On-loan Jacob Blyth marked his debut with a goal to set Northampton on course for victory over Newport County.

Blyth's short-range 30th minute header was followed three minutes later by an angled finish by Roy O'Donovan.

Goalkeeper Matt Duke pulled off a series of superb saves, with Chris Zebroski deprived three times.

Newport pressed forward in the second half, but Gary Deegan's scruffy late goal killed them off before Conor Washington's late consolation.

It was a sobering experience for Newport at the end of a remarkable first week back in the Football League fold, which had seen them put four goals past Accrington Stanley and knock Championship Brighton out of the Capital One Cup.

Justin Edinburgh's team enjoyed long periods of pressure but found it difficult to get past the Cobblers' defence - and man-of-the-match Duke in particular.

Northampton, on the other hand, took full advantage when Newport goalkeeper Jamie Stephens hesitated for Flynn's opening goal and again when O'Donovan sprung the visitors' offside trap.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"It was a tough game that one. It takes a game like that to let your players know what the Football League is all about.

"They have a lovely summer and they come back and have to hit the ground running.

"I think we gave them two or three opportunities to allow them to get back into it. But overall I think the result was deserved."

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"I think the score line was very harsh on us. Anyone who was here today will know we gave a very good account of ourselves and the score line perhaps doesn't reflect the game really.

"We've not been ruthless enough in their box and we're disappointed with the goals we've conceded. But listen, it's a learning curve. If you don't take your chances then you've got to make sure you don't give easy chances away."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Northampton

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 Amankwaah
  • 03 Widdowson Booked
  • 06 Collins
  • 12 Tozer
  • 04 Carter
  • 08 Morris
  • 17 Deegan
  • 19 Emerton (Demontagnac - 77' )
  • 10 O'Donovan
  • 25 Blyth (Toney - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Snedker
  • 23 Heath
  • 07 Demontagnac
  • 16 Hooper
  • 20 Moyo
  • 22 Dias
  • 27 Toney

Newport County

  • 25 Stephens
  • 03 Hughes
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 22 Worley
  • 02 Pipe
  • 04 Porter (Crow - 62' )
  • 07 Chapman (Willmott - 79' )
  • 08 Minshull
  • 13 Sandell
  • 11 Zebroski (Washington - 79' )
  • 23 Jolley

Substitutes

  • 30 Bittner
  • 18 Jackson
  • 12 Willmott
  • 17 Flynn
  • 09 Crow
  • 14 Washington
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 4,319

Match Stats

Shots

8 17

On target

5 6

Corners

1 10

Fouls

15 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:57 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:34

Header at goal by Christian Jolley misses left of the target.

90:00 +0:45

Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:19

The assistant referee signals for offside against Conor Washington.

88:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Conor Washington - Northamp'n 3 - 1 Newport Conor Washington scores with a right foot finish. Northampton 3-1 Newport County.

85:50

Robbie Willmott restarts play with the free kick.

85:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Willmott by Ishmel Demontagnac.

85:18

Ivan Toney heads at goal. Jamie Stephens safely holds on.

84:59

Ian Morris sends in a cross.

84:36

Matt Duke takes the free kick.

84:21

Lee Minshull concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Carter.

83:06

Assist on the goal came from Roy O'Donovan.

83:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Deegan - Northamp'n 3 - 0 Newport Gary Deegan scores with their right foot. Northampton 3-0 Newport County.

82:42

Matt Duke takes the free kick.

82:05

Danny Crow concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Collins.

81:50

Robbie Willmott takes the free kick.

81:26

Foul by Ishmel Demontagnac on Andy Sandell, free kick awarded.

78:57 Substitution

Substitution Robbie Willmott on for Adam Chapman.

78:42 Substitution

Substitution (Newport County) makes a substitution, with Conor Washington coming on for Chris Zebroski.

76:54 Substitution

Substitution Danny Emerton goes off and Ishmel Demontagnac comes on.

75:01

Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Chapman.

74:31

Ismail Yakubu takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Matt Duke parries the ball away.

74:20

Free kick crossed by Andy Sandell.

73:50

Andy Sandell fouled by Kevin Amankwaah, the ref awards a free kick.

73:13 Substitution

Substitution Ivan Toney is brought on as a substitute for Jacob Blyth.

71:45

Centre by Ian Morris.

70:46

Free kick taken by Matt Duke.

70:22

The assistant referee signals for offside against Danny Crow.

69:00

Free kick taken by Jamie Stephens.

68:26

Andrew Hughes fouled by Roy O'Donovan, the ref awards a free kick.

67:45

Free kick taken by Adam Chapman.

67:25

Foul by Kevin Amankwaah on Adam Chapman, free kick awarded.

66:10

Kevin Amankwaah takes the free kick.

65:57

Unfair challenge on Roy O'Donovan by Andrew Hughes results in a free kick.

65:18

Harry Worley takes the free kick.

65:00

Christian Jolley fouled by Darren Carter, the ref awards a free kick.

