Newport County moved up to seventh place in League Two with a comfortable victory against Southend.

Conor Washington's shot give the Exiles the lead before Southend replied with a superb Ben Coker free-kick.

Defender Andrew Hughes, who returned to action after missing two games with a hamstring problem, then scored a header to make it 2-1 to County at half-time.

Ismail Yakubu headed home Washington's pinpoint cross to seal the win early in the second half.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"That was the best win for sure [this season]. From start to finish we were excellent and thoroughly deserved our three points against a very good team.

"Conor Washington deserved his goal, his performances of late have been phenomenal really if you think where he's come from in a short space of time.

"We're going to be a stronger outfit as the season goes along because we've got a lot of players missing, but what it has given is players opportunities that they didn't think they'd have and they've excelled."

Southend manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

Post-match: Southend boss Brown

"Not the result or the performance [we wanted]. The pitch did cut up and Newport played the conditions better than we did.

"We beat ourselves to be brutally honest, we've gifted them two goals - the timing of the second goal has unhinged us.

"Too many players had off-days with the ball. We've created one or two chances, but at the same time they've created an awful lot of openings.

"For me it was too easy to play against us today - that's been an uncharacteristic side of today's performance."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Newport County

  • 01 Pidgeley
  • 16 Jones
  • 19 Naylor
  • 08 Minshull
  • 05 James (Pipe - 25' )
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 07 Chapman
  • 12 Willmott
  • 14 Washington
  • 11 Zebroski (Crow - 80' )
  • 18 Jackson

Substitutes

  • 02 Pipe
  • 03 Hughes (Pipe - 56' )
  • 09 Crow
  • 17 Flynn
  • 23 Jolley
  • 25 Stephens
  • 26 Redman

Southend United

  • 17 Bentley
  • 12 Atkinson Booked
  • 24 Auger
  • 15 Kiernan
  • 06 Prosser
  • 03 Coker
  • 14 Hurst (Timlin - 56' )
  • 18 Leonard
  • 10 Corr
  • 33 Woodrow (Reid - 68' )
  • 16 Clifford (Payne - 56' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 08 Timlin
  • 09 Reid
  • 11 Straker
  • 20 Njie
  • 21 Payne
  • 26 Edwards
Ref: Lee Collins
Att: 3,652

Match Stats

Shots

16 6

On target

10 3

Corners

8 4

Fouls

16 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newport County 3, Southend United 1.

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newport County 3, Southend United 1.

90:00 +1:29

Foul by Danny Crow (Newport County).

90:00 +1:29

Jack Payne (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:30

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

90:00 +0:17

Attempt saved. Adam Chapman (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

89:00

Ryan Auger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:58

Foul by Conor Washington (Newport County).

88:38

Attempt saved. Craig Reid (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

87:08

Hand ball by Barry Corr (Southend United).

84:08

Attempt missed. Conor Washington (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

83:40

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Leonard Pidgeley.

83:27

Attempt saved. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

79:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Danny Crow replaces Chris Zebroski.

78:19

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

77:59

Attempt saved. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

77:12

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

76:34

Attempt blocked. Jack Payne (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

76:06

Foul by David Pipe (Newport County).

76:06

Jack Payne (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:19

Adam Chapman (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:19

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

69:22

Foul by David Pipe (Newport County).

69:22

Ryan Auger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:28

Attempt missed. Ryan Jackson (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

67:55

Attempt saved. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

67:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Craig Reid replaces Cauley Woodrow.

67:13

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

66:58

Attempt saved. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

65:58

Conor Washington (Newport County) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

65:06

Attempt blocked. Tom Naylor (Newport County) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

64:06

Tom Naylor (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:06

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

63:07

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

63:07

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:03

Lee Minshull (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:03

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

61:12

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

61:12

Ryan Auger (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:43

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Robert Kiernan.

59:28

Attempt blocked. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

55:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. David Pipe replaces Andrew Hughes because of an injury.

55:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Michael Timlin replaces Kevan Hurst.

55:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Jack Payne replaces Conor Clifford.

54:29

Lee Minshull (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:29

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

52:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 3, Southend United 1. Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Conor Washington.

49:42

Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

49:18

Attempt saved. Conor Washington (Newport County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Newport County 2, Southend United 1.

45:00 +2:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newport County 2, Southend United 1.

45:00 +1:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 2, Southend United 1. Andrew Hughes (Newport County) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Minshull.

45:00

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Luke Prosser.

44:08

Chris Zebroski (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:08

Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

42:45

Hand ball by Cauley Woodrow (Southend United).

40:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 1, Southend United 1. Ben Coker (Southend United) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

40:08

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Newport County).

40:08

Kevan Hurst (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:34

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Billy Jones.

37:30

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

37:30

Robert Kiernan (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:50

Adam Chapman (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:50

Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

34:15 Booking

Booking Will Atkinson (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

34:07

Robbie Willmott (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:07

Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).

31:35

Tom Naylor (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:35

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

31:14

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Billy Jones.

30:26

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

30:26

Ryan Auger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:16

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

28:16

Barry Corr (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:29

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

27:29

Barry Corr (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Andrew Hughes replaces Tony James because of an injury.

24:34

Attempt missed. Tom Naylor (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

22:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 1, Southend United 0. Conor Washington (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Robbie Willmott.

19:50

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

19:50

Luke Prosser (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:04

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

17:04

Luke Prosser (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:27

Tom Naylor (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:27

Foul by Conor Clifford (Southend United).

16:01

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

16:01

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:59

Attempt saved. Lee Minshull (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

11:33

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Robert Kiernan.

10:00

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

9:45

Attempt saved. Conor Washington (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

5:45

Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

5:03

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

5:03

Ryan Auger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:29

Hand ball by Conor Washington (Newport County).

1:11

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Kevan Hurst.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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