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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 April, 2003, 18:12 GMT 19:12 UK
Notts County 3-1 Blackpool

A second-half goal blitz by Notts County effectively ended any lingering relegation fears as Blackpool slipped to defeat at Meadow Lane.

Steve McMahon's side have taken just two points from their last seven matches while County are storming up the table.

But County suffered a double blow in the first period when star striker Mark Stallard limped off and they conceded a goal shortly after when Paul Robinson ran clear to score following good work by Martin Bullock after 35 minutes.

County roared back and they equalised six minutes after the break through Paul Heffernan with a low right-foot shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

Central defenders Craig Ireland and Nick Fenton then weighed in with the goals which clinched victory.

Ireland's first goal of the season after 72 minutes was a free header from Paul Bolland's corner and Fenton made sure of victory 10 minutes later with a left-foot drive through a packed area.


Notts County: Deeney, McCarthy, Fenton, Ireland, Nicholson, Bolland, Baraclough, Richardson, Liburd, Stallard, Heffernan.
Subs: Garden, Allsopp, Francis, Hackworth, Stone.

Blackpool: Barnes, Richardson, Grayson, Flynn, Jaszczun, Bullock, Coid, Wellens, Thornley, Taylor, Robinson.
Subs: Hughes, Walker, Burns, Blinkhorn, McMahon.

Referee: K Hill (Hertfordshire).




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