GRAHAM COUGHLAN: "The three points was vital."

County manager Graham Coughlan was delighted to get all three points in his first game in charge of the Exiles.

The new gaffer only had two days with the squad ahead of the weekend's game against Colchester - meeting the players on Thursday and taking Friday's training session.

Will Evans' 7th-minute header put Newport into the lead and an impressive display earned a much-needed win for County. 

"The three points was vital, it was a big game with both teams in a precarious position in the league. The three points was massive but it was a performance and a win based on the old tradition and spirit of this football club and community," Coughlan said at full-time.

"The clean sheet [pleased me] and I have to say we looked very, very dangerous - there are goals in this team.

"We had three, four possibly five opportunities where we could've got another goal. They had one shot on goal, we defended manfully and we also outran, out-fought and out-thought the opposition."

The boss knows not to get too ahead of himself though with plenty of the season yet to be played.

"We've got lots and lots to work on. We've got lots to do and a long way to go but it's pleasing - it's two wins on the bounce for the lads and I'm chuffed to bits for them.

"I thought we were very good the first 20 minutes - we moved the ball, we switched, we won first contacts and played with a little bit of intensity.

"I thought the back three were solid, we were disciplined, and I must mention the subs as well.

At the right time, they brought that bit of quality, bit of nouse that we needed - the legs and the energy to see the game out. I thought all-round it was a good, solid performance, to be honest."

The gaffer's full press conference can be watched below.