Portsmouth claimed a crucial win in their relegation struggle at a Newport County side who had two men sent off.

Newport went behind when Kevin Feely fouled Ryan Taylor in the area and the striker converted the penalty himself.

Adam Chapman was then shown a straight red card for a two-footed lunge, while Darcy Blake was also sent off late on after the defender's second booking.

Jed Wallace's header doubled Pompey's lead although Ismail Yakubu did pull a goal back for County from a corner.

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"I'm proud of the players; even down to nine men we took the game to Portsmouth and I thought we might have deserved to get something out of it.

"The two yellow cards for Darcy Blake, that just happens in a game and we're disappointed with Adam Chapman, it's so out of character and it's cost us dearly

"If you take the penalty and the sending-off out of the game - which was a mistake really - in the context of the game we were very good, I thought we controlled it and played a large majority of the game in Portsmouth's half."

Portsmouth caretaker manager Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent:

Post-match: Pompey caretaker Awford

"I actually enjoyed it. I think the lads' attitude, their spirit, their togetherness was fantastic and that was just what was needed.

"The result was all that mattered today. How we got there didn't matter but we got a performance as well today.

"We got a spirit, we got a reaction and we got the three points.

"If I've got a criticism of us today it was probably that we didn't keep the ball well enough when they went down to nine men.

"The confidence hasn't been great for obvious reasons and hopefully now that will improve."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Newport County

  • 33 McLoughlin
  • 19 Naylor (Sandell - 86' )
  • 03 Hughes
  • 08 Minshull
  • 20 Feely (Yakubu - 55' )
  • 16 Blake Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 07 Chapman Dismissed
  • 12 Willmott
  • 09 Crow (Jeffers - 57' )
  • 11 Zebroski Booked
  • 17 Flynn

Substitutes

  • 04 Porter
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 13 Sandell
  • 14 Jeffers
  • 23 Jolley
  • 24 Amadi-Holloway
  • 45 Howe

Portsmouth

  • 40 Carson
  • 03 N'Gala
  • 36 Whatmough (Bradley - 63' )
  • 13 Ertl (Agyemang - 80' )
  • 15 Alfei
  • 17 Shorey
  • 11 Holmes
  • 19 Fogden Booked
  • 20 Taylor Booked (Jervis - 53' )
  • 35 Wallace
  • 29 Hollands Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 05 Devera
  • 06 Bradley
  • 23 Agyemang
  • 31 Racon
  • 32 Jervis
  • 33 McCabe
Ref: Steve Bratt
Att: 4,261

Match Stats

Shots

8 7

On target

2 4

Corners

9 4

Fouls

13 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newport County 1, Portsmouth 2.

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newport County 1, Portsmouth 2.

90:00 +4:15

Attempt missed. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

89:19 Booking

Booking Wes Fogden (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

89:11

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

89:11

Foul by Wes Fogden (Portsmouth).

87:54

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

85:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Andy Sandell replaces Tom Naylor.

84:23

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

84:23

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:53

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

83:27

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

83:00

Robbie Willmott (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:58

Foul by Jake Jervis (Portsmouth).

82:15 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Darcy Blake (Newport County).

82:11

Foul by Darcy Blake (Newport County).

82:11

Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:56

Attempt missed. Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) header from the left side of the box misses to the left.

79:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Patrick Agyemang replaces Johannes Ertl.

78:00

Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:55

Foul by Michael Flynn (Newport County).

74:50

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

74:01 Booking

Booking Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

74:00

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

73:41

Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

73:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 1, Portsmouth 2. Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robbie Willmott with a cross.

72:24

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

71:46

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

71:46

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

67:40

Attempt saved. Jake Jervis (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

66:16

Foul by Tom Naylor (Newport County).

66:16

Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:44

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Daniel Alfei.

64:12

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

64:12

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

62:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Sonny Bradley replaces Jack Whatmough because of an injury.

58:01

Attempt missed. Lee Minshull (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

57:33

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

57:33

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).

56:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Shaun Jeffers replaces Danny Crow.

54:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Ismail Yakubu replaces Kevin Feely.

54:28

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Newport County).

54:28

Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Jake Jervis replaces Ryan Taylor.

51:08

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

51:08

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).

49:41

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

49:41

Foul by Wes Fogden (Portsmouth).

49:03

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Daniel Alfei.

46:54

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Kevin Feely.

45:00

Second Half begins Newport County 0, Portsmouth 2.

45:00 +2:50 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newport County 0, Portsmouth 2.

45:00 +1:05 Booking

Booking Darcy Blake (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +1:00

Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:44

Foul by Darcy Blake (Newport County).

44:00

Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:56

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).

43:10

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

43:10

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:22

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

42:22

Foul by Wes Fogden (Portsmouth).

41:00

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

41:00

Foul by Wes Fogden (Portsmouth).

40:15 Booking

Booking Chris Zebroski (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

40:02

Chris Zebroski (Newport County) has gone down, but that's a dive.

39:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 0, Portsmouth 2. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Ricky Holmes with a cross.

36:50

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

36:50

Foul by Wes Fogden (Portsmouth).

35:03

Hand ball by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).

32:53

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

32:53

Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:40

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

30:40

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:37

Attempt missed. Andrew Hughes (Newport County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

27:24

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

26:33 Booking

Booking Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

26:05 Dismissal

Dismissal Adam Chapman (Newport County) is shown the red card.

26:00

Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:51

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

24:39

Attempt saved. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

22:42

Robbie Willmott (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:42

Foul by Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth).

21:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 0, Portsmouth 1. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

21:08

Penalty conceded by Kevin Feely (Newport County) after a foul in the penalty area.

21:08

Penalty Portsmouth. Ryan Taylor draws a foul in the penalty area.

20:11

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

17:38

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

17:38

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

17:02

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

15:15

Attempt missed. Wes Fogden (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

13:48

Danny Crow (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:48

Foul by Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth).

13:12

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Darcy Blake.

11:24

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

11:24

Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:34

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

8:48

Attempt missed. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is too high.

8:02

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Daniel Alfei.

7:36

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Jack Whatmough.

2:43

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

2:43

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).

2:08

Attempt missed. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

1:24

Attempt missed. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

0:23

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

0:23

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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