Jordan Bowery secured 3 points for Crewe Alexandra this weekend as his team pushed Newport further away from play-off position, in a 1-2 defeat for The Exiles.
Newport County welcomed 19th place Crewe Alexandra to Rodney Parade this weekend in hope of redeeming 3 points, having been victorious in only 1 league game in the past 10.
Newport began the game strongly and won a free-kick on the edge of the box within the first 5 minutes, however, Robbie Willmott shot over the bar with no damage done to the visiting side.
Impressing the home fans on his return to Rodney Parade last week against Forest Green Rovers, Aaron Collins persisted with his admirable dribbling against Crewe and had a shot from range in the 17th minute of the game, but unfortunately missed the target.
The first corner of the game was conceded by Crewe in the 21st minute. Willmott delivered a ball, which met Tozer at the back post who headed just over. County were evidently the dominant side at this point in the game.
The tables turned in the 26th minute when 20 year-old Harry McKirdy opened the scoring. McKirdy managed to get past Newport’s Demetriou before he steadily placed the ball into the corner of the net, putting the away side 0-1 up.
Crewe controlled the majority of the remaining time in the first half. However, Newport came close to equalising just before the break. In the 42nd minute, Willmott’s looping free-kick found Mark O’Brien who headed just wide of goal. The whistle then blew for half-time.
Both teams re-entered the pitch with the game seeming like all was to play for, even though Newport had to get a goal back to level the playing field.
With the game back underway, the first potential opportunity came from a strong penalty appeal for Newport in the 52nd minute. Willmott was brought down in the Crewe box and County arms filled the air in appeal for a penalty, but this was dismissed by the referee.
With Newport manager, Michael Flynn, clearly feeling as though something more was needed from his team in terms of attacking, a double substitution was made for County in the 58th minute. Padraig Amond and Josh Sheehan were replaced by Paul Hayes and Frank Nouble in hopes of a goal.
Just 2 minutes after this substitution was made, Crewe’s Jordan Bowery doubled the score for the away team. Bowery hammered home the rebound after Kirk’s effort from the edge of the box hit the post. Crewe were now leading 0-2.
With 10 minutes remaining on the clock, Newport were awarded a corner. Mickey Demetriou managed to connect and headed home at the near post to get his team back into the game.
Despite 6 minutes of added time, the score remained 1-2 with Crewe taking home all three points and delivering Newport’s first home loss of 2018.
A disappointed Newport crowd left Rodney Parade with play-offs now even further away, having dropped to 12th in the league. County certainly appear to be making this battle for play-offs a difficult one.
Newport now look forward to welcoming Coventry to Rodney Parade on Good Friday in what will be The Exiles’ 3rd consecutive home game.
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