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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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Post-match: Stevenage boss Westley

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

Match ends, Stevenage 0, Notts County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Notts County 1.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Callum Ball (Notts County).

Booking

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

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

Foul by Ronan Murray (Notts County).

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

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

Hand ball by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Oumare Tounkara replaces Simon Heslop.

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

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Bruno Andrade replaces Francois Zoko.

Booking

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Enoch Showunmi (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Luke Jones.

Attempt blocked. Enoch Showunmi (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

Ronan Murray (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Darius Charles replaces Filipe Morais because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Alan Sheehan (Notts County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Chris Day.

Attempt saved. Callum Ball (Notts County) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Enoch Showunmi (Notts County).

Luke Jones (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient26176356243257
2Brentford26175445242156
3Wolves26157441192252
4Preston2613943627948
5Rotherham26128645341144
6Peterborough26133104032842
7Walsall2711973024642
8Port Vale26123113739-239
9Swindon26114114236637
10MK Dons2510694136536
11Coventry26128655451034
12Colchester2681083534134
13Bradford2671273832633
14Gillingham2795133545-1032
15Crawley247982732-530
16Notts County2783163339-627
17Oldham2676132734-727
18Carlisle2676132847-1927
19Sheff Utd2668122635-926
20Shrewsbury2768132635-926
21Tranmere2667132948-1925
22Bristol City2541293639-324
23Crewe2666142553-2824
24Stevenage2664162444-2022
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