Newport County boosted their promotion hopes by fighting back from a goal down to beat Nuneaton, who remain one point above the relegation zone.

Simon Forsdick put the hosts in front after Lenny Pidgeley parried Wesley York's strike.

Half-time substitute Robbie Willmott brought Newport back on level terms when he fired in a 25-yard free-kick.

And James Armson headed Andy Sandell's cross into his own net for Newport to climb a place up to third.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"I was disappointed with the first-half performance and I let the players know that at half-time.

"But we made a tactical change second half, and we were far better and deserved the win.

"[In the first half] I just thought we lacked any quality and any character and braveness to get on the ball and it was too easy to pass up responsibility and get rid of the ball as soon as we could.

"And that's not like us, but we made a change and we brought Robbie Willmott on and went to three up front and that certainly worked for us."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Nuneaton

  • 23 Burge
  • 02 Cartwright (Walker - 88' )
  • 03 Phillips Booked
  • 04 Cowan
  • 05 Dean Booked
  • 14 Forsdick
  • 12 Armson
  • 25 Dance (O'Halloran - 68' )
  • 07 York
  • 10 Brown
  • 27 Moult (Adams - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Gordon
  • 21 O'Halloran
  • 06 Walker
  • 11 Adams
  • 13 Sleath

Newport County

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 03 Hughes
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 21 Anthony
  • 02 Pipe
  • 08 Minshull Booked
  • 13 Sandell Booked
  • 23 Jolley
  • 26 Donnelly
  • 34 Evans (Willmott - 46' )
  • 07 O'Connor (Griffiths - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Julian
  • 05 James
  • 24 Willmott
  • 30 Gilbey
  • 27 Griffiths
Ref: Handley
Att: 1,068

Match Stats

Shots

10 10

On target

9 6

Corners

3 9

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:14 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +2:42

Effort on goal by Christian Jolley from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

90:00 +2:17

Rhys Griffiths takes a shot. Save by Lee Burge.

90:00 +0:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wesley York by Andrew Hughes. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Phillips.

89:46

The ball is swung over by David Pipe, Stephen O'Halloran manages to make a clearance. Scott Donnelly crosses the ball, Stephen O'Halloran gets a block in. Andy Sandell takes a inswinging corner to the near post.

89:22

Christian Jolley takes a shot. Save made by Lee Burge.

88:00

The ball is delivered by Christian Jolley, clearance by Stephen O'Halloran.

86:31 Substitution

Substitution Neil Cartwright goes off and Adam Walker comes on.

86:31

Corner taken by Neil Cartwright. Stephen O'Halloran produces a cross.

86:02

Wesley York takes a shot. Andy Sandell gets a block in.

85:13

Andy Sandell challenges Wesley York unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Neil Cartwright.

84:48

Andy Sandell challenges James Armson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Phillips takes the free kick.

82:03

The ball is crossed by James Armson, Andy Sandell gets a block in. Floated corner taken from the right by-line by James Armson.

81:09 Substitution

Substitution Aaron O'Connor goes off and Rhys Griffiths comes on.

80:32 Substitution

Substitution Jon Adams is brought on as a substitute for Louis Moult.

79:53

Aaron O'Connor is ruled offside. Lee Burge restarts play with the free kick.

79:09

The ball is swung over by Andy Sandell, Gareth Dean makes a clearance.

78:01

Foul by Aaron O'Connor on Aaron Phillips, free kick awarded. Lee Burge restarts play with the free kick.

76:27

Assist by Andy Sandell.

76:27 Goal scored

Goal! - James Armson - Nuneaton 1 - 2 Newport James Armson heads into his own net. Nuneaton 1-2 Newport County.

75:36

Andy Sandell delivers the ball.

74:48

Andy Sandell takes a inswinging corner.

74:27

Centre by David Pipe.

71:27

David Pipe concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Phillips. Direct free kick taken by Lee Burge.

70:32

The assistant referee signals for offside against Aaron O'Connor. Lee Burge takes the indirect free kick.

69:36

James Armson challenges Aaron O'Connor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Scott Donnelly, Gavin Cowan manages to make a clearance.

67:46 Substitution

Substitution Stephen O'Halloran is brought on as a substitute for James Dance.

66:43

The ball is crossed by David Pipe, Lee Minshull takes a shot. Lee Burge makes a save.

65:49

The ball is sent over by James Armson, Byron Anthony manages to make a clearance.

64:26

James Armson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Andy Sandell.

64:26 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Andy Sandell for unsporting behaviour.

64:05

Andy Sandell challenges Wesley York unfairly and gives away a free kick.

