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Rodney Parade (ATT 4,575) 10th January 2015 - Kick off 15:00

Newport Newport County AFC vs Portsmouth Portsmth

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M Byrne (68)

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Newport in top three after win

Last Updated: 10/01/15 6:10pm

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Mark Byrne: Scored contentious winner

Mark Byrne: Scored contentious winner

Newport climbed into the automatic promotion places in League Two thanks to a controversial 1-0 home win against Portsmouth.

Pompey's new signing Matt Tubbs flattered to deceive in a game decided by Mark Byrne's heavily-contested winner.

Their seventh win in eight matches moves the Welsh side above Shrewsbury and into third position in the table.

Portsmouth could have had a penalty after 43 minutes when Jed Wallace dribbled into the area and was dragged down by Byrne, but referee Michael Bull waved away the protests.

The game sprang to life after the break as Andy Sandell went close for Newport and Tubbs failed to convert a chance from close range.

But the hosts got the controversial breakthrough after 68 minutes. As Byrne shot from the left corner of the box, Aaron O'Connor ran across the line of the ball and it eventually found the bottom corner of the net.

O'Connor was ruled offside by the assistant referee but Bull, to the anger of the Portsmouth players and fans, awarded the goal after he decided the striker did not get a touch.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 27 44
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 Cambridge United 26 36
13 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 26 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 27 27
23 Carlisle United 27 27
24 Hartlepool United 27 18