Match ends, Newport County 2, Plymouth Argyle 0.
Newport County moved to within six points of the top of League Two with victory over Plymouth in front of 5,020 spectators at Rodney Parade.
Chris Zebroski headed the Exiles in front against his former club, before County goalkeeper Jamie Stephens turned away Argyle defender Anthony O'Connor's close-range header.
Mark Byrne doubled the Welsh side's advantage from Andy Sandell's corner.
Reuben Reid hit the crossbar for the visitors, but County held on to win.
The Exiles remain seventh in the table but have moved level on points with the sixth-placed Pilgrims, who they trail on goal difference.
Newport boss Justin Edinburgh:
"In terms of energy, determination and effort I thought we were very good.
"It wasn't a vintage game, but with the conditions I thought it was a well-fought game.
"[The second goal] took the sting out of the game and disheartened Plymouth.
"We were then able to play the last 10 minutes quite comfortably and see the game out."
- 5JonesBooked at 33mins
- 7ChapmanSubstituted forFlynnat 79'minutes
- 8MinshullSubstituted forKlukowskiat 90'minutes
- 14JeffersSubstituted forHoweat 66'minutes
- 13KellettBooked at 17mins
- 28O'ConnorBooked at 53mins
- 6NorburnSubstituted forMorganat 68'minutes
- 7AlessandraSubstituted forBantonat 77'minutes
- Steve Martin
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Newport County 2, Plymouth Argyle 0.
Foul by Marvin Morgan (Plymouth Argyle).
Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Substitution, Newport County. Yan Klukowski replaces Lee Minshull.
Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.
Anthony O'Connor (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).
Aaron Bentley (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).
Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Michael Flynn.
Goal! Newport County 2, Plymouth Argyle 0. Mark Byrne (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Sandell with a cross.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Andy Kellett.
Foul by Carl McHugh (Plymouth Argyle).
Chris Zebroski (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Newport County. Michael Flynn replaces Adam Chapman.
Attempt missed. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Carl McHugh.