Mansfield's Sam Clucas ended Newport's 100% home record as he rescued a draw as both sides finished with 10 men.

Newport led through Chris Zebroski's first-half headed goal, converting Adam Chapman's wickedly in-swinging corner.

But Mansfield got back on level terms after the break as Clucas scored from a similarly well-worked corner.

Newport's Lee Minshull was sent off for leading with his elbow on Martin Riley, but Mansfield's Matt Rhead soon followed for a second yellow card.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"I'm disappointed, not with the effort and commitment as I never doubt that from my players, but I didn't think we were brave enough or good enough in possession of the ball and that's probably the worst we've played for a long time

"Everyone got caught up in the physical side of the game and... we were 100 miles an hour and trying to get in with one pass, but I can't criticise them for the way they competed.

"It was a heated game, there was one or two incidents that were let go where I thought that if they were dealt with early on then the game wouldn't have got a little bit out of control."

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I thought we were unlucky not to come away with all three points from the chances we had in the first half alone. If we had taken two or three of the chances we created in the first half we would have been out of sight.

"But it's a tough place to come. We would have probably taken a point before the game but I just feel we were probably worth a little bit more.

"I think we are getting better at a lot of things. The players are building a belief and spirit and we were resolute throughout the game. Alan Marriott has only had one save to make apart from the goal.

"But we found a goalkeeper in inspired form. If we just had a bit of luck up top we could have got all three points."

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (5)

Newport County

  • 01 Pidgeley
  • 02 Pipe
  • 03 Hughes
  • 18 Jackson Booked
  • 19 Naylor
  • 07 Chapman (Burge - 84' )
  • 08 Minshull Dismissed
  • 12 Willmott (Flynn - 76' )
  • 22 Worley
  • 11 Zebroski
  • 23 Jolley Booked (Washington - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Stephens
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 15 Burge
  • 17 Flynn
  • 09 Crow
  • 14 Washington

Mansfield Town

  • 01 Marriott
  • 02 Sutton
  • 04 Dempster Booked
  • 06 Riley Booked
  • 16 Jennings
  • 11 Clucas
  • 17 Beevers (Palmer - 64' )
  • 19 Clements
  • 23 McGuire Booked
  • 09 Rhead Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 18 Hutchinson (Meikle - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Mitchell
  • 30 Daniel
  • 10 Stevenson
  • 13 Howell
  • 20 Meikle
  • 24 Andrew
  • 36 Palmer
Ref: Phillips
Att: 3,709

Match Stats

Shots

5 9

On target

2 4

Corners

6 5

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.

90:00 +3:48

Free kick crossed by Lenny Pidgeley.

90:00 +3:23

Handball by Oliver Palmer.

90:00 +1:35

Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Harry Worley on Oliver Palmer.

90:00 +0:55

Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:42 Booking

Booking

90:00 +0:42

Martin Riley shown a yellow card.

90:00 +0:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Riley on Conor Washington.

90:00 +0:07

Clearance made by Harry Worley.

90:00

Corner taken by Chris Clements from the right by-line.

88:10

Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

87:58

Oliver Palmer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harry Worley.

87:52

Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

87:26

The referee blows for offside against David Pipe.

86:44

Lenny Pidgeley crosses the ball in from the free kick.

86:24

Lindon Meikle challenges Ryan Burge unfairly and gives away a free kick.

83:58

Free kick taken by Chris Clements.

83:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Oliver Palmer by Harry Worley.

83:29

Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

83:11 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Burge comes on in place of Adam Chapman.

82:52

Chris Zebroski challenges Martin Riley unfairly and gives away a free kick.

81:51

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Chris Clements. Lenny Pidgeley catches the ball.

81:18

Tom Naylor challenges Sam Clucas unfairly and gives away a free kick.

80:38

Adam Chapman crosses the ball in from the free kick.

79:42 Dismissal

Dismissal

79:42

Red card for Matt Rhead.

79:38

Matt Rhead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harry Worley.

79:27

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

79:06

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

76:06

Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

75:51 Substitution

Substitution Michael Flynn replaces Robbie Willmott.

75:15 Dismissal

Dismissal

75:15

Lee Minshull receives a red card.

73:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Riley by Lee Minshull.

