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Notts County 2-1 Coventry City

Jonathan Forte returned Notts County to winning ways as his double sealed victory over League Two promotion rivals Coventry City at Meadow Lane.

Forte, who opened the scoring after an hour, netted an 86th-minute winner after Jordan Ponticelli had equalised for the Sky Blues with five minutes left.

The hosts had not won in their last previous games but victory leaves them four points off the automatic promotion spots and five ahead of their opponents, who hold the final play-off place.

Forte broke the deadlock when he glanced in Jorge Grant's corner in the 60th minute.

Grant then volleyed against the foot of a post before Coventry equalised in the 85th minute when substitute Ponticelli produced an outrageous flick to deceive goalkeeper Adam Collin.

But the hosts responded immediately when Forte got a touch on Shola Ameobi's low cross to send Meadow Lane into a frenzy.

Coventry piled on the pressure in the final stages, but they could not find a way through a Notts defence that was marshalled superbly by Richard Duffy.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Notts County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Collin
  • 2Tootle
  • 5Duffy
  • 16Brisley
  • 23Jones
  • 18NobleBooked at 50minsSubstituted forO'Connorat 79'minutes
  • 4Hewitt
  • 6Virtue-Thick
  • 10Grant
  • 9AmeobiBooked at 52minsSubstituted forHallat 90+2'minutes
  • 14Forte

Substitutes

  • 7Alessandra
  • 8O'Connor
  • 17Smith
  • 21Husin
  • 24Milsom
  • 25Hall
  • 34Fitzsimons

Coventry

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1BurgeBooked at 60mins
  • 2Grimmer
  • 5McDonaldBooked at 52mins
  • 12Davies
  • 3Stokes
  • 30BaylissBooked at 57minsSubstituted forPonticelliat 76'minutes
  • 8Doyle
  • 6Kelly
  • 26ShipleySubstituted forBarrettat 87'minutes
  • 10McNulty
  • 9BiamouBooked at 45minsSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13O'Brien
  • 15Hyam
  • 18Clarke-Harris
  • 24Haynes
  • 27Barrett
  • 32Reid
  • 38Ponticelli
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
10,316

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Notts County 2, Coventry City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Notts County 2, Coventry City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Doyle (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Notts County. Ben Hall replaces Shola Ameobi.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Davies (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  7. Post update

    Matthew Virtue-Thick (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Josh Barrett (Coventry City).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Josh Barrett replaces Jordan Shipley.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Notts County 2, Coventry City 1. Jonathan Forte (Notts County) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shola Ameobi.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Notts County 1, Coventry City 1. Jordan Ponticelli (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marc McNulty following a set piece situation.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Brisley (Notts County).

  14. Post update

    Jonson Clarke-Harris (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shola Ameobi (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Jonson Clarke-Harris.

  17. Post update

    Jonathan Forte (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Ponticelli (Coventry City).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Elliott Hewitt (Notts County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Accrington40265967402783
2Luton422311887434480
3Wycombe412111975552074
4Exeter412261357471072
5Notts County4219131063441970
6Lincoln City401813957421567
7Coventry411981451401165
8Mansfield4116151060471363
9Swindon41196166160163
10Carlisle421613135750761
11Colchester421613135146561
12Crawley42169175359-657
13Newport401315124951-254
14Cambridge411412154455-1154
15Cheltenham421312176260251
16Stevenage411312165557-251
17Crewe42145235670-1447
18Yeovil39129185362-945
19Port Vale421013194659-1343
20Morecambe40915163851-1342
21Grimsby421011213463-2941
22Forest Green41117234870-2240
23Barnet4299243863-2536
24Chesterfield3997234169-2834
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