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Accrington Stanley v Notts County

4 February 2017

Accrington 2-0 Notts

Notts County were beaten 2-0 by Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium.

Goals in each half from Harvey Rodgers and Noor Husin did the damage as Notts suffered defeat on the road.

Kevin Nolan was forced to make one change to the side that beat Crawley Town last weekend, new signing Mark Yeates replacing the suspended Curtis Thompson on the right.

The Magpies' bench had a very fresh feel with new signings Shola Ameobi, Tahvon Campbell, Marc Bola, Jorge Grant and Josh Clackstone joining Alan Smith and Scott Loach.

Accrington claimed the first shot of the day, Sean McConville firing wide from range before debutant Yeates dragged the ball off-target at the other end following a poor clearance from home keeper Marek Rodak.

Yeates was at the centre of the action again shortly afterwards, shifting the ball on to his left foot before curling a delightful cross into the centre. Adam Campbell was inches away from making contact with a header.

Richard Duffy had a penalty appeal waved away on 15 minutes after going to ground in the area as Jon Stead headed Rob Milsom's corner off target.

And Stead had the first clear-cut chance of the game when Michael O'Connor played him in with a terrific through ball. Stead outpaced the Accies' back line and rounded the keeper. From a tight angle, the forward rolled the ball goalwards but an Accrington defender managed to hook it off the line and behind.

A flurry of Stanley chances followed, McConville seeing an effort deflect off Thierry Audel before Notts managed to scramble the ball half-clear from the subsequent corner. It came out to Sean Clare, who saw his effort well tipped over by Collin.

Audel was in discomfort following his earlier block and made way for Bola shortly afterwards. The substitution saw Hollis shift alongside Duffy in central defence, with Bola occupying the left back slot.

The home side kept up their pressure and Collin had to be alert once again to divert Duffy's attempted defensive header over Notts' crossbar.

And, on the stroke of half-time, Accrington had the lead when Rodgers rose highest to meet a cross from the left, heading the ball beyond the stranded Collin.

There were no changes at the break and Notts carved out the first chance of the second half. Bola released Jonathan Forte into the left-hand channel and the former Scunthorpe man did well to outpace Mark Hughes and cross the ball from the byline. Stead, tightly marked, could only turn the ball over the bar.

The Magpies continued their pursuit of an equaliser and Yeates carved the hosts open with an incisive pass to release Matt Tootle to the byline. The right back considered his options before cutting the ball back for Campbell, who saw his shot blocked.

Minutes later, Accrington's Rommy Boco cut in from the left and drilled a low shot goalwards. Collin got down brilliantly to turn the ball behind.

Accrington's Billy Kee and Notts' Campbell both fired the ball off target as the two sides jostled to claim the game's next goal.

Kee was on target shortly afterwards, controlling the ball well before firing the ball straight at Collin.

A double Notts substitution followed as Ameobi and Tahvon Campbell were handed their debuts, replacing Forte and Yeates respectively.

Ameobi found himself in the book moments after play resumed for reasons unknown and Collin's handling passed the test again shortly afterwards when substitute Edwards headed the ball straight at him from a corner.

But the keeper was eventually beaten again with ten minutes to play. Hollis and Duffy both over committed to tackles as Stanley countered and Edwards raced into the area. Collin saved his powerful effort but Noor Husin was first on the scene to tap the ball into an empty net.

Ameobi and Stead linked up for the first time three minutes later, the former flicking the ball on and the latter hooking it over the angle between post and crossbar with a good effort.

Husin nearly had a second goal on his debut when the Crystal Palace loanee flicked McConville's free-kick on to the crossbar.

Three minutes of added time were indicated but Notts were unable to find a route back into the game.

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