Unfortunate Torquay United fall to defeat against Newport County
NEW SIGNING Ade Azeez made an instant impact for Torquay United, scoring within four minutes of coming on for his debut, but it wasn't enough to save the Gulls from a narrow defeat at Rodney Parade.
There was little to choose between the sides in the first half, apart from Newport's two goals.
Poor marking allowed Ismail Yakubu to head in a free-kick in the 28th minute, and Danny Crow made the most of Conor Washington's run and low cross for the second in the 36th minute.
But in the second half, even without injured centre-back Aaron Downes, Torquay dominated.
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Azeez, signed from Charlton on loan in midweek, started and finished a sparkling move to make it 2-1 in the 58th minute, drilling an angled shot past former Exeter goalie Lenny Pidgeley.
From then on it was all United.
Dale Tonge, Billy Bodin twice, Krystian Pearce and Azeez all went close to an equaliser, while Martin Rice's brilliant save from Washington in stoppage time was the first stop he had to make in the second half.