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Meadow Lane Stadium (ATT 6,199) 24th September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Whitestone

Notts Co Notts County vs Rochdale Rochdale

Notts Co 2

L Hughes (35)
S Sodje (90+4)

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Magpies soar into top six

Last Updated: 24/09/11 7:17pm

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Hughes: Bagged the opening goal

Hughes: Bagged the opening goal

Notts County moved into the play-off zone after a 2-0 win at Meadow Lane that also dumped Rochdale into the relegation zone.

Martin Allen's men were on top throughout, with powerful forward Ben Burgess heading wide from Alan Judge's cross.

Burgess then turned provider for the goal in the 35th minute, playing the ball into an unmarked Lee Hughes on the penalty spot and the veteran marksman found the bottom corner with a simple left-foot finish.

Just before the break, Gary Jones' shot from outside the area had County keeper Stuart Nelson diving across his goal but it was never a serious threat.

Notts had the better chances in the second half too, with Alan Sheehan hitting a slow volley straight at England Under-20 goalkeeper Jake Kean. Substitute Cristian Montano then played in Hughes, who slipped the ball to Judge, but his first touch was heavy and Kean collected.

Montano almost settled the game in the last minute with a sweet volley from the left but it was left to Sam Sodje to wrap up the win, glancing home Sheehan's free-kick from the right with the last meaningful move of the game.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 16 31
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Rochdale 18 27
8 Peterborough United 18 27
9 Oldham Athletic 18 27
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15