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Notts County   1 - 0   Rochdale

Lee Hughes

Notts County 1-0 Rochdale

By Paul Fletcher
BBC Sport at Meadow Lane

Notts County took a huge step towards sealing the League Two title with a deserved victory against second-placed Rochdale at Meadow Lane.

Both teams clinched automatic promotion on Saturday but Tuesday's result means that County are now four points clear of their rivals with a game in hand.

County have won 12 and drawn two since the appointment of Steve Cotterill as manager to climb above stuttering Dale at the top of the table.

And the home team undoubtedly created the better chances against Keith Hill's team, with the peerless Lee Hughes scoring the only goal with a shot from the edge of the box that Dale keeper Frank Fielding could not quite palm around the post.

Fielding did make several good saves, denying Graeme Lee, Delroy Facey and Hughes, while Neal Bishop struck the woodwork.

Dale boss Hill had ensured there would be plenty of spice to the contest with pre-match comments about their opponents' spending that drew a response from County chairman Ray Trew.

But on the evening Rochdale, with just one goal in their previous five games, struggled to break down their well-organised opponents.

Dale substitute Andy Howarth did come close to an equaliser but his thunderous 30-yard strike hit the crossbar.

606: DEBATE

Hill's side started the match confidently and at times played the brand of attractive football that has largely characterised their season but apart from Howarth's effort they failed to seriously threaten Kasper Schmeichel's goal.

Gary Jones shot wide from outside the box, while Jason Taylor missed with a difficult header and later saw a powerful shot blocked.

Notts were defensively well organised throughout and more direct in their approach, with the menacing Hughes their primary target.

Hughes had the ball in the net after 13 minutes but his effort was ruled out for offside. However, there was no reprieve for Dale after a horrendous mix-up gifted an opening that the striker gratefully accepted with a precise strike.

The mistake came after Chris O'Grady and Taylor each waited for the other to collect the ball, allowing the alert Bishop to nip in and play Hughes through on goal.

Lee might have scored for County prior to Hughes's goal with a 14-yard strike that Fielding superbly saved low to his left, while shortly before the break Ben Davies ended a mazy run with shot that narrowly missed the target.

County continued to threaten after play resumed, with Ricky Ravenhill inches wide, Bishop striking the woodwork from the edge of the box and Facey forcing another good stop from Fielding.

But just minutes after coming off the bench, Howarth almost ended a mazy run with a sensational goal. Schmeichel was well beaten but the crossbar came to his rescue.

The irrepressible Hughes later turned a Dale defender and drew another good save from Fielding with a shot across goal - and there was no doubt that County seemed most likely to score again.

O'Grady might have scored an injury-time equaliser but his snatched effort missed the target.


Notts County manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"They started the game brighter than us but that was probably down to their system. They pass the ball well and we were getting overworked.

"All credit to them. Once we changed we were better with our system and scored a fantastic goal through Hughesy (Lee Hughes).

"If you want someone to be on a finish like that it's Hughesy. His finishing is different class."

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Tuesday, 20 April 2010

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Notts County 1-0 Rochdale FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Hughes 30

    Notts County

    • 23 Schmeichel
    • 04 Edwards
    • 05 Lee yellow card
    • 06 Thompson
    • 18 Hunt
    • 08 Ravenhill
    • 10 Bishop
    • 11 Davies
    • 09 Hughes
    • 20 Westcarr
    • 22 Facey

    Substitutes

    • 01 Hoult,
    • 17 Clapham,
    • 07 Hamshaw,
    • 21 Jackson,
    • 15 Hawley,
    • 19 Rodgers,
    • 30 Akinbiyi

    Rochdale

    • 34 Fielding
    • 02 Wiseman
    • 03 Kennedy
    • 04 Stanton
    • 26 Dawson
    • 07 Kennedy
    • 08 Jones
    • 15 Thompson (Haworth 69)
    • 33 Taylor (Higginbotham 66)
    • 09 Dagnall (Obadeyi 80)
    • 19 O'Grady

    Substitutes

    • 01 Arthur,
    • 23 McArdle,
    • 31 Holness,
    • 06 Toner,
    • 10 Haworth,
    • 14 Obadeyi,
    • 18 Higginbotham
    Ref: HalseyAtt: 10,536
    NOTTS COUNTY
    ROCHDALE

