A SUPERB double from Yan Klukowski earned Newport County AFC a shock 2-1 win at promotion rivals Wycombe Wanderers.

Goals in each half from the former Forest Green Rovers star, both against the run of play, gave County a first victory since January 10.

Jimmy Dack’s first three points as caretaker boss kept the Exiles in the play-off places in League Two and will be a real boost to their promotion hopes after a torrid few weeks.

County made three changes from Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at home to Tranmere Rovers with captain Andy Sandell suspended, Lee Minshull ruled out with concussion and Robbie Willmott also sidelined through injury.

Darren Jones took the captain’s armband and in came new loan signing David Tutonda at left-back, Klukowski in midfield and Rene Howe up front.

But Dack stuck with 4-4-2 and that meant striker Miles Storey playing wide on the right of midfield from the start and Klukowski on the left.

Cardiff City youngster Tutonda, who arrived on loan on Friday, started well with some confident touches in his first taste of senior football.

The hosts were on top in the early stages but County’s defence were largely untroubled, restricting Wycombe to shots from distance and spurious penalty appeals.

Chairboys skipper Steven Craig went down in the box after a slight tangle of legs with Ryan Jackson but referee Michael Bull dismissed the appeals sparking boos from the home fans.

At the other end Storey was causing plenty of problems on the right flank, running at the home defence and putting ex-Cardiff player Joe Jacobson under almost constant pressure.

It was good work from Storey that made the opening goal for County after 20 minutes.

He found Rene Howe in the box and the striker's intelligent lay-off allowed Klukowski to volley expertly into the bottom corner of Matt Ingram’s goal.

It was a strike that came against the run of play but the affect was an injection of confidence into the visitors’ ranks.

Darren Jones headed wide from a corner and Mark Byrne almost made it 2-0 as he surged into the box and his flicked effort with the outside of the boot was well saved by Ingram.

A good 45 minutes’ work was almost undone just before the break when Tutonda under-hit a back pass to Day and put McClure through on goal.

The County goalkeeper saved the day, however, racing out to rob the Wycombe striker and maintain the lead at the break.

After the interval Storey picked up where he’d left off in the first half, making good ground down the right flank and so nearly picking out Aaron O’Connor with a cross that was headed behind by home defender Aaron Pierre.

The home fans were starting to vent their frustration but the mood around Adams Park was lifted by Fred Onyedinma’s leveller after 55 minutes.

Day got down well to his left to deny Sam Wood but Onyedinma had an easy task to slide the rebound inside the post.

That led to a period of intense pressure from Gareth Ainsworth’s men with Day doing superbly to keep his side in the game.

He saved brilliantly from Joe Mawson’s header at the far post and then made a double stop from substitute Paul Hayes and Craig.

The Exiles were under the cosh and a home win looked inevitable but an injury to Jacobson disrupted the hosts’ momentum and they were again caught cold at the back on 79 minutes.

A deep free-kick missed everyone but Ismail Yakubu played it back into the dangerzone and that man Klukowski was in the right place at the right time once again.

The midfielder showed excellent technique to keep his strike low and accurate and it flashed into the back of the net to silence the home fans for a second time.

Wycombe: Ingram, Jombati, Jacobson, Mawson, Pierre, Bean, Murphy, Wood, Onyedinma, Craig (Holloway, 86), McClure (Hayes, 67)

Subs not used: Richardson, Bloomfield, Fletcher, Rowe, Ephraim

County: Day, Jackson, Jones, Yakubu, Tutonda, Storey (Chapman, 77), Porter, Byrne, Klukowski, O’Connor (Jeffers, 80), Howe (Feely, 86)

Subs not used: Stephens, Flynn, Parker, Poole

Referee: Michael Bull

Attendance: 3,196 (225 County)

Argus star man: Yan Klukowski