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Notts County secures hard-fought victory over Tranmere Rovers


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Notts County achieved a well-earned 2-1 win against Tranmere Rovers at Meadow Lane, concluding the first month of the league season.

David McGoldrick scored an early goal for the Magpies with a low shot from the edge of the box that beat Luke McGee. In the second half, Connell Rawlinson increased their lead by tapping in Matt Palmer’s cross from close range.

Tranmere Rovers put up a fight towards the end, with Josh Hawkes successfully converting Paul Lewis' delivery to give them hope. However, Notts County held their ground and ultimately came out victorious.

The visitors made several changes to their line-up from last weekend’s 4-3 loss to Salford City. Chris Merrie and Charlie Jolley, who made his first league start in 18 months, replaced Lee O’Connor and Luke Norris.

Aaron Nemane was a thorn in Rovers' side, getting behind their defence twice and sending crosses into the box that were handled by Tom Davies. However, Notts County soon found an opening when McGoldrick perfectly placed a low shot across McGee from the edge of the box, giving them the lead at 12 minutes.

Notts County dominated the game, with Macaulay Langstaff eager to contribute with a goal. He was first denied by Connor Jennings on the line before scuffing a shot over from a few yards out a minute later. Tranmere began to find their footing before the half hour mark when Kieron Morris met an excellent long ball from the back but fired over after breaking into the box.

Lewis was penalised for fouling Jodi Jones in the box but felt he was brought down in the box himself shortly afterwards. Referee Thomas Parsons remained unconvinced. Davies leapt high to meet a cross from the right but could only find Aidan Stone's gloves as the half-time whistle blew.

An hour into the game, McGoldrick hit the post with a shot from the edge of the box before Dan Crowley fired wide from a few yards out. A few minutes later, Notts County doubled their lead when Rawlinson tapped in Palmer’s fierce delivery across goal.

Ian Dawes made four substitutions, bringing Kane Hemmings, Hawkes, Sam Taylor and Reece McAlear into the game. The hosts were reduced to ten men when substitute Cedwyn Scott had to leave the field with all substitutions already made.

Rovers had their best moments in the final ten minutes when Davies hit the bar with a curling shot from range and Taylor went close shortly afterwards after being set up by Hemmings inside the box. Hawkes swept home Lewis’ delivery from the right to give Tranmere hope as the 90th minute approached, but Notts County held on through eight minutes of added time to leave Meadow Lane with all three points.

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This was a great performance and deserved a bigger scoring margin. My man of the match was Bostock who I thought was faultless. We are looking very good at the moment long may it last. 

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the team spirit was amazing today, it felt like such a big win and to see it out with 10 men it makes it all the more enjoyable. i thought tranmere were poor, okay going forward but there for the taking defensively. credit to them for their excellent goal, their fans made some noise. i am sure they will start picking up points.

i am just delighted with how we played, so many positives.

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It’s the best performance so far this season. In the first half, Notts were class. They were very determined to win, and when McGoldrick scored, there was little point in going all-in for a second. The movement just allowed the game to open up and, to be fair, plenty of chances came. In the second half, there was a surge in play and domination by us. I am very happy with the win.

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I believed that the commencement of the match was pivotal. From the moment the game began, we demonstrated our desire for possession and applied pressure. John Bostock’s performance was exceptional, his astute passing and ability to decelerate the game significantly enhanced our forward momentum. All players performed admirably, but several could have been named Man of the Match. For now, my choice would still be Bostock, although others such as Richard Brindley and Aaron Nemane were equally impressive.

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I am really impressed by the team's formidable defensive display in today's match, especially given the fact that we were reduced to ten men. We had an exceptional start with the early goal by McGoldrick which set the tone for the match.


The second goal added by Rawlinson was perfectly timed to double the lead. The team showed immense grit and determination, clearly demonstrating that the will to win is significantly more potent than the fear of losing. Couldn't be prouder of Notts.

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Terrific match with an outstanding performance by Notts. McGoldrick's early strike undeniably bolstered the team's self-belief and set the tone for the match. A well-deserved win, could not have asked for more. Notable mention for Aaron Nemane, his swift and strategic moves kept Rovers' defence on their toes.

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Notts demonstrated yet again why they are a formidable force this season. Absolute class performance from the boys! Tranmere certainly didn't make the victory easy but our boys showed true determination in holding the lead till the end, even with only ten men on the ground!

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What a cracking game! As a County fan, there really isn't much more you could ask for. Solid defensive line and an aggressive attack are the cornerstones of our winning performance. And may I mention that Rawlinson’s goal was simply poetic! A thrilling finale to an adrenaline-filled match. Looking forward to more from Notts.

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