League Two
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Newport County 1-0 Portsmouth

Mark Byrne
Midfielder Mark Byrne scored his second goal of the season against Portsmouth

Newport County moved into the League Two automatic promotion places thanks to Mark Byrne's second-half winner against Portsmouth.

Strikers Shaun Jeffers and Aaron O'Connor went closest for the Exiles in the first half, while midfielder Jed Wallace threatened for the visitors.

Both sides pushed for a winner after the break but Byrne settled it with a low shot from outside the box.

A fourth successive win means County move up to third, with Pompey in 17th.

Newport manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"We're delighted [to be third]. We'll certainly enjoy being there but we know the hard work has only just begun to try and stay there.

"Our standards that we set in terms of performances, work rate and attitude have got us there and that's what has got to continue.

"[We have] taken six points off Portsmouth, the biggest club in the league.

"It's a massive achievement for our players to do the double over Portsmouth."

Portsmouth manager Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent:

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Awford on Newport v Portsmouth

"We deserved something today and I have just looked at the stats - 17 shots compared to their eight. I have just said to the players you don't always get what you deserve and today we didn't.

"I was pleased with the whole performance - the game plan was what it was. We need to take a chance to score and that's the only criticism I have today but I am certainly not going to criticise the players, I thought they were excellent.

"We have to keep believing, I still believe massively and I look in that dressing room and I can't criticise the players for the shift they have put in.

"We have asked enough questions of them and put in a decent performance to take something from the game - anybody who tells me differently I would like to talk to them."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 30Day
  • 26Poole
  • 5Jones
  • 6Yakubu
  • 2Jackson
  • 33Byrne
  • 7ChapmanSubstituted forPorterat 89'minutes
  • 8MinshullSubstituted forKlukowskiat 71'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 13Sandell
  • 10O'ConnorSubstituted forHoweat 86'minutes
  • 14Jeffers

Substitutes

  • 4Porter
  • 9Howe
  • 17Flynn
  • 18Klukowski
  • 22Owen-Evans
  • 25Stephens
  • 28Crow

Portsmouth

  • 1JonesBooked at 71mins
  • 2Webster
  • 16Robinson
  • 5Devera
  • 17Shorey
  • 8Wallace
  • 29HollandsBooked at 61minsSubstituted forDunneat 89'minutes
  • 13ErtlSubstituted forBarchamat 74'minutes
  • 25Atangana
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forWestcarrat 76'minutes
  • 14Tubbs

Substitutes

  • 3Whatmough
  • 6Chorley
  • 7Barcham
  • 20Westcarr
  • 21Dunne
  • 22Poke
  • 34Butler
Referee:
Michael Bull
Attendance:
4,575

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Newport County 1, Portsmouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newport County 1, Portsmouth 0.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Mark Byrne.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Joe Day.

Attempt saved. Craig Westcarr (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Yan Klukowski (Newport County).

Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. James Dunne replaces Danny Hollands.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Max Porter replaces Adam Chapman.

Attempt saved. Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Rene Howe replaces Aaron O'Connor.

Attempt missed. Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Adam Webster (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

Booking

Yan Klukowski (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Adam Webster (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Andy Barcham.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Craig Westcarr replaces Ryan Taylor.

Shaun Jeffers (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Robinson (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Andy Barcham replaces Johannes Ertl.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Yan Klukowski replaces Lee Minshull.

Booking

Paul Jones (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Newport County 1, Portsmouth 0. Mark Byrne (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andy Sandell.

Attempt missed. Lee Minshull (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Regan Poole.

Booking

Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Aaron O'Connor (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Aaron O'Connor (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Robinson (Portsmouth).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Darren Jones.

Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Nigel Atangana.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Paul Jones.

Attempt saved. Andy Sandell (Newport County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe25148339201950
2Burton25154635241149
3Newport25137536251146
4Shrewsbury25136633161745
5Luton24127528171143
6Southend2511862420441
7Plymouth25116829171239
8Stevenage2511593532338
9Bury2411493530537
10Exeter2610793335-237
11Morecambe25105102523235
12Wimbledon249693433133
13Accrington23103103437-333
14Cambridge2495103529632
15Oxford Utd2578102631-529
16Northampton2584133638-228
17Portsmouth2477102630-428
18Cheltenham2577112235-1328
19York2551282629-327
20Mansfield2476111930-1127
21Dag & Red2575132636-1026
22Carlisle2573152946-1724
23Tranmere2458112330-723
24Hartlepool2545161843-2517
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