Newport moved up to fourth spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier with a hard-fought victory over Mansfield Town.

Winger Andy Sandell scored his sixth goal of the season with his 66th-minute penalty to set up County's 16th league win of the season.

Forward Christian Jolley was fouled by Mansfield defender Lee Beevers and Sandell converted from the spot.

Jolley then scored his sixth goal of the season in the 78th minute to secure victory.

This victory for the Exiles, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Tamworth on Saturday, was their first at home for two months and keeps them in the play-off places.

Mansfield saw their recent run of four victories ended by the Welsh side at Rodney Parade.

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Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales: "I'm not sure many people would have expected that [win], but I am delighted.

"We deserved to win, there is no doubt about that. I thought we were worthy of the win. We had a strong mentality, looked very accomplished at the back and had good work-rate.

"We have been in the top three or four all season, we are a good side, and we have had a little bit of a rough patch of late but to maintain where we are during it shows what a good side we are."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (2)

Newport County

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 05 James
  • 06 Yakubu Booked
  • 21 Anthony
  • 02 Pipe
  • 08 Minshull
  • 13 Sandell
  • 17 Flynn
  • 26 Donnelly
  • 09 Crow (Washington - 88' )
  • 23 Jolley

Substitutes

  • 01 Julian
  • 14 Thomson
  • 24 Willmott
  • 34 Evans
  • 25 Washington

Mansfield Town

  • 01 Marriott
  • 04 Dempster
  • 05 Jones
  • 17 Beevers
  • 29 Jennings
  • 11 Briscoe (Rhead - 71' )
  • 13 Howell
  • 21 Murray
  • 26 Stevenson
  • 31 Daniel
  • 10 Green

Substitutes

  • 02 Sutton
  • 14 Clements
  • 07 Meikle
  • 12 Wright
  • 16 Rhead
Ref: Breakspear
Att: 1,902

Match Stats

Shots

10 3

On target

6 3

Corners

5 9

Fouls

4 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:40 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:53

Short corner taken by Conor Washington from the left by-line.

90:00 +1:07

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Scott Donnelly.

90:00 +0:27

Foul by Anthony Howell on Michael Flynn, free kick awarded. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

87:22 Substitution

Substitution Conor Washington comes on in place of Danny Crow.

79:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Rhead by Byron Anthony. James Jennings has an effort direct from the free kick, Lenny Pidgeley makes a save.

77:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Christian Jolley - Newport 2 - 0 Mansfield Christian Jolley scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newport County 2-0 Mansfield.

75:54

The assistant referee signals for offside against Matt Green. Lenny Pidgeley takes the indirect free kick.

75:04

Shot on goal by Danny Crow from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

72:11

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by James Jennings, Matt Green concedes a free kick for a foul on Lenny Pidgeley. Free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

69:53

Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

69:53 Substitution

Substitution Matt Rhead replaces Louis Briscoe.

69:53

Christian Jolley is ruled offside.

66:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Sandell - Newport 1 - 0 Mansfield Placed penalty scored by Andy Sandell. Newport County 1-0 Mansfield.

65:12

Penalty awarded for a foul by Lee Beevers on Christian Jolley.

64:46

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Stevenson. Lenny Pidgeley takes the free kick.

61:37

Andy Sandell takes a shot. Save made by Alan Marriott.

58:22

Effort from just outside the area by Andy Sandell goes over the bar.

56:14

Floated corner taken by James Jennings, Byron Anthony manages to make a clearance.

54:32

Corner from the left by-line taken by James Jennings, Matt Green challenges Lenny Pidgeley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

51:49

Inswinging corner taken by James Jennings from the right by-line.

51:22

James Jennings takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by David Pipe.

50:22

Corner taken by James Jennings played to the near post, Lee Stevenson takes a shot. Lenny Pidgeley makes a save.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:32 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

41:48

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Donnelly played to the near post.

39:35

Foul by Tony James on Matt Green, free kick awarded. James Jennings takes the direct free kick.

38:12

Foul by Adam Murray on Danny Crow, free kick awarded. Andy Sandell has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

35:28

Corner from the left by-line taken by James Jennings, clearance by Michael Flynn.

33:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Green by Tony James. The free kick is delivered left-footed by James Jennings from left wing, clearance by Byron Anthony.

32:40

Effort on goal by Lee Stevenson from 12 yards. Lenny Pidgeley makes a save.

31:48

James Jennings takes the free kick.

31:48 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Ismail Yakubu for unsporting behaviour.

31:16

Unfair challenge on Colin Daniel by Ismail Yakubu results in a free kick.

28:42

Christian Jolley takes a shot. Luke Jones gets a block in. Danny Crow takes a shot. Blocked by John Dempster. Corner taken left-footed by Andy Sandell from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Lee Stevenson.

27:10

Danny Crow takes a shot. Save by Alan Marriott.

22:43

Corner taken by James Jennings from the right by-line.

21:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Minshull by Anthony Howell. Lenny Pidgeley takes the direct free kick.

20:44

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andy Sandell, Alan Marriott makes a save.

20:29

Ismail Yakubu takes a shot. John Dempster gets a block in.

19:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Minshull by James Jennings. Direct free kick taken by Tony James.

18:59

A cross is delivered by Andy Sandell, Luke Jones manages to make a clearance.

17:49

Danny Crow fouled by Colin Daniel, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Sandell crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Colin Daniel.

15:33

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Scott Donnelly misses to the left of the target.

11:51

Inswinging corner taken by James Jennings, save made by Lenny Pidgeley.

6:21

Lee Minshull fouled by Adam Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Donnelly.

5:42

The official flags Matt Green offside. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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