Southend United 0, Newport County 0, LIVE

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10:31pm

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10:10pm

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh: "We are getting used to conditions like this but we definitely had to weather the storm in the first half with Lenny Pidgeley making some great saves but we came out of the second half and pushed Southend and created a lot more chances.

"I don't blame Robbie Willmot for the penalty, he buries them in training every week and it's just one of those things. I thought he was going to make amends near the end but the keeper made a great save.

"Overall it is a great point, we've had some tough encounters away from home and I'm happy with our performance here this evening.

"We have played a lot of games away from home this season already and we need to make sure we push on at home now.

"It is a good clean sheet and point away from home against a very strong Southend team who I'm sure will be in the thick of it come the end of the season."

9:37pm

Blues 0, Newport 0

9:32pm

Four minutes of injury time to be played

9:25pm

Seven minutes to go. Can either of the two sides make a late breakthrough

9:24pm

Newport's last change sees Mike Flynn come on for Ryan Burge

9:17pm

75 minutes gone and it's still 0-0

9:16pm

Conor Clifford comes on for Michael Timlin

9:15pm

Second Newport change: Christian Jolley on for Shaun Jeffers

9:14pm

I stand corrected. Phil Brown had a 0-0 draw with Bristol Rovers at the end of last season. There goes that story then!

9:13pm

Newport's first change. Max Porter, a former Blues youth team player, comes on for Adam Chapman.

9:09pm

Pretty sure Phil Brown has never taken charge of a 0-0 draw since coming to Blues

9:07pm

25 yard shot from Michael Timlin flies inches wide of the right post

9:03pm

Lee Barnard will need games before being back to his best. That hour will have done him good tonight.

9:02pm

Freddy Eastwood comes on for Lee Barnard

9:02pm

Blues don't really look like making a breakthrough at the moment.

9:01pm

Penalty has just been spotted down the A127, still hasn't landed!

9:00pm

Can anyone else recall a worse penalty than that at Roots Hall?

8:57pm

Blues stuttering a bit here. Newport seeing more of the ball.

8:55pm

Attendance: 5,993 with 165 from Newport

8:55pm

Worst penalty I've ever seen at Roots Hall

8:54pm

Robbie Willmot fires the penalty over and wide, shocking!

8:53pm

Mark Phillips brought down Ryan Burge

8:53pm

Penalty to Newport

8:49pm

Think Blues are now playing 4-3-3

8:48pm

Second half is now underway

8:47pm

Anthony Straker comes on for Barry Corr

8:45pm

Newport out early for the second half. Blues yet to appear.

8:44pm

The rain is now also coming down far heavier

8:43pm

John White was holding his shoulder towards the end of the first half, hope that doesn't mean he's having to go off.

8:42pm

Straker now being called in.

8:42pm

Dave Penney just came on to the pitch during the half-time break to speak with Anthony Straker.

8:32pm

Blues 0, Newport 0

8:31pm

Newport taking their time over every throw or goal kick. Annoying Blues fans and players.

8:30pm

One minute of added on time to be played.

8:22pm

Lee Barnard's deflected header from Ben Coker's left wing cross is well saved low down to his right by Lenny Pidgeley

8:20pm

35 minutes gone at Roots Hall and it's still 0-0

8:17pm

Newport angry Blues did not kick the ball out in build up to Barry Corr's chance as they had a player down injured.

8:16pm

Barry Corr through on the angle but his shot is tipped wide of the right post by the keeper.

8:16pm

Great right wing cross from Kevan Hurst is met by Will Atkinson but his header is pushed on to the right post by goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley.

8:11pm

Rene Howe in attack for Newport. Interested Blues in the summer when Barry Corr looked set to leave.

8:08pm

Still haven't had anything to write about!

8:00pm

Pitch will also mean not much football can be played tonight. Going to be a real battle

8:00pm

Luke Prosser watching the game from just in front of the press box. Isn't wearing his lucky head band!

7:56pm

10 minutes in and it's still 0-0. It's been a quiet start to the game.

7:55pm

Newport: Pidgeley, Pipe, Chapman, Minshull, Willmott, Sandell, Jeffers, Burge, Naylor, Worley, Howe

Subs: Stephens, Hughes, Porter, Flynn, Jackson, Anthony & Jolley

 

7:51pm

Two changes to the Blues team tonight. John White in for Luke Prosser which means Adam Thompson moves to centre-back with White at right back. Lee Barnard also replaces Anthony Straker as Blues line up in a 4-4-2 formation.

Blues: Bentley, White, Phillips, Thompson, Coker, Hurst, Leonard, Timlin, Straker, Corr, Barnard

Subs: Laird, Eastwood, Straker, Clifford, Payne, Gomis & T Smith

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