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Newport County 2-3 Portsmouth

Jazzi Barnum Bobb of Newport County beats Portsmouth's Enda Stevens
Jazzi Barnum-Bobb of Newport County beats Portsmouth's Enda Stevens

Promotion challengers Portsmouth fought back from 2-0 down to win at League Two's bottom club Newport County.

On-loan players Josh Sheehan and Rhys Healey struck either side of the break for the hosts.

Ex-Newport midfielder Danny Rose hit back, but Kal Naismith fired a penalty high as the visitors dominated the latter stages.

Defender Enda Stevens levelled and midfielder Naismith made amends late on from a free kick to seal victory.

Newport County manager Graham Westley told BBC Radio Wales: "I've not gone in there and blasted them at all. It's disappointing, but if you let your emotion take over you can get angry about losing the lead.

"I'm sure there was a lot of angry people leaving the ground thinking 'how can you lose a two-goal lead?' Well you can lose a lead if you make mistakes that cost you goals against a good quality outfit."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 1Day
  • 4Jones
  • 17Bennett
  • 40MeiteSubstituted forGreenat 90'minutes
  • 2Barnum-BobbBooked at 79mins
  • 12TozerBooked at 39minsSubstituted forRandallat 90'minutes
  • 16Sheehan
  • 20Owen-EvansSubstituted forJacksonat 85'minutes
  • 11Myrie-Williams
  • 19HealeyBooked at 7mins
  • 27Rigg

Substitutes

  • 3Butler
  • 8Randall
  • 13Jackson
  • 14Bignot
  • 15Green
  • 30Bittner
  • 34O'Hanlon

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 26Evans
  • 6BurgessBooked at 51mins
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Stevens
  • 7BakerSubstituted forChaplinat 74'minutes
  • 4Rose
  • 8Doyle
  • 22Naismith
  • 9Smith
  • 20HuntBooked at 73minsSubstituted forLinganziat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Lalkovic
  • 13O'Brien
  • 16Whatmough
  • 19Chaplin
  • 21Buxton
  • 23Bennett
  • 24Linganzi
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
3,714

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home5
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Newport County 2, Portsmouth 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newport County 2, Portsmouth 3.

Rhys Healey (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Burgess (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Mark Randall replaces Ben Tozer.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Jordan Green replaces Abdoulaye Méité.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Amine Linganzi replaces Noel Hunt.

Goal!

Goal! Newport County 2, Portsmouth 3. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Newport County).

Noel Hunt (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Marlon Jackson replaces Tom Owen-Evans.

Foul by Scot Bennett (Newport County).

Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Jones (Newport County).

Michael Doyle (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Newport County 2, Portsmouth 2. Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Danny Rose.

Booking

Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Newport County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Newport County).

Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Josh Sheehan (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

Attempt saved. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Rhys Healey (Newport County).

Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Carl Baker.

Attempt missed. Josh Sheehan (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

Noel Hunt (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Darren Jones (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Noel Hunt (Portsmouth).

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Delay in match Tom Owen-Evans (Newport County) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Abdoulaye Méité (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kal Naismith (Portsmouth).

Foul by Rhys Healey (Newport County).

Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot is too high. Kal Naismith should be disappointed.

Penalty conceded by Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Newport County) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Portsmouth. Kal Naismith draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster22143544301445
2Plymouth22143535241145
3Carlisle221110141261543
4Portsmouth22115636221438
5Luton2298531201135
6Wycombe2210572925435
7Cambridge2210483025534
8Blackpool2296736241233
9Barnet228953130133
10Colchester228683027330
11Stevenage2293103334-130
12Grimsby228592927229
13Yeovil228592526-129
14Crawley228592836-829
15Exeter2283112526-127
16Crewe226972430-627
17Mansfield226882128-726
18Morecambe2182112538-1326
19Leyton Orient2273122529-424
20Hartlepool225892838-1023
21Notts County2264122537-1222
22Accrington2256112029-921
23Cheltenham224992434-1021
24Newport2145122535-1017
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