Match ends, Newport County 2, Crawley Town 0.
Newport County maintained their place in the League Two play-off spots with a crucial win over Crawley Town.
Defender Liam Shephard scored early in the second half, with an effort from 25 yards which beat keeper Glenn Morris.
Crawley's Tom Nichols was sent-off with a minute of normal time remaining after he caught goalscorer Shephard with an elbow.
Aaron Lewis sealed the win when he fired home during the 10 minutes of time added on at the end of the game.
County are seventh and three points ahead of eighth placed Exeter City following their first victory in four games while Crawley remain 12th after their three match unbeaten run was ended.
Newport County manager Michael Flynn said:
"They were brilliant tonight but you start thinking again, when you miss so many brilliant chances as we did that it might not be our night.
"But when Liam Shephard scores a deflected goal maybe it is your night and the obviously Aaron Lewis at the end with a great finish. I don't care who scores.
"We've got another tough game on Saturday now."
- 10SheehanBooked at 67mins
- 20HartiganBooked at 58mins
- 21CollinsSubstituted forMaynardat 80'minutes
- 15DaviesBooked at 17mins
- 19TunnicliffeBooked at 83mins
- 24CraigSubstituted forSesayat 85'minutes
- 20MatthewsSubstituted forRodariat 56'minutes
- 38TilleySubstituted forPowellat 74'minutes
- 16NicholsBooked at 89mins
- Alan Young
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Newport County 2, Crawley Town 0.
Goal! Newport County 2, Crawley Town 0. Aaron Lewis (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicky Maynard.
Offside, Crawley Town. Jack Powell tries a through ball, but Joe McNerney is caught offside.
Foul by Nicky Maynard (Newport County).
Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Liam Shephard (Newport County).
Davide Rodari (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Archie Davies.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by David Sesay.
Attempt blocked. Nicky Maynard (Newport County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Padraig Amond.
Tom Nichols (Crawley Town) is shown the red card for violent conduct.
Liam Shephard (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Nichols (Crawley Town).
Substitution, Crawley Town. David Sesay replaces Tony Craig.
Jordan Tunnicliffe (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt blocked. Padraig Amond (Newport County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicky Maynard.
Substitution, Newport County. Nicky Maynard replaces Lewis Collins.
Foul by Padraig Amond (Newport County).
Jordan Tunnicliffe (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.