County crush poor Carlisle
Last Updated: August 6, 2011 6:02pm
Hughes: Got on County scoresheet
Notts County got their League One season off to a dream start as a dominant first-half effort set up a 3-0 win at Carlisle.
The Cumbrians started slowly and it was no surprise to see the visitors building the pressure early on. After 13 minutes, they opened the scoring in controversial fashion.
Lee Hughes appeared to foul Peter Murphy in the build-up but, when the referee waved play on, Jeff Hughes swept the ball home from the left, leaving the home fans jeering in disapproval.
After half an hour, and with Carlisle no closer to threatening, the Magpies doubled their lead. A Matty Robson foul gave County a free-kick and Alan Sheehan's delivery was headed by Francois Zoko past his own goalkeeper.
Frank Simek was forced off injured before Notts County's third, Lee Hughes intercepting a loose pass before rounding Adam Collin and sliding home.
The divisive striker was substituted after another ugly foul earned him a yellow card but Carlisle could not get back into the game, despite the introduction of Rory Loy and Andy Welsh from the bench in the second period. Welsh, installed on the wing after replacing Paul Thirlwell, looked lively but County cantered towards the final whistle.
Sky Bet League 1
Sat 6th Aug
Brentford2 - 0Yeovil
Carlisle0 - 3Notts Co
Charlton3 - 0Bournemth
Huddersfld1 - 1Bury
MK Dons2 - 2Hartlepool
Oldham0 - 2Sheff Utd
Preston2 - 4Colchester
Sheff Wed2 - 0Rochdale
Stevenage0 - 0Exeter
Tranmere1 - 0Chesterfld
Walsall1 - 0Leyton Or
Wycombe1 - 1Scunthorpe
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