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Justin Edinburgh pleased with young Newport County players

27 December 2014

Justin Edinburgh hailed his Newport County kids after Regan Poole and Jamie Stephens helped them to a 2-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle.

Sixteen-year-old Poole dealt with Sky Bet League 2's top-scorer Reuben Reid and rookie keeper Stephens kept his side in front with a stunning save.

Their fourth win in five matches keeps them in seventh place in League 2, but moves them level on 37 points with John Sheridan's side.

Chris Zebroski headed Mark Byrne's looping ball past Plymouth keeper Luke McCormick after 10 minutes for his eighth goal of the season to give County a dream start.

And it should have been two moments later but Shaun Jeffers could not convert Zebroski's low cross with the goal gaping.

Stephens preserved the lead with a lightning quick reaction save from Aaron Bentley's head before Byrne settled the game in the 80th minute.

The Irish midfielder got a heel on Andy Sandell's corner to flick it into the back of the net.

And Edinburgh hailed the influence of his young stars, with County set to enter 2015 in the League 2 Play-offs.

He said: "Jamie Stephens' save was big, it kept the scoreline at 1-0 and allowed us to go on and win the game.

"They had one really good chance, but we had chances to see the game off.

"The second goal took the sting out of the game, it disheartened Plymouth and we saw the game out.

"I was pleased to get clean sheet, it's great for Jamie Stephens and young Regan Poole, who's come in and played against the best striker in the league and not looked out of place at 16 years of age.

"In terms of energy and determination we were very good, it wasn't a vintage game but we fought well and I'm delighted we came out on top.

"We were too eager after taking the lead, we managed the game a lot better in the second half."

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