Newport County threw away a two-goal lead as Morecambe scored three second-half goals to secure a dramatic win.

Adam Chapman's goal from the edge of the box and a close-range finish from Aaron O'Connor two minutes later gave County a 2-0 half-time lead.

A superb 25-yard free-kick and a header following a mix-up between Lenny Pidgeley and Billy Jones gave Kevin Ellison a brace.

An unmarked Paul Mullin sealed the win with an 84th minute far post header.

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We were very poor in the first half. I don't want to be going through the season again as England's comeback kings, but credit where credit's due.

"After a few stern words at half-time and a couple of changes, we went about our jobs in the manner that we know we can do."

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"After a very good start and a very good opening 45 minutes, it was a typical case of shooting yourself in the foot.

"We've just got to see the game out there; it's a free header in the box, it's criminal.

"I don't think they've beaten us, I think we've beaten ourselves today and that's the really disappointing factor."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Morecambe

  • 01 Roche
  • 05 Hughes
  • 22 Parrish
  • 02 Beeley
  • 04 Kenyon
  • 13 Goodall
  • 17 Fleming
  • 10 Williams (Devitt - 45' )
  • 27 Amond (Mullin - 45' )
  • 11 Ellison
  • 07 Redshaw (Drummond - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Devitt
  • 08 Wright
  • 09 Sampson
  • 12 Mullin
  • 16 Drummond
  • 23 Doyle
  • 25 Arestidou

Newport County

  • 01 Pidgeley
  • 05 Jones
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 16 Hughes
  • 12 Willmott
  • 33 Byrne
  • 13 Sandell
  • 07 Chapman (Jeffers - 78' )
  • 08 Minshull Booked
  • 10 O'Connor (Jolley - 87' )
  • 09 Howe (Zebroski - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Jackson
  • 11 Zebroski
  • 14 Jeffers
  • 18 Klukowski
  • 22 Thomas
  • 23 Jolley
Ref: Seb Stockbridge
Att: 1,506

Match Stats

Shots

9 11

On target

5 2

Corners

3 4

Fouls

8 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Morecambe 3, Newport County 2.

90:00 +5:39 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Morecambe 3, Newport County 2.

90:00 +3:04

Stewart Drummond (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:04

Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

90:00 +0:14

Attempt missed. Darren Jones (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

88:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morecambe. Stewart Drummond replaces Jack Redshaw.

86:57

Attempt saved. Jack Redshaw (Morecambe) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

86:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Christian Jolley replaces Aaron O'Connor.

85:27

Shaun Beeley (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:27

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

83:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Morecambe 3, Newport County 2. Paul Mullin (Morecambe) from a free kick with a header to the top right corner.

83:12

Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:12

Foul by Shaun Jeffers (Newport County).

81:00

Mark Byrne (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:57

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

80:35

Shaun Beeley (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:35

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

78:20

Attempt missed. Jack Redshaw (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

77:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Shaun Jeffers replaces Adam Chapman.

77:25

Attempt missed. Andy Sandell (Newport County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

73:18

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

73:18

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

70:47

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

70:30

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

69:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Chris Zebroski replaces Rene Howe.

67:32

Foul by Paul Mullin (Morecambe).

67:32

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

66:40

Attempt missed. Jack Redshaw (Morecambe) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

65:56

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Alan Goodall.

64:35

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

64:00

Jamie Devitt (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:00 Booking

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

63:55

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

62:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Morecambe 2, Newport County 2. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

62:17

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Rene Howe.

61:46

Attempt blocked. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

61:00

Jamie Devitt (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:51

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

59:40

Paul Mullin (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:40

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

57:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Morecambe 1, Newport County 2. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

56:27

Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:27

Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

55:48

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

54:30

Foul by Alex Kenyon (Morecambe).

54:30

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

53:00

Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:57

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

52:04

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Shaun Beeley.

50:06

Foul by Jamie Devitt (Morecambe).

50:06

Adam Chapman (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:49

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Andy Parrish.

48:30

Attempt blocked. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

46:17

Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:17

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

45:00

Second Half begins Morecambe 0, Newport County 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morecambe. Paul Mullin replaces Padraig Amond.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morecambe. Jamie Devitt replaces Ryan Williams.

45:00 +2:24 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Morecambe 0, Newport County 2.

45:00 +2:11

Ryan Williams (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:11

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

37:21

Hand ball by Aaron O'Connor (Newport County).

34:10

Attempt missed. Mark Byrne (Newport County) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right.

30:02

Mark Byrne (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:02

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

28:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Morecambe 0, Newport County 2. Aaron O'Connor (Newport County) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rene Howe.

28:16

Foul by Alex Kenyon (Morecambe).

28:16

Aaron O'Connor (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Morecambe 0, Newport County 1. Adam Chapman (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

25:01

Attempt missed. Lee Minshull (Newport County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

24:20

Attempt missed. Padraig Amond (Morecambe) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

23:45

Mark Hughes (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:45

Foul by Aaron O'Connor (Newport County).

21:54

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Lenny Pidgeley.

21:32

Attempt saved. Ryan Williams (Morecambe) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

20:40

Shaun Beeley (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:40

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

20:00

Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:59

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

19:22

Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

19:22

(Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:13

Attempt missed. Adam Chapman (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

11:50

Attempt blocked. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

10:50

Foul by Alan Goodall (Morecambe).

10:50

Mark Byrne (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:40

Foul by Aaron O'Connor (Newport County).

6:40

Shaun Beeley (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:03

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

1:03

Ryan Williams (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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