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Ipswich Town 0-1 Newport County - Match Report
Tuesday, 10th Aug 2021 21:43

Paul Cook fell to his first home defeat as Town boss as Newport County beat a much-changed Blues side 1-0 at Portman Road in the first round of the Carabao Cup. Timmy Abraham’s fourth-minute goal was enough to see the Exiles through, however, Town, who ended the game with 10 men after James Norwood suffered a knock with all three subs made, dominated and had more than enough opportunities to win the game.

Centre-half Luke Woolfenden was the only survivor from the XI which started the 2-2 with Morecambe on Saturday.

Tomas Holy was in goal with Janoi Donacien, a sub against the Shrimps, skippering at right-back with Woolfenden and Corrie Ndaba the centre-halves.

Bailey Clements was handed his second senior start, his first having come in the same competition two years ago, at left-back.

In central midfield, neither Lee Evans nor Rekeem Harper was involved and Idris El Mizouni started alongside Cameron Humphreys with the 17-year-old handed his senior debut.

Armando Dobra was on the right, and Sone Aluko, also making his debut, were in the wide roles with Louie Barry, another debutant, behind Saturday’s last-gasp goal hero Macauley Bonne, who was making his full debut for his hometown club.

Kayden Jackson and youngsters Matt Ward, Fraser Alexander and Albie Armin were among the subs.

Newport boss Michael Flynn named an entirely changed XI from the one which beat Oldham 1-0 away in their opening fixture at the weekend including seven youth products. Ex-Blues midfielder Ed Upson was on the bench.

Prior to kick-off both teams and staff took a knee in protest against racism and inequality to applause from the Portman Road crowd.

Town went close to going in front in the third minute when Dobra brought the ball forward from a central area and hit a low shot across Exiles keeper Nick Townsend but off the outside of the post.

However, a minute later, the visitors went in front. Finn Azaz beat Aluko on the right of the area following a free-kick and crossed low for the unmarked Abraham, the younger brother of England international Tammy, to deftly flick past Holy.

Town quickly looked to get back on terms and in the seventh minute a cross from the right fell to Dobra, who hit a well-struck shot which Townsend batted away. The ball reached Donacien and the St Lucia-born full-back sent it back in for Bonne, who headed into the ground and over.

Newport threatened a second in the 12th minute when Jordan Greenidge turned the ball wide to Kevin Ellison, then burst into the area and only a timely intervention from Woolfenden prevented the Exiles forward from having a free shot at Holy from inside the area.

Chances were coming at both ends in an open early phase of the game. On 14 Barry broke into the area on the right and teed-up Aluko to his left but the Nigerian international, who was making an off-the-pace start to the match, air-kicked.

The ball eventually reached Clements breaking forward from left-back but his shot flew wide with Bonne trying to divert it goalwards with his head.

In the 18th minute Azaz belted a 25-yard free-kick deep into the lower tier of the Sir Bobby Robson Stand.

Two minutes later, Humphreys cleverly beat his man a third of the way inside the Newport half, then threaded an incisive pass through to the breaking Clements to his left. The academy product sent in a low ball but awkwardly for Bonne and keeper Townsend was able to claim.

On 21 Aluko was booked for a foul on Christopher Missilou, then Barry and Dobra combined well on halfway and the Albanian U21 international burst away towards goal but shot against a defender when returning the ball to the on-loan Aston Villa man might have been a better option.

Town were well in control and looking threatening going forward but with their approach breaking down with the final pass or decision. On 24 Humphreys found Barry at the far post with a lofted ball but the linesman’s flag had been raised.

Just after the half hour, an Aluko corner from the right eventually fell for Bonne at a tight angle and the Ipswich-born striker smashed a shot off the outside of the post.

Newport started to see more of the ball and space in the Town half when breaking. On 34 Holy grabbed Abraham’s low cross ahead of Greenidge.

Five minutes later, Aluko, who was finding his way into the game, feinted his way into the area and fed Donacien to his right. The right-back crossed for Bonne, who headed wide.

On 41 Aneurin Livermore was booked for a foul on Dobra just to the left of the penalty box. El Mizouni took the free-kick and hit a low effort at Townsend’s post which the keeper did well to get down to and push wide.

In the penultimate scheduled minute Donacien, who had had a good half, slipped Barry in on the right of the area and the Villa youngster shot into the side-netting at a tight angle.

