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Meadow Lane Stadium (ATT 5,733) 22nd February 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: R East

Notts Co Notts County vs Stevenage Stevenage

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J Hughes (90+1)

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Fine start for new Notts boss

Last Updated: 22/02/12 10:37pm

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Hughes: Netted only goal for Magpies

Hughes: Netted only goal for Magpies

Keith Curle's Notts County managerial career got off to a winning start as Jeff Hughes' late strike was enough to beat Stevenage 1-0.

Both sides had early chances to score in the League One clash at Meadow Lane on Wednesday night, but Alan Judge's shot crashed off the bar and Scott Laird's tame effort was smothered.

Darius Charles then stayed on his feet to battle past four defenders before putting a tempting ball across the area that no one in blue was able to convert.

Jeff Hughes was twice denied by Chris Day before Damion Stewart's air-kick gave Chris Beardsley a free run on goal, but the striker snatched his shot wide.

Lee Hughes had a shot saved and substitute Cristian Montano sent a spectacular volley wide, but Stevenage were gifted another chance when the Magpies' defence parted and Don Cowan ran through but fired wide.

But in the 90th minute, County finally got the goal their second-half display merited when Jeff Hughes' shot went through a crowd of players to deceive Day and find the bottom corner.

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1 Bristol City 39 84
2 Preston North End 38 74
3 Swindon Town 37 70
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 69
5 Sheffield United 39 61
6 Rochdale 38 56
7 Barnsley 39 56
8 Peterborough United 39 56
9 Chesterfield 38 54
10 Bradford City 37 54
11 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
12 Fleetwood Town 39 53
13 Oldham Athletic 39 52
14 Gillingham 39 51
15 Port Vale 39 48
16 Walsall 38 46
17 Coventry City 39 46
18 Crewe Alexandra 39 45
19 Scunthorpe United 38 44
20 Notts County 38 43
21 Crawley Town 39 43
22 Leyton Orient 38 42
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 39 33