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REPORT | County come from behind to beat Bradford

22 February 2020

Newport County AFC returned to winning ways with a battling victory over Bradford City at Rodney Parade.

They had to come from behind after Clayton Donaldson headed the Bantams ahead but it was a quick response from the Exiles.

Ryan Inniss was on hand to deliver the equaliser a few minutes later before defensive partner Scot Bennett completed the turnaround.

The hosts could have further bolstered their tally but the two goals were enough to claim all three points.

As they usually do at home County started confidently and piled on the pressure early on with Inniss heading wide from a Ryan Haynes cross when well placed before Josh Sheehan tried his luck from range.

Despite their promising start it was Bradford who broke the deadlock as Connor Wood picked out Donaldson and his looping header flew just out of reach of the diving Tom King.

That didn’t deter the hosts and they went straight back on the attack with Otis Khan forcing a corner. Sheehan flicked on Haynes’ delivery and Inniss was in the right place to stroke home the equaliser.

The Exiles have struggled to make the most of their chances in recent weeks but after breaking their goal drought in the league, they added a quickfire second. Inniss caused problems from another Haynes corner and Bennett fired the loose ball home.

The momentum was with Newport and they went searching for a third. Jamille Matt was just inches away from reaching a fierce Haynes cross while Khan went close to opening his account for the club with a curling free kick.

Rain poured down during half time to add another layer of difficulty to proceedings.

Jake Reeves almost levelled the score shortly after the restart as his deflected shot crashed off the top of the crossbar. Bennett then went close to adding his second, and County’s third, but his shot was blocked.

Inniss had already shown his worth in the opposition box but he produced a superb double block, while on the ground, to prevent a certain equaliser.

Tristan Abrahams and Kyle Howkins replaced Jordan Green and Dale Gorman as Newport looked to keep hold of their lead.

The Bantams asked plenty of questions but a combination of resolute defending and alert goalkeeping ensured the hosts had the answer.

Khan was replaced by Matty Dolan in the final minutes and he helped the Exiles secure all three points.

 

Newport County AFC (3-4-1-2): Tom King; Ryan Inniss, Scot Bennett, Mickey Demetriou; Robbie Willmott, Dale Gorman (Kyle Howkins 79), Josh Sheehan, Ryan Haynes; Otis Khan (Matty Dolan 89); Jordan Green (Tristan Abrahams 74), Jamille Matt.

Subs not used: Dom Jefferies, Lewis Collins, Billy Waters, Padraig Amond.

 

Bradford City (4-4-2): Richard O’Donnell (C); Adam Henley (Paudie O’Connor 46), Anthony O’Connor, Ben Richards-Everton, Connor Wood; Dylan Mottley-Henry, Jake Reeves, Hope Akpan (Harry Pritchard 78), Glenn Middleton (Shay McCartan 78); Clayton Donaldson, Lee Novak.

Subs not used: Luke McGee, Chris Taylor, Dylan Connolly, Jordan Gibson.

 

Referee: Joshua Smith.

Attendance: 3,439 (467 Bradford City).

Next up for County: Grimsby Town, February 25 (AWAY)


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