Newport 2-1 Lincoln City

Aaron O'Connor scoring Newport's first goal against Lincoln

Unbeaten leaders Newport County made it three straight league wins as in-form striker Aaron O'Connor scored twice against Lincoln City at Rodney Parade.

O'Connor took his goal tally to five with shots on seven and 27 minutes to give Newport a 2-0 interval lead.

Six minutes after the break Newport were pegged back as Jamie Taylor headed home to halve the home lead.

But Newport held on and it is the first time for 28 months that Newport have won three games on the trot.

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Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"From where we were at the end of last season to where we are now I think the players, and everyone connected to this club, will go home with a smile on their face and enjoy their weekend because it's thoroughly deserved.

"Of course we want to continue and maintain the current run. I thought for a good period, certainly for the first half, we looked again very, very good and used possession of the ball very well and took our chances when they came along.

"Second half was made very difficult for us. We expected them to come at us and they certainly did that.

"We are learning as we go along and we can see we have got resilience. We can see we have got goals, and craft and guile. I'm absolutely delighted that we have had to hold on in the end for a well-deserved three points."

Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

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Holdsworth praises spirit and passion

"It sounds strange but we've said it twice now (in successive games), we've dominated affairs in the second half and were very unlucky not to come away with something because the spirit and the passion was there and when we got our goal I thought we'd go on and at least come away with a point.

"There's a lot of honesty in there and I think the supporters who came today saw that. As a manager all you can do is put together a side with what you've got and hopefully see that spirit and I think the boys are showing an immense amount of togetherness.

"We had stern words at half-time about defending and matching up and I felt we corrected that. Newport are a big side and they'll do well but I think we gave them a good run for their money in the second half."

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