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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:

Phil Brown

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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."

Line-ups

Newport

  • 1Pidgeley
  • 16Jones
  • 19Naylor
  • 8Minshull
  • 5JamesSubstituted forHughesat 25'minutesSubstituted forPipeat 56'minutes
  • 6Yakubu
  • 7Chapman
  • 12Willmott
  • 14Washington
  • 11ZebroskiSubstituted forCrowat 80'minutes
  • 18Jackson

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 3Hughes
  • 9Crow
  • 17Flynn
  • 23Jolley
  • 25Stephens
  • 26Redman

Southend

  • 17Bentley
  • 12AtkinsonBooked at 35mins
  • 24Auger
  • 15Kiernan
  • 6Prosser
  • 3Coker
  • 14HurstSubstituted forTimlinat 56'minutes
  • 18Leonard
  • 10Corr
  • 33WoodrowSubstituted forReidat 68'minutes
  • 16C CliffordSubstituted forPayneat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 8Timlin
  • 9Reid
  • 11Straker
  • 20Njie
  • 21Payne
  • 26Edwards
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
3,652

Match Stats

Home TeamNewportAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Newport County 3, Southend United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newport County 3, Southend United 1.

Foul by Danny Crow (Newport County).

Jack Payne (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. Adam Chapman (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Ryan Auger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Washington (Newport County).

Attempt saved. Craig Reid (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Barry Corr (Southend United).

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

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Leonard Pidgeley.

Attempt saved. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Danny Crow replaces Chris Zebroski.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

Attempt blocked. Jack Payne (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by David Pipe (Newport County).

Jack Payne (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Adam Chapman (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

Foul by David Pipe (Newport County).

Ryan Auger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt saved. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Craig Reid replaces Cauley Woodrow.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

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

Conor Washington (Newport County) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Attempt blocked. Tom Naylor (Newport County) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

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

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

Ryan Auger (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Robert Kiernan.

goal

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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