Newport recorded their first league win in seven games to end Oxford's unbeaten away record in League Two.

Oxford took the lead with an early goal by striker James Constable, his 105th for the club, before forward Rene Howe equalised on the stroke of half-time.

Former U's pair Ryan Burge and Chris Zebroski scored in the second half to clinch victory for Newport.

Substitute Alfie Potter managed a consolation goal for the visitors in the 88th minute.

Oxford came into the game as the only team not to have lost away from home in English football's top four tiers.

But County manager Justin Edinburgh saw his side bounce back from the weekend's 3-0 loss at Hartlepool to get a vital win at Rodney Parade.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"It is a massive win but thoroughly deserved. It is nice to be playing back at home, we have had five in six [game]away from home.

"I don't think people realise in our last 11 games that nine of them have been away from home. For where we are and the position we are in, I think the players have been fantastic.

"It has been a tough time for the football club and we have been laughed about but I see Crawley's game is off and I don't now whether they have had a letter from the Football League.

"It's just good to play here [home] in front of a fantastic crowd and have a fantastic performance."

Oxford caretaker boss Mickey Lewis told BBC Radio Oxford:

"It's disappointing, we've been on a great run away from home, but they're a decent side, they've got a really good home record over the last couple of years, they put you under a lot of pressure, and I have to say I thought they were the better side.

"That said, we had a right go at the end, got it back to 3-2, and though it might not have been deserved, we got in good positions and we might have nicked a draw.

"We haven't really performed well. It wasn't a lack of effort, just of quality on the ball and decision-making, that sort of thing, but you have to be proud of what the team has achieved.

"We start again against Morecambe on Saturday, and let's see if we can go undefeated until the end of the season."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Newport County

  • 29 Parish
  • 07 Chapman Booked (Porter - 85' )
  • 15 Burge
  • 02 Pipe
  • 21 Anthony
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 08 Minshull Booked
  • 12 Willmott
  • 45 Howe Booked
  • 13 Sandell
  • 11 Zebroski (Jeffers - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Porter
  • 09 Crow
  • 14 Jeffers
  • 18 Jackson
  • 19 Naylor
  • 23 Jolley
  • 33 Thompson

Oxford United

  • 01 Clarke
  • 37 Ruffels
  • 17 Rose (Potter - 45' )
  • 03 Newey Booked
  • 19 Mullins
  • 34 Bevans (Connolly - 77' )
  • 13 Hunt
  • 22 Wroe Booked
  • 09 Constable
  • 08 Kitson (Williams - 58' )
  • 10 Smalley

Substitutes

  • 11 Potter
  • 15 Williams
  • 18 Davies
  • 23 Henly
  • 24 Connolly
  • 30 Long
  • 38 Ashby
Ref: Oliver Langford
Att: 3,757

Match Stats

Shots

11 5

On target

5 4

Corners

5 2

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newport County 3, Oxford United 2.

90:00 +5:57 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newport County 3, Oxford United 2.

90:00 +4:23 Booking

Booking Nicky Wroe (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +4:13

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

90:00 +4:13

Foul by Nicky Wroe (Oxford United).

90:00 +1:29 Booking

Booking Rene Howe (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

88:27 Booking

Booking Lee Minshull (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

88:18

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

88:18

David Hunt (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 3, Oxford United 2. Alfie Potter (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

84:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Max Porter replaces Adam Chapman.

84:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Shaun Jeffers replaces Chris Zebroski.

83:44

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

83:18

Attempt saved. James Constable (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

82:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 3, Oxford United 1. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

80:20

Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

80:20

(Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:29

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

79:29

Scott Davies (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:57

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

77:57

Foul by Nicky Wroe (Oxford United).

76:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. David Connolly replaces Matt Bevans.

75:36

Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

70:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 2, Oxford United 1. Ryan Burge (Newport County) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

69:18

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

69:18

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

63:18

Attempt missed. Rene Howe (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

61:37 Booking

Booking Tom Newey (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

61:16 Booking

Booking Adam Chapman (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

61:09

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

61:09

Tom Newey (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:41

Foul by Ryan Burge (Newport County).

58:41

Alfie Potter (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:44

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

57:44

Alfie Potter (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Ryan Williams replaces Dave Kitson.

56:49

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

53:25

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

52:23

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

52:23

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

50:54

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

48:42

Ryan Burge (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:42

Foul by Matt Bevans (Oxford United).

48:00

John Mullins (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:52

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

45:00

Second Half begins Newport County 1, Oxford United 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Alfie Potter replaces Danny Rose.

45:00 +2:45 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newport County 1, Oxford United 1.

45:00 +1:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 1, Oxford United 1. Rene Howe (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

44:00

Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

44:00

John Mullins (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:18

Attempt missed. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

38:35

Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:35

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

36:29

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

36:29

Foul by Dean Smalley (Oxford United).

34:58

Attempt missed. Ryan Burge (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

32:32

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

32:32

James Constable (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:19

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Nicky Wroe.

30:16

Attempt saved. Danny Rose (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

29:18

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:18

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

25:22

David Hunt (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:22

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

24:51

Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

24:51

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

22:44

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

22:44

Byron Anthony (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:13

Foul by Matt Bevans (Oxford United).

21:13

Chris Zebroski (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:12

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Andy Sandell.

18:14

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

17:52

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

17:22

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Matt Bevans.

13:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 0, Oxford United 1. James Constable (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Dave Kitson.

8:35

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

6:56

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by John Mullins.

2:26

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by David Hunt.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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