Newport County kept up the pressure on Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Grimsby Town after coming from behind to win at promotion rivals Forest Green Rovers.

Steve Brogan put Rovers ahead from Chris Stokes' cross on the left byline.

Newport equalised when goalkeeper Sam Russell misjudged a corner and Ben Swallow's kick went straight in.

Ryan Charles, cutting in from the right, then put County ahead before Rovers' Jamie Turley was sent off after being shown a second yellow card.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Rovers Manager David Hockaday told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We were the better team, we've had all the chances.

"I cannot fault any member of my team for the effort they've put in.

"It was there for us to go on and win - at 1-0 I couldn't see them scoring.

"We've had strong appeals for penalties, balls kicked off the line, it just wasn't our day today."

Newport County Manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"I thought we were very professional and solid in the first half but had a disasterious start to the second half.

"It took one or two good saves by the goalkeeper to keep it at 1-0 but we showed good character.

"We were a bit fortunate with our first goal, but the second one to win it was a top draw finish."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green

  • 23 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes
  • 05 Turley Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 21 Racine
  • 22 Green (Bangura - 78' )
  • 08 Klukowski (Styche - 77' )
  • 12 Collins
  • 28 Brogan
  • 14 Taylor
  • 20 Norwood Booked (Vieira - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Oshodi
  • 04 Bangura
  • 09 Styche
  • 10 Vieira
  • 27 Jarvis

Newport County

  • 01 Julian
  • 03 Hughes
  • 05 James
  • 06 Yakubu Booked
  • 02 Pipe Booked (Anthony - 90' )
  • 04 Porter
  • 16 Evans
  • 17 Flynn
  • 07 O'Connor
  • 20 Smith (Swallow - 62' )
  • 25 Washington (Charles - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 21 Anthony
  • 08 Minshull
  • 12 Swallow
  • 11 Charles
Ref: Barratt
Att: 2,332

Match Stats

Shots

8 6

On target

5 4

Corners

6 4

Fouls

10 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:12 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +4:01

Direct free kick taken by Alan Julian.

90:00 +4:01 Substitution

Substitution Byron Anthony replaces David Pipe.

90:00 +4:01

The referee penalises Matt Taylor for handball.

90:00 +1:19

Ryan Charles produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Sam Russell.

90:00 +1:19 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee red cards Jamie Turley for second bookable offence.

90:00 +0:56

Jamie Turley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Evans.

89:36

Effort from outside the area by Ben Swallow goes wide right of the goal.

89:14

Matt Taylor delivers the ball, Andrew Hughes makes a clearance.

88:48

Aaron O'Connor concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Turley. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

86:19 Substitution

Substitution Magno Vieira comes on in place of James Norwood.

83:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Charles by Steve Brogan. Direct free kick taken by Ben Swallow. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Evans from the left by-line, clearance made by Jamie Turley.

81:54

The referee blows for offside against Reece Styche. Alan Julian takes the free kick.

80:00

The official flags Jamie Collins offside. Indirect free kick taken by Alan Julian.

76:07

Sam Russell takes the free kick.

76:07 Substitution

Substitution Al Bangura joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Green.

76:07 Substitution

Substitution (Forest Green) makes a substitution, with Reece Styche coming on for Yan Klukowski.

76:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron O'Connor on Jamie Collins.

73:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Charles - Forest Grn 1 - 2 Newport A goal is scored by Ryan Charles from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Forest Green 1-2 Newport County.

71:40

Lee Evans takes a shot. Sam Russell makes a save.

69:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Swallow - Forest Grn 1 - 1 Newport Ben Swallow scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Forest Green 1-1 Newport County.

69:01

Corner taken by Ben Swallow from the right by-line played to the near post,

66:53

Lee Evans takes the direct free kick.

66:53 Booking

Booking Booking for James Norwood.

66:36

Foul by James Norwood on David Pipe, free kick awarded.

65:02

Corner from left by-line taken by Lee Evans.

64:20

A cross is delivered by James Norwood, save by Alan Julian.

60:54 Substitution

Substitution Ben Swallow comes on in place of Michael Smith.

60:54 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Charles replaces Conor Washington.

60:25

Effort from just outside the box by James Norwood goes over the bar.

59:47

Steve Brogan takes the outswinging corner, Ismail Yakubu manages to make a clearance.

59:01

Chris Stokes delivers the ball, blocked by David Pipe. Steve Brogan takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Michael Smith.

52:41

James Norwood produces a cross.

51:44

Effort from outside the penalty area by Max Porter goes wide left of the target.

50:40

Foul by Lee Evans on Jamie Collins, free kick awarded. Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

49:06

Inswinging corner taken by Steve Brogan from the right by-line, Tony James makes a clearance.

48:23

Free kick taken by Steve Brogan.

48:23 Booking

Booking David Pipe receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

48:09

David Pipe concedes a free kick for a foul on James Norwood.

46:12

Assist on the goal came from Chris Stokes.

46:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Steve Brogan - Forest Grn 1 - 0 Newport Goal scored by Steve Brogan from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Forest Green 1-0 Newport County.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +3:28 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +2:02

David Pipe produces a cross.

45:00 +1:15

Foul by Paul Green on Michael Smith, free kick awarded. Tony James takes the direct free kick.

45:00 +0:51

Chris Stokes delivers the ball, Ismail Yakubu makes a clearance.

44:21

Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

44:21 Booking

Booking Ismail Yakubu shown a yellow card.

44:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ismail Yakubu on Aarran Racine.

40:57

Long distance effort from Steve Brogan misses to the left of the goal.

38:51

Conor Washington crosses the ball, clearance by Jamie Turley.

35:50

The ball is delivered by Steve Brogan.

35:30

Short corner taken by Steve Brogan.

35:10

Matt Taylor takes a shot. Save by Alan Julian.

34:39

Unfair challenge on Max Porter by Jamie Collins results in a free kick. David Pipe restarts play with the free kick.

33:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Max Porter by Steve Brogan. Tony James restarts play with the free kick.

31:06

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Steve Brogan played to the near post, James Norwood takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Smith. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Steve Brogan.

28:36

Andrew Hughes fouled by James Norwood, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Hughes.

23:45

Steve Brogan takes a shot. Save made by Alan Julian.

20:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Brogan on Michael Flynn. Tony James restarts play with the free kick.

19:57

Shot from just outside the box by James Norwood goes over the bar.

18:57

Steve Brogan takes a shot. Save by Alan Julian.

18:40

Chris Stokes produces a cross, Tony James manages to make a clearance.

16:57

The ball is delivered by Michael Smith, blocked by Chris Stokes.

15:48

The official flags Matt Taylor offside. Andrew Hughes restarts play with the free kick.

15:17

Steve Brogan challenges Michael Flynn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony James restarts play with the free kick.

12:21

Direct free kick taken by Tony James.

12:21 Booking

Booking Jamie Turley receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

12:04

Unfair challenge on Lee Evans by Jamie Turley results in a free kick.

8:54

James Norwood is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Alan Julian.

0:24

Inswinging corner taken by Lee Evans from the left by-line played to the near post, Jamie Turley makes a clearance.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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