Justin Edinburgh was delighted to see his Newport side bounce back from defeat with a Severnside derby victory over Bristol Rovers at Rodney Parade.

The Welsh club shipped three goals last week as they crashed to a 3-1 loss at the hands of Northampton.

But they responded in perfect fashion as they took the spoils in the first competitive derby with neighbours Rovers in 25 years thanks to Andy Sandell's first-half penalty.

Edinburgh said: "It's all the more sweeter being in a derby. When you see the atmosphere and the amount of numbers here, you want to reward the fans with a victory and performance.

"It was a hard-fought battle, a well earned three points in a real fiercely contested derby.

"Both teams really went for it but I'm delighted we bounced back after such a hard defeat to take last week. After conceding three poor goals last week we kept a clean sheet for the first time.

"To keep a clean sheet when our young defence has just been thrown together was really pleasing."

Edinburgh added: "We had good chances to possibly win by more but we're creating chances.

"We're more than delighted with our start. We don't like losing, as a group we're not used to it."

County dominated the opening exchanges, with Christian Jolley, Adam Chapman and Chris Zebroski all threatening.

But Newport eventually got the breakthrough when Jolley took the ball past John-Joe O'Toole and was hauled down in the area, leaving former Rovers winger Sandell to promptly send Steve Mildenhall the wrong way from the spot.

The Pirates returned with far more purpose in the second half but Newport held firm.

Rovers are still searching for their first win this season and boss John Ward admits a much-needed victory remains a long way off.

"How disappointed can you be?" he said. "We didn't threaten enough at the top of the pitch. We've dug into the game and competed reasonably well but at the top end our play was poor.

"Our crossing wasn't as good as it could have been. We need some confidence and to improve the crossing. We simply haven't got enough goals, we have one so far and that's not going to get you results.

"If we defend like we have and concede from a set play then we have to find something at the other end to bring a point or three back with us."