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Port Vale 1-2 Newport County

Newport County saw their woodwork rattled as Port Vale pushed for an equaliser
Newport County saw their woodwork rattled as Port Vale pushed for an equaliser

Newport County climbed to second as Dan Butler scored the winner at Port Vale.

The Exiles led through Scot Bennett when he latched onto a loose ball to score past Vale goalkeeper Scott Brown.

Tom Pope equalised with a header from a corner, his 56th goal at Vale Park setting a new record at the ground.

But when Mark Harris' cross was missed by Padraig Amond - who was later forced off with a head injury - Newport left-back Butler was following up to find the bottom corner.

Vale pushed hard for an equaliser, having a strong appeal for handball waved away before Ricky Miller hit the post with a curling effort, but have now lost five of their last six games.

Newport manager Mike Flynn said:

"Pope's a handful but I thought the boys dealt with it tremendously... they're tough, they hit the post twice.

"But we had a few chances as well and because of the way we defended and the way we went about it, I thought we deserved the win.

"That for me was the most important win this season."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 23Clark
  • 5Legge
  • 13Rawlinson
  • 3MontañoSubstituted forGibbonsat 72'minutes
  • 7Worrall
  • 4JoyceBooked at 83mins
  • 25HardcastleSubstituted forMillerat 61'minutes
  • 11Hannant
  • 19DoddsSubstituted forWhitfieldat 60'minutes
  • 9Pope

Substitutes

  • 2Gibbons
  • 6Kay
  • 10Miller
  • 12Hornby
  • 14Quigley
  • 15Smith
  • 24Whitfield

Newport

  • 1Day
  • 2Pipe
  • 5Franks
  • 17Bennett
  • 28Demetriou
  • 3Butler
  • 8Dolan
  • 15Bakinson
  • 16SheehanSubstituted forO'Brienat 79'minutes
  • 9AmondSubstituted forMattat 60'minutes
  • 14M HarrisSubstituted forMarsh-Brownat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Marsh-Brown
  • 11Matt
  • 20Pring
  • 21Hornby-Forbes
  • 25O'Brien
  • 30Townsend
  • 33Cooper
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
4,485

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home18
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 1, Newport County 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Newport County 2.

Attempt missed. Tyreeq Bakinson (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Keanu Marsh-Brown replaces Mark Harris.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by David Pipe.

Attempt blocked. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by James Gibbons (Port Vale).

Mickey Demetriou (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Mitchell Clark (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mark Harris (Newport County).

Attempt missed. Mitchell Clark (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Ricky Miller (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Luke Joyce (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Joyce (Port Vale).

Matthew Dolan (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Matthew Dolan (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark O'Brien (Newport County).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Mickey Demetriou.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Mark O'Brien replaces Josh Sheehan.

Ricky Miller (Port Vale) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt blocked. Tyreeq Bakinson (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Ricky Miller (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Luke Hannant (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mickey Demetriou (Newport County).

Attempt saved. Ricky Miller (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Ricky Miller (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. James Gibbons replaces Cristian Montaño.

Attempt missed. Ricky Miller (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

David Worrall (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matthew Dolan (Newport County).

Foul by Luke Hannant (Port Vale).

Josh Sheehan (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by David Pipe.

Attempt blocked. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dan Butler (Newport County).

Attempt blocked. Cristian Montaño (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City65101441016
2Newport641187113
3MK Dons633063312
4Colchester6321134911
5Yeovil632193611
6Oldham632195411
7Forest Green6240105510
8Mansfield624084410
9Exeter631286210
10Carlisle631277010
11Tranmere62317619
12Swindon62311112-19
13Stevenage62226608
14Crewe62139817
15Bury621389-17
16Crawley6213810-27
17Cambridge6213610-47
18Northampton613278-16
19Port Vale620467-16
20Grimsby612358-35
21Cheltenham611437-44
22Morecambe6105314-113
23Macclesfield6024513-82
24Notts County6015616-101
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