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Match Report: Notts County useless in three-goal loss to Cheltenham Town


Notts County fans have seen a lot of displays over the last few years that can be described as "the worst performance" they've ever seen and on Saturday there was another contender.

The day's opponents, Cheltenham Town, were hardly setting League Two alight prior to kickoff but they ended up securing a 3-0 victory against a Notts side that was frankly diabolical.

Steve Chettle had masterminded a decent 4-2 win over Doncaster Rovers in midweek and the hope was that something similar could have been conjured up against a not-particularly-good opponent.

But with Notts fans having had more false dawns than a picture book of sunrises in recent years, it was no surprise that the Magpies would find themselves trailing at the break.

Prior to the half-time whistle it wasn't a particularly exciting game - frankly it was like watching Sunday league - but as poor as the Robins were, they still ended up taking the lead in a way we've all seen before.

Ryan Broom's cross was met by the unmarked Luke Varney, who headed home the opener on 35 minutes with the Notts defence's one job - defending - clearly not done.

Ross Fitzsimons arguably emerged with credit as Chris Hussey was denied by the stopper after yet another defensive botch job.

County made a tactical switch at half-time as they changed from three at the back to 4-4-2 but things only went worse from then on as Varney claimed a second with a corner that, once again, bamboozled the Notts back line.

Tyrone Barnett eventually wrapped things up late on with a scuffed finish from close range which, not for the first time this season, led to a premature Black & White Army exodus.

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