73:36

Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

73:24 Substitution

Substitution Lindon Meikle comes on in place of Ben Hutchinson.

72:57

Foul by Oliver Palmer on Harry Worley, free kick awarded.

72:19

Sam Clucas takes a shot.

71:08

Adam Chapman takes the free kick.

70:45 Booking

Booking

70:45

John Dempster is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

70:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Conor Washington by John Dempster.

69:09

Chris Zebroski has an effort at goal.

68:31 Substitution

Substitution Conor Washington on for Christian Jolley.

66:50

Ben Hutchinson provided the assist for the goal.

66:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Clucas - Newport 1 - 1 Mansfield Sam Clucas scores a headed goal. Newport County 1-1 Mansfield.

66:34

Corner taken by Ben Hutchinson from the left by-line.

65:27

Chris Zebroski takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

63:56 Substitution

Substitution Oliver Palmer replaces Lee Beevers.

60:34

Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

60:25

Christian Jolley is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

58:40 Booking

Booking

58:40

Matt Rhead goes into the referee's book.

57:30

Ritchie Sutton restarts play with the free kick.

57:04 Booking

Booking

57:04

Ryan Jackson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

56:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Clucas by Ryan Jackson.

56:39

Corner from the left by-line taken by Robbie Willmott.

56:11

Corner taken by Robbie Willmott.

51:16

Martin Riley makes a clearance.

51:12

Free kick crossed by Robbie Willmott.

50:49

John Dempster is adjudged to have handled the ball.

50:29

Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

49:51

Unfair challenge on Tom Naylor by Matt Rhead results in a free kick.

47:32

Corner from the left by-line taken by Chris Clements.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +3:09 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +1:37

Free kick crossed by Adam Chapman.

45:00 +1:22

Ritchie Sutton challenges Christian Jolley unfairly and gives away a free kick.

44:18

Clearance by Lee Minshull.

44:12

Free kick crossed by Alan Marriott.

43:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Minshull on Jamie McGuire.

43:03

Clearance made by Tom Naylor.

42:58

Free kick taken by James Jennings.

42:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Rhead by Harry Worley.

42:03

Adam Chapman takes the free kick.

41:24

Unfair challenge on Adam Chapman by Chris Clements results in a free kick.

41:01

Header by John Dempster misses left.

40:45

Free kick taken by James Jennings.

40:31

Robbie Willmott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Clements.

34:50

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Jennings.

34:10

Headed chance falls to Matt Rhead.

32:42

Matt Rhead takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.

31:54

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Jennings.

31:11

Lee Minshull manages to make a clearance.

29:16

The assist for the goal came from Adam Chapman.

29:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Zebroski - Newport 1 - 0 Mansfield Chris Zebroski scores with a header. Newport County 1-0 Mansfield.

29:11

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

27:52

Free kick crossed by Adam Chapman.

27:31

Foul by Lee Beevers on Chris Zebroski, free kick awarded.

23:49

Sam Clucas takes a shot.

22:32

Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

22:17

The official flags Sam Clucas offside.

21:01

Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

20:26

Christian Jolley is shown a yellow card.

20:26 Booking

Booking

20:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie McGuire by Christian Jolley.

19:14

Header by Sam Clucas misses left.

18:51

Clearance by David Pipe.

18:42

Free kick taken by James Jennings.

18:28

Christian Jolley concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie McGuire.

16:21

Jamie McGuire makes a clearance.

15:16

John Dempster manages to make a clearance.

14:33

Chris Clements takes the free kick.

14:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie McGuire by Christian Jolley.

11:46

Christian Jolley takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.

11:10

Ben Hutchinson takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

9:36

Harry Worley restarts play with the free kick.

9:21

Unfair challenge on Lee Minshull by Ben Hutchinson results in a free kick.

8:06

Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

7:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Riley by Christian Jolley.

7:01

Robbie Willmott takes a strike on goal from the free kick which goes harmlessly over the bar.

6:18 Booking

Booking

6:18

Jamie McGuire goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

6:12

Jamie McGuire gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harry Worley.

5:49

Clearance by Matt Rhead.

2:47

Corner taken by Ryan Jackson.

2:37

Clearance made by Matt Rhead.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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