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NEWPORT County AFC retained top spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier despite conceding a late leveller in the early kick-off at Macclesfield Town's Moss Rose ground.

Defender Tony James gave County the lead slightly against the run of play two minutes before the break and Aaron O'Connor should have doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time.

The Exiles' top scorer blasted the ball over the bar from two yards out with the goal gaping and it was to prove a costly miss.

The hosts dominated the second half and only some heroic defending from James, Ismail Yakubu, David Pipe and Andy Sandell kept Justin Edinburgh's side ahead.

But, just as it looked like they had weathered the Silkmen's storm, ex-Luton striker Matthew Barnes-Homer popped up at the far post to head past Lenny Pidgeley on 82 minutes and earn his side a deserved point.

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5:26pm Sat 13 Oct 12

exilemike says...

Credit where credit is due the County are doing remarkably well up to now.
However a couple of things seem self evident.Over reliance on Aaron O'Connor to get goals from free play.Tendency when under pressure to make far too many unforced misplaced passes and headers.What IMHO the County need to combat putting themselves under defensive pressure is a time served central midfielder who can put his foot on the ball,slow the gamedown and help keep the ball better.But really what a pleasure to see.them playing the right way
Credit where credit is due the County are doing remarkably well up to now. However a couple of things seem self evident.Over reliance on Aaron O'Connor to get goals from free play.Tendency when under pressure to make far too many unforced misplaced passes and headers.What IMHO the County need to combat putting themselves under defensive pressure is a time served central midfielder who can put his foot on the ball,slow the gamedown and help keep the ball better.But really what a pleasure to see.them playing the right way exilemike
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9:24am Sun 14 Oct 12

swrxp09 says...

Listened to the game on BBC Radio Wales. Sounded like we were under pressure for most of he 2nd half but at the same time Aaron O'connor had two great chances to win the game. Looking at other results on the day (Wrexham, Forest Green) I don't think there any easy games in this league. Any result is a good reslut
Listened to the game on BBC Radio Wales. Sounded like we were under pressure for most of he 2nd half but at the same time Aaron O'connor had two great chances to win the game. Looking at other results on the day (Wrexham, Forest Green) I don't think there any easy games in this league. Any result is a good reslut swrxp09
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12:39pm Sun 14 Oct 12

the dork says...

GREAT
GREAT the dork
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11:29am Tue 16 Oct 12

county mad says...

BBC wales always sound pessimistic yet if you are there its never as bad as they make it out. Also its always Wrexham first
BBC wales always sound pessimistic yet if you are there its never as bad as they make it out. Also its always Wrexham first county mad
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6:19pm Tue 16 Oct 12

NakedDancer says...

An excellent away point. Ok we'd like some better home performances and Louis/Crow chipping in some goals - but lets not be picky. Its amazing what has been achieved with a proper manager who can spot a player, convey tactics and instill team values. This group of players run themselves into the ground for each other - a real squad effort every week. Well done boys. Support the County !
An excellent away point. Ok we'd like some better home performances and Louis/Crow chipping in some goals - but lets not be picky. Its amazing what has been achieved with a proper manager who can spot a player, convey tactics and instill team values. This group of players run themselves into the ground for each other - a real squad effort every week. Well done boys. Support the County ! NakedDancer
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