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Fratton Park (ATT 16,191) 30th August 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Portsmth Portsmouth vs Newport County AFC Newport

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Sandell strike snatches points

Last Updated: 30/08/14 7:51pm

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Andy Sandell: Earned a draw

Andy Sandell: Earned a draw

Newport applied the brakes to Portsmouth's fast start to the season as Andy Sandell's late winner gave the Welsh side a 1-0 win.

Sandell curled an 80th minute free-kick toward the far post from wide on the right and the ball eluded everyone to nestle into the far corner and give Newport their first win of the season.

Newport almost took the lead on 14 minutes when Kevin Feeley looped a header on top of the bar and Robbie Wilmott's follow-up shot was beaten away by Pompey keeper Paul Jones,

Ryan Taylor wasted a glorious chance to fire Pompey ahead on the half hour. Neat play by Craig Westcarr opened up Newport down the right and Jed Wallace found Taylor unmarked 14 yards out but with only keeper Joe Day to beat he screwed his shot wide.

Both keepers were called into action with Jones diving left to clutch Chris Zabrowski's sharp header and Day dropping sharply on to Ricky Holmes' free-kick.

The early-season pace-setters continued to make heavy weather against a Newport side who showed more resilience than their one point total suggested, although Day had to launch himself to claw Jed Wallace's well-struck shot from the corner of the 18-yard box.

Pompey failed to rouse themselves to mount a last-ditch charge, although defender Paul Robinson wasted a late chance by heading over from 10 yards.

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Sky Bet League 2

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