Match ends, Hartlepool United 3, Newport County 0.
Hartlepool moved to within six points of the League Two play-off places with a comprehensive win over Newport.
Newport dominated the first half but Hartlepool took the lead when Luke James's right-footed effort from the edge of the area beat Elliot Parish.
The home side doubled their lead when Andy Sandell put the ball in his own net following Simon Walton's corner.
Luke Williams capitalised on sloppy defending to score a third in stoppage time.
Colin Cooper's side are up to eighth in the League Two table while Newport, who have now gone six games without a win, have slipped to 10th.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:
"We deserved perhaps a little bit better. For long spells of the first half I thought we looked comfortable and we had some good chances.
"But the goals we gave away, certainly the first two, we're disappointed with and if you're going to keep chasing games it's hard to come back at any level.
"I thought we lost a little bit of belief once we went to 2-0."
- 22HoldenBooked at 22mins
- 38WalkerBooked at 50mins
- 33JamesSubstituted forFranksat 87'minutes
- 9HarewoodBooked at 25minsSubstituted forBarmbyat 72'minutes
- 2PipeSubstituted forZebroskiat 73'minutes
- 14JeffersSubstituted forJolleyat 72'minutes
- 8MinshullSubstituted forPorterat 62'minutes
- 22WorleyBooked at 49mins
- 19NaylorBooked at 90mins
- Trevor Kettle
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 3, Newport County 0.
Goal! Hartlepool United 3, Newport County 0. Luke Williams (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Monkhouse.
Attempt missed. Christian Jolley (Newport County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Foul by Jordan Richards (Hartlepool United).
Max Porter (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Tom Naylor.
Attempt blocked. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Tom Naylor (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jonathan Franks replaces Luke James because of an injury.
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Max Porter.
Attempt blocked. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).
Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ryan Burge (Newport County).
Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Sam Collins.
Ryan Burge (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Luke Williams (Hartlepool United).
Substitution, Newport County. Chris Zebroski replaces David Pipe.