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Newport County 0-0 Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster extended their lead at the League Two summit to six points after a goalless draw away to Newport County.

Both teams had opportunities to net a winner in this top versus bottom encounter but had to settle for a point, with Newport missing the chance to climb out of the relegation zone for the first time since November.

Graham Westley's men could have taken a shock 90-second lead against the League Two leaders but David Pipe's header was superbly saved by Doncaster goalkeeper Ian Lawlor.

But Doncaster gained a foothold in the game as Andy Williams was inches away from connecting with Matty Blair's cross.

County stopper Joe Day made sure striker John Marquis did not add to his tally of 17 goals after denying the former Millwall academy player from close range.

Day was called into action following the restart, getting down well to push Williams' shot away from goal.

Doncaster applied more pressure late on and Day had his heart in his mouth when he punched the ball towards his own goal, but fortunately Newport defenders were on hand to clear and hold on for a deserved point.

Newport County boss Graham Westley told BBC Radio Wales Sport:

"I said to the lads yesterday that we were four unbeaten going into the game and if we came out of it five unbeaten I think it would be a job well done.

"That's not to say we didn't want to win the game but we knew they were a good side.

"They're position in the league tells you everything they are so we knew it was going to be a tough game.

"It was a game of few chances, the defending was first class from both sides.

"I think the draw was a fair result."

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Newport

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Day
  • 19Nelson
  • 4JonesBooked at 65mins
  • 25O'Brien
  • 18Pipe
  • 38RoseBooked at 68mins
  • 34BlanchardBooked at 72mins
  • 9Reid
  • 3Butler
  • 40Bird
  • 41WilliamsSubstituted forGordonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Samuel
  • 16Sheehan
  • 20Owen-Evans
  • 22Parselle
  • 23Flynn
  • 30Bittner
  • 42Gordon

Doncaster

Formation 4-4-2

  • 38Lawlor
  • 2Alcock
  • 15WrightBooked at 70mins
  • 6Butler
  • 24Mason
  • 17Blair
  • 16Houghton
  • 25Grant
  • 10Rowe
  • 11Williams
  • 9MarquisBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Etheridge
  • 14Middleton
  • 18Keegan
  • 23Beestin
  • 27Evina
  • 36Walker
  • 39May
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
2,653

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 0, Doncaster Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newport County 0, Doncaster Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darren Jones (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Bird (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  5. Booking

    John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Mark O'Brien (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bird (Newport County).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Mitch Rose (Newport County).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Matty Blair.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Ryan Bird (Newport County).

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by David Pipe.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Sid Nelson.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by David Pipe.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster30196559352463
2Plymouth28183745301557
3Carlisle291313351391252
4Exeter291531148291948
5Luton291210742281446
6Wycombe2813783732546
7Portsmouth28136940281245
8Mansfield29111083330343
9Colchester2811894235741
10Barnet29101183840-241
11Grimsby29117113634240
12Cambridge28116113632439
13Stevenage29123144447-339
14Blackpool28911839281138
15Yeovil2999113136-536
16Crawley28106123342-936
17Morecambe27105123444-1035
18Hartlepool29710123748-1131
19Accrington2778122635-929
20Cheltenham29611123242-1029
21Crewe29611122643-1729
22Notts County2975173053-2326
23Leyton Orient2974182944-1525
24Newport2959153347-1424
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