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REPORT| County rise into the play-offs with a victory over Crawley Town

19 January 2018

Goals from Padraig Amond and Mickey Demetriou ensured Newport County AFC won 2-1 for the fourth successive game in all competitions with a nerve-wracking victory over Crawley Town.

Amond was the man to give County what was a deserved lead with a powerful header from ten yards on 40 minutes, as the Exiles got their just rewards for a lively start that saw them hit the goalframe twice early-on.

That lead became two within four minutes as Demetriou scored yet again against Crawley after getting both in the reverse fixture, this one a calm penalty into the bottom left corner that just about evaded away goalkeeper Glenn Morris.

But Crawley were insistent on making a game of it despite their somewhat slow start, as Harry Kewell’s half-time substitutions paid dividends for the away side.

Substitute Thomas Verheydt lept well in an aerial duel with Joe Day and came out the better, before setting up his captain Jimmy Smith to tap home via a deflection off Mickey Demetriou.

Day then made a couple of smart saves to deny the visitors as they pushed valiantly for an equaliser late on, marking his 150th league appearance for the club by helping them ascend into the play-off positions for the first time since 21st October and up to 5th ahead of tomorrow’s fixtures.  

Mike Flynn elected to make two changes to the side that secured 2-1 victories in the last three matches against Exeter City, Leeds United and Grimsby Town.

That saw captain Joss Labadie and Matty Dolan both miss out completely from the matchday squad with the hamstring injuries sustained last week at Blundell Park, as Josh Sheehan came in for his first league start since re-joining the club on a permanent deal earlier this month.

Ben Tozer also returned to the starting side at Rodney Parade, as the Exiles lined up in a 4-3-3 formation from the off.

Crawley Town manager Harry Kewell also made the two changes to his side that had picked up 12 points from their last 18 available before the game.

Ex-Exile Mark Randall failed to make the trip back to South Wales, while fellow midfielder Dannie Bulman was also rested.

The duo were replaced by Josh Lelan and Moussa Sanoh in a 3-4-3 formation from the Red Devils, as the away side kept to their usual versatile line-up from the first whistle.   

And the Exiles almost broke the deadlock within the opening two minutes.

Stand in captain for the day David Pipe was found in space on the right-hand side, with Frank Nouble seeing his header from the cross blocked on the goal line by Lewis Young, although the goal wouldn’t have counted anyway as the referee had blown his whistle for a prior infringement in the build-up.

It was certainly a lively start by the Exiles as they sensed that a win would lift the side to 5th in the table ahead of tomorrow’s fixtures and came mighty close again in the 13th minute.

Ben White’s stunning 60-yard cross-field pass set the move in motion, Padraig Amond eventually getting the shot away, only to see it ricochet off the crossbar, as Crawley defender Mark Connolly raced back to head clear ahead of the onrushing Nouble.

All the pressure was coming the way of County, although Crawley Town were creating half chances, and Sheehan was next to be denied by a vital interception.

Away goalkeeper Glenn Morris looked he may finally be breached by County, only to have centre-half Joe McNerney make a sliding block to spare his blushes.

Tozer was next to be denied ten minutes later as the ascendency was all with the Exiles at this point, firing narrowly wide of the post after Scot Bennett had somewhat miscued the original attempt.  

The crossbar was rattled again by the Exiles on 37 minutes, this time Robbie Willmott being denied by the goalframe after connecting cleverly to a Tozer long throw on the edge of the six-yard area.  

You could sense a goal was coming one way or another from County and they duly delivered that opener on 40 minutes.

A quick breakaway looked like it was going to break down after Crawley got reinforcements back to block the danger, although White still found space to produce a superb cross to give Amond the simplest of tasks to head home the opening goal of the night from 10 yards.

And no sooner had Crawley reacted to going a down goal at Rodney Parade, the Exiles made it two just four minutes later.

It took until the 19th January, but County finally had the chance of a penalty kick. Demetriou coolly dispatched the spot kick into the bottom left corner to double the Exiles advantage after a dominant display, scoring his fourth in three games against the Red Devils in the process.

The indication of just the one additional minute couldn’t inspire County to a third before half-time, however, as they had to settle for a two-goal lead at the half-way stage of the game.

And the Exiles were good value for that advantage too.

The tempo was being set well by County on home soil, dominating the possession and amount of chances created with ease, and could probably feel aggrieved for not having a healthier advantage at the break.

It wasn’t all one-way traffic in South Wales, however, Joe Day having to produce a few smart reaction saves, although he would have been pleased with the output from his defensive outfit.

But that deserved advantage from an Exiles perspective was swiftly halved within moments of the second-half commencing.

Day was unlucky to lose out in an aerial duel to substitute Thomas Verheydt as a long ball was fired into the County area. That allowed the ball to fall to away captain Jimmy Smith, who fired home via a deflection from Demetriou and the best attempts from Dan Butler on the goal-line about 15 yards out.

That goal seemed to flatten the game somewhat as it turned into a tactical midfield battle, with neither side creating a further opportunity until the 72nd minute.   

And the Exiles were mightily relieved to see the linesman’s flag being raised when another chance was eventually created. Connolly had the ball in the back of the net from a Roberts delivery, but was flagged offside after moving ahead of the County defence before the ball was played in.

