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Stevenage 0-1 Notts County

Callum Ball celebrates with his Notts County teammates

Callum Ball's strike proved pivotal as Notts County beat bottom club Stevenage and climbed out of the League One relegation zone.

Shaun Derry's side took the lead just before the break when Ball drove home through a crowded penalty area.

Magpies keeper Bartosz Bialkowski was on song, denying Francois Zoko and Felipe Morais early on and foiling Lucas Akin on several occasions.

Ball, a first-half sub, was denied a second goal by home keeper Chris Day,

County, who maintained their unbeaten start to 2014, are now two points above the bottom four.

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Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I don't think that, if you saw the game on chances and took their goal away, you would think it was an away win.

"It was a decent overall performance from us I thought. The lads picked up where they left off the other night showed a positive spirit, positive momentum and I think they deserved a lot more than they got today.

"The ball dropped to Fil [Morais] and he sliced the clearance. There was not enough urgency to pick up the seconds. I think Michael [Doughty] had half turned his back on the lad, assuming Fil was going to clear it. The ball dropped between Peter [Hartley] and Michael, and their boy put it in."

"It happens sometimes. I think we came and took the game to them in the second half, for long periods they were pinned in. Fil coming off was a body blow to us, he'd been influential."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 20Smith
  • 29Hartley
  • 14HeslopBooked at 15minsSubstituted forTounkaraat 83'minutes
  • 5Ashton
  • 6Jones
  • 7MoraisSubstituted forCharlesat 63'minutes
  • 24Doughty
  • 11Akins
  • 12ZokoBooked at 74minsSubstituted forAndradeat 74'minutes
  • 15Freeman

Substitutes

  • 2Wedgbury
  • 9Charles
  • 10Burrow
  • 21Tounkara
  • 25Andrade
  • 26Smith
  • 27Johnson

Notts County

  • 1Bialkowski
  • 3SheehanBooked at 87mins
  • 19Murray
  • 22Fotheringham
  • 5Smith
  • 6Leacock
  • 7GrealishSubstituted forBallat 38'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 28Boucaud
  • 9Showunmi
  • 24Freeman
  • 20Campbell-Ryce

Substitutes

  • 10Haynes
  • 21Thompson
  • 25Tempest
  • 26Hollis
  • 35Pilkington
  • 37Bishop
  • 38Ball
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
2,877

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 0, Notts County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Notts County 1.

  3. Booking

    Callum Ball (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Callum Ball (Notts County).

  6. Booking

    Ronan Murray (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Bruno Andrade (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ronan Murray (Notts County).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Jones (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Oumare Tounkara replaces Simon Heslop.

  13. Post update

    Bruno Andrade (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andre Boucaud (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Bruno Andrade replaces Francois Zoko.

  19. Booking

    Francois Zoko (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Andre Boucaud (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.