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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:57 22nd August 2009

Notts County 3-0 Dagenham & Redbridge

New signings Johnnie Jackson and Kasper Schmeichel were both in the starting line-up this afternoon at Meadow Lane as Notts faced Dagenham.

Paul Benson had an open strike from outside the box but put it wide of the mark, failing to give Schmeichel his first test at County.

A fast ball through to Jackson and then a lob into the box saw Hughes pressure the Dagenham keeper, but Roberts held onto the ball. Minutes later Davies put Hughes through again, but the ball was slightly too long and went for a goalkick.

Moloney made space down the left and found Jackson, again Hughes was pressuring in their box but was closed out. Corner for the away side dead on 15, swung in well by Danny Green, Antwi's shot was off-target though.

Solomon Taiwo brought down Neal Bishop, who has just returned after injuring his ribs at Macclesfield, fortunately he's back up on his feet shortly after.

Davies played a great ball through to Hughes who did likewise for Karl Hawley, Hawley's header just scraping over the bar. After the goalkick, County were on the attack again, but the flag came up for Lee Hughes.

Great solo run by Moloney in the twenty fourth, making it past several Daggers but eventually stopped by Solomon Taiwo.

26 minutes: Hughes played the ball back to Hunt over the other side of the pitch. Hunt put it through to Jackson who found Hawley; Karl's attempt was closed down on the six yard box.Relentless pressure from County, but still no score as the first half hour passed.

Davies brought down 10 yards out, freekick from the right hand side of the field with Davies, Jackson and Ravenhill huddled over the ball to confuse the Daggers' defence. Nothing came of it but it's not long before County are back on the attack - Jackson's flick back across the box finding Ravenhill and seconds later Hawley put Hughes through with ten minutes left in the half. Endless attack but Dagenham keeping a clean sheet.

Foul on Jackson just before half time gives County a freekick. Davies swinging in to Hughes who headed it in - right in front of the Kop. Two minutes later and it's Hughes putting the ball through to Hawley who tucks in it - two goals two minutes! The noise from the Kop hadn't died from the first goal and half time closes to six thousand ecstatic County fans.

Half time.

Josh Scott's ball to Peter Gain forced a corner from Notts, Edwards strong in the air to clear it out. Dead on five minutes and Paul Benson's attack saw consecutive corners but Hawley removed the danger from the box.

Play in the early part of the second half was more even; Dagenham's Solomon Taiwo had an effort on target from 40 yards, but Schmeichel's debut clean sheet was never threatened.

62 minutes; Hughes through to Jackson for the new signings first goal for County! Beautifully taken and igniting the home crowd one more.

Freekick on 65, swung in from the right for County but keeper Tony Roberts was well placed to take it. Down the other end, Scott Griffiths' throw-in went deep into the box, requiring Kasper Schmeichel to punch out. Goalscorer Jackson made way for Craig Westcarr with twenty minutes to go.

Hawley set Ricky Ravenhill up for a screamer on target but the Dagger's keeper did well to stop it. The 75th minute saw Danny Green off for number 9, Jon Nurse.

Luke Rodgers replaced Karl Hawley - who'd never really stopped running all game - with ten minutes left on the clock. His second touch was a cracking shot just palmed away for a corner. Matt Hamshaw replaced Ben Davies, both Davies and Hawley left to strong support from the 6000 home supporters.

With time ticking down, the post helped Kasper on his debut, a good goal kick put Rodgers through for another shot on target, but again denied by Roberts.

Mike Edwards' solid defending earned him man of the match, from match day sponsor Hillside Medical Supplies.

Rodgers' fresh legs kept troubling the Dagenham defence and with 90 minutes gone, Paul Benson tested Schmeichel from outside the box.

Three minutes of added time and a freekick to the side of the box, Westcarr put in a low ball that came right across the goal mouth unchallenged, but no one was able to seal it. Hamshaw set up Hughes for the final shot of the match, but he was just wide.

A clean sheet for the new keeper, three great goals, and a change around at the top of the league table.

Full Time: Notts County 3-0 Dagenham & Redbridge

Notts County: Schmeichel, Moloney, Edwards, Thompson (C), Ravenhill, Hughes, Bishop, Davies (Hamshaw 83), Hawley (Rodgers 79), Hunt, Jackson (Westcarr 70)

Subs Not Used: Hoult, Canham, Fairclough, Clapham,

Booked: None

Sent Off: None

Goals: Hughes (42), Hawley (44), Jackson (62)

Dagenham & Redbridge: Roberts, Doe, Taiwo, Arber (C), Green (Nurse 75), Thurgood, Scott (Thomas 75), Griffiths, Benson, Antwi, Gain

Subs Not Used: Lewington, Uddin, Ogogo, Montgomery, Bingham

Booked: None

Sent Off: None

Goals: None

Match Referee:Mr N S Miller Attendance: 6562

    Data provided by Press Association

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