Day produced a smart save to deny substitute Arjan Tajbakhsh with 13 minutes remaining as the away side were beginning to grasp a foothold on proceedings, Josh Lelan also coming close before the 80th minute.

The indication of four minutes of added time indicated to Kewell and his men that they now had the license to throw everything at the Exiles in search of taking a point back with them to West Sussex.

But County held on resolutely to end Crawley’s 100% start to 2018 while maintaining their own, as they rose into the top-seven for the first time in over two and a half months with the composed victory.

 

County: Day, Pipe (C), Demetriou, Butler, White, Bennett, Butler, Tozer, Sheehan (Reid 70’), Willmott, Amond (McCoulsky 77’), Nouble (Hayes 85’)

Subs not used: Bittner, O’Brien, Jahraldo, Collins

 

Crawley: Morris, Connolly, McNerney (Tajbakhsh 45’), Lelan, Evina, Yorwerth, Smith, Young (Camara 83’), Boldewijn, Roberts, Sanoh (Verheydt 45’)

Subs not used: Mersin, Doherty, Djalo, Clifford

 

Referee: Simon Hooper

Attendance: 5,741 (89 AWAY)

Next up for County: Morecambe (23rd January 2018)

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CRAWLEY TOWN| Important Update for Crawley Town Tickets

11 January 2018

 

 

Following an exceptionally high level of sales in the past 24 hours for the Club’s match against Crawley Town on Friday 19th January, the Club has suspended ticket sales for this fixture until 10am on Friday 12th January.

Supporters purchasing Crawley Town tickets (Home Only) will be entitled to purchase one ticket for the Club’s Emirates FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur on the third day of sales (Sunday 21st January) between 8am-5pm at the Ticket Office.

The Club can confirm that supporters who have purchased a Crawley Town ticket prior to 8pm this evening (11/01/2018) will be able to purchase one Tottenham Hotspur ticket per Crawley Town Ticket.  We cannot guarantee Newport County AFC vs Tottenham Hotspur tickets to anyone purchasing Crawley Town Tickets from tomorrow (12/01/2018) onwards.  

Any supporter purchasing a Crawley Town ticket from Friday 12th January 2018 onward will see the code ‘PR2’ printed on their ticket.  This will indicate they will be able to queue on a first come first served basis for any remaining tickets (and purchase one Tottenham Hotspur ticket per one Crawley Town Ticket) on Tuesday 23rd January between 10am-5pm at the Ticket Office. Supporters who have ‘Priority 2’ on their tickets who purchased before 8pm on 11/01/18 will be able to purchase on Sunday 21st January. These tickets were made available during the evening of 11/01/18 as a result of a ticket system update.

Please note Print at Home tickets are not able to be exchanged when purchasing Tottenham Hotspur tickets, only paper match tickets. Anyone who holds a Print at Home ticket for Crawley Town may exchange their tickets at the Ticket Office for a paper ticket prior to 6.45pm on the 19th January 2018.  Supporters with Crawley Town tickets who intend to use them for Tottenham Hotspur priority purchase are reminded that they must attend the Crawley Town match and scan in at the turn stiles to validate their ticket.  Non-validated tickets will not be accepted when purchasing Tottenham Hotspur tickets.

You will only be able to purchase a ticket for Tottenham Hotspur in the same (or cheaper) age bracket of your ticket.  (i.e. if you hold a ‘Senior’ ticket for Crawley Town, you will not be able to use this to purchase an ‘Adult’ Ticket for Spurs).

In addition, the sale of Half Season Tickets has now stopped and will resume after the Tottenham Hotspur tie has concluded.

The Club is exploring the installation of additional seating behind the North Terrace, in order to ensure as many people can attend the high-profile fixture as possible.  The Club will update supporters on this matter in due course.

SALES PRIORITY TABLE

DATE

WHO CAN PURCHASE TICKETS?

SALES QUANTITY

TICKET OFFICE
OPENING TIMES

Thursday 18th January

Season Ticket Holders, Trust Members* and Share Holders

ST Holders – 2 / Trust Members – 1 / Shareholders - 1

10am-7pm

Friday 19th January

Season Ticket Holders, Trust Members* and Share Holders.

ST Holders – 2 / Trust Members – 1 / Shareholders - 1

10am-5pm**

Saturday 20th January

Closed due to Dragons Match

N/A

Closed

Sunday 21st January

Crawley Town Match Ticket Holders (Priority 1)

1 – Of the same ticket age category or cheaper (subject to availabilty)

8am-5pm

Monday 22nd January

Closed

N/A

N/A

Tuesday 23rd January

Crawley Town Match Ticket Holders (Priority 2)

1 - Of the same ticket age category or cheaper (subject to availabilty)

10am – 5pm**

* Trust Members who registered after the 10/01/18 will not be entitled to gain ticket priority.

** Sales for the Spurs match will finish at 5pm to allow for the match day walk up for Newport County AFC vs Crawley Town / Morecambe (both 7.45pm kick off).

Priority 1: Crawley Town Tickets Purchased before 8pm 11th January 2018

Priority 2: Crawley Town Tickets Purchased after 8pm 11th January 2018.

Full ticket details and prices will be released on Monday 15th January 2018.

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