Match Details: 15/09/2018
Newport County 0-6 Yeovil Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Yoann Arquin (20), Jordan Green (39), Diallang Jaiyesimi (45), Jordan Green (49), Olufela Olomola (68), Carl Dickinson (75)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Carl Dickinson, 4. Gary Warren, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Omar Sowunmi, 9. Alex Fisher, 11. Jordan Green, 12. Nathan Baxter, 14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin, 20. Sessi D'Almeida,
Subs: 7. Rhys Browne, 8. Omari Patrick, 10. Jake Gray, 15. Gabriel Rogers, 24. Olufela Olomola, 25. Steve Phillips, 27. Shaun Donnellan
Substitutes Used: Olufela Olomola for Diallang Jaiyesimi (62 mins), Shaun Donnellan for Gary Warren (72 mins), Gabriel Rogers for Jordan Green (85 mins)
Yeovil Town set a record Football League win on Saturday afternoon as they thrashed Newport County 6-0 at Rodney Parade. The match saw three goals in each half, with Yoann Arquin firing home at the far post, before Jordan Green's pace outdid the Newport defence for the second. Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi scored right on the stroke of half time, before Green got his second of the day, with pace once again causing the home side problems. Substitute Olufela Olomola created his own solo goal six minutes after entering the field, and then a goalkeeping error allowed Carl Dickinson to fire a free kick for the sixth of the day. Newport's misery was complete by the dismissal of Robbie Willmott for a two-footed tackle, but that had little bearing on the game as Yeovil lifted themselves to fifth in the table.
There were only two changes on the teamsheet, with both of those being on the bench, as the same starting eleven was recorded that started the match at Grimsby Town two weeks ago. Shaun Donnellan and Rhys Browne returned from injury, with Korrey Henry going out on loan to Poole Town and Alefe Santos dropping off the teamsheet entirely. In the Newport line-up, Matt Dolan and Josh Sheehan started, whilst Keanu Marsh-Brown sat on the bench.
The game got off to a frentetic start, with both sides going at it at top pace. A Jordan Green shot was deflected for a corner, which led to Yoann Arquin hooking the ball wide. Then Green fired well wide. Whilst Newport were well in the game early on, they struggled to create chances. One issue of the highly competitive environment was the odd foul, with Josh Sheehan committing two in quick succession to get himself in the book.
The Glovers took the lead midway through the first half with their first serious chance on goal. Jordan Green's run set up Diallang Jaiyesimi, and his cross into the box found Yoann Arquin who fired home from inside the box at the back post for the opening goal of the game. 0-1 up, and the noisy home crowd's early support went down a notch.
To their credit, Newport responded well to that set-back, and Gary Warren had to clear the ball off his goal line after Mark Harris had diverted a Padraig Amond shot. It was unlikely that it would have counted, given a linesman's flag went up shortly after, but with the home side enjoying their best spell of the game it was a warning sign. Harris then headed over the bar as Dan Butler's room down the flanks began to cause concern, and suddenly the home support had their voices back. Although that wasn't to last.
Yeovil's lead was extended six minutes from the break, via a bit of Route One. A long pass over the top from Carl Dickinson allowed Jordan Green the chance to go on a foot race with Mickey Demetriou. It was Green that won that race, poking the ball past Joe Day with a slightly mis-hit shot, but one that was good enough to get into the back of the net for a 0-2 lead.
Somehow, things got even better six minutes later. Just as two minutes of first half injury time was signalled, Yeovil managed to get themselves into a commanding 0-3 lead. Alex Pattison's run saw him slip the ball through to Yoann Arquin. He probably should have been the man to grab the glory, but Joe Day managed to parry the shot, only to find Diallang Jaiyesimi reacting first to head the ball home from two yards out.
