Best display of the season, says Exiles boss
NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh lavished praise on his team as they easily overcame Southend United at Rodney Parade to move up to seventh in League Two.
Goals from Conor Washington and Andrew Hughes either side of Ben Coker's leveller for the Shrimpers gave County a 2-1 lead at the break.
Ismail Yakubu added a third on 53 minutes and Edinburgh's men could have had a much bigger win but for the heroics of visting goalkeeper Dan Bentley.
"That was the best win for sure [this season]," said the Exiles boss. "From start to finish we were excellent and thoroughly deserved our three points against a very good team.
"Conor Washington deserved his goal, his performances of late have been phenomenal really if you think where he's come from in a short space of time.
"We're going to be a stronger outfit as the season goes along because we've got a lot of players missing, but what it has given is players opportunities that they didn't think they'd have and they've excelled."
The only negative for Edinburgh was injuries to defenders Tony James and Hughes. James has a dead leg and should be back for next week's trip to Fleetwood but Hughes could be out for longer with a recurrence of his hamstring injury.
County await their fate in the FA Cup with the draw for the first round proper due to be made tomorrow afternoon.
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