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Newport County 2-0 Crawley Town

Newport's Padraig Amond is challenged by Joe McNerney
Newport and Crawley drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day

Newport County maintained their place in the League Two play-off spots with a crucial win over Crawley Town.

Defender Liam Shephard scored early in the second half, with an effort from 25 yards which beat keeper Glenn Morris.

Crawley's Tom Nichols was sent-off with a minute of normal time remaining after he caught goalscorer Shephard with an elbow.

Aaron Lewis sealed the win when he fired home during the 10 minutes of time added on at the end of the game.

County are seventh and three points ahead of eighth placed Exeter City following their first victory in four games while Crawley remain 12th after their three match unbeaten run was ended.

Newport County manager Michael Flynn said:

"They were brilliant tonight but you start thinking again, when you miss so many brilliant chances as we did that it might not be our night.

"But when Liam Shephard scores a deflected goal maybe it is your night and the obviously Aaron Lewis at the end with a great finish. I don't care who scores.

"We've got another tough game on Saturday now."

Line-ups

Newport

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1King
  • 32Shephard
  • 17Bennett
  • 28Demetriou
  • 14Lewis
  • 4Labadie
  • 10SheehanBooked at 67mins
  • 20HartiganBooked at 58mins
  • 3Haynes
  • 9Amond
  • 21CollinsSubstituted forMaynardat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Gambin
  • 18Maynard
  • 19Telford
  • 22Ellison
  • 27Scrimshaw
  • 30Townsend
  • 34Ledley

Crawley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Morris
  • 15DaviesBooked at 17mins
  • 19TunnicliffeBooked at 83mins
  • 5McNerney
  • 24CraigSubstituted forSesayat 85'minutes
  • 20MatthewsSubstituted forRodariat 56'minutes
  • 39Hessenthaler
  • 44Wright
  • 38TilleySubstituted forPowellat 74'minutes
  • 10Nadesan
  • 16NicholsBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 4Francomb
  • 8Powell
  • 18Sesay
  • 34Maguire-Drew
  • 35Rodari
  • 37Nelson
Referee:
Alan Young

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home14
Away2
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 2, Crawley Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newport County 2, Crawley Town 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Newport County 2, Crawley Town 0. Aaron Lewis (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicky Maynard.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Crawley Town. Jack Powell tries a through ball, but Joe McNerney is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Maynard (Newport County).

  6. Post update

    Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Liam Shephard (Newport County).

  8. Post update

    Davide Rodari (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Archie Davies.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by David Sesay.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nicky Maynard (Newport County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Padraig Amond.

  12. Dismissal

    Tom Nichols (Crawley Town) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

  13. Post update

    Liam Shephard (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tom Nichols (Crawley Town).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. David Sesay replaces Tony Craig.

  16. Booking

    Jordan Tunnicliffe (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Padraig Amond (Newport County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicky Maynard.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Nicky Maynard replaces Lewis Collins.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Padraig Amond (Newport County).

  20. Post update

    Jordan Tunnicliffe (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge432381266432377
2Cheltenham422291155361975
3Bolton432110125347673
4Morecambe43219136557872
5Tranmere431912125348569
6Forest Green421812125448666
7Newport4218111351411065
8Exeter4216141265461962
9Salford4216141248331562
10Leyton Orient431710165047361
11Carlisle42179165547860
12Crawley431611165255-359
13Bradford421610164748-158
14Port Vale43169185552357
15Oldham43159197072-254
16Stevenage431217143638-253
17Harrogate43158204552-753
18Mansfield431119135052-252
19Walsall431019144351-849
20Scunthorpe42138214157-1647
21Colchester431017164360-1747
22Barrow421210204955-646
23Southend43814212455-3138
24Grimsby42813213262-3037
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