Robbie Willmott's woeful penalty miss cost Newport County victory against promotion-chasing Southend United.

The winger hit his second-half spot-kick yards wide of goal after Mark Phillips had brought down Ryan Burge.

Lee Barnard, making his second Shrimpers debut, saw his shot blocked in the first half, as did Harry Worley at the other end.

Will Atkinson headed against an Exiles post as Southend moved to within a point of League Two's top three.

Willmott had another chance to secure the points for the Welsh side, hitting keeper Daniel Bentley when clean through in injury time, as eighth-place County went a fifth game without a win

Phil Brown's Southend are now unbeaten in eight league games but missed the opportunity to climb into the automatic promotion spots before the rest of the weekend games.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Southend United

  • 17 Bentley
  • 02 White
  • 03 Coker
  • 18 Leonard
  • 23 Thompson
  • 05 Phillips
  • 14 Hurst
  • 08 Timlin (Clifford - 75' )
  • 10 Corr (Straker - 45' )
  • 39 Barnard (Eastwood - 61' )
  • 12 Atkinson

Substitutes

  • 04 Laird
  • 07 Eastwood
  • 11 Straker
  • 16 Clifford
  • 21 Payne
  • 29 Gomis
  • 40 Smith

Newport County

  • 01 Pidgeley
  • 02 Pipe
  • 12 Willmott
  • 19 Naylor
  • 22 Worley
  • 13 Sandell
  • 07 Chapman (Porter - 71' )
  • 08 Minshull Booked
  • 14 Jeffers (Jolley - 73' )
  • 45 Howe
  • 15 Burge (Flynn - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Hughes
  • 04 Porter
  • 17 Flynn
  • 18 Jackson
  • 21 Anthony
  • 23 Jolley
  • 25 Stephens
Ref: James Linington
Att: 5,993

Match Stats

Shots

10 8

On target

3 4

Corners

8 5

Fouls

8 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southend United 0, Newport County 0.

90:00 +4:34 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southend United 0, Newport County 0.

90:00 +3:33

Attempt missed. Conor Clifford (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +3:01

Adam Thompson (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:01

Foul by Michael Flynn (Newport County).

90:00 +1:53 Booking

Booking Lee Minshull (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:43

Conor Clifford (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:43

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

90:00 +1:31

Attempt saved. Christian Jolley (Newport County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

88:56

Hand ball by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

88:18

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:18

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

86:39

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Max Porter.

85:24

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Ryan Leonard.

81:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Michael Flynn replaces Ryan Burge because of an injury.

78:11

Attempt missed. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

75:20

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Harry Worley.

74:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Conor Clifford replaces Michael Timlin.

72:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Christian Jolley replaces Shaun Jeffers.

71:19

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Mark Phillips.

70:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Max Porter replaces Adam Chapman.

67:26

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by David Pipe.

65:18

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Leonard Pidgeley.

65:01

Attempt saved. Michael Timlin (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

63:26

Foul by John White (Southend United).

63:26

Shaun Jeffers (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Freddy Eastwood replaces Lee Barnard.

58:37

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

58:37

Ryan Burge (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:57

Attempt saved. Harry Worley (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

52:36

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:36

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

51:35

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Robbie Willmott (Newport County) right footed shot is close, but misses to the right. Robbie Willmott should be disappointed.

50:28

Penalty conceded by Mark Phillips (Southend United) after a foul in the penalty area.

50:28

Penalty Newport County. Ryan Burge draws a foul in the penalty area.

49:36

Attempt missed. Michael Timlin (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

47:00

John White (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:57

Foul by Shaun Jeffers (Newport County).

46:32

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:32

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

45:28

Attempt saved. Shaun Jeffers (Newport County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Southend United 0, Newport County 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Anthony Straker replaces Barry Corr.

45:00 +1:24 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southend United 0, Newport County 0.

45:00 +1:15

Attempt saved. Rene Howe (Newport County) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00 +0:07

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Mark Phillips.

43:45

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Robbie Willmott.

43:00

Lee Barnard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:59

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

41:56

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by John White.

40:04

Attempt missed. Mark Phillips (Southend United) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

39:42

Will Atkinson (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:42

Foul by Shaun Jeffers (Newport County).

36:37

Attempt saved. Lee Barnard (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

36:20

John White (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:20

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

35:15

Barry Corr (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:15

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

33:56

Barry Corr (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:56

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

32:16

Foul by Lee Barnard (Southend United).

32:16

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

31:29

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Will Atkinson.

30:12

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Leonard Pidgeley.

29:52

Attempt saved. Barry Corr (Southend United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

29:11

Will Atkinson (Southend United) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box.

28:43

Adam Thompson (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:43

Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

26:21

Hand ball by Shaun Jeffers (Newport County).

21:07

Foul by John White (Southend United).

21:07

Shaun Jeffers (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:21

Attempt missed. Will Atkinson (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

17:00

Harry Worley (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:55

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

16:26

Lee Barnard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:26

Foul by Ryan Burge (Newport County).

15:57

Attempt missed. Andy Sandell (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

13:13

John White (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:13

Foul by Ryan Burge (Newport County).

11:00

Lee Minshull (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:52

Foul by Mark Phillips (Southend United).

10:05

Attempt blocked. Harry Worley (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

8:44

Attempt missed. Adam Chapman (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

8:07

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

8:07

Ryan Burge (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:44

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Andy Sandell.

4:30

Attempt blocked. Lee Barnard (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

1:58

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Andy Sandell.

0:50

Mark Phillips (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:50

Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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