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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 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