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Exeter City 0-2 Notts County

Jon Stead
Notts County striker Jon Stead has scored nine goals in 11 appearances this season

Two goals from Jon Stead were enough for Notts County to claim victory at Exeter that moved them into the League Two play-off places.

County got off to a dream start with a goal inside two minutes.

Exeter's Luke Croll missed his tackle, Alex Rodman ran through on goal and unselfishly squared for Stead to roll the ball into an empty net.

The Grecians were struggling to do anything of note, with County containing them easily, and the away side doubled their lead on 34 minutes.

A free-kick into the box was not dealt with by the Exeter defence and Stead was on hand to poke home the loose ball from close range.

Jake Taylor turned and shot wide for Exeter, while Reuben Reid saw a deflected shot gathered by Adam Collin as Exeter toiled, but they were struggling to break down a well-drilled County backline.

Reid almost bagged a consolation for Exeter, but his free-kick was brilliantly saved by Collin.

The Magpies were happy to sit in and soak up pressure and the win was enough to see John Sheridan's men move into the top seven. For Exeter, they slip ever closer to the bottom two.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 28StaceySubstituted forAmpaduat 73'minutes
  • 31Sweeney
  • 29CrollSubstituted forWheelerat 74'minutes
  • 3Woodman
  • 14Watkins
  • 4James
  • 25Taylor
  • 10Holmes
  • 33Reid
  • 8SimpsonSubstituted forMcAlindenat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Wheeler
  • 16Oakley
  • 19McAlinden
  • 20Jay
  • 23Riley-Lowe
  • 26Ampadu
  • 30Pym

Notts County

  • 1Collin
  • 6Hollis
  • 5DuffyBooked at 75mins
  • 18Hewitt
  • 2Tootle
  • 23RodmanSubstituted forRichardsat 84'minutes
  • 8O'Connor
  • 12Milsom
  • 3DickinsonBooked at 56mins
  • 30SteadSubstituted forCollinsat 70'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 11ForteSubstituted forOliverat 69'minutesBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 9Oliver
  • 13Loach
  • 19Richards
  • 24Campbell
  • 26Burke
  • 33Opoku Aborah
  • 39Collins
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
3,081

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 0, Notts County 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 0, Notts County 2.

Attempt saved. Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Adam Collin.

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Notts County).

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Attempt blocked. Michael O'Connor (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Liam McAlinden replaces Robbie Simpson.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Jordan Richards replaces Alex Rodman.

Booking

Aaron Collins (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

Lloyd James (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Haydn Hollis (Notts County).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

Booking

Richard Duffy (Notts County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Luke Croll.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Ethan Ampadu replaces Jack Stacey.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Aaron Collins replaces Jon Stead.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Vadaine Oliver replaces Jonathan Forte.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Haydn Hollis.

Attempt blocked. Robbie Simpson (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Lloyd James (Exeter City).

Richard Duffy (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Adam Collin.

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Carl Dickinson (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Lloyd James (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

Attempt saved. Lloyd James (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Carl Dickinson (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Second Half

Second Half begins Exeter City 0, Notts County 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Exeter City 0, Notts County 2.

Attempt missed. Jack Stacey (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Alex Rodman (Notts County).

Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Robert Milsom (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth10712137622
2Luton105231911817
3Doncaster105232013717
4Portsmouth105231710717
5Notts County105231714317
6Grimsby105141714316
7Carlisle103701411316
8Crewe104421414016
9Morecambe105141618-216
10Colchester104331614215
11Accrington104331413115
12Crawley104331213-115
13Blackpool103431511413
14Mansfield1034389-113
15Hartlepool102621418-412
16Leyton Orient103251214-211
17Barnet92521012-211
18Stevenage103251417-311
19Wycombe103251215-311
20Yeovil103161015-510
21Cambridge10235814-69
22Exeter10307815-79
23Cheltenham101541114-38
24Newport91351015-56
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