Newport's revival in the Blue Square Bet Premier continued as they fought back to rescue a point at Southport.

The home side went ahead on 18 minutes when Gary Warren diverted Shaun Walley's corner into his own net.

But the visitors were level soon after when Ismail Yakubu's headed in for his fourth goal of the season.

Newport held on for a point despite being reduced to 10 men after Andrew Hughes was sent off for a second yellow early in the second half.

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Southport manager Liam Watson told BBC Radio Merseyside:

Watson calls for clean sheets

"We're expected to win the games at home and we took the lead and played quite well.

"Then we started going too long all the time and we knew Newport are a big, strong, confident side.

"It's another game unbeaten and we'll just take it and keep moving on.

"We've got five home games now between now and the end of the season and we need to remain unbeaten."

Referee 'out of his depth' - Edinburgh

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"I'm immensely proud of the character the players showed today. It's a tough place at Southport. You have to work hard to get anything when you leave here and we're certainly done that today.

"I don't like to criticise referees and it's a difficult job to do but I thought he was very much out of his depth today."

Match Stats

Shots

7 8

On target

3 2

Corners

5 6

Fouls

18 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:58 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:46

Andy Sandell delivers the ball.

90:00 +0:11

Sam Foley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ray Putterill. Shaun Whalley restarts play with the free kick. Corner taken left-footed by Shaun Whalley, Glyn Thompson makes a fantastic save.

89:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ismail Yakubu on Shaun Whalley. Strike on goal comes in from Karl Ledsham from the free kick, comfortable save by Glyn Thompson.

88:17

Tony Gray delivers the ball, save by Glyn Thompson.

86:38

Nathaniel Jarvis is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

86:02

Romone Rose fouled by Andrew Parry, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Sandell delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Andrew Parry manages to make a clearance.

84:55

Free kick taken by Sam Foley, Close range headed effort by Gary Warren misses to the right of the goal.

84:55 Booking

Booking Josh O'Keefe goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

84:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Sandell by Josh O'Keefe.

83:09 Substitution

Substitution Romone Rose joins the action as a substitute, replacing Max Porter.

83:09

Andy Sandell fouled by Josh O'Keefe, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Foley.

81:30

Andy Owens takes a shot. Save made by Glyn Thompson.

81:06

Karl Ledsham fouled by Lee Minshull, the ref awards a free kick. Tony McMillan takes the indirect free kick.

80:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ray Putterill on Ismail Yakubu. Glyn Thompson takes the free kick.

79:42

Ray Putterill takes a shot. Glyn Thompson makes a save.

76:08

Direct free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

76:08 Substitution

Substitution James Ellison leaves the field to be replaced by Ray Putterill.

76:08 Booking

Booking Booking for Lee Minshull.

75:56

Lee Minshull challenges Josh O'Keefe unfairly and gives away a free kick.

75:29

The offside flag is raised against James Ellison. Andy Sandell takes the free kick.

74:27

Corner taken by Sam Foley from the left by-line to the near post, Karl Ledsham manages to make a clearance.

73:16

James Ellison concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Warren. Indirect free kick taken by Glyn Thompson.

71:55

Direct free kick taken by Steve Akrigg.

71:55 Booking

Booking Max Porter is shown a yellow card.

71:39

Foul by Max Porter on Josh O'Keefe, free kick awarded.

68:43

Unfair challenge on Andrew Parry by Nathaniel Jarvis results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

67:27

Effort from deep inside the area by Nathaniel Jarvis misses to the right of the goal.

64:29

Unfair challenge on Max Porter by James Ellison results in a free kick. Andy Sandell takes the direct free kick, Headed effort from inside the area by Gary Warren misses to the left of the goal.

62:35

Andy Sandell takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Lee Minshull produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

61:48

Andy Sandell takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Akrigg. Corner taken by Andy Sandell from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Andrew Parry.

60:49 Substitution

Substitution Nathaniel Jarvis comes on in place of Ryan Charles.

60:02

Effort on goal by Shaun Whalley from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

59:26

Ryan Charles is ruled offside. Tony McMillan restarts play with the free kick.

58:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Karl Ledsham by David Pipe. Shaun Whalley restarts play with the free kick.

57:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Grand on Sam Foley. David Pipe restarts play with the free kick, Ryan Charles has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

56:31

Centre by Andy Sandell, clearance made by Simon Grand.

54:03

The ball is delivered by Andrew Parry, clearance made by Andy Sandell.

52:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Ellison on Glyn Thompson. Free kick taken by Glyn Thompson. Max Porter challenges Shaun Whalley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Karl Ledsham. Shaun Whalley takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

51:46

Karl Ledsham takes the free kick.

51:46 Dismissal

Dismissal Andrew Hughes shown a red card for second bookable offence.

51:25

Andrew Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Whalley.

49:04

Andy Sandell crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

49:04 Booking

Booking Booking for James Smith.

48:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Smith on Ryan Charles.

47:21

Unfair challenge on James Ellison by Lee Minshull results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Karl Ledsham.

46:28 Booking

Booking The referee books Andrew Hughes for dissent.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:23 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:20

Unfair challenge on Andrew Parry by Ryan Charles results in a free kick. Simon Grand restarts play with the free kick.

42:25

Foul by Gary Warren on James Ellison, free kick awarded. Shaun Whalley takes the free kick.

41:42

Tony Gray is caught offside. Free kick taken by Glyn Thompson.

39:34

Andy Sandell provided the assist for the goal.

39:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Ismail Yakubu - Southport 1 - 1 Newport Co Ismail Yakubu grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Southport 1-1 Newport County.

38:44

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andy Sandell, clearance by Steve Akrigg. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Sandell from the right by-line,

38:35

The ball is crossed by Sam Foley, blocked by Steve Akrigg.

37:37

Unfair challenge on Shaun Whalley by Sam Foley results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Shaun Whalley, clearance by Paul Rodgers.

36:49

Paul Rodgers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karl Ledsham. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Shaun Whalley, save made by Glyn Thompson.

35:29

Glyn Thompson takes the indirect free kick.

35:29 Booking

Booking Karl Ledsham is cautioned.

35:19

Karl Ledsham challenges Paul Rodgers unfairly and gives away a free kick.

33:45

Floated corner taken from the left by-line by Andy Sandell, Gary Warren produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

33:35

Centre by Andy Sandell, blocked by James Smith.

31:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Sandell by Shaun Whalley. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Hughes.

31:49 Booking

Booking Shaun Whalley is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

31:17

Andrew Parry challenges Max Porter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Warren restarts play with the free kick.

27:04

James Ellison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Warren. Free kick taken by Ismail Yakubu.

25:46

The ball is crossed by Sam Foley.

22:20

Foul by Karl Ledsham on Max Porter, free kick awarded. Andy Sandell restarts play with the free kick.

20:29

Corner taken by Karl Ledsham, save by Glyn Thompson.

19:31

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Whalley from the left by-line, save made by Glyn Thompson.

17:24 Goal scored

Goal! - James Ellison - Southport 1 - 0 Newport Co James Ellison grabs a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Southport 1-0 Newport County.

16:08

Shaun Whalley takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post,

15:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Whalley by Max Porter. Shot comes in from Andrew Parry from the free kick, Max Porter gets a block in.

14:34

The ball is crossed by Andrew Hughes.

13:57

Unfair challenge on Ryan Charles by Steve Akrigg results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Max Porter.

11:45

Centre by Shaun Whalley, Shot from deep inside the area by Tony Gray clears the bar.

10:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tony Gray by Max Porter. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Shaun Whalley from left channel, clearance made by Gary Warren.

8:27

Andy Owens gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Charles. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Andy Sandell from right wing, clearance by Steve Akrigg.

7:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Parry on Max Porter. Glyn Thompson takes the free kick.

6:46

The ball is swung over by Andrew Hughes, Steve Akrigg makes a clearance.

3:50

The referee blows for offside. Tony McMillan takes the indirect free kick.

2:59

James Ellison takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

0:34

Sam Foley fouled by Josh O'Keefe, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Warren takes the free kick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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