Plymouth boosted their League Two play-off hopes with their first win in four at mid-table Newport.

Tyler Harvey's powerful header from Nathan Thomas' cross put the Pilgrims in front.

Former Argyle striker Chris Zebrowski levelled from an awkward angle following Ryan Jackson's through ball.

Conor Hourihane's finish from a counter-attack sealed the win and moved ninth-placed Argyle to within two points of York in seventh.

Plymouth manager John Sheridan told BBC Radio Devon:

"The main thing now, at this stage of the season, is just getting three points.

"I thought we worked very hard and we probably deserved it.

"We scored two excellent goals but I was disappointed about their goal."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Newport County

  • 33 McLoughlin
  • 03 Hughes
  • 18 Jackson
  • 08 Minshull (Jolley - 64' )
  • 16 Blake
  • 20 Feely Booked
  • 04 Porter
  • 12 Willmott
  • 11 Zebroski
  • 14 Jeffers (Howe - 64' )
  • 17 Flynn (Burge - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Pipe
  • 13 Sandell
  • 15 Burge
  • 19 Naylor
  • 23 Jolley
  • 24 Amadi-Holloway
  • 45 Howe

Plymouth Argyle

  • 01 Cole
  • 04 Blanchard
  • 15 Wotton
  • 19 Thomas (Berry - 88' )
  • 16 Trotman
  • 17 Nelson
  • 06 Hourihane
  • 27 Gurrieri
  • 09 Reid
  • 10 Morgan (Showunmi - 70' )
  • 18 Harvey (Blizzard - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Berry
  • 08 Boco
  • 11 Blizzard
  • 20 Banton
  • 25 Purrington
  • 29 Showunmi
  • 32 Dawson
Ref: Scott Mathieson
Att: 3,381

Match Stats

Shots

6 9

On target

1 3

Corners

4 5

Fouls

11 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newport County 1, Plymouth Argyle 2.

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newport County 1, Plymouth Argyle 2.

90:00 +3:24

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Robbie Willmott.

90:00 +2:33

Foul by Kevin Feely (Newport County).

90:00 +2:33

Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Durrell Berry replaces Nathan Thomas.

86:44

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

86:44

Foul by Enoch Showunmi (Plymouth Argyle).

84:25

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

81:07

Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

81:07

Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Ryan Burge replaces Michael Flynn.

78:00

Attempt missed. Nathan Thomas (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

77:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Dominic Blizzard replaces Tyler Harvey.

77:01

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

77:01

Paul Wotton (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75:54

Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

75:54

Enoch Showunmi (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:34

Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

73:34

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

72:54

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

71:06

Foul by Max Porter (Newport County).

71:06

Enoch Showunmi (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:38

Andrew Hughes (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:38

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

69:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Enoch Showunmi replaces Marvin Morgan.

68:33

Andrew Hughes (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:33

Foul by Tyler Harvey (Plymouth Argyle).

67:44

Attempt missed. Michael Flynn (Newport County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

66:43

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Newport County).

66:43

Marvin Morgan (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:14

Kevin Feely (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:14

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

65:54

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

65:14

Christian Jolley (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:14

Foul by Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle).

63:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Christian Jolley replaces Lee Minshull.

63:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Rene Howe replaces Shaun Jeffers.

61:18

Attempt missed. Kevin Feely (Newport County) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

60:58

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Andres Gurrieri.

59:40

Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

58:59 Booking

Booking Kevin Feely (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

58:48

Foul by Kevin Feely (Newport County).

58:48

Paul Wotton (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:31

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Kevin Feely.

54:21

Andrew Hughes (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:21

Foul by Tyler Harvey (Plymouth Argyle).

52:21

Michael Flynn (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:21

Foul by Tyler Harvey (Plymouth Argyle).

50:25

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Maxime Blanchard.

50:14

Attempt blocked. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

49:29

Shaun Jeffers (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:29

Foul by Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle).

47:38

Kevin Feely (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:38

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

45:00

Second Half begins Newport County 1, Plymouth Argyle 2.

45:00 +2:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newport County 1, Plymouth Argyle 2.

45:00 +1:51

Attempt missed. Tyler Harvey (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

45:00 +1:09

Foul by Kevin Feely (Newport County).

45:00 +1:09

Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:26

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

43:25

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

43:25

Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

42:44

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Maxime Blanchard.

41:48

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Neal Trotman.

41:14

Foul by Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle).

41:14

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

32:26

Marvin Morgan (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:26

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

31:43

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

31:43

Ryan Jackson (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 1, Plymouth Argyle 2. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Reuben Reid.

26:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 1, Plymouth Argyle 1. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Jackson.

25:38

Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:38

Foul by Shaun Jeffers (Newport County).

25:09

Hand ball by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

23:41

Darcy Blake (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:41

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

21:37

Foul by Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle).

21:37

Andrew Hughes (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 0, Plymouth Argyle 1. Tyler Harvey (Plymouth Argyle) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Thomas.

17:54

Foul by Marvin Morgan (Plymouth Argyle).

17:54

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

16:05

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Max Porter.

11:20

Attempt saved. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top right corner.

9:38

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

6:29

Kevin Feely (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:29

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

2:36

Shaun Jeffers (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:36

Foul by Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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