Newport County 0-1 Rochdale: Jimmy Ball gives visitors victory

Jimmy Ball’s early header was enough to earn Rochdale victory at Newport County, but they remain one place off the bottom of League Two.

The hosts could not produce an equalizer after boss James Rowberry had urged them to play “front-foot” football on the eve of the encounter.

Mickey Demetriou and Lewis Collins were among the Newport players denied as the game wore on.

Despite the defeat, Newport remain 18th in the table.

Newport boss James Rowberry:

“It’s bitterly disappointing. It’s difficult when you lose to a team that’s bottom of the league at home and we need to improve that – we realize there’s work to do.

“It was a really poor goal to concede and I’m obviously disappointed in that.

“In the second half we showed a lot of spirit if you like to go forward and create chances. Ultimately we’ve lost the game and we know we need to do better.”

Line-ups

Newport

formation 3-5-2

  • 1Day
  • 2Norman
  • 5J ClarkeBooked at 11mins
  • 28Demetriou
  • 14Lewis
  • 7Willmott
  • 24WildigSubstituted forWaitat 88′minutes
  • 22Moriah-WelshSubstituted forcollinsat 45′minutes
  • 27LewisSubstituted forNeverat 45′minutes
  • 9Bogle
  • 29EvansSubstituted forsmilingat 85′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Drysdale
  • 11Wait
  • 17Bennett
  • 18smiling
  • 19Never
  • 21collins
  • 39Ovendale

Rochdale

formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1O’Donnell
  • 2SerikSubstituted forWhiteat 57′minutes
  • 15Graham
  • 6Ebanks-Landell
  • 13KeohaneBooked at 60mins
  • 7KellySubstituted forSinclairat 70′minutes
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 10RodneyBooked at 90mins
  • 8BallaBooked at 57mins
  • 11OdorSubstituted forMcNultyat 87′minutes
  • 18QuigleyBooked at 62minsSubstituted forHendersonat 87′minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3White
  • 4McNulty
  • 14Brierley
  • 17Sinclair
  • 27Malley
  • 30Kelly
  • 40Henderson

Referees:
David Rock

Attendance:
3,824

Live Text