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Edinburgh praise for Porter

Newport manager Justin Edinburgh admitted his team rode their luck at times but thought they deserved their 1-1 draw at Chesterfield.

Max Porter's first goal since January 2013 denied Chesterfield victory with eight minutes to go as the Exiles countered and he drilled a low shot past Tommy Lee from the edge of the box.

"I thought it was a spirited display and the boys showed good character after what was, for me, a fortunate goal because I'm not sure he meant to do that," Edinburgh said.

"We had a little spell after that where we were lucky to stay in the game and we got a little bit fortunate but once we got through that, I felt we could get something out of it."

Edinburgh was delighted that Porter got the goal after the midfielder's career was threatened by a groin injury that kept him out for 13 months.

"Max has worked tremendously hard and he's had a lot of setbacks so it's good to see him back in the team and on the scoresheet," he added. "It was a really complex injury but he's a good pro and I think that was a little present for him for the hard work he's put in over the season."