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Port Vale 1-2 Newport County

Newport County saw their woodwork rattled as Port Vale pushed for an equaliser
Newport County saw their woodwork rattled as Port Vale pushed for an equaliser

Newport County climbed to second as Dan Butler scored the winner at Port Vale.

The Exiles led through Scot Bennett when he latched onto a loose ball to score past Vale goalkeeper Scott Brown.

Tom Pope equalised with a header from a corner, his 56th goal at Vale Park setting a new record at the ground.

But when Mark Harris' cross was missed by Padraig Amond - who was later forced off with a head injury - Newport left-back Butler was following up to find the bottom corner.

Vale pushed hard for an equaliser, having a strong appeal for handball waved away before Ricky Miller hit the post with a curling effort, but have now lost five of their last six games.

Newport manager Mike Flynn said:

"Pope's a handful but I thought the boys dealt with it tremendously... they're tough, they hit the post twice.

"But we had a few chances as well and because of the way we defended and the way we went about it, I thought we deserved the win.

"That for me was the most important win this season."

Line-ups

Port Vale

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Brown
  • 23Clark
  • 5Legge
  • 13Rawlinson
  • 3MontañoSubstituted forGibbonsat 72'minutes
  • 7Worrall
  • 4JoyceBooked at 83mins
  • 25HardcastleSubstituted forMillerat 61'minutes
  • 11Hannant
  • 19DoddsSubstituted forWhitfieldat 60'minutes
  • 9Pope

Substitutes

  • 2Gibbons
  • 6Kay
  • 10Miller
  • 12Hornby
  • 14Quigley
  • 15Smith
  • 24Whitfield

Newport

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Day
  • 2Pipe
  • 5Franks
  • 17Bennett
  • 28Demetriou
  • 3Butler
  • 8Dolan
  • 15Bakinson
  • 16SheehanSubstituted forO'Brienat 79'minutes
  • 9AmondSubstituted forMattat 60'minutes
  • 14M HarrisSubstituted forMarsh-Brownat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Marsh-Brown
  • 11Matt
  • 20Pring
  • 21Hornby-Forbes
  • 25O'Brien
  • 30Townsend
  • 33Cooper
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
4,485

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home18
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 1, Newport County 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Newport County 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tyreeq Bakinson (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Keanu Marsh-Brown replaces Mark Harris.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by David Pipe.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Foul by James Gibbons (Port Vale).

  8. Post update

    Mickey Demetriou (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Mitchell Clark (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Mark Harris (Newport County).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mitchell Clark (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ricky Miller (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Booking

    Luke Joyce (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Luke Joyce (Port Vale).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Dolan (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  17. Post update

    Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mark O'Brien (Newport County).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Mickey Demetriou.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Mark O'Brien replaces Josh Sheehan.