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English Football League - League Two

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Sutton v Newport preview - wear your black kit

17 April 2022

After Friday's fine win at Mansfield lifted Sutton back in to the Sky Bet League Two play-off places, the side that U's replaced in 7th place, Newport County, provide the opposition at the VBS Community Stadium for the second game of the Easter programme.

Newport's Easter began with a 2-1 home defeat against Crawley, allowing U's to overhaul them, but the difference between the sides is only a point, with U's having the advantage of a game in hand, and with 4th placed Northampton and 11th placed Salford still only separated by five points, all the teams involved will still feel they have a chance of featuring in the play-offs.

Sutton's visit to Rodney Parade in December saw a last minute defeat for U's that was arguably the toughest to take in the league this season, with Sutton two up at half time thanks to two brilliant goals from David Ajiboye, but playing nearly an hour with ten men after Craig Eastmond was sent off, and Newport coming back to win with a stoppage time penalty from Matt Dolan.

Over the last ten league games Sutton and Newport have an identical record, but more recently U's have been in better form, winning three of the last four League Two games while Newport have won one of their last five, a last minute win at Swindon that dented the Wiltshire side's play-off hopes. Newport do have the division's leading scorer in Dom Telford, who missed the December meeting but should feature on Monday.

Sutton should have a full squad to choose from after ending Mansfield's run of eleven consecutive home wins on Friday.

Staffordshire referee Ollie Yates is taking charge of a Sutton game for the first time.

The game has been designated a Thank You Match by the club, to to recognise the contributions made assisting the Club by supporters and the local community over the last couple of seasons, and particularly with respect to the Covid pandemic.

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As a reflection of this the players will be wearing our Black "Thank You" kit (right) for the game bearing the names of hundreds of Sutton supporters embedded into the shirt. We would encourage supporters to do the same.

In addition we will be recognising those connected with the Club that have been affected by the pandemic, and also to reflect on those associated with Sutton United, in any way, that have passed away during the past two seasons.

Tickets for Sutton supporters can be bought on line here, and we would recommend buying on line before you leave for the game rather than waiting to buy at the ticket office on the day. Supporters who do wish to buy on the day should arrive at least an hour before kick off to avoid queues around the ticket kiosk and turnstiles.

Anyone not able to go to the game can watch it through our iFollow system, as it is being live streamed. Passes cost £10 and can be bought here. Programmes are available to order on line here, to be posted out after the game.

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Match Reports

Match report for Sutton United 1 Newport County 0

18 April 2022

Showing there is more than one way to win a football game, Sutton followed up a stylish win at Mansfield on Friday with a battling three points that enhanced U's Sky Bet League Two play off prospects and left Newport with a lot to do to avoid missing out.

It was a performance that in many ways underlined why U's have been so successful over the past two years, far from the top of the list of exciting attacking performances, but with not many above it when it came to commitment, spirit and a determination to defend the Rob Milsom penalty, U's only shot on target in the whole game, that had earned the lead just before half time.

Newport will feel they should have had something from the game, just as U's did at Rodney Parade in December, but after forcing Dean Bouzanis in to two good saves early in the game their second half efforts foundered on U's defensive efforts, and the closest they came to an equaliser was when Louis John's miscued clearance some thirty yards out sailed over his goalkeeper's head but bounced back off the post.

With Joe Kizzi and Harry Beautyman resting knocks picked up at Mansfield, there was a first game since mid February for Jon Barden, while Kenny Davis started alongside Craig Eastmond in midfield, but it was Bouzanis who took the early plaudits as U's struggled to get in to the game. First he blocked a close range shot from James Waite, then went down to his right to make a really good save from a low Matt Dolan shot from the edge of the penalty area that looked as though it might creep inside the near post.

It was a fairly uninspiring half, with refereeing decisions, or more often the lack of them, creating an at times fractious atmosphere on and off the pitch that would remain throughout, but U's attacking threat was summed up when Eastmond lined up a volley twenty yards out but pulled it yards wide, and John's attempt to catch Joe Day off his line with a free kick from near the halfway line was also well off target.

Soon afterwards Eastmond would be replaced, injuring himself making a clearance and replaced by Ali Smith, who apart from a brief substitute's appearance against Leyton Orient also hadn't featured since mid-February, but with half time approaching U's struck the vital blow as David Ajiboye, who had proved almost unplayable for the Newport defence in December, punished them again. Earlier he had produced one slicing run through the defence that was ended by a good tackle, but this time, having lifted the ball over Micky Demetriou, he reached the penalty area and, despite appearing to stumble, regained possession before being tripped by Scot Bennett. There were few complaints from Newport, and for the sixth time this season in the league Milsom was unerring from the spot.

U's spent long periods of the second half under pressure, the long throws of Demetriou a constant threat but dealt with superbly by U's, with the defence often helped out by others, Richie Bennett producing one fine interception on the edge of the penalty area just when a shot was being lined up and both Bennett and Smith heading the ball clear when Demetriou launched it in to the penalty area. Leading scorer Dom Telford put a header harmlessly wide, and Robert Street volleyed over from a good position just inside the penalty area, but nothing came closer to an equaliser than John's misdirected clearance.

Omar Bugiel replaced Richie Bennett and with his first touch set up a chance for Isaac Olaofe, whose shot was diverted for a corner, but it was the forty yard sprint he made soon afterwards to halt a break down the left by Lewis Collins that summed up U's determination not to be beaten, along with the yellow card John happily took for a foul that halted a dangerous run by Courtney Baker-Richardson. As Newport ran out of ideas Ajiboye smashed an angled 20 yard shot just wide, and although U's had to defend right to the end, and survived a late penalty appeal for a handball by Smith that looked more in hope than expectation but still earned Dolan a booking for dissent, the victory was achieved to round off a perfect Easter.

Sutton: D Bouzanis, J Barden, R Milsom, C Eastmond(sub A Smith 43), B Goodliffe, L John, D Ajiboye, K Davis, R Bennett(sub O Bugiel 83), I Olaofe, E Boldewijn. Subs n/u S Nelson, B Wyatt, C Rowe, R Korboa, D Wilson. Booked: Bennett, Bouzanis, Milsom, John, Boldewijn.

Newport: J Day, C Norman, R Haynes, M Demetriou, J Clarke, S Bennett(sub C Baker-Richardson 78), J Waite(sub L Collins 85), M Dolan, D Telford, F Azaz, R Street(sub K Ellison 89). Subs n/u J Pask, A Lewis, J Cain, N Townsend. Booked: Norman, Dolan.

Referee: Ollie Yates

Attendance: 3,447 (452 away)

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