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Morecambe 1-1 Newport County: Matt finish puts County in play-offs

Jamille Matt
Jamille Matt's late equaliser was his 20th goal of the season

Newport County snatched the final League Two play-off spot thanks to a late equaliser from Jamille Matt.

Former Newport academy graduate Aaron Collins had looked set to break hearts at his former club when he gave the hosts a first-half lead.

The Exiles struggled to produce their best form but did come close through striker Padraig Amond, as Morecambe missed several chances to make it 2-0.

But Matt's 87th-minute goal saw Newport claim the point they required.

Exeter's failure to beat Forest Green means County finish the season seventh and will face Mansfield Town in the play-offs.

Newport County boss Michael Flynn told BBC Sport Wales:

"I am feeling a lot better than I was earlier because we were outplayed today, Morecambe had a lot of chances and for whatever reason we were not at it at all.

"So to get that goal at the end, it says everything about the boys and their 'never say die' attitude,

"They kept going and because of that they have got their just rewards and we have made it to the play-offs.

"We huffed and puffed... we were not at it in the final third or at the back. But we kept going and it was an agonising wait to find out if the draw was enough.

"If I am being honest I felt sick all the way through the game, my nerves were terrible."

Line-ups

Morecambe

  • 21Halstead
  • 12Sutton
  • 16LavelleBooked at 90mins
  • 5Old
  • 3Conlan
  • 24McKaySubstituted forMingoiaat 78'minutes
  • 8FlemingBooked at 63mins
  • 19Mendes GomesSubstituted forMandevilleat 45'minutes
  • 31Collins
  • 27Cranston
  • 9OliverBooked at 42minsSubstituted forEllisonat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Roche
  • 4Kenyon
  • 7Bennett
  • 11Ellison
  • 17Mandeville
  • 25Hedley
  • 26Mingoia

Newport

  • 1Day
  • 26PooleSubstituted forMcKirdyat 74'minutes
  • 25O'BrienBooked at 55mins
  • 28Demetriou
  • 7WillmottBooked at 87mins
  • 8DolanSubstituted forAzeezat 58'minutes
  • 16SheehanSubstituted forMarsh-Brownat 86'minutes
  • 17Bennett
  • 3Butler
  • 11Matt
  • 9Amond

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 10Marsh-Brown
  • 14Azeez
  • 15Bakinson
  • 22Crofts
  • 27McKirdy
Referee:
Neil Hair
Attendance:
2,776

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away20
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away10
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Morecambe 1, Newport County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morecambe 1, Newport County 1.

Booking

Sam Lavelle (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jamille Matt (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Lavelle (Morecambe).

Goal!

Goal! Morecambe 1, Newport County 1. Jamille Matt (Newport County) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adebayo Azeez.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Keanu Marsh-Brown replaces Josh Sheehan.

Harry McKirdy (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ritchie Sutton (Morecambe).

Hand ball by Jordan Cranston (Morecambe).

Attempt saved. Liam Mandeville (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Jordan Cranston (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Mark Halstead.

Attempt missed. Harry McKirdy (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Kevin Ellison replaces Vadaine Oliver.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Piero Mingoia replaces Paul McKay.

Foul by Mickey Demetriou (Newport County).

Liam Mandeville (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Harry McKirdy replaces Regan Poole.

Attempt blocked. Dan Butler (Newport County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Regan Poole.

Attempt saved. Aaron Collins (Morecambe) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Collins (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Aaron Collins (Morecambe) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Robbie Willmott (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

Foul by Scot Bennett (Newport County).

Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Jordan Cranston (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Adebayo Azeez replaces Matthew Dolan.

Attempt missed. Scot Bennett (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Luke Conlan.

Attempt missed. Paul McKay (Morecambe) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Mark O'Brien (Newport County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark O'Brien (Newport County).

Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Mark O'Brien.

Attempt missed. Aaron Collins (Morecambe) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City462316773433085
2Bury4622131182562679
3MK Dons4623101371492279
4Mansfield4620161069412876
5Forest Green4620141268472174
6Tranmere4620131363501373
7Newport462011155959071
8Colchester4620101665531270
9Exeter4619131460491170
10Stevenage462010165955470
11Carlisle46208186762568
12Crewe46198196059165
13Swindon461616145956364
14Oldham461614166760762
15Northampton461419136463161
16Cheltenham461512195768-1157
17Grimsby46168224556-1156
18Morecambe461412205470-1654
19Crawley46158235168-1753
20Port Vale461213213955-1649
21Cambridge461211234066-2647
22Macclesfield461014224874-2644
23Notts County46914234884-3641
24Yeovil46913244166-2540
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