Newport County 0-1 Northampton Town: Jon Guthrie gives Cobblers the edge



Newport centre-back Scot Bennett was replaced after a concerning injury
Newport centre-back Scot Bennett was replaced after a concerning injury

Northampton Town moved into the top three with a controlled win at an off-colour Newport County.

Jon Guthrie put Northampton ahead when Newport failed to clear Mitchell Pinnock’s free-kick and the centre-back gleefully slammed home.

Jake Cain almost had the Exiles level early in the second half but his free-kick whistled just past the post.

But it needed a fine close-range save by Joe Day to prevent Nicke Kabamba from doubling Northampton’s lead.

Newport’s miserable night was compounded when they lost defender Scot Bennett to a worrying looking injury with 18 minutes of normal time remaining.

Newport County manager Michael Flynn said:

“I thought we were absolutely awful first half, gave it a go first half with a better team but never really looked like scoring.

“A few have played themselves out of the squad completely, some of the performances tonight were dreadful… but I pick the team and I’ll take this one on the chin.

“I don’t at the minute [know the severity of Scot Bennett’s injury] and that’s probably summed the evening up, because he’s a key player for us. I just hope it’s not a bad one.”

Line-ups

Newport

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Day
  • 6Farquharson
  • 17BennettSubstituted forAzazat 72′minutes
  • 28Demetriou
  • 2Norman
  • 24CainSubstituted forCooperat 57′minutes
  • 56LivermoreBooked at 42mins
  • 3Haynes
  • 7Willmott
  • 16Abraham
  • 21CollinsSubstituted forEllisonat 57′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5J Clarke
  • 8Dolan
  • 14Lewis
  • 18Azaz
  • 22Ellison
  • 30Townsend
  • 31Cooper

Northampton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Roberts
  • 3McGowan
  • 6Horsfall
  • 5Guthrie
  • 14Koiki
  • 7Hoskins
  • 17McWilliamsBooked at 76mins
  • 4SowerbySubstituted forConnollyat 89′minutes
  • 11Pinnock
  • 9KabambaSubstituted forEteteat 85′minutes
  • 32RoseBooked at 76minsSubstituted forFloresat 85′minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Harriman
  • 10Connolly
  • 12Pollock
  • 16Flores
  • 19Etete
  • 22Ashley-Seal
  • 26Maxted

Referee:
Craig Hicks

Attendance:
3,168

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