Newport County held on to beat 10-man Chesterfield 3-2 in an eventful game at Rodney Parade.

Danny Crow's fifth-minute header was equalised on the hour when Jimmy Ryan struck after home goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley dropped a cross.

Liam Cooper was sent-off for bringing down Conor Washington, with Adam Chapman scoring from the spot.

Then Andy Sandell tapped-in a third for County before Mark Richard pulled a late goal back for the Spireites.

Newport survived a string of late corners to move into eighth place and deny Chesterfield a chance to take over in top place.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales: "I think today was our biggest test, we came up against the best team I think I've seen in this League and it's a fantastic win.

"We're normally used to putting teams to the sword here but credit to Chesterfield they came out in that second half and they pinned us back, they got the goal and at that time they looked like they were the team who were going to go on and win it.

"But my players showed great resilience and great focus and determination to make sure that they didn't allow another team to take points away from here."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Newport County

  • 01 Pidgeley
  • 18 Jackson
  • 03 Hughes
  • 19 Naylor (Flynn - 89' )
  • 22 Worley
  • 20 Oshilaja
  • 12 Willmott
  • 07 Chapman
  • 23 Jolley Booked (Sandell - 81' )
  • 09 Crow (Minshull - 58' )
  • 14 Washington

Substitutes

  • 02 Pipe
  • 08 Minshull
  • 13 Sandell
  • 16 Jones
  • 17 Flynn
  • 24 Barker
  • 25 Stephens

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 12 Ryan
  • 10 O'Shea (Doyle - 79' )
  • 23 Evatt
  • 06 Cooper Dismissed
  • 04 Hird
  • 02 Banks Booked (Richards - 70' )
  • 25 Talbot
  • 21 Gnanduillet
  • 11 Roberts (McSheffrey - 81' )
  • 24 McFadzean

Substitutes

  • 08 Togwell
  • 09 Richards
  • 16 Devitt
  • 17 Doyle
  • 20 Chapman
  • 28 McSheffrey
Ref: Mark Haywood
Att: 3,378

Match Stats

Shots

12 16

On target

5 5

Corners

4 7

Fouls

10 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newport County 3, Chesterfield 2.

90:00 +4:22 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newport County 3, Chesterfield 2.

90:00 +3:49

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

90:00 +3:49

Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +2:41

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Michael Flynn.

90:00 +2:22

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Lee Minshull.

90:00 +1:52

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Michael Flynn.

90:00 +0:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 3, Chesterfield 2. Marc Richards (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Armand Gnanduillet.

90:00 +0:18

Attempt blocked. Michael Flynn (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

89:01

Attempt missed. Conor Washington (Newport County) header from very close range misses to the left.

88:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Michael Flynn replaces Tom Naylor.

86:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 3, Chesterfield 1. Andy Sandell (Newport County) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

86:20

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

83:28

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

83:28

Foul by Marc Richards (Chesterfield).

82:43

Foul by Conor Washington (Newport County).

82:43

Sam Hird (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:23

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

80:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Gary McSheffrey replaces Gary Roberts.

80:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Andy Sandell replaces Christian Jolley.

79:48

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

79:09

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Marc Richards.

78:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Eoin Doyle replaces Jay O'Shea.

77:20

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

77:20

Foul by Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield).

76:49

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Callum McFadzean.

76:34

Attempt blocked. Adam Chapman (Newport County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

74:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 2, Chesterfield 1. Adam Chapman (Newport County) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

73:59 Dismissal

Dismissal Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

73:46

Penalty Newport County. Conor Washington draws a foul in the penalty area.

73:46

Penalty conceded by Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) after a foul in the penalty area.

70:52

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

70:39

Attempt blocked. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Marc Richards replaces Oliver Banks.

69:14

Attempt missed. Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

67:41 Booking

Booking Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

67:33

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

67:33

Foul by Oliver Banks (Chesterfield).

64:13

Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

64:13

Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:52

Attempt blocked. Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:10

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

61:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 1, Chesterfield 1. Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

58:41

Attempt saved. Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Lee Minshull replaces Danny Crow.

55:46

Attempt missed. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

55:06

Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

55:06

Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:50

Attempt missed. Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

50:15

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Robbie Willmott.

49:27

Attempt saved. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Newport County 1, Chesterfield 0.

45:00 +2:51 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newport County 1, Chesterfield 0.

45:00 +2:20

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

45:00 +1:16

Foul by Tom Naylor (Newport County).

45:00 +1:16

Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:37

Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

44:11

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Jay O'Shea.

41:28

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is too high.

41:12

Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

40:15

Attempt saved. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

39:25

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

35:39

Harry Worley (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:39

Foul by Oliver Banks (Chesterfield).

32:56

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

29:41

Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

26:37 Booking

Booking Christian Jolley (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

26:09

Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

26:09

Callum McFadzean (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:04

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

23:00

Attempt missed. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

15:29

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

15:29

Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:12

Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

14:12

Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:49

Attempt missed. Andrew Hughes (Newport County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

11:24

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Callum McFadzean.

9:31

Foul by Harry Worley (Newport County).

9:31

Callum McFadzean (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 1, Chesterfield 0. Danny Crow (Newport County) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robbie Willmott following a set piece situation.

4:50

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

4:50

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

3:12

Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

3:12

Callum McFadzean (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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