Newport County moved into the League Two play-off places with victory over Hartlepool United.

Defender Harry Worley headed home a Robbie Wilmot cross to give the home side a 1-0 lead at half-time.

Striker Conor Washington made sure of the win with his seventh goal of the season from close range midway through the second half.

Pools' best chances fell to forward James Poole but both his strikes were saved by County keeper Lenny Pidgeley.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"We knew it was going to be tough. It was our third game in six days and the players deserve a huge amount of credit.

"Their work-rate and the way they played the game, pressing and dispossessing Hartlepool, was a real pleasure to see.

"They started the second half better than us, we'd lost our discipline in the shape of our team, and the second goal was crucial for us. It settled us down.

"We looked comfortable from thereon in."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Newport County

  • 01 Pidgeley
  • 18 Jackson (Jones - 78' )
  • 20 Oshilaja
  • 22 Worley
  • 19 Naylor
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 12 Willmott
  • 07 Chapman
  • 14 Washington
  • 09 Crow
  • 23 Jolley (Flynn - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 05 James
  • 08 Minshull
  • 16 Jones
  • 17 Flynn
  • 25 Stephens
  • 26 Redman

Hartlepool United

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 21 Duckworth
  • 04 Dolan
  • 06 Baldwin
  • 35 Burgess
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 08 Walton (Walker - 87' )
  • 33 James (Franks - 70' )
  • 10 Poole
  • 14 Compton (Sweeney - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Collins
  • 07 Franks
  • 13 Rafferty
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 19 Richards
  • 23 Rodney
  • 38 Walker
Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 3,094

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

3 5

Corners

4 6

Fouls

11 3

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newport County 2, Hartlepool United 0.

90:00 +5:14 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newport County 2, Hartlepool United 0.

90:00 +2:04

Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

90:00 +1:25

Attempt saved. Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

86:52

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

86:52

Foul by Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool United).

86:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Brad Walker replaces Simon Walton.

85:30

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

84:27

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.

80:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Antony Sweeney replaces Jack Compton.

77:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Billy Jones replaces Ryan Jackson.

73:54

Foul by Danny Crow (Newport County).

73:54

Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jonathan Franks replaces Luke James.

69:32

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

67:38

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

67:38

Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Michael Flynn replaces Christian Jolley.

64:30

Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

64:30

Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 2, Hartlepool United 0. Conor Washington (Newport County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Jolley with a cross.

61:47

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Leonard Pidgeley.

61:07

Attempt saved. James Poole (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

58:51

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

58:51

Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:52

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

56:52

Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:00

Attempt saved. Luke James (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

53:43

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.

53:32

Attempt blocked. James Poole (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

52:04

Foul by Harry Worley (Newport County).

52:04

James Poole (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:39

Adedeji Oshilaja (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:39

Foul by Luke James (Hartlepool United).

47:52

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

47:52

James Poole (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Newport County 1, Hartlepool United 0.

45:00 +2:37 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newport County 1, Hartlepool United 0.

45:00 +1:07

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Newport County).

45:00 +1:07

Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:22

Attempt blocked. Conor Washington (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

35:31

Foul by Danny Crow (Newport County).

35:31

Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:14

Danny Crow (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:14

Foul by Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United).

33:10

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

31:25

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.

30:01

Foul by Adedeji Oshilaja (Newport County).

30:01

Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:51

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

28:31

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.

28:20

Attempt blocked. Tom Naylor (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

24:57

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

23:38

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Leonard Pidgeley.

23:20

Attempt saved. James Poole (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

20:32

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

15:54

Attempt saved. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

15:36

Attempt blocked. Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

7:25

Attempt missed. Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

6:58

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Michael Duckworth.

6:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 1, Hartlepool United 0. Harry Worley (Newport County) header from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Robbie Willmott with a cross following a corner.

5:26

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Andy Monkhouse.

4:00

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.

2:04

Attempt blocked. Conor Washington (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:40

Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:40

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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