Newport County missed the opportunity to go top of League Two after a drab draw against Salford City.
The hosts were reduced to 10-men on the hour mark when Wales midfielder Josh Sheehan was shown a red card for a two-footed challenge on Ash Hunter.
Newport had already lost defender Ryan Haynes in the first half to a head injury.
Both sides had few chances of note with Salford’s Tom Clarke coming closest with a header which went wide.
Salford were under the watchful eye of co-owner Gary Neville with manager Richie Wellens absent with a chest infection.
Newport finish the day in second spot while Salford are fifth having played two games more than the top two sides.
Newport County manager Michael Flynn said:
“We weren’t good enough in the first half, After the first 10-15 minutes, Salford got on top a little bit without creating anything. First half I thought Salford were the better team.
“In the second half I thought we started ok and then got a red card. If it was a red card then I think football’s in trouble because they might as well say anything you go to the floor, then it’s illegal.
“That level of officiating performance was way, way below the standard required for a professional league in English football.”
- 10SheehanBooked at 58mins
- 17BennettBooked at 78mins
- 3HaynesSubstituted forBakerat 17′minutes
- 29TaylorSubstituted forEllisonat 70′minutesSubstituted forAmondat 82′minutes
- 27ScrimshawSubstituted forAbrahamsat 70′minutes
- 24GottsSubstituted forThomas-Asanteat 79′minutes
- 9ElliottSubstituted forWilsonat 65′minutes
- Anthony Backhouse
Match ends, Newport County 0, Salford City 0.
Second Half ends, Newport County 0, Salford City 0.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Brandon Thomas-Asante.
Attempt blocked. Scot Bennett (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Hand ball by Brandon Thomas-Asante (Salford City).
Attempt blocked. Ashley Hunter (Salford City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Brandon Thomas-Asante.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Václav Hladky.
Attempt missed. Tristan Abrahams (Newport County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Padraig Amond with a cross.
Ashley Hunter (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joss Labadie (Newport County).
Attempt saved. Padraig Amond (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Dolan with a cross.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Di’Shon Bernard.
Substitution, Newport County. Padraig Amond replaces Kevin Ellison.
Attempt missed. James Wilson (Salford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Hunter.
Attempt missed. Brandon Thomas-Asante (Salford City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ibou Touray with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Salford City. Conceded by Kevin Ellison.
Substitution, Salford City. Brandon Thomas-Asante replaces Robbie Gotts.
Scot Bennett (Newport County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Ibou Touray (Salford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.