Pompey crash to late Newport winner

James Dunne battles for the ball against Newport. Picture: Joe Pepler
James Dunne battles for the ball against Newport. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey’s unbeaten start to the League Two season came to a disappointing end as they went down to a late 1-0 home defeat to Newport County.

The Welsh club stole all three points six minutes from time as substitute Andy Sandell’s free-kick from out on the right flank missed everyone and nestled in the far corner of Paul Jones’ goal.

Pompey were never at their best throughout the 90 minutes and struggled to find any fluency against their physical opponents.

And only a Jed Wallace second-half drive really tested the County goalkeeper throughout the match.

The game appeared to be heading for a 0-0 draw until Newport snatched it late on and Pompey were unable to respond in the closing minutes in their attempts to force an equaliser

Newport perhaps edged an attritional first 45 minutes but their physical approach won them few friends.

The match became a stop-start affair with so many free-kicks and Pompey were struggling to find their rhythm.

Newport went close to opening the scoring when they hit the crossbar through a Kevin Feely header as their direct style caused the Blues defence problems.

Pompey’s best move of the half saw some fantastic link-up play between Craig Westcarr and Wallace down the right flank, before the midfielder found Ryan Taylor in space on the left.

But the striker dragged his shot narrowly wide of the far post.

And although the Blues had more of the game after the break, it simply wasn’t their day.