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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 10 24
2 Peterborough United 10 19
3 Swindon Town 9 18
4 Milton Keynes Dons 9 16
5 Rochdale 10 16
6 Preston North End 9 16
7 Sheffield United 9 16
8 Chesterfield 9 15
9 Bradford City 10 15
10 Notts County 10 14
11 Oldham Athletic 10 14
12 Fleetwood Town 10 13
13 Crawley Town 10 13
14 Gillingham 10 12
15 Coventry City 10 12
16 Yeovil Town 10 12
17 Walsall 10 11
18 Doncaster Rovers 9 11
19 Leyton Orient 9 10
20 Colchester United 10 9
21 Barnsley 9 9
22 Port Vale 10 9
23 Scunthorpe United 10 7
24 Crewe Alexandra 10 4