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Notts County 2-0 Stevenage

Jorge Grant and Shola Ameobi hit crucial goals for Notts County as they kept the heat on their promotion rivals with victory over Stevenage.

On-loan Nottingham Forest midfielder Grant opened the scoring in the 77th minute when he struck a superb volley into the bottom corner after Stevenage had struggled to deal with a ball into the box.

Ameobi then doubled the lead shortly afterwards when he bravely prodded in a header from Ben Hall to put the Magpies in control.

The goals were enough to seal an important win for the Magpies, who are still in the thick of the promotion race - just a point outside the top three.

However, they had been frustrated for long spells by the visitors.

Stevenage started the brighter of the two teams but struggled to force goalkeeper Adam Collin into a meaningful save.

The best they could muster was a low shot from John Goddard which saw Collin fumble but gather at the second attempt, in what was a timid performance from Darren Sarll's team.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Notts County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Collin
  • 2Tootle
  • 5Duffy
  • 25Hall
  • 3Dickinson
  • 7AlessandraSubstituted forGrantat 65'minutes
  • 21HusinBooked at 67minsSubstituted forNobleat 69'minutes
  • 4Hewitt
  • 11Hawkridge
  • 9AmeobiSubstituted forSmithat 82'minutes
  • 30Stead

Substitutes

  • 6Virtue-Thick
  • 10Grant
  • 16Brisley
  • 17Smith
  • 18Noble
  • 26Saunders
  • 34Fitzsimons

Stevenage

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13King
  • 20Vancooten
  • 33Wilmot
  • 4King
  • 3MartinBooked at 43mins
  • 14Amos
  • 2SmithSubstituted forWhiteat 79'minutes
  • 30McKee
  • 11Goddard
  • 10KennedySubstituted forSheafat 45+2'minutes
  • 19Newton

Substitutes

  • 1Fryer
  • 5Franks
  • 6Wilkinson
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 8Sheaf
  • 17Gorman
  • 26White
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
5,684

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Notts County 2, Stevenage 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Notts County 2, Stevenage 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Terry Hawkridge (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Joe Martin (Stevenage).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Carl Dickinson (Notts County) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jon Stead (Notts County).

  8. Post update

    (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Danny Newton.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Notts County. Alan Smith replaces Shola Ameobi.

  11. Post update

    Shola Ameobi (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ben Sheaf (Stevenage).

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Notts County 2, Stevenage 0. Shola Ameobi (Notts County) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Hall following a set piece situation.

  14. Post update

    Jon Stead (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jack King (Stevenage).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Joe White replaces Jonathan Smith.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Notts County 1, Stevenage 0. Jorge Grant (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Tom King.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonathan Smith (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton34208674344068
2Accrington34205958382065
3Wycombe34188867501762
4Notts County351710856362061
5Mansfield341612653351860
6Exeter33184114437758
7Swindon35183145551457
8Lincoln City34141194637953
9Coventry33156123728951
10Carlisle35149125045551
11Crawley35156144143-251
12Colchester351311114541450
13Newport341212104143-248
14Cambridge35139133545-1048
15Stevenage35119154651-542
16Cheltenham351010154852-440
17Yeovil34108164655-938
18Crewe35113214157-1636
19Forest Green34106183956-1736
20Grimsby3599173051-2136
21Morecambe33811143444-1035
22Port Vale3498173749-1235
23Chesterfield3486203561-2630
24Barnet3578203352-1929
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