    Possession

    • Notts County 52%
    • Rochdale 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Notts County 5
    • Rochdale 6

    Attempts off target

    • Notts County 7
    • Rochdale 5

    Corners

    • Notts County 8
    • Rochdale 3

    Fouls

    • Notts County 10
    • Rochdale 7
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:11 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+2:34 Shot on goal by Chris O'Grady from just inside the area goes over the target.
    • 88:09 The assistant referee signals for offside against Delroy Facey. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.
    • 86:02 Corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies, Craig Dawson makes a clearance.
    • 85:27 Shot from just outside the box by Andrew Haworth goes over the bar.
    • 84:19 Corner taken by Ben Davies from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jason Kennedy.
    • 84:13 Delroy Facey crosses the ball, Jason Kennedy gets a block in.
    • 83:38 Foul by Chris O'Grady on Stephen Hunt, free kick awarded. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
    • 82:36 Centre by Craig Westcarr, save made by Frank Fielding.
    • 81:40 Centre by Delroy Facey, save by Frank Fielding.
    • 80:54 Chris O'Grady is caught offside. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 79:34 Substitution Temitope Obadeyi is brought on as a substitute for Chris Dagnall.
    • 79:13 A cross is delivered by Andrew Haworth, Graeme Lee manages to make a clearance.
    • 79:03 Andrew Haworth produces a cross, Richard Ravenhill gets a block in.
    • 77:55 Craig Westcarr delivers the ball, save made by Frank Fielding.
    • 76:43 Lee Hughes takes a shot. Craig Dawson gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies to the near post, Thomas Kennedy makes a clearance.
    • 73:38 Lee Hughes takes a shot. Save made by Frank Fielding. Corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the left by-line to the near post, Jason Kennedy manages to make a clearance.
    • 72:39 Unfair challenge on Neal Bishop by Chris Dagnall results in a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.
    • 71:28 Delroy Facey is caught offside. Frank Fielding restarts play with the free kick.
    • 70:37 Lee Hughes challenges Craig Dawson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.
    • 69:43 Andrew Haworth takes a shot.
    • 68:27 Substitution Andrew Haworth joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joe Thompson.
    • 65:37 Substitution Kallum Higginbotham joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jason Taylor.
    • 65:37 Lee Hughes produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 64:56 Delroy Facey takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding. Corner taken by Ben Davies, clearance made by Craig Dawson.
    • 64:18 Effort on goal by Delroy Facey from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 63:47 Craig Westcarr sends in a cross, clearance made by Craig Dawson.
    • 62:52 Chris Dagnall challenges Mike Edwards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 61:51 The ball is sent over by Jason Taylor, Kasper Schmeichel makes a comfortable save.
    • 61:12 Centre by Thomas Kennedy, Chris Dagnall takes a shot. Clearance made by Graeme Lee. Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Kennedy from the right by-line, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 60:14 The ball is delivered by Chris O'Grady, Craig Westcarr gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Thomas Kennedy from the left by-line, clearance made by Neal Bishop.
    • 59:59 Gary Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Mike Edwards.
    • 59:41 Unfair challenge on Joe Thompson by John Thompson results in a free kick. Thomas Kennedy takes the direct free kick.
    • 59:21 The assistant referee signals for offside against Lee Hughes. Frank Fielding takes the free kick.
    • 58:39 Lee Hughes crosses the ball.
    • 57:39 Lee Hughes produces a cross, Delroy Facey produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 56:21 Neal Bishop takes a shot.
    • 55:29 Graeme Lee fouled by Chris O'Grady, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 54:42 Richard Ravenhill produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 53:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Taylor on Ben Davies. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
    • 52:52 Unfair challenge on Chris Dagnall by Neal Bishop results in a free kick. Thomas Kennedy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 52:22 Ben Davies takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Jason Kennedy manages to make a clearance.