Newport hadn't played dreadfully, but their problem was that of picking up some of Yeovil's more pacey players. So home boss Mike Flynn tried a double tactical change at half time, which included Keanu Marsh-Brown coming on for Josh Sheehan, as they changed shape. It didn't work. Just four minutes after the restart and Newport found themselves unable to deal with Jordan Green's pace once again. He cut in from the right flank and against the club he'd enjoyed a loan spell with during the 2016-17 season, he fired home for his second goal of the game, and a 0-4 advantage.
That killed off any hope Newport might have had of their second half changes rescuing anything. A couple of Matt Dolan free kicks were as close as they got to getting a goal back, with one being turned over the bar by Nathan Baxter, whilst another was more wayward. Keanu Marsh-Brown tried a long range shot but it went into the arms of Baxter without trouble, as the game lost a bit of momentum.
Striker Olufela Olomola was introduced just past the hour mark, and he needed just six minutes to get in on the act. His clever turn on Newport defender Mickey Demetriou resulted in his miserable afternoon continuing, as he lost his footing, allowing Olomola the space to fire the ball into the corner of the net, with keeper Joe Day looking a little flat-footed on the shot.
Matters got decidedly worse for keeper Day on 75 minutes as Yeovil scored their sixth of the afternoon. Carl Dickinson teed up a free kick, and although his shot wasn't the greatest, it end up being spooned into the back of the net by the Exiles stopper, leaving him looking embarrassed as the scoreline read an incredible 0-6 to the Glovers.
Newport's day couldn't get any worse - except that it did. Substitute Robbie Willmott was presumably frustrated when he made the decision to go in for a horrible lunging 82nd minute tackle on Olufela Olomola, and there were few home complaints when he was shown a straight red card by referee Peter Wright. That left Newport having to opt for damage limitation, quickly introducing Mark O'Brien as a defensive substitute for striker Mark Harris.
The game's fade-out allowed Yeovil a chance to give Gabriel Rogers five minutes for his Football League debut, as they ran out the remaining minutes without incident. The final whistle gave the club their biggest victory in their fifteen years of Football League history, and the second time this season that a club has ended up on the end of a thrashing via a Glovers away day performance. They climb up to fifth and back into a play-off slot, and with a game in hand now on most clubs, they'll hope that they can stay there over the coming weeks.
Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Newport County 0 Yeovil Town 6.
Scorers: Yoann Arquin (0-1, 20 mins), Jordan Green (0-2, 39 mins), Diallang Jaiyesimi (0-3, 45 mins), Jordan Green (0-4, 49 mins), Olufela Olomola (0-5, 68 mins), Carl Dickinson (0-6, 75 min)
1 Joe Day
5 Fraser Franks 17 Scot Bennett 28 Mickey Demetriou
2 David Pipe 15 Tyreeq Bakinson 8 Matthew Dolan 3 Dan Butler
16 Josh Sheehan
9 Padraig Amond 14 Mark Harris
7 Robbie Willmott (46 mins for David Pipe) 10 Keanu Marsh-Brown (46 mins for Josh Sheehan) 11 Jamille Matt 20 Cameron Pring 25 Mark O'Brien (84 mins for Mark Harris) 30 Nick Townsend (GK) 42 Antoine Semenyo
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 4. Gary Warren, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 9. Alex Fisher
25. Steve Phillips, 7. Rhys Browne, 8. Omari Patrick, 10. Jake Gray, 15. Gabriel Rogers (85 mins for Jordan Green), 24. Olufela Olomola (62 mins for Diallang Jaiyesimi), 27. Shaun Donnellan (72 mins for Gary Warren)
Newport County Bookings: Josh Sheehan (foul, 18 mins), Red Card: Robbie Willmott (serious foul play, 82 mins).
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Newport County Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 12.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 2; Fouls: 12.
Referee: Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Barry Gordon (County Durham) and Simon Clayton (County Durham). Fourth Official: Paul Graham (Manchester).
Attendance: 4,167 (with 430 Yeovil Town supporters)