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Southend United 1-1 Newport County: Tom King saves penalty as Exiles seal play-off spot

Tom King made a fine save from Matt Rush's penalty
Tom King made a fine save from Matt Rush's penalty

Southend United's 101-year stay in the Football League ended with a 1-1 draw with Newport County which saw the Exiles seal a play-off place.

Southend's relegation was confirmed last weekend, but that did not stop Phil Brown's team giving Newport a final-day scare.

Shaun Hobson put the hosts ahead but Mickey Demetriou headed home to level.

Tom King then saved Matt Rush's penalty to give Newport the point which set up a play-off clash with Forest Green.

Mike Flynn's side season finish the regular season in fifth, one place above Forest Green, while Southend ended in 23rd.

The Shrimpers had threatened early on through veteran Greg Halford before Newport failed to deal with a corner and defender Hobson stabbed in just his second goal of the season.

Newport were fortunate not to concede a second when Halford inexplicably fired over from point-bank range.

Wales international midfielder Josh Sheehan's free-kick was well saved by Southend's Mark Oxley before Demetriou rose highest to nod in his third goal in as many games from Aaron Lewis' long throw.

Southend were then awarded a contentious penalty, possibly for handball by Liam Shephard, but King guessed right to deny Rush.

There was concern for Newport as skipper Joss Labadie limped off injured.

Newport manager Mike Flynn:

"It's never ever going to be the simple way. It's just not in our DNA.

"But listen, the players deserve all the accolades. They have been written off at times but they have been outstanding this season and if we'd been a little bit more clinical, we would definitely have been in that top three.

"We have conceded a poor goal today, then we scored probably a poor goal - it was a great header from Mickey mind - then the penalty was never a penalty. Liam Shephard got pulled and it's hit his hand."

Line-ups

Southend

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Oxley
  • 2Bwomono
  • 48White
  • 5HobsonBooked at 51mins
  • 42HartSubstituted forKyprianouat 7'minutes
  • 11EgbriSubstituted forCokerat 88'minutes
  • 6Cordner
  • 28Taylor
  • 7OlayinkaSubstituted forHackett-Fairchildat 83'minutes
  • 21RushSubstituted forGoodshipat 83'minutes
  • 23HalfordBooked at 41mins

Substitutes

  • 4McCormack
  • 10Goodship
  • 13Seaden
  • 17Hackett-Fairchild
  • 27Kyprianou
  • 32Walsh
  • 34Coker

Newport

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1King
  • 32Shephard
  • 17Bennett
  • 28Demetriou
  • 14Lewis
  • 4LabadieSubstituted forDolanat 75'minutes
  • 10Sheehan
  • 20Hartigan
  • 3Haynes
  • 9AmondSubstituted forTaylorat 79'minutes
  • 21Collins

Substitutes

  • 8Dolan
  • 16Gambin
  • 18Maynard
  • 22Ellison
  • 29Taylor
  • 30Townsend
  • 34Ledley
Referee:
John Brooks

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southend United 1, Newport County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southend United 1, Newport County 1.

  3. Post update

    Ryan Taylor (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Elvis Bwomono (Southend United).

  5. Post update

    Offside, Newport County. Ryan Haynes tries a through ball, but Ryan Taylor is caught offside.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Oliver Coker replaces Terrell Egbri.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Elvis Bwomono.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Reeco Hackett-Fairchild replaces James Olayinka.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Brandon Goodship replaces Matt Rush.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Southend United. Tyler Cordner tries a through ball, but Terrell Egbri is caught offside.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Ryan Taylor replaces Padraig Amond.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Southend United. John White tries a through ball, but Matt Rush is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Southend United. Elvis Bwomono tries a through ball, but Greg Halford is caught offside.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Matthew Dolan replaces Joss Labadie because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Mickey Demetriou (Newport County).

  16. Post update

    Matt Rush (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Joss Labadie (Newport County).

  18. Post update

    Harry Kyprianou (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Liam Shephard.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Mickey Demetriou.

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