    • 52:15 Stephen Hunt delivers the ball, save by Frank Fielding.
    • 50:46 Thomas Kennedy takes the free kick. Gary Jones takes a shot. Lee Hughes gets a block in.
    • 50:46 Booking Graeme Lee is shown a yellow card.
    • 50:18 Graeme Lee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Dagnall.
    • 48:51 The referee blows for offside against Lee Hughes. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.
    • 47:52 Chris O'Grady produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 45:35 A cross is delivered by Scott Wiseman, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:07 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 43:57 Thomas Kennedy produces a cross, Stephen Hunt manages to make a clearance.
    • 43:09 Scott Wiseman sends in a cross, Kasper Schmeichel makes a comfortable save.
    • 42:24 Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Kennedy, Neal Bishop makes a clearance.
    • 42:16 The ball is crossed by Gary Jones, Mike Edwards gets a block in.
    • 40:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Dagnall by Graeme Lee. Strike comes in from Thomas Kennedy from the free kick, Lee Hughes gets a block in.
    • 40:08 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Ben Davies misses to the left of the target.
    • 39:30 The ball is sent over by Ben Davies.
    • 38:48 John Thompson fouled by Chris O'Grady, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Lee.
    • 36:10 Lee Hughes challenges Craig Dawson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Frank Fielding takes the direct free kick.
    • 36:00 Ben Davies crosses the ball, clearance by Nathan Stanton.
    • 35:09 Ben Davies takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Gary Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 33:16 Foul by Richard Ravenhill on Gary Jones, free kick awarded. Nathan Stanton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:56 Lee Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Stanton. Nathan Stanton takes the free kick.
    • 29:17 Assist by Neal Bishop.
    • 29:17 GOAL - Lee HughesNotts County 1 - 0 Rochdale Lee Hughes finds the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Notts County 1-0 Rochdale.
    • 28:40 Jason Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Graeme Lee.
    • 27:33 Ben Davies challenges Jason Kennedy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Kennedy crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Graeme Lee.
    • 22:05 John Thompson produces a cross, Nathan Stanton makes a clearance.
    • 18:50 Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a comfortable save.
    • 18:40 Thomas Kennedy delivers the ball, Mike Edwards makes a clearance.
    • 18:12 Thomas Kennedy sends in a cross, Graeme Lee makes a clearance.
    • 16:11 The ball is delivered by Chris Dagnall, John Thompson manages to make a clearance.
    • 15:11 The ball is delivered by Scott Wiseman, John Thompson makes a clearance.
    • 13:48 Delroy Facey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Taylor. Free kick taken by Thomas Kennedy.
    • 12:01 Lee Hughes is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Frank Fielding.
    • 10:48 Graeme Lee takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.
    • 9:42 Craig Westcarr decides to take the corner short.
    • 9:35 Ben Davies crosses the ball, Thomas Kennedy gets a block in.
    • 9:21 Foul by Chris O'Grady on Ben Davies, free kick awarded. John Thompson takes the free kick.
    • 6:34 Handball by Chris O'Grady. Free kick taken by Graeme Lee.
    • 5:31 The offside flag is raised against Lee Hughes. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.
    • 4:35 Gary Jones takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
    • 4:26 Scott Wiseman produces a cross, clearance by Graeme Lee.
    • 3:29 Shot from deep inside the area by Lee Hughes goes over the bar.
    • 3:22 A cross is delivered by Delroy Facey, clearance by Thomas Kennedy.
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Notts County 42 56 86
    2 Rochdale 43 37 82
    3 Bournemouth 43 12 77
    4 Rotherham 43 5 69
    5 Bury 43 -1 68
    6 Aldershot 43 11 66
    7 Dag & Red 43 9 66
    8 Chesterfield 43 0 66
    9 Port Vale 43 14 64
    10 Morecambe 43 6 64
    11 Northampton 43 9 63
    12 Shrewsbury 43 4 62
    13 Burton Albion 43 -2 56
    14 Bradford 43 -6 55
    15 Accrington 42 -11 54
    16 Macclesfield 43 -6 53
    17 Hereford 43 -14 53
    18 Crewe 43 -8 51
    19 Torquay 43 5 50
    20 Cheltenham 43 -11 47
    21 Lincoln City 43 -22 46
    22 Barnet 42 -13 45
    23 Grimsby 43 -27 38
    24 Darlington 42 -47 27

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