Ng sent off early on as Crewe earn battling point

Crewe Alex earned a 1-1 draw with Newport County after playing three quarters of the match with ten men.

The defender was shown red for a second bookable offence after just 16 minutes.

Frank Nouble had earlier given the Welsh outfit the lead on 13 minutes.

But Chris Dagnall equalised for the Railwaymen on 18 minutes.

Speaking after the match, manager Dave Artell told the club's official website: "There were some football challenges, some physical challenges, some mental challenges thrown at us by the referee, and all in all I thought we came through it with flying colours.

"I thought we didn't half dig in, deserved the luck that came our way. We weren't shutting up shop by a long stretch, but I'm pleased with a point.

"It was a similar test to Mansfield and they stood up to it, they left everything out on the pitch for us. I think all the fans have gone home saying 'yep, they aren't half fighting for the football club'.

"There are areas to improve but it was a hard-earned point.

"Perry (Ng) has let himself down and he let the lads down. He apologised but I can't condone it. He's given the referee the opportunity to send him off.

"Daggers (Chris Dagnall) will score goals we know that. I'm delighted for him. Chris (Porter) is disappointed in there, the one in the first half looked harder to miss and at the end his diving header - he's bitterly disappointed with himself. But that shows he cares.

"I thought George (Cooper) was magnificent all afternoon, ran out of legs a little bit, but to a man they were terrific.

"(Harry Pickering) was terrific, he was brilliant. We already knew, we know he's ready, and today it's proven. He didn't look a fish out of water at all. He's unfazed by anything.

"For their goal, they had three contacts in the box without us touching it. We have to be better in that area of the pitch. We will keep working on it, we have been working on it, and we'll get there."

Crewe are back in action on Saturday when they entertain Barnet.

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