That man, James Coppinger opens up the scoring with a brilliant free-kick; followed by a second from Andy Williams in the second half.

Darren Ferguson named an unchanged side from last week’s 5-1 victory, but Baudry was named on the bench, after returning from injury.

ROVERS XI: Marosi; Blair, Wright, Butler, Evina; Houghton, Rowe, Coppinger, Middleton; Marquis and Williams.

ROVERS BENCH: Etheridge, Garrett, Baudry, Longbottom, Calder, Beest and Mandeville.

NEWPORT XI: Day, Turley, Jones, Bennett, Butler, Grego-Cox, Labadie, Randall, Rigg, Tozer and Parkin.

NEWPORT BENCH: Compton, Jackson, Bignot, Green, Cameron, Healey and Bittner.

Things became a bit worrying early on in the game as Marko Marosi went down injured, after making a save, but eventually got back up, and played on.

Coppinger stepped up in the 17th minuet scoring an excellent free-kick, which Day had no chance of saving.

Not a lot happened in the first half, it was quite comfortable, but Newport did come close to scoring at one point as Marosi rushed off of his line to try and clear a ball, but it ended up at the feet of former Rovers striker, Jon Parkin, and he had an open net right in front of him, but he somehow hit it wide; massive let off for Rovers there, or it could’ve been 1-1.

During the second half, not a lot had changed performance wise, we still gave away a lot of passes, and we seemed to have lacked pace, with the likes of Evina and Calder being out-ran.

Eventually, after missing a few shots, Andy Williams scored the second goal.

It came after a mistake in the Newport defence led to Tommy Rowe breaking, and then passing the ball off to Andy Williams, who fired it home, for his fifth goal of the season!

Later on, John Marquis was brought down in the box, not once, but twice, and both times there was no penalty rewarded, and even ended up in Marquis getting booked.

In my opinion, they both were definitely penalties, and how both the linesman and referee missed them bewildered me, and to book Marquis for one of them too, was ludicrous. I thought the referee was quite poor today.

Marko Marosi kept us in the game today, pulling off some world class saves to deny Newport towards the end of the game, definitely a contender for man of the match.

Jordan Houghton another stand-out player from today, worked his socks off in midfield, and almost had a chance to score, but unfortunately couldn’t get to William’s ball in time.

Now, the man of the match is going to have to be James Coppinger, who continues to perform 501 appearances later, and he really helped control midfield today, and also got the ball forward to help contribute to attacks.

Overall, pleasing that although we may not have performed at our best, we still got a solid result, but we need to improve, because we’re coming up against the toughest team yet in Luton Town next week!

My Man of the Match – James Coppinger

 

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