League Two
NewportNewport County1PortsmouthPortsmouth0
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:

"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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newport County 1, Portsmouth 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newport County 1, Portsmouth 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Mark Byrne.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Joe Day.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Yan Klukowski (Newport County).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. James Dunne replaces Danny Hollands.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Max Porter replaces Adam Chapman.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Substitution

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

  15. Booking

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Andy Barcham.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Craig Westcarr replaces Ryan Taylor.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Paul Robinson (Portsmouth).

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