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Newport County 1-0 Port Vale

Kevin Ellison celebrates his late goal
Kevin Ellison joined Newport County on a one-year deal in September after being released by Morecambe

Kevin Ellison scored a dramatic stoppage time goal as Newport County beat Port Vale to retain top spot in League Two.

Substitute Elllison, 41, struck from close range after Port Vale failed to clear a corner deep into six minutes of injury time.

Vale had Leon Legge sent off in the second half.

The Exiles are three points clear at the top of the table while Vale are ninth after a third successive defeat.

Both sides played their part in an expansive and entertaining first half with Liam Shephard having three opportunities for County while Jamie Proctor could not find the target.

Vale too had their chances with David Worrall and Tom Conlon denied by Nick Townsend while Nathan Brown glanced a header wide.

Newport made a good start to the second half with Brandon Cooper heading over from Matt Dolan's corner.

Padraig Amond and Cooper both headed wide as County pressed for a goal before veteran Ellison's late winner.

Newport County manager Michael Flynn said:

"We've had over 60% possession and over 25 shots but we just didn't test the keeper enough if I'm honest. That's the only down point.

"But the substitutes came on and I thought they were excellent. They gave us that little bit of a push in the final third.

"[Kevin Ellison] is a fantastic professional and that's why he's playing at the age he is."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 30Townsend
  • 6CooperBooked at 30mins
  • 8Dolan
  • 28DemetriouBooked at 64mins
  • 32ShephardSubstituted forWillmottat 76'minutes
  • 10Sheehan
  • 19Twine
  • 3HaynesSubstituted forEllisonat 85'minutes
  • 14DevittSubstituted forLabadieat 64'minutes
  • 18ProctorSubstituted forAmondat 64'minutes
  • 11Abrahams

Substitutes

  • 1King
  • 2Baker
  • 4Labadie
  • 7Willmott
  • 9Amond
  • 17Bennett
  • 22Ellison

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 17Clark
  • 5LeggeBooked at 68mins
  • 6Smith
  • 11MontañoBooked at 74minsSubstituted forCrookesat 89'minutes
  • 20Burgess
  • 8Oyeleke
  • 10ConlonSubstituted forFitzpatrickat 45'minutes
  • 7WorrallBooked at 25mins
  • 13CullenSubstituted forBrisleyat 70'minutes
  • 21RodneySubstituted forRobinsonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Crookes
  • 12Robinson
  • 16Brisley
  • 22McKirdy
  • 24Fitzpatrick
  • 27Hurst
  • 30Visser
Referee:
Alan Young

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home26
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 1, Port Vale 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newport County 1, Port Vale 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Newport County 1, Port Vale 0. Kevin Ellison (Newport County) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Scott Twine following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Twine (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew Dolan with a cross following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by David Fitzpatrick.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brandon Cooper (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Sheehan with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Padraig Amond (Newport County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joss Labadie.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Nathan Smith.

  9. Post update

    Scott Twine (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Manny Oyeleke (Port Vale).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Padraig Amond (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Brandon Cooper with a cross.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Adam Crookes replaces Cristian Montaño.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brandon Cooper (Newport County) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Dolan with a cross following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Nathan Smith.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Padraig Amond (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Ellison with a cross.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Kevin Ellison replaces Ryan Haynes.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shaun Brisley (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Worrall with a cross following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tristan Abrahams.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Sheehan.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joss Labadie (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Robbie Willmott.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newport1291220101028
2Cheltenham1381421111025
3Cambridge127322591624
4Carlisle137241914523
5Forest Green136431813522
6Exeter135622016421
7Colchester125521914520
8Salford125431910919
9Port Vale136161513219
10Morecambe135441623-719
11Leyton Orient135352015518
12Crawley135351816218
13Tranmere135351615118
14Harrogate134451414016
15Walsall133731215-316
16Bolton134451318-516
17Oldham134271724-714
18Barrow132741718-113
19Bradford123451316-313
20Grimsby11335917-812
21Mansfield131841318-511
22Scunthorpe11326818-1011
23Stevenage13157814-68
24Southend12129625-195
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