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Newport County 0-1 Walsall: Mickey Demetriou own goal separates sides

Aaron Wildig thought he had given Newport County an early lead but the goal was disallowed

Mike Flynn's return to Newport was a happy one as his Walsall side secured a narrow 1-0 win at Rodney Parade.

The hosts thought they had taken the lead in the 12th minute when Aaron Wildig's bullet header beat Owen Evans, but the goal was ruled out of offside.

Walsall took the lead midway through the second half as Mickey Demetriou turned the ball into his own net after Nick Townsend saved an initial header.

Taylor Allen's red card set up a tense finish, but Walsall held on to win.

Victory sees Walsall move top of League Two while Newport remain on one point from two games, and drop to 17th.

Newport County manager James Rowberry said: "We have to be brilliant at the basics, and we were for a period up until the goal.

"We didn't defend the goal well enough, that was the difference today, I'm just bamboozled that we haven't got anything out of the game.

"I would be worried if we weren't getting chances, but we're still in the process of building something."

Walsall head coach Mike Flynn said: "I think the best team lost if I'm totally honest, it was a bit of a surreal feeling afterwards because I've never wanted Newport to lose.

"They were better than us, but we were solid and stuck to our guns, they threw everything at us.

"We were absolutely tremendous defensively and we had that togetherness."

Line-ups

Newport

Formation 3-5-2

  • 30Townsend
  • 3Drysdale
  • 8DolanSubstituted forWaiteat 68'minutes
  • 28Demetriou
  • 2Norman
  • 4BowenSubstituted forLewisat 68'minutes
  • 24WildigSubstituted forCollinsat 80'minutes
  • 17BennettBooked at 8mins
  • 29EvansSubstituted forLewisat 83'minutes
  • 9BogleSubstituted forZimbaat 82'minutes
  • 10Zanzala

Substitutes

  • 1Day
  • 7Willmott
  • 11Waite
  • 14Lewis
  • 18Zimba
  • 21Collins
  • 27Lewis

Walsall

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Evans
  • 5DanielsBooked at 65mins
  • 26Clarke
  • 6Monthe
  • 2White
  • 8Kinsella
  • 14ComleyBooked at 72mins
  • 21AllenBooked at 84mins
  • 23HutchinsonBooked at 16minsSubstituted forKnowlesat 61'minutes
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forEaringat 82'minutes
  • 39JohnsonSubstituted forAbrahamat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Knowles
  • 15James-Taylor
  • 17Earing
  • 25Maher
  • 27Abraham
  • 30Bennett
  • 31Przybek
Referee:
Alan Young
Attendance:
4,988

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home13
Away3
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 0, Walsall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newport County 0, Walsall 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mickey Demetriou (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Lewis.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Tom Knowles.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Brandon Comley.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Declan Drysdale (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cameron Norman with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Tom Knowles.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Owen Evans.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Newport County. Aaron Lewis tries a through ball, but Offrande Zanzala is caught offside.

  11. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Taylor Allen (Walsall) for a bad foul.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Adam Lewis replaces Will Evans.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Chanka Zimba replaces Omar Bogle.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Jack Earing replaces Andy Williams.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Lewis Collins replaces Aaron Wildig.

  16. Post update

    Declan Drysdale (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Liam Kinsella (Walsall).

  18. Post update

    Cameron Norman (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Timmy Abraham (Walsall).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Brandon Comley.

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