Interim Crawley boss Lewis Young admitted he would like the job on a permanent basis after guiding the Reds off the bottom of League Two.

They beat Newport 2-1 for only their second league win of the season.

Young, 33, who has been with Crawley for just over eight years, stepped up from coaching the club’s B side after Kevin Betsy’s dismissal following the 3-0 defeat at Grimsby last weekend.

He said before the game his prospects would depend on how well the players responded to him and the Reds were boosted by a goal in each half from James Tilley and Ashley Nadesan.

Crawley withstood a strong Newport finish after substitute Nathan Moriah-Welsh’s 79th minute screamer and the victory was only the second in the league in 17 games.

Asked if he would like to take the manager’s job, Young replied: “It’s easier to answer that after a win but yes.

“I would like to build on what we have done and evolve things on from last season.”

Young was winless in the final four games of last term after stepping in for Yems, who was suspended by Crawley and later charged by the Football Association following allegations of racism.

Young confessed he had a strong feeling Crawley would put in an improved display and added: “I was really confident we’d have a good response.

“It’s a building block as we’re still in the bottom two. It is only one game, we’ve got to build on it and make it a fortress here.”