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Notts County 2-1 Cheltenham Town

Notts County maintained their unbeaten home record under new boss Kevin Nolan as they secured victory over fellow League Two strugglers Cheltenham.

The Magpies started well and could have been a goal ahead in the opening 10 minutes when Mark Yeates smacked the top of the bar with a wonderful long-range drive.

Notts took the lead in the 24th minute and the architect was Michael O'Connor, who produced a wonderful pass which picked out the run of Jon Stead who ran on to smash beyond Scott Brown.

It was no more than County deserved for a vibrant display and they gave themselves a cushion when Richard Duffy's header from Yeates' corner squirmed over the line just past the half-hour mark.

That prompted Robins boss Gary Johnson into a tactical switch as he ditched a 5-4-1 system to play 4-4-2 and the new shape seemed to kick-start Cheltenham.

The extra man up front made it more of a contest and, after Jonathan Forte hit the post for the hosts, Manny Onariase grabbed a late goal.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Notts County

  • 1Collin
  • 18Hewitt
  • 5Duffy
  • 31Audel
  • 16Bola
  • 10YeatesBooked at 15minsSubstituted forCampbellat 72'minutes
  • 8O'ConnorBooked at 61mins
  • 12Milsom
  • 15ThompsonSubstituted forGrantat 80'minutes
  • 9AmeobiSubstituted forForteat 72'minutes
  • 30Stead

Substitutes

  • 3Dickinson
  • 4Smith
  • 11Forte
  • 13Loach
  • 14Campbell
  • 17Grant
  • 23Clackstone

Cheltenham

  • 1Brown
  • 26PikeSubstituted forHolmanat 43'minutes
  • 15Boyle
  • 32Plavotic
  • 23OnariaseBooked at 90mins
  • 17Cranston
  • 27WinchesterSubstituted forWrightat 89'minutes
  • 7PellSubstituted forWatersat 45'minutes
  • 18Rowe
  • 33Davis
  • 19Wootton

Substitutes

  • 2Barthram
  • 8Waters
  • 9Wright
  • 11Munns
  • 12Kitscha
  • 24O'Shaughnessy
  • 30Holman
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
7,910

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Notts County 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Notts County 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Tin Plavotic.

Booking

Manny Onariase (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jorge Grant (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Manny Onariase (Cheltenham Town).

Jorge Grant (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Davis (Cheltenham Town).

Jorge Grant (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Cranston (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Daniel Wright replaces Carl Winchester.

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 2, Cheltenham Town 1. Manny Onariase (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan Holman.

Jorge Grant (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Manny Onariase (Cheltenham Town).

Elliott Hewitt (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dan Holman (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Jorge Grant replaces Curtis Thompson.

Foul by Curtis Thompson (Notts County).

James Rowe (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jonathan Forte (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt blocked. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tahvon Campbell (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Jonathan Forte (Notts County) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt missed. Tin Plavotic (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Tahvon Campbell replaces Mark Yeates.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Jonathan Forte replaces Shola Ameobi.

Attempt blocked. Liam Davis (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Michael O'Connor.

Attempt missed. Curtis Thompson (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Dan Holman (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Thierry Audel (Notts County).

Liam Davis (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

Attempt blocked. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Michael O'Connor (Notts County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Notts County).

James Rowe (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Michael O'Connor (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster30196559352463
2Plymouth29193748301860
3Carlisle30131345243952
4Luton301310744291549
5Exeter301531248321648
6Portsmouth29146942281448
7Mansfield30121083730746
8Wycombe2913793735246
9Colchester2912894436844
10Stevenage30133144747042
11Blackpool291011843291441
12Barnet30101193942-341
13Grimsby30117123639-340
14Cambridge29116123634239
15Morecambe28115123644-838
16Yeovil30910113237-537
17Crawley29106133444-1036
18Crewe30711123143-1232
19Hartlepool30710133752-1531
20Cheltenham30611133344-1129
21Accrington2878132637-1129
22Notts County3085173254-2229
23Leyton Orient3075183045-1526
24Newport2959153347-1424
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