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Exeter City 5-1 Notts County: Harry Kewell sent off in first league game as boss

Harry Kewell
Harry Kewell, who replaced Kevin Nolan as Notts County boss on 31 August, was shown a red card

New Notts County manager Harry Kewell says he was shown a red card for saying "well done" to the referee during his side's 5-1 League Two hammering by Exeter City.

The former Liverpool and Leeds United forward, taking charge of his first league game since joining from Crawley Town, was sent off in the aftermath of the Grecians' fourth goal.

Kewell felt aggrieved that his side were not awarded a penalty for handball after Exeter had earlier won a spot-kick for the same offence.

"I just said 'well done' to the referee," he told BBC Radio Nottingham. "You can see ones in the far corner but not ones right in front of you.

"We have a cross and it's one of those - does it hit his hand or does it not? The referee says no, we're complaining and they go up the other end and score a goal. That's when I got my marching orders."

County, who had taken just one point from their first six games, fell behind when Pierce Sweeney headed in Lee Holmes' corner.

Jayden Stockley slotted in City's second soon after, but Enzio Boldewijn fired into the top corner for Notts just before half-time.

County could not build on the goal, though, as second-half efforts from Sweeney, Stockley and Aaron Martin earned Exeter a first win in three games.

"I'm not happy," added Kewell. "I'm frustrated because I knew what Exeter were going to bring. They changed their whole team up to suit how we play."

Line-ups

Exeter

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Pym
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5MartinBooked at 49mins
  • 21Moxey
  • 3WoodmanSubstituted forCrollat 50'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 44BoatengSubstituted forMartinat 79'minutes
  • 6Tillson
  • 8Law
  • 10HolmesBooked at 33minsSubstituted forJayat 89'minutes
  • 11Stockley

Substitutes

  • 4O'Shea
  • 7Martin
  • 13Hamon
  • 17Jay
  • 19Abrahams
  • 23Croll
  • 24Ogbene

Notts County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Fitzsimons
  • 12Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forPatchingat 69'minutes
  • 16Brisley
  • 19Ward
  • 24Milsom
  • 11BoldewijnBooked at 68mins
  • 8VaughanBooked at 56mins
  • 4Hewitt
  • 10ThomasBooked at 15minsSubstituted forSteadat 45'minutes
  • 15Hemmings
  • 9DennisSubstituted forAlessandraat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Alessandra
  • 18Hawkridge
  • 20Patching
  • 21Davies
  • 30Stead
  • 33Dunn
  • 40Culverwell
Referee:
Neil Hair
Attendance:
3,916

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 5, Notts County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 5, Notts County 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Elliott Ward.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Exeter City 5, Notts County 1. Aaron Martin (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pierce Sweeney with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Robert Milsom.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Shaun Brisley.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Jay replaces Lee Holmes.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

  9. Post update

    David Vaughan (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Elliott Ward.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Christy Pym.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Christy Pym.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Enzio Boldewijn (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Enzio Boldewijn (Notts County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Lee Martin replaces Hiram Boateng.

  17. Post update

    Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Will Patching (Notts County).

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Exeter City 4, Notts County 1. Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicky Law with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Hiram Boateng (Exeter City).