Burton Albion's hopes of automatic promotion suffered a blow following a 1-1 draw at 15th-placed Newport.

Andy Sandell gave the Exiles an early lead at Rodney Parade, blasting home a powerful shot from outside the area.

Michael Symes equalised for the Brewers from the penalty spot after Dominic Knowles was fouled by County defender Darcy Blake.

Burton, who are fifth, are now six points behind third-placed Rochdale with two games to go.

Both sides pushed for a winner after the break and Alex MacDonald hit the post for Burton with a long-range effort.

Albion goalkeeper Dean Lyness denied Sandell a second deep into injury time, keeping out his close-range header.

Newport County assistant manager Jimmy Dack told BBC Radio Wales:

"I thought it was a very soft penalty.

"We saw it at half-time and the referee didn't have a good view of it.

"I thought he made a big decision and it was a costly decision on our behalf."

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

Post-match: Burton manager Rowett

"Reaching the play-offs is a really good achievement. It was always going to be difficult to do that, particularly at the start of the season after losing the players we did.

"After a very, very poor start, it took us ten minutes or so to get going and we found ourselves one-nil down within that ten minutes. We got back into the game and we settled down a little bit. They started the second half a little bit brighter, but in the last twenty-five minutes we got into some really good positions.

"Unfortunately, we weren't able to nick the win, which I think would have been a little unfair on Newport too, because they're a tough, physical side and I thought that was a really committed performance from them."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Newport County

  • 01 Pidgeley
  • 18 Jackson
  • 12 Willmott
  • 04 Porter
  • 16 Blake
  • 13 Sandell Booked
  • 23 Jolley (Chapman - 64' )
  • 08 Minshull (Jeffers - 76' )
  • 20 Feely
  • 17 Flynn (O'Connor - 57' )
  • 11 Zebroski

Substitutes

  • 03 Hughes
  • 07 Chapman
  • 10 O'Connor
  • 14 Jeffers
  • 24 Amadi-Holloway
  • 33 McLoughlin

Burton Albion

  • 16 Lyness
  • 26 Gray Booked
  • 15 McFadzean
  • 07 Bell
  • 06 Sharps
  • 21 Holness
  • 12 Hemmings (MacDonald - 61' Booked )
  • 23 Palmer
  • 28 Symes (Kee - 78' )
  • 18 Knowles (Harness - 72' )
  • 17 Phillips

Substitutes

  • 01 Lainton
  • 02 Edwards
  • 09 Alexander
  • 11 MacDonald
  • 24 Slade
  • 27 Harness
  • 29 Kee
Ref: Brendan Malone
Att: 2,630

Match Stats

Shots

14 10

On target

6 4

Corners

9 5

Fouls

9 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newport County 1, Burton Albion 1.

90:00 +7:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newport County 1, Burton Albion 1.

90:00 +6:33

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Darcy Blake.

90:00 +5:42 Booking

Booking Andy Sandell (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +5:34

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

90:00 +5:34

David Gray (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +5:04

Foul by Kevin Feely (Newport County).

90:00 +5:04

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:52

Attempt saved. Andy Sandell (Newport County) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +4:03

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by David Gray.

89:45

Max Porter (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:45

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion).

89:01

Andy Sandell (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:01

Foul by Marcus Harness (Burton Albion).

88:02

Attempt saved. Shaun Jeffers (Newport County) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

86:17

Darcy Blake (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:17

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion).

85:47

Attempt missed. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

83:22

Attempt saved. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

82:45

Attempt missed. Marcus Holness (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

82:18

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Kevin Feely.

79:54

Attempt saved. Lee Bell (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

77:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Billy Kee replaces Michael Symes.

76:51

Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

75:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Shaun Jeffers replaces Lee Minshull.

74:29 Booking

Booking Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

74:23

Hand ball by Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion).

72:44

Attempt saved. Marcus Harness (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

72:11

Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

71:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Marcus Harness replaces Dominic Knowles.

70:50

Attempt blocked. Aaron O'Connor (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Adam Chapman replaces Christian Jolley.

61:06

Foul by Max Porter (Newport County).

61:06

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Alexander MacDonald replaces Ashley Hemmings.

56:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Aaron O'Connor replaces Michael Flynn.

56:00

Max Porter (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:56

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

52:04

Attempt missed. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

51:50

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Dean Lyness.

51:34

Attempt saved. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

50:00

Foul by Michael Symes (Burton Albion).

50:00

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

48:54

Kevin Feely (Newport County) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box.

48:12

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Matthew Palmer.

47:59

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

47:20

Attempt missed. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Newport County 1, Burton Albion 1.

45:00 +3:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newport County 1, Burton Albion 1.

45:00 +0:35

Foul by Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion).

45:00 +0:35

Darcy Blake (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:10

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Michael Symes.

42:40

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by David Gray.

40:48

Foul by Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion).

40:48

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

40:09

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:09

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

37:50

Attempt saved. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

37:15

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Marcus Holness.

35:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 1, Burton Albion 1. Michael Symes (Burton Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

34:21

Penalty conceded by Darcy Blake (Newport County) after a foul in the penalty area.

34:21

Penalty Burton Albion. Dominic Knowles draws a foul in the penalty area.

33:47

Foul by Max Porter (Newport County).

33:47

Michael Symes (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:33

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Ian Sharps.

30:20

Attempt saved. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

28:32

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

28:32

Marcus Holness (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:29

Hand ball by Michael Symes (Burton Albion).

22:50

Ryan Jackson (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:50

Foul by Michael Symes (Burton Albion).

22:18

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

22:18

Lee Bell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:27

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Leonard Pidgeley.

19:49

Foul by Darcy Blake (Newport County).

19:49

Michael Symes (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:09

Attempt missed. Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high.

18:24

Robbie Willmott (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:24

Foul by Ashley Hemmings (Burton Albion).

17:37 Booking

Booking David Gray (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

17:32

Andy Sandell (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:32

Foul by David Gray (Burton Albion).

16:47

Attempt missed. Callum McFadzean (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

16:03

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Andy Sandell.

15:12

Ryan Jackson (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:12

Foul by Callum McFadzean (Burton Albion).

13:56

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Marcus Holness.

13:40

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

10:54

Attempt missed. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

6:25

Andy Sandell (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:25

Foul by Ashley Hemmings (Burton Albion).

4:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 1, Burton Albion 0. Andy Sandell (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Zebroski.

2:47

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by David Gray.

1:20

Attempt missed. Michael Flynn (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

0:20

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Kevin Feely.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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