63:01

Centre by Aaron O'Connor, save by Lee Burge. Corner taken by Andy Sandell.

62:43

Centre by Andy Sandell.

61:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Willmott by James Dance. Andy Sandell crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Simon Forsdick. Andy Sandell takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Simon Forsdick.

57:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Robbie Willmott - Nuneaton 1 - 1 Newport Robbie Willmott scores a goal direct from the free kick from outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Nuneaton 1-1 Newport County.

56:37 Booking

Booking Caution for Aaron Phillips.

56:26

Lee Minshull fouled by Aaron Phillips, the ref awards a free kick.

51:44

The referee blows for offside. Lee Burge takes the indirect free kick.

49:40

Floated corner taken from the right by-line by James Armson, clearance made by Andy Sandell.

49:07

The referee blows for offside. Lee Burge takes the indirect free kick.

48:42

Corner taken by Scott Donnelly from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Gareth Dean.

47:29

Andy Sandell produces a cross.

47:12

The ball is sent over by David Pipe, Aaron Phillips manages to make a clearance.

45:56

A cross is delivered by Scott Donnelly.

45:24

Corner taken by Scott Donnelly played to the near post.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Robbie Willmott joins the action as a substitute, replacing Will Evans.

45:00 +1:59 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:08

Simon Forsdick takes a shot. Blocked by Ismail Yakubu.

45:00 +0:24

Foul by Christian Jolley on Aaron Phillips, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Aaron Phillips, clearance by Lee Minshull.

40:01

The ball is crossed by Christian Jolley.

39:15

Corner taken by Andy Sandell from the right by-line played to the near post, Simon Forsdick makes a clearance.

38:42

The ball is sent over by Scott Donnelly, clearance by Gavin Cowan.

37:44

Andy Brown takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley.

37:23

Andy Sandell delivers the ball, save by Lee Burge.

36:49

Corner taken left-footed by Andy Sandell to the near post, clearance made by Andy Brown.

35:43

Corner taken left-footed by Andy Sandell to the near post, Simon Forsdick makes a clearance.

34:12

Andy Sandell has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Lee Burge.

34:12 Booking

Booking Gareth Dean receives a caution.

33:54

Gareth Dean challenges Andy Sandell unfairly and gives away a free kick.

30:24

The ball is sent over by James Dance, Andrew Hughes makes a clearance. James Armson takes a shot. Byron Anthony gets a block in. James Dance takes a shot. Lenny Pidgeley makes a save. James Dance takes a shot. Blocked by Byron Anthony. Foul by Simon Forsdick on Scott Donnelly, free kick awarded. Andy Sandell takes the direct free kick.

24:45

The referee blows for offside. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

24:20

The ball is crossed by David Pipe, save made by Lee Burge.

23:56

The official flags Andy Brown offside. Free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

23:06

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth Dean. Effort from inside the area by Christian Jolley misses to the left of the goal.

21:29

The assistant referee signals for offside against Aaron O'Connor. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Burge.

20:51

Louis Moult fouled by Ismail Yakubu, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Forsdick takes the direct free kick.

20:21

Will Evans takes a shot. Save by Lee Burge.

19:35

Foul by Simon Forsdick on Scott Donnelly, free kick awarded. Andy Sandell takes the free kick.

18:28

Ismail Yakubu has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

18:15

A cross is delivered by Aaron O'Connor.

17:12

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

16:11

Andrew Hughes fouled by Louis Moult, the ref awards a free kick. Lenny Pidgeley takes the direct free kick.

14:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Simon Forsdick - Nuneaton 1 - 0 Newport Goal scored by Simon Forsdick from deep inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Nuneaton 1-0 Newport County.

13:30

Andy Brown takes a shot. Wesley York takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley.

10:52

Lee Burge takes the free kick.

10:52 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Lee Minshull for unsporting behaviour.

10:31

Unfair challenge on Neil Cartwright by Lee Minshull results in a free kick.

9:01

Aaron Phillips sends in a cross.

8:43

Andy Sandell is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Simon Forsdick.

8:11

The referee blows for offside. Lee Burge takes the free kick.

5:59

Foul by Aaron Phillips on Andy Sandell, free kick awarded. Scott Donnelly crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Aaron Phillips.

5:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Hughes by Andy Brown. Lenny Pidgeley takes the direct free kick.

4:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Cowan by Christian Jolley. Free kick taken by Gavin Cowan.

1:17

Simon Forsdick takes a shot. Save made by Lenny Pidgeley.

0:44

A cross is delivered by Neil Cartwright, clearance made by Byron Anthony.

0:00

The game begins.

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