SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Tuesday November 27th, 7.45pm
NEWPORT COUNTY 3
Josh Sheehan 5
Jamille Matt 29
Padraig Amond 33
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Andy Williams 11
Attendance: 2,730 (214 Cobblers fans)
Newport: Joe Day, David Pipe, Dan Butler, Fraser Franks, Padraig Amond, Jamille Matt (sub Antoine Semenyo 82), Tyreeq Bakinson, Josh Sheehan, Andrew Crofts, Mark O’Brien, Mickey Demetriou
Subs not used: Nick Townsend, Mark Harris, Jay Foulston, Cameron Pring, Charlie Cooper, Lewis Collins
Cobblers: David Cornell, Hakeem Odoffin, Ash Taylor, Aaron Pierre, David Buchanan, John-Joe O’Toole (sub Billy Waters 46), Sam Foley, Shaun McWilliams, Sam Hoskins (sub Morgan Roberts 84), Andy Williams, Kevin van Veen (sub Daniel Powell 62)
Subs not used: Lewis Ward, Jordan Turnbull, Jack Bridge, Jay Williams
Referee: Andy Davies
5 cautions on or before 19 games; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 37 games; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
Hakeem Odoffin replaced Jordan Turnbull in the only change made by Keith Curle for the midweek trip to Newport County.
The home side started brightly and took the lead after five minutes through Josh Sheehan, who found the bottom corner with a low strike from the edge of the area.
The Cobblers weren’t behind for long though and Andy Williams was on the end of a David Buchanan free-kick to smash home the equaliser.
David Cornell made a good low save to prevent Jamille Matt heading the home side back in front but it proved only to be a temporary reprieve for the Cobblers.
Dan Butler delivered a free-kick that Jamille Matt converted and when Padraig Amond tapped home from close range following a quick break Newport lead 3-1.
Williams looped a header over the bar after again combining with Buchanan at the end of an action packed first 45 minutes.
Billy Waters came on for the second half in place of John-Joe O’Toole as Keith Curle made a tactical switch to 4-4-2. The half started in a low key fashion and with an hour gone the Cobblers made their second change, Daniel Powell on for Kevin van Veen.
There was a further moment of danger for the Cobblers when Ash Taylor made an important block to deny Jamille Matt.
Powell shot wide as Morgan Roberts came on for the final few minutes, Sam Hoskins making way. The Cobblers were pushing hard and it took a vital interception from Mark O’Brien to deny Williams while Odoffin headed over from a corner. Town kept pressing into stoppage time but the damage had been done in the first half and Newport clinched the three points.
NEWPORT MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (7) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 3
CORNERS: (5) 7
FOULS: (3) 4
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 9
CORNERS: (3) 5
FOULS: (3) 7
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1