Town continued to create opportunities in injury time with Bonne rising high to nod to Townsend’s right from Donacien’s right-wing cross but without enough power to concern the keeper.

The half ended with the visitors still in the lead although with the Blues having had plenty of chances.

Despite having gone behind for the second game in a row, Town quickly got control of the game and had had more than enough opportunities to be on terms having hit the woodwork twice, but will feel they should have been sharper with their finishing.

At the other end, Newport had served warning that a second goal was far from an impossibility on a number of occasions with Abraham and Greenidge both having caused problems.

Five minutes after the restart, Bonne battled for the ball on left of the Newport area and it fell for Barry, who blazed over when he will feel he should have done better.

Town thought they’d levelled in the 51st minute when Humphreys sent over a cross from the left which Bonne headed home, but with the linesman’s flag raised.

Three minutes later, the Exiles were forced into a sub with former Blue Upson, the scorer of Town’s 2005 FA Youth Cup-winning goal, replacing Livermore, who had picked up a knock.

Town made their first chance in the 56th minute when Aluko, who had got more into the game after a slow start, was replaced by Scott Fraser.

Just before the hour, a slick Blues move ended with Humphreys, who had certainly made his mark on his debut, playing a pass in behind a defender into Clements’s path on the left and the full-back sent over a dangerous low ball which Townsend grabbed ahead of Barry, taking a kick to his head as a result.

Town continued to look for the equaliser with the second half having been played almost entirely at one end of the field. In the 63rd minute Dobra cut in from the left and struck a powerful shot which was destined for the top corner until Townsend got up and across to superbly paw it wide.

That was Barry’s last action of the game, the England U18 international having shown why he is so highly rated, as he and Bonne, who will feel he should have scored his second Blues goal, were swapped for Norwood and Jackson.

There was a scare for Town on 67 when Ndaba outside-edged a clearance from Lewis Collins’s right-sided cross towards his own goal but fortunately close to Holy, who claimed.

The Blues will wonder how they didn’t get level in the 72nd minute. After a neat interchange on the right, Fraser left his man for dead on the byline, then cut across to Dobra six yards out. The forward took a touch when he probably should have shot first time and his effort was blocked by the keeper.

The save looped to Jackson and his header arced towards goal but without enough power to prevent it from being cleared off the line.

Town created another great opportunity in the 77th minute when Dobra fed Clements to his left from where the left-back beat his man and crossed to Norwood, who headed over at the near post having appeared to be nursing an injury.

Moments later, the striker made his way to the tunnel, leaving the Blues down to 10 men with all three subs having been used.

On 81 Abraham became the latest in a long line of Newport players to take to the turf for treatment for what appeared to be no other reason other than to hold the game up, much to the annoyance of the Town support.

Blues chances had become rarer since losing a man but with four minutes left on the clock, Dobra won a corner on the left which was sent over by El Mizouni and Donacien headed high and wide.

Newport saw out five minutes of injury time, indeed they pressed for a second and won two corners, to end Town’s Carabao Cup run at the first hurdle yet again.

The Blues had dominated, particularly in the second half when the game was like a training exercise for long spells, but were let down by bad decisions and bad finishing.

Town are next in action in League One against Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Town: Holy, Donacien (c), Woolfenden, Ndaba, Clements, El Mizouni, Humphreys, Dobra, Barry (Norwood 64), Aluko (Fraser 56), Bonne (Jackson 64). Unused: Hladky, Armin, Alexander, Ward.

Newport: Townsend, Clarke (c), Lewis, Hall, Abraham, Azaz (Collins 64), Ellison (Telford 73), Missilou, Greenidge, Woodiwiss, Livermore (Upson 54). Unused: Ovendale, Hillier, Lewis, Karadogan. Referee: Neil Hair (Cambridgeshire). Att: 6,154 (Newport: 131).

Photo: Matchday Images

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dirtydingusmagee added 21:45 - Aug 10
disappointing .

DaGremloid added 21:46 - Aug 10
Absolutely pathetic. This was a chance to continue to gel the first team, who have only played together once on Saturday. But whoever we put out we should NOT be losing to the likes of Newport County at home. This is garbage. Nothing has changed.

jas0999 added 21:47 - Aug 10
It’s all well and good saying we were much changed, but so we’re Newport! Which ever way you look at it, this is a poor result. Shouldn’t lose at home to a Newport side fielding very inexperienced players. we need to start winning games of football - simply not doing so, including pre-season. Let’s hope for a win on Saturday.

