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Match Report: Notts County season turns from bad to worse against Forest Green Rovers


Notts County's season continues to go from bad to worse as Forest Green Rovers enjoyed a comfortable 3-1 win over the 10-man Magpies at Meadow Lane on Saturday.

With Kevin Nolan no longer at the helm, Richard Thomas also let go, and Steve Chettle at a wedding, the reins were taken by goalkeeping coach Mark Thomas and academy boss Jon Goodman.

Though Harry Kewell was in attendance, his first game will not be until midweek, while his first media duties will be taken on Monday.

On the pitch, Notts actually began the brighter of the two sides, with Kane Hemmings, Enzio Boldewijn and Kristian Dennis all weighing in with efforts.

Predictably for this season though, it was the opposition who took the lead, Liam Shepherd rifling home from inside the box after the hosts had failed to clear a cross.

Things turned worse after the break after Dan Jones was deservedly sent off for a two-footed lunge on Lloyd James before Reuben Reid slotted through the gloves of Ross Fitzsimons.

Although the Magpies halved the deficit - undeservedly - when Jon Stead turned his marker and fired through the legs of the opposition keeper, it was soon enough game over.

Close to full time, Dayle Grubb was set up by Reuben Reid and made no mistake from inside the area to trigger an exodus of home fans as there would be yet another defeat to leave the club bottom of the Football League.

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