KYLE Jameson believes Newport County AFC recorded a “statement win” against fellow League Two play-off contenders AFC Wimbledon.

The Exiles are just two points behind the seventh-placed Dons thanks to their 2-0 win at Plough Lane on Saturday.

They took the spoils thanks to a cracker from distance by midfielder Bryn Morris in the ninth minute and then defender Jameson finished like a forward from an Adam Lewis free-kick ten minutes after the restart.

“It was massive, I think it was a statement win for us going away from home at a tough place to go,” said Jameson.

“[Promotion] is an aim for every player and team in this division. We just take it game by game, ticking off week by week.

“We are in and around it [the play-offs] but we don't really keep an eye on it; we work hard in training and everyone in that changing room wants to win.

“Nothing has been achieved yet, we only look at the next game and that is Barrow. We will work hard all week to try and get three points up there.”

South Wales Argus: Kyle Jameson celebrates with Will EvansKyle Jameson celebrates with Will Evans (Image: Huw Evans Agency)

The centre-back was to the fore in the strong defensive effort that secured a clean sheet and the three points.

"I don't think that we have kept as many clean sheets as we'd have liked throughout the season but kept one against an opposition who hadn’t conceded in four. It was massive,” said Jameson.

“It's always nice to chip in with a goal. To give us a bit of breathing room at 2-0 up was a good feeling.”

County are contenders for the top seven despite being stretched through injury throughout the campaign.

Jameson was a cheerleader between August and January because of a hip injury and now it’s the likes of Ryan Delaney, James Clarke, Shane McLoughlin and Omar Bogle offering backing from the sidelines.

“All the lads are together. That's the thing at Newport, the fans, players, staff, everyone is together in this rollercoaster of a season for us,” said the defender.

There will be an enforced change alongside Jameson in Barrow with Matt Baker, who has been operating on the right of the defensive three, on Wales Under-21s duty in Newport on Friday.

Manager Graham Coughlan will either have to start Declan Drysdale, who wants in the matchday squad at Wimbledon, for the first time since November’s FA Cup win against Oldham or change to a flat four.

Harrison Bright has featured as a right-sided central defender in the past but the 20-year-old from Blaenavon, an unused substitute at Plough Lane, has only made three substitute appearances for the Exiles this season.

His only starts for the club have been in the EFL Trophy, the last of them against Swindon in September 2021.