19781981twtd added 21:47 - Aug 10
New season new team same outcome knocked out by lower league bubble burst !

superblues9 added 21:48 - Aug 10
70% possession 25 shots and no goals what the hell were they playing at !!

pablo123 added 21:48 - Aug 10
We"re not exactly off to a flyer lol !!! Don't panic , early days guys

pablo123 added 21:48 - Aug 10
We"re not exactly off to a flyer lol !!! Don't panic , early days guys

Skip73 added 21:48 - Aug 10
Same old crap in the Cup. 3 cup wins in 19 games. Disgraceful record. Still, I'm optimistic in the League. Bring on Saturday.

Wooly74 added 21:49 - Aug 10
Calm down, 10 changes and 25 attempts created, I can’t remember the last time we created so many. We have the quality through the first team now to convert some of these and it will come. I think you need to take a chill pill 💊

confederateblue added 21:50 - Aug 10
Great performance from the lads, they tried their best!

1psw1ch added 21:51 - Aug 10
shocking,,, all the buzz and excitement around the club with all the changes and can't even score against Newport,,, time to crawl back under the rocks

Reuserscurtains added 21:51 - Aug 10
The genuine state of town fans comments. Throwing toys out the pram already - I understand you’ve all got miserable lives and letting out some steam but Jesus!

BecclesBlue500 added 21:51 - Aug 10
Before everyone gets carried away and the doom merchants have their moment of glory; just remember that not even the top Premier League sides would have fancied facing Morpeth and Newlyn in their first two games….

Nobbysnuts added 21:52 - Aug 10
Cheque book fc......😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 more like f#ck up fc......awful

SickParrot added 21:52 - Aug 10
25 shots without scoring must be a club record surely?

ShropshireBluenago09 added 21:52 - Aug 10
Who really gives a flying one. The 3rd team we put out tried - 25 shots 70% possession, but ultimately fell short.
All new signings back in the team on Sat - COYB.

del45 added 21:55 - Aug 10
Rubbish 25 shots 6 on target why so many changes again it does not work Mr Cook.

ringwoodblue added 21:57 - Aug 10
Don’t know why we don’t just give our cup opponents a bye to the next round as it would save us the embarrassment.

Drifter3012 added 21:57 - Aug 10
We played Newport's reserve team and lost.
Yes we played a number of players who might not play in the league every week.
But still!
Surely the likes of Barry etc have been brought in to complement the likes of Chaplin etc if they get injured.
Didn't watch the match so can't comment on the chances we had and it seems Townsend played out of his skin but losing any match is disappointing as a fan.
Hoping for a win Saturday.

BangaloreBlues added 21:57 - Aug 10
25 shots - the same as we managed in the whole of last season.
Not a single goal scored - same as we managed in the whole of last season.
Remarkable! :-)

Blue_Again added 21:58 - Aug 10
You won’t win anything with strangers

TimmyH added 21:58 - Aug 10
Well after the many changes over the last few months one thing that hasn't is our abject form in the cups!...I think Cook missed a trick tonight where he could have integrated some of the new faces alongside the fringe players but opted almost for the B-team. For me winning breeds confidence and getting beaten by Newport whatever side you put out doesn't.

Cook has a 23% win record which to be honest is poor...and this result will only give his distractors more of a voice, unneededly in y opinion.

Westy added 21:59 - Aug 10
Feel sorry for Holy assuming he will be second string for league games, this competition was his chance to get a run of games. Ten changes was too many for me. Jury is still out on Paul Cook for me.

oldshuck added 21:59 - Aug 10
Yes - we had loads of changes, but so did they. Yes - we had loads of chances - but bottom line is we lost to league 2. Out in first round of a cup again. Sorry but things had better change soon because I'm sick of it. Not convinced by Cook at all yet tbh.

ChrisR added 21:59 - Aug 10
How many forwards do we have now and still can't score ? Surely the squad is big and good enough to compete in all Cup Competitions at least to give some of them a game?
Played over 65 games in 80/81 some against top Euro sides with 14 players !
Now our first team has to be protected in the 3rd Division. How far we have sunk.

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