THE EX­ILES CLOSER TO SAFETY

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should’ve won but we didn’t.”

County man­ager Justin Ed­in­burgh was thrilled with their point af­ter a run of just two wins in 17 games.

“We’ve come to a ti­tlechas­ing side and got a point, we’ve earned four points against Ch­ester­field this sea­son and it shows what we are ca­pa­ble of,” he said.

“They’ve had a con­sis­tent sec­ond half to the sea­son and we haven’t, but if we play like we did against Ch­ester­field I think we are look­ing at a good de­cent top-half fin­ish.

“Our last seven or eight per­for­mances have been bet­ter al­beit with­out the re­sults, but we’ve given our­selves a plat­form to build on.

“Not many would have ex­pected much from us, so I am proud of the lads.”

Porter’s splen­did late strike helped the Ex­iles to a shock point, but they’ll feel it was mer­ited on the bal­ance of play.

The hosts are gun­ning for pro­mo­tion while New­port are merely try­ing to keep their heads above wa­ter, but you wouldn’t have known it in a dull first pe­riod.

Striker Shaun Jef­fers has barely fea­tured since sign­ing from Posh but he im­pressed, test­ing Tommy Lee on five and 22 min­utes, test­ing the goal­keeper with two curl­ing ef­forts. The hosts were hardly on the front foot but when they did pen­e­trate County their fin­ish­ing was lack­ing, Ryan blast­ing wide with their best chance on half time.

How­ever, the hosts were a dif­fer­ent side and sub­se­quently seized con­trol, Ryan’s beau­ti­ful lob on 49 min­utes catch­ing out McLough­lin.

But the hosts failed to get the sec­ond and New­port ended their hope­less run in 2014 when Porter curled home spec­tac­u­larly with only eight min­utes re­main­ing.

STAR MAN SAM MORSY Ch­este

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