63:54

Lee Collins restarts play with the free kick.

63:37

Chris Zebroski challenges Darren Carter unfairly and gives away a free kick.

61:58 Substitution

Substitution Danny Crow replaces Max Porter.

60:17

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Sandell.

58:05

Ismail Yakubu gets a header at goal. Matt Duke safely holds on.

57:05

Shot by Darren Carter went over.

53:49

Chris Zebroski has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

53:30

Corner taken by Adam Chapman.

53:12

Corner taken by Andy Sandell.

52:38 Booking

Booking

52:38

Booking for Joe Widdowson for dissent.

51:32

Danny Emerton sends in a cross.

51:01

The ball is swung over by Andy Sandell.

50:41

Corner taken by Andy Sandell.

50:00

Adam Chapman restarts play with the free kick.

49:46

Gary Deegan challenges Max Porter unfairly and gives away a free kick.

47:54

Ismail Yakubu takes the free kick.

47:25

Joe Widdowson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Max Porter.

45:41

Shot by David Pipe went over.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:17 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:48

Shot comes in from Andy Sandell from the free kick.

45:00 +0:12

Ian Morris challenges Lee Minshull unfairly and gives away a free kick.

44:17

Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Chapman.

43:36

Chance falls to Chris Zebroski who heads at goal. Matt Duke parries the ball away.

43:18

Free kick crossed by Adam Chapman.

43:02

Unfair challenge on Andy Sandell by Gary Deegan results in a free kick.

39:55

Andy Sandell crosses the ball.

38:39

Shot by Chris Zebroski.

37:44

The ball is swung over by Christian Jolley.

36:39

Matt Duke takes the free kick.

36:07

Unfair challenge on Joe Widdowson by Chris Zebroski results in a free kick.

35:17

Darren Carter crosses the ball in from the free kick.

34:56

Unfair challenge on Darren Carter by Andrew Hughes results in a free kick.

34:19

Harry Worley restarts play with the free kick.

34:14

Roy O'Donovan is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

34:05

Free kick taken by Lee Collins.

33:54

Chris Zebroski challenges Lee Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick.

32:45

Shot by Christian Jolley missed to the right of the target.

32:20

Jamie Stephens takes the free kick.

32:02

Joe Widdowson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ismail Yakubu.

30:40

Free kick taken by Matt Duke.

30:33

The referee blows for offside.

26:41

Ian Morris provided the assist for the goal.

26:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Roy O'Donovan - Northamp'n 2 - 0 Newport Roy O'Donovan scores with their right foot. Northampton 2-0 Newport County.

26:15

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Sandell.

25:36

Ismail Yakubu takes a shot.

25:17

Adam Chapman takes the free kick.

25:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Sandell by Danny Emerton.

24:02

Assist by Ian Morris.

24:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Jacob Blyth - Northamp'n 1 - 0 Newport Jacob Blyth grabs a goal with a headed effort. Northampton 1-0 Newport County.

22:51

Free kick crossed by Jamie Stephens.

22:42

The referee blows for offside.

22:14

Jamie Stephens takes the free kick.

21:46

Unfair challenge on Lee Minshull by Jacob Blyth results in a free kick.

21:38

Corner from the right by-line taken by Darren Carter.

19:55

Clearance made by Andy Sandell.

19:45

Ian Morris crosses the ball.

17:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Harry Worley by Jacob Blyth.

15:51

Roy O'Donovan has an effort at goal.

14:29

Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

14:22

Foul by Christian Jolley on Lee Collins, free kick awarded.

13:26

Jacob Blyth takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

10:57

Free kick crossed by Adam Chapman.

10:46

Ben Tozer manages to make a clearance.

10:45

Unfair challenge on Adam Chapman by Danny Emerton results in a free kick.

10:39

The ball is sent over by Christian Jolley.

9:26

Chris Zebroski has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

9:16

A cross is delivered by David Pipe.

8:57

Chris Zebroski takes a shot.

8:18

Header by Chris Zebroski goes over the bar.

8:01

David Pipe crosses the ball.

7:33

Jamie Stephens restarts play with the free kick.

7:28

The assistant referee flags for offside against Roy O'Donovan.

7:18

Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

7:07

The referee blows for offside against Christian Jolley.

6:22

Free kick taken by Matt Duke.

5:53

Lee Minshull challenges Ben Tozer unfairly and gives away a free kick.

4:44

Jacob Blyth takes a fantastic shot and went wide left of the net.

4:08

Max Porter takes a fantastic shot and missed to the left of the net.

3:24

Corner taken by Adam Chapman from the left by-line.

3:01

Corner taken by Adam Chapman from the left by-line.

2:21

Headed chance falls to Christian Jolley. A parry by Matt Duke prevents the goal.

1:58

Corner from the left by-line taken by Adam Chapman.

1:30

The ball is crossed by Christian Jolley.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

0:00

Chris Zebroski has a headed effort at goal.

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