Newport County are still seeking their first win of 2014 after defeat by struggling Bristol Rovers in the Severnside derby.

Debutant Kaid Mohamed, on loan from Port Vale, gave Rovers the lead in first-half stoppage time.

Eliot Richards doubled the home side's advantage four minutes after the re-start but Rene Howe pulled a goal back.

Newport's Lee Minshull struck the post before Rovers top-scorer John-Joe O'Toole sealed victory late on.

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers boss Ward

Bristol Rovers boss John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's important because we talked prior to the game about the two home games and it will only become good if we can create a similar situation on Tuesday against Accrington.

"Fair play to both set of players - they've put on a decent afternoon for the supporters who have also got wet and cold

"The Rovers people will go home happy because they've won the game but I think both set of player deserve credit for putting on as strong a game as they could in such shocking conditions."

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"A lot of things didn't go for us today. That's not taking it away from Bristol Rovers but I certainly didn't think there was too much between the two sides.

"We're disappointed with the goals we gave away. A couple of players have spoken and held their hands up and know they can do better.

"The timings of the goals were crucial for them and put us on the back foot and made it difficult. The ball hasn't fallen for us and it has for them."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 14 Brown
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 06 Parkes Booked
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 39 Mohamed (Woodards - 85' )
  • 32 O'Toole Booked
  • 10 Richards (Harding - 77' )
  • 19 Beardsley (Harrison - 93' )
  • 24 Clarke

Substitutes

  • 04 Woodards
  • 07 Clarkson
  • 15 Norburn
  • 17 Harrison
  • 18 Harding
  • 20 Gough
  • 33 Santos

Newport County

  • 01 Pidgeley
  • 18 Jackson
  • 13 Sandell Booked (Hughes - 81' )
  • 15 Burge
  • 22 Worley Booked
  • 19 Naylor
  • 02 Pipe
  • 08 Minshull (Porter - 85' )
  • 45 Howe
  • 23 Jolley
  • 12 Willmott

Substitutes

  • 03 Hughes
  • 04 Porter
  • 05 James
  • 17 Flynn
  • 25 Stephens
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 7,288

Match Stats

Shots

14 15

On target

3 3

Corners

6 5

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Newport County 1.

90:00 +4:45 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Newport County 1.

90:00 +4:26

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

90:00 +3:51 Booking

Booking Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:48

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

90:00 +3:48

Ryan Burge (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:03

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +2:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Chris Beardsley.

90:00 +2:00

Attempt missed. Harry Worley (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +1:37

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

90:00 +1:37

Max Porter (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:30 Booking

Booking John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

89:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Newport County 1. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

85:26

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:26

Foul by Harry Worley (Newport County).

84:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Dan Woodards replaces Kaid Mohamed.

84:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

84:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Max Porter replaces Lee Minshull because of an injury.

83:56

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:42

Delay in match Lee Minshull (Newport County) because of an injury.

80:43

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

80:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Andrew Hughes replaces Andy Sandell.

78:13

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

78:13

David Pipe (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:57 Booking

Booking Andy Sandell (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

76:51

Mitch Harding (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:51

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

76:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Mitch Harding replaces Eliot Richards because of an injury.

75:55

Lee Minshull (Newport County) hits the right post with a header from the right side of the six yard box following a set piece situation.

75:32

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

75:03

Delay in match Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) because of an injury.

74:49

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

74:49

Andy Sandell (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:05 Booking

Booking Harry Worley (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

70:01

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:01

Foul by Harry Worley (Newport County).

69:17

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

68:11

Attempt missed. Christian Jolley (Newport County) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

67:20

Attempt missed. Ryan Burge (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

60:25

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

60:25

Rene Howe (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:31

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:31

Foul by Harry Worley (Newport County).

58:55

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

58:01

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:01

Foul by David Pipe (Newport County).

56:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Newport County 1. Rene Howe (Newport County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Burge.

53:07

Attempt missed. Andy Sandell (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

51:12

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Harry Worley.

50:31

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:31

Foul by Ryan Burge (Newport County).

49:56

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

49:39

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

49:02

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers).

49:02

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

47:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Newport County 0. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

46:50

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:48

Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

46:34

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

45:46

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

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 1, Newport County 0.

45:00 +3:51 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Newport County 0.

45:00 +3:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Newport County 0. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

45:00 +2:34

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

45:00 +2:18

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

42:57

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Lee Minshull.

42:29

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:29

Foul by Ryan Burge (Newport County).

41:40

Attempt missed. Tom Naylor (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

41:01

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

40:36

Attempt saved. Lee Minshull (Newport County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

39:45

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

39:22

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

36:03

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

35:17

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Lee Minshull.

35:00

Attempt blocked. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

32:24

Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

30:52

Attempt blocked. David Pipe (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

29:01

Attempt missed. Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

26:29

Attempt blocked. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:44

Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

24:44

Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

21:42

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:42

Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

20:46

Hand ball by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

19:41

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:41

Foul by Ryan Burge (Newport County).

18:12

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

18:12

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

15:32

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Michael Smith.

13:51

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Leonard Pidgeley.

7:22

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

5:50

Tom Naylor (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:50

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers).

3:45

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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