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Newport County 1-0 Accrington Stanley

Ryan Bird bundles-in the ball for Newport County against Accrington Stanley
Newport County's Ryan Bird scores the crucial goal against Accrington Stanley

Newport County's fourth win in five matches lifted them out of the League Two relegation zone as Ryan Bird's goal saw-off Accrington Stanley.

Bird headed-in from a yard on the hour after Mark Randall's shot had been saved by Marek Rodak.

Hartlepool's defeat by Barnet means the Exiles are out of the bottom two just six weeks after being 11 points adrift.

The loss was a blow to Accrington's rapidly diminishing chances of a place in the play-offs.

Accrington are five points adrift of seventh place with two matches remaining.

Meanwhile Newport find themselves two points ahead of Hartlepool and could secure League Two survival with a win at Carlisle on 29 April.

Newport County caretaker manager Mike Flynn told BBC Radio Wales Sport: "It feels absolutely amazing, but we're keeping grounded, there's nothing done yet, nothing achieved.

"We've just got ourselves in a good position and we've got to keep going now until the end of the season.

"It has been a great turnaround and the boys have been fantastic. I would have wanted a few more goals but I'll take another couple of 1-0 wins before the end of the season."

Line-ups

Newport

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Day
  • 18Pipe
  • 28Demetriou
  • 25O'BrienBooked at 38mins
  • 3Butler
  • 20Owen-EvansBooked at 90mins
  • 6Labadie
  • 8RandallSubstituted forBarnum-Bobbat 86'minutes
  • 27RiggBooked at 29mins
  • 15SamuelSubstituted forGordonat 90+2'minutes
  • 40BirdSubstituted forWilliamsat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Barnum-Bobb
  • 4Jones
  • 11Myrie-Williams
  • 19Nelson
  • 30Bittner
  • 41Williams
  • 42Gordon

Accrington

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Rodak
  • 32Rodgers
  • 5Beckles
  • 3HughesSubstituted forGornellat 84'minutes
  • 30Donacien
  • 7ClarkSubstituted forEdwardsat 76'minutes
  • 2Pearson
  • 16HusinSubstituted forBrownat 70'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 11McConville
  • 10McCartanBooked at 90mins
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 8Brown
  • 9Gornell
  • 14Boco
  • 19Shaw
  • 20Chapman
  • 24Edwards
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
3,719

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 1, Accrington Stanley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newport County 1, Accrington Stanley 0.

  3. Booking

    Tom Owen-Evans (Newport County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Tom Owen-Evans (Newport County).

  5. Post update

    Janoi Donacien (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tom Owen-Evans (Newport County).

  8. Post update

    Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joss Labadie (Newport County).

  10. Post update

    Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Jaanai Gordon replaces Alex Samuel.

  12. Post update

    Sean Rigg (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Booking

    Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley).

  15. Post update

    Tom Owen-Evans (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley).

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Alex Samuel (Newport County) because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Joss Labadie (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Harvey Rodgers.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster442510983503385
2Plymouth442581168442483
3Portsmouth442491172393381
4Luton441817963412271
5Exeter442081670521868
6Blackpool4417161166442267
7Stevenage44206186659766
8Mansfield441714135247565
9Wycombe441811155652465
10Carlisle441617116465-165
11Cambridge44189175649763
12Colchester441712156256663
13Accrington441614145552362
14Grimsby441710175759-261
15Barnet441315165359-654
16Notts County44158215274-2253
17Crewe441313185364-1152
18Morecambe44149215169-1851
19Crawley441311205167-1650
20Yeovil441116174861-1349
21Cheltenham441114194763-1647
22Newport441112214870-2245
23Hartlepool441013215273-2143
24Leyton Orient44106284581-3636
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