Salford City ended Newport County’s unbeaten home record in the league this season with a 2-1 win at Rodney Parade.
A Ryan Inniss header cancelled out Cameron Burgess’ opener, but Lois Maynard’s first Football League goal secured the points.
Mark Howard also saved a penalty from Tristan Abrahams in the last 10 minutes as Newport searched for an equaliser that wouldn’t come.
It’s three wins out of the last four on the road for Salford now, and Graham Alexander could only hail a ‘brilliant’ Salford performance.
“I think it was a brilliant performance from the players; Newport have got a fantastic home record and you can see why, they put you under immense pressure, the crowd get behind them and they put pressure on the officials as well, and you’re going to have to defend your box, and I thought we did that – except for the goal – really well.
“I thought we played some good stuff at times. With the rain, it was a difficult pitch at times, but I thought when we got the ball down, we found good pockets of space, we moved it well and just needed maybe another goal to ease the pressure at the end.
“Massive win for us today; fantastic from all the players.
“You could see we changed the squad around a little bit, the team and the subs. For me, they’re all going to play a part in the coming months because we’re going to need them at different times, different games and that was a game for big, physical players today.”
After making his Football League debut in August, Maynard has featured in every league game so far for The Ammies and today’s goal has been some time coming.
“He was getting a bit of stick for missing two last week where we thought we could have got a winner with Lois!
“But I thought he grew into the game, especially in the second half, I thought he was superb; breaking up play, breaking out of midfield and being a bit of a block, him and Joey to be fair, Joey as well I thought was superb.
“To get that winning goal, it was a great delivery from Ibby [Touray] as we’ve come to expect. It was great to see – I’ve just seen it there – just bounced off the bar on the line and crept over.”
Maynard added: “It’s a good feeling to get that first EFL goals, a few of the lads have been winding of late saying ‘when are you going to score’ and stuff so I’m glad to do that more more importantly I’m glad to win the game.
“I think we knew that before the game started it was going to be a graft, it’d be hard working and it’d be a battle, and that’s what it was but thankfully we’ve come out on top.”
The Ammies are up to 11th in League Two with a break now for the Emirates FA Cup.