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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 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24