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Notts County 2-1 Portsmouth

Alan Sheehan's first goal since returning to Notts County on loan secured victory for the Magpies against promotion-challenging Portsmouth.

The visitors, who are third in the table, took the lead when Caolan Lavery tapped in Enda Stevens' low cross.

Graham Burke then found the net with a sublime volley to level the scores.

Having returned to Meadow Lane on loan from Bradford at the end of September, Sheehan stepped up to curl in the decisive free-kick after the break.

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Cook on Notts County v Portsmouth

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook speaks to BBC Radio Solent:

"I felt it was a good game of football. I thought we played well, Unfortunately we couldn't win and we've got to be better.

"It meant a lot to Notts County to beat us today, they worked hard, they've done well.

"Success doesn't come in a day or a week unfortunately for us all with football. It's a lot of hard work and it's a lot of mistakes; if you look at our players today we certainly made some mistakes and we hopefully will learn from them."

Line-ups

Notts County

  • 1Carroll
  • 18Hewitt
  • 35Edwards
  • 44Sheehan
  • 20Barmby
  • 4SmithSubstituted forDe Silvaat 72'minutes
  • 33Opoku Aborah
  • 16NobleSubstituted forThompsonat 85'minutes
  • 31Stead
  • 39McLeod
  • 26BurkeSubstituted forCampbellat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Amevor
  • 9Spencer
  • 13Loach
  • 15Thompson
  • 24Campbell
  • 25De Silva
  • 27Jenner

Portsmouth

  • 24Murphy
  • 2Davies
  • 6BurgessBooked at 22mins
  • 4Webster
  • 3Stevens
  • 8Doyle
  • 29Hollands
  • 26Evans
  • 7McGurkSubstituted forChaplinat 67'minutes
  • 23BennettSubstituted forTollittat 76'minutes
  • 13LaverySubstituted forTubbsat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Tubbs
  • 14Naismith
  • 18Tollitt
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Clarke
  • 25Atangana
  • 35Bass
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
6,917

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Notts County 2, Portsmouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Notts County 2, Portsmouth 1.

Attempt missed. Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

Foul by Jon Stead (Notts County).

Ben Davies (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Izale McLeod (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Davies (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Jon Stead (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Curtis Thompson replaces Liam Noble.

Attempt saved. Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Matt Tubbs replaces Caolan Lavery.

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 2, Portsmouth 1. Alan Sheehan (Notts County) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Tollitt replaces Kyle Bennett.

Foul by Michael Doyle (Portsmouth).

Izale McLeod (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Adam Campbell (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Gareth Evans.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Portsmouth).

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Kyle De Silva replaces Alan Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Adam McGurk.

Ben Davies (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jack Barmby (Notts County).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

Attempt saved. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Stanley Aborah.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Adam Campbell replaces Graham Burke.

Attempt blocked. Caolan Lavery (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Adam McGurk (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Michael Edwards (Notts County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Attempt blocked. Jon Stead (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Michael Doyle (Portsmouth).

Stanley Aborah (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Notts County 1, Portsmouth 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Notts County 1, Portsmouth 1.

Foul by Elliott Hewitt (Notts County).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth16112325111435
2Oxford Utd1686227151230
3Portsmouth167722314928
4Accrington168442417728
5Northampton168442621528
6Mansfield167542213926
7Leyton Orient167542620626
8Carlisle167542928126
9Wycombe157442013725
10Wimbledon167452423125
11Morecambe167273129223
12Bristol Rovers157261918123
13Exeter166462123-222
14Notts County166462123-222
15Crawley166371924-521
16Barnet166282326-320
17Cambridge165562124-320
18Luton155462521419
19Hartlepool165291524-917
20Stevenage163581930-1114
21Newport163491526-1113
22York162681826-812
23Dag & Red151681729-129
24Yeovil1623111729-129
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