JOSH Sheehan dedicated his goal at Yeovil Town to the fans who helped bring him back to Newport County AFC in January.

The midfielder’s permanent move from Swansea City was partly funded by the County Supporters’ Club and he was quick to thank the Amber Army after opening the scoring at Huish Park.

Paul Hayes added a second goal in stoppage-time as the Exiles claimed a first win since January 19 and Sheehan was delighted to help secure three points.

“It’s been very frustrating the last few months not winning a game, but we’ve been pushing on the last few games, especially against Port Vale and Forest Green where we should have won,” said the 22-year-old.

“We might not have been so ruthless in the last few games, but we really were ruthless [on Saturday] because we only had two real clear-cut chances and we managed to score them both.

“That goal of course goes towards those fans,” he added.

“If you see my celebration then I think you would see that I did get a bit overexcited.

“The fans were different class throughout the game. I could hear them chanting my name and I really appreciate it from them.

“They brought me back to the club as well, so I can’t really thank them enough. We’ll try and do our best by them now and try and get in the play-offs.”

Sheehan has had to wait for his chance to impress after recovering from a serious knee injury sustained during his successful loan spell at Rodney Parade 12 months ago.

“I’m glad I’ve got in the team and I’ve proved why I should be starting and finally got a goal so I’m really happy,” he said.

“It’s been frustrating for me this past year being out injured and frustrating being on the bench, even though it is really good to be back from the injury.

“A lot of frustration had built up, but it paid off after the goal.

“I think it was Colchester at home the last time I scored, around January last year I think, the injury then happened in March, so it’s been a frustrating year really.

“I’m back now with a goal and I think it has showed everyone that I’m truly back now.”