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Brunton Park (ATT 5,941) 6th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Sutton

Carlisle Carlisle United vs Notts County Notts Co

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Notts Co 3

J Hughes (13)
F Zoko (og 32)
L Hughes (45+3)

County crush poor Carlisle

Last Updated: 06/08/11 6:02pm

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Hughes: Got on County scoresheet

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.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16