henley replaces Corry Evans.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Chris Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Newport County) header from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Scott Barrow.

Booking

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aaron Collins (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt saved. Matt Taylor (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Barrow.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Jordan Rhodes tries a through ball, but Craig Conway is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Matt Taylor replaces Connor Dymond.

Attempt missed. Scott Boden (Newport County) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Collins with a cross.

Foul by Scott Barrow (Newport County).

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway replaces Tom Lawrence.

Goal!

Goal! Newport County 1, Blackburn Rovers 2. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross.

Booking

Connor Dymond (Newport County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Connor Dymond (Newport County).

Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Byrne (Newport County).

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ben Davies (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Scott Barrow (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Davies.

Connor Dymond (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Corry Evans.

Attempt missed. Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

Foul by Aaron Collins (Newport County).

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Mark Byrne (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Barrow.

Attempt blocked. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Janoi Donacien.

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