Newport County 3-1 Southend United

Andrew Hughes

Newport County moved up to seventh place in League Two with a comfortable victory against Southend.

Conor Washington's shot give the Exiles the lead before Southend replied with a superb Ben Coker free-kick.

Defender Andrew Hughes, who returned to action after missing two games with a hamstring problem, then scored a header to make it 2-1 to County at half-time.

Ismail Yakubu headed home Washington's pinpoint cross to seal the win early in the second half.

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Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"That was the best win for sure [this season]. From start to finish we were excellent and thoroughly deserved our three points against a very good team.

"Conor Washington deserved his goal, his performances of late have been phenomenal really if you think where he's come from in a short space of time.

"We're going to be a stronger outfit as the season goes along because we've got a lot of players missing, but what it has given is players opportunities that they didn't think they'd have and they've excelled."

Southend manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

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Post-match: Southend boss Brown

"Not the result or the performance [we wanted]. The pitch did cut up and Newport played the conditions better than we did.

"We beat ourselves to be brutally honest, we've gifted them two goals - the timing of the second goal has unhinged us.

"Too many players had off-days with the ball. We've created one or two chances, but at the same time they've created an awful lot of openings.

"For me it was too easy to play against us today - that's been an uncharacteristic side of today's performance."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Oxford Utd147521126
2Rochdale14824526
3Fleetwood14815725
4Chesterfield14743725
5Exeter14734424
6Burton14734324
7Newport14653623
8Dag & Red14653323
9Scunthorpe13652323
10Morecambe14644122
11Mansfield14563321
12Wycombe13625320
13Southend14626120
14Hartlepool14536118
15Wimbledon14536-318
16Portsmouth13454017
17Cheltenham14446-616
18Plymouth14437-615
19Bury14347-213
20York13337-612
21Bristol Rovers14257-711
22Torquay14257-1011
23Northampton14248-810
24Accrington14248-1010
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