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Fleetwood Town 2-1 Notts County

Joe Jones

Notts County fell to their second defeat in the space of five days - and their 10th in 14 games - after succumbing 2-1 at the hands of Fleetwood this afternoon.

The Magpies had a bright start to the game, opening the scoring after 11 minutes when Mike Edwards's knockdown fell to Garry Thompson, who let rip with a thundering strike that soared into the top corner.


Shaun Derry's charges could have pulled themselves further ahead when Chris Maxwell spilled a long ball punted into the box, with first Jeff Hughes and then Conor McLaughlin throwing themselves to block dangerous efforts from the visitors.

Just as it seemed that Notts were in pole position to add to their tally, the Fishermen drew level.


Nick Haughton picked out Antoni Sarcevic’s angled run into the right channel before drilling a low cross into the County box which Liam McAlinden calmly slotted home.

Haughton was also involved in his side's second and decisive strike as he charged as far as the byline before pulling the ball back across the goal for David Ball to tap in.

Town were dominant until Curtis Thompson was brought down by Stephen Crainey, who was given his marching orders by referee David Webb to leave Fleetwood a man down.

Notts then laid siege to the Cod Army goal in a bid to try and find an equaliser, but Chris Maxwell pulled off a handful of reaction saves to preserve the lead.


Ultimately, the final whistle blew to condemn the Magpies to their 10th defeat in 14 games in all competitions.

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It sounds like we have been somewhat unlucky but quite clearly the defence has issues. I do firmly believe Derry can turn this around, although I admit this is the game which I knew I'd have concerns about our league position.

I don't feel it's time to turn on Derry yet (despite understanding it to some degree).

At least we didn't settle and pushed to get a goal after they took the lead, the lads can do it and push up a bit. Mid table, we'll be fine.

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