The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ben Rear­don

CREWE Alexan­dra played more than an hour with ten men so boss David Artell was thrilled at the way they came from be­hind to earn a bat­tling point at home to New­port County.

Full-back Perry Ng is in Artell’s dog­house af­ter he was dis­missed just 17 min­utes in by ref­eree Ed­die Ilder­ton for a twofooted chal­lenge on Ben White.

How­ever the man­ager praised the char­ac­ter of his men, with Chris Dag­nall can­celling out Frank Nou­ble’s opener ei­ther side of Ng’s red card, in a fran­tic open­ing 18 min­utes.

Artell said: “We had foot­ball chal­lenges, phys­i­cal chal­lenges, chal­lenges thrown at us right through the af­ter­noon.

“We didn’t half dig in and de­served the re­ward that came our way as we played the ma­jor­ity of the game with ten men.

“We tried to play foot­ball and win the game, we weren’t shut­ting up shop.

“This was a sim­i­lar test to the one against Mans­field and we stood up to it with fly­ing colours.

“If we keep play­ing like we are, the re­sults won’t be too far away, and all in all, I thought to a man they were ter­rific.

“Perry (Ng) has let him­self down, he’s let the lads down and he knows that.”

New­port took the lead with 13 min­utes on the clock, when Nou­ble pounced on a loose ball in­side the six-yard box to lash the Ex­iles ahead af­ter Ben Gar­ratt had su­perbly de­nied Joss Labadie and Shawn McCoul­sky.

Alex were down to ten men just past the quar­ter-hour mark when Ng was sent off for a lunge on White, how­ever they lev­elled a minute later, when Dag­nall con­nected with Ge­orge Cooper’s cross from the right to steer the ball be­yond Joe Day.

Af­ter the break, the two goal­keep­ers were called into ac­tion, as Gar­ratt kept out Nou­ble and Rigg, while Day had to be at his best to thwart Dag­nall.

To­wards the con­clu­sion of pro­ceed­ings in Cheshire, Crewe with­stood pres­sure, but nei­ther side could man­age a win­ner, with both re­main­ing un­beaten.

It was a frustrating af­ter­noon for New­port boss Mike Flynn who ad­mit­ted his team had let a golden chance slip to take three points.

He said: “I’m very frus­trated. I thought our set plays were off the qual­ity they have been. I thought we switched off on cer­tain things, so it was very frustrating, but the amount of shots and blocks we forced them to de­fend was too many with­out scor­ing a goal.

“I pos­si­bly got my sub­sti­tu­tions wrong, so I’ll take a bit of the blame.

“We are un­beaten in three games on the road, so it is not all doom and gloom. “This was a game I thought we should have won, given the cir­cum­stances with the player be­ing sent off so early on.” CREWE ALEXAN­DRA: (4-4-2): Gar­ratt 6, Ng 4, Walker 7, Raynes 5, Pick­er­ing 6, Nolan 7, Win­tle 6, Low­ery 6, Cooper 8 (Bow­ery 86 N/A), Porter 7, Dag­nall 7, (Ain­ley 76 6) Subs not used: Richards, Fin­ney, Dale, Kirk, Sass-Davies NEW­PORT COUNTY: (3-5-2): Day 6, O’Brien 7, White 6, Demetriou 6, But­ler 6 (Jahraldo 90 N/A), Labadie 7, Dolan 7, Will­mott 6, Rigg (Owen-Evans, 74 5), McCoul­sky (Reynolds 57 6), Nou­ble, 7 Subs not used: Bit­tner, Pipe, Foul­ston, Cole

PIC­TURES: Si­mon New­berry MI News & Sport

OFF: Perry Ng was dis­missed af­ter just 17 min­utes LEV­ELLER: Chris Dag­nall nets the equaliser for the ten men of Crewe

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