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Rodney Parade (ATT 4,261) 29th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Newport Newport County AFC vs Portsmouth Portsmth

Newport 1

A Chapman (S/O 27)
I Yakubu (74)
D Blake (S/O 83)

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Portsmth 2

R Taylor (pen 22)
J Wallace (40)

Awford inspires Pompey

Last Updated: 29/03/14 6:08pm

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Ryan Taylor: Scored from the spot

Ryan Taylor: Scored from the spot

Caretaker manager Andy Awford led Portsmouth to their first win in seven with a 2-1 victory at nine-man Newport.

Goals from Ryan Taylor and Jed Wallace secured Awford his first win since taking charge following Richie Barker's sacking on Thursday. Newport defender Ismail Yakubu scored a second-half header for the home side, who had midfielder Adam Chapman sent off in the first half before Darcy Blake was also dismissed in the second period.

The win moves Portsmouth five points clear of the League Two relegation places.

Taylor gave Portsmouth the lead with a penalty in the 22nd minute after he had his shirt pulled in the box by Kevin Feely. Chapman was then sent off shortly afterwards for a reckless two-footed lunge on Danny Hollands near the halfway line.

Wallace doubled Portsmouth's advantage before the break with a firm header from Ricky Holmes' cross.

Yakubu gave Newport lifeline 16 minutes from time when he headed home Robbie Willmott's corner from six yards.

But despite plenty of late pressure from the home side, they couldn't find an equaliser and their cause was not aided when Blake accrued a second yellow card seven minutes from time.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 20 41
2 Burton Albion 21 39
3 Shrewsbury Town 20 37
4 Luton Town 20 37
5 Plymouth Argyle 20 34
6 Newport County AFC 20 34
7 Exeter City 21 34
8 Southend United 20 34
9 Bury 20 30
10 Morecambe 20 30
11 Accrington Stanley 20 29
12 Cambridge United 20 28
13 AFC Wimbledon 20 27
14 Portsmouth 20 26
15 Stevenage 20 25
16 Northampton Town 20 24
17 Oxford United 20 24
18 Cheltenham Town 20 24
19 Mansfield Town 20 23
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 20 21
21 York City 20 19
22 Tranmere Rovers 20 18
23 Carlisle United 20 18
24 Hartlepool United 20 12