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Stevenage 3-3 Newport County

Stevenage v Newport action
Stevenage goalkeeper Joe Fryer looks on as a Matt Dolan shot at goal ricochets off the post

Newport County started the League Two season where they ended the last, by producing a great escape.

The Exiles scored twice in the final 15 minutes from 3-1 down, with sub Shawn McCoulsky equalising in injury time.

The hosts held the advantage when Tom Pett scored, but Frank Nouble levelled.

Dale Gorman's penalty and a goal from Danny Newton put Stevenage in charge, but Mickey Demetriou gave the Exiles late hope with a 25-yard strike before McCoulsky's dramatic leveller.

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll:

"The manner of the goals showcased how important set plays are in this division.

"We haven't conceded a goal by being broken down. We conceded an absolute worldy [world class] of a strike and the other two goals were from set plays.

"The players have to know that there are a few long afternoon training sessions ahead of them now to try and improve us on that."

Newport County manager Mike Flynn told BBC Radio Wales Sport:

"That was two points dropped if I'm honest. I thought we were the better team, created more chances and gave them two goals. All in all I am disappointed.

"The boys just showed their character again, they kept going until the end and they're going to have to do that quite a lot this season and you'll be surprised where that takes you.

"They've all got great team spirit, they keep going and if one thing goes against them they try and make it right."

Line-ups

Stevenage

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Fryer
  • 25Henry
  • 5Franks
  • 6Wilkinson
  • 3Martin
  • 11Pett
  • 8Beautyman
  • 17GormanSubstituted forKingat 78'minutes
  • 30McKeeSubstituted forGoddenat 64'minutes
  • 15SamuelSubstituted forWhelpdaleat 57'minutes
  • 19Newton

Substitutes

  • 4King
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 14Turgott
  • 16Day
  • 18Conlon
  • 20Vancooten
  • 24Godden

Newport

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Day
  • 7Willmott
  • 17BennettSubstituted forMcCoulskyat 68'minutes
  • 25O'Brien
  • 28Demetriou
  • 3ButlerSubstituted forJahraldo-Martinat 90+1'minutes
  • 4LabadieSubstituted forOwen-Evansat 78'minutes
  • 8Dolan
  • 27Rigg
  • 10Nouble
  • 11Reynolds

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 6White
  • 15McCoulsky
  • 19Williams
  • 20Owen-Evans
  • 30Bittner
  • 32Jahraldo-Martin
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
2,650

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home7
Away19
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 3, Newport County 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 3, Newport County 3.

  3. Post update

    Matthew Dolan (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Harry Beautyman (Stevenage).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Stevenage 3, Newport County 3. Shawn McCoulsky (Newport County) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Joe Fryer.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matthew Dolan (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Shawn McCoulsky (Newport County).

  10. Post update

    Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Calaum Jahraldo-Martin replaces Dan Butler.

  12. Post update

    Shawn McCoulsky (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tom Owen-Evans (Newport County).

  15. Post update

    Harry Beautyman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Mark O'Brien (Newport County).

  17. Post update

    Matt Godden (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Mickey Demetriou (Newport County) because of an injury.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Tom Owen-Evans replaces Joss Labadie.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton11008263
2Coventry11003033
3Accrington11003123
4Grimsby11003123
5Port Vale11003123
6Morecambe11002113
7Swindon11002113
8Exeter11001013
9Newport10103301
10Stevenage10103301
11Barnet10102201
12Crewe10102201
13Forest Green10102201
14Lincoln City10102201
15Mansfield10102201
16Wycombe10102201
17Carlisle100112-10
18Cheltenham100112-10
19Cambridge100101-10
20Chesterfield100113-20
21Colchester100113-20
22Crawley100113-20
23Notts County100103-30
24Yeovil100128-60
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