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Newport County 3-1 Northampton Town

Jamille Matt scored from close range to put Newport County back into the lead
Jamille Matt scored from close range to put Newport County back into the lead

Newport County produced a dazzling first-half display to stay in the hunt for a League Two promotion place.

Josh Sheehan curled in an early opening goal for the hosts, only for Andy Williams to find a swift equaliser when he collected David Buchanan's cross to score past Joe Day.

Newport took back control when Jamille Matt diverted Mark O'Brien's header into the net.

Then Padraig Amond clinched it with a rocket past past David Cornell.

Newport manager Mike Flynn told BBC Sport Wales: "We were excellent. What Cheltenham did to us (beating Newport 2-1 on Saturday) we did to Northampton today and it was a very professional performance.

"I'm glad we won today because... if we would have lost the fans would have said 'oh, their eyes are elsewhere, their heads are elsewhere' (with continuing speculation linking Flynn with the vacant manager's job at Shrewsbury). It's a load of nonsense.

"I'm fully focused on my job at Newport County and I still haven't heard anything (from Shrewsbury). I suppose if I was going to hear something I or my agent would have had a 'phone call, or the club would have.

"There's been no 'phone call, I'm Newport manager and I will be managing against Wrexham (in the FA Cup) on Saturday."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 1Day
  • 28Demetriou
  • 5Franks
  • 25O'Brien
  • 2Pipe
  • 16Sheehan
  • 15Bakinson
  • 22Crofts
  • 3Butler
  • 11MattSubstituted forSemenyoat 82'minutes
  • 9Amond

Substitutes

  • 14M Harris
  • 18Foulston
  • 20Pring
  • 30Townsend
  • 33Cooper
  • 38Collins
  • 42Semenyo

Northampton

  • 1Cornell
  • 4Odoffin
  • 3Buchanan
  • 16Pierre
  • 6Taylor
  • 8Foley
  • 17McWilliams
  • 21O'TooleSubstituted forWatersat 45'minutes
  • 7HoskinsSubstituted forRobertsat 84'minutes
  • 10van VeenSubstituted forPowellat 63'minutes
  • 9Williams

Substitutes

  • 11Powell
  • 18Turnbull
  • 19Bridge
  • 20Waters
  • 28Roberts
  • 31Williams
  • 34Ward
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
2,730

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home3
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Newport County 3, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newport County 3, Northampton Town 1.

Attempt missed. Ash Taylor (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tyreeq Bakinson.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Mark O'Brien.

Attempt saved. Daniel Powell (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Morgan Roberts replaces Sam Hoskins.

Attempt missed. Daniel Powell (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Antoine Semenyo replaces Jamille Matt.

Foul by Jamille Matt (Newport County).

Hakeem Odoffin (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Mickey Demetriou (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andy Williams (Northampton Town).

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by David Cornell.

Attempt saved. Jamille Matt (Newport County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Daniel Powell replaces Kevin van Veen.

Mark O'Brien (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

Dan Butler (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kevin van Veen (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tyreeq Bakinson (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ash Taylor (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Kevin van Veen (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Newport County 3, Northampton Town 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Billy Waters replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

Half Time

First Half ends, Newport County 3, Northampton Town 1.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Mickey Demetriou.

Delay in match Mickey Demetriou (Newport County) because of an injury.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Mark O'Brien.

Dan Butler (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shaun McWilliams (Northampton Town).

Foul by Padraig Amond (Newport County).

Hakeem Odoffin (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Andy Williams (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Newport County 3, Northampton Town 1. Padraig Amond (Newport County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Tyreeq Bakinson.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by David Buchanan.

Goal!

Goal! Newport County 2, Northampton Town 1. Jamille Matt (Newport County) header from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Dan Butler.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1MK Dons20117230131740
2Lincoln City19115334171738
3Colchester20105533191435
4Newport2010553132-135
5Bury2096538211733
6Mansfield19711127141332
7Exeter208752921831
8Tranmere208753025531
9Stevenage209472625131
10Forest Green207942820830
11Carlisle208392525027
12Swindon207672328-527
13Oldham206862621526
14Crawley198292730-326
15Crewe207492124-325
16Port Vale207492023-325
17Northampton205872528-323
18Grimsby2064101927-822
19Yeovil185672322121
20Morecambe2063111932-1321
21Cambridge2054111934-1519
22Cheltenham1945101830-1217
23Notts County2037102241-1916
24Macclesfield2034131637-2113
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