A first-half strike by Lee Hughes was enough to give Notts County victory at struggling Walsall.

The former West Brom striker scored early on after he turned sharply on a Ben Burgess knock down.

Saddlers keeper Jimmy Walker, who was celebrating recently becoming the club's record appearance holder, was forced off with a hamstring injury.

George Bowerman looked to have levelled but his goal was ruled out for a foul by Manny Smith on Stuart Nelson.

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Notts County manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"It's a battling performance, we played very, very well in the first half, kept possession and moved the ball around the pitch.

"We had a couple of good chances, Lee (Hughes) made a great finish to put us one up. We did have a few other chances to go further ahead but they weren't taken.

"And then second half, I must say, it was backs to the wall.

"They did come into the game but we defended our box valiantly - sometimes you have to do that. Ten players, defending the goal, winning headers, winning knock-downs, winning tackles."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Walsall

  • 01 Walker (Grof - 46' )
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Butler
  • 12 Beevers
  • 14 Taundry
  • 06 Smith Booked
  • 07 Chambers
  • 19 Peterlin (Cuvelier - 61' )
  • 10 Macken (Bowerman - 37' )
  • 15 Paterson
  • 16 Nicholls

Substitutes

  • 21 Grof
  • 05 Lancashire
  • 11 Hurst
  • 25 Cuvelier
  • 17 Bowerman

Notts County

  • 17 Nelson
  • 03 Sheehan
  • 20 Freeman
  • 23 Harley
  • 24 Chilvers
  • 35 Stewart
  • 10 Bishop
  • 14 Judge
  • 31 Mahon
  • 09 L Hughes (Forte - 84' )
  • 22 Burgess (Bencherif - 75' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 21 Mitchell
  • 18 Sodje
  • 06 Bencherif
  • 07 Demontagnac
  • 15 Forte
Ref: Whitestone
Att: 3,647

Match Stats

Shots

8 12

On target

5 5

Corners

2 1

Fouls

14 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:41 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

89:56

Liam Chilvers fouled by Andy Butler, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

89:13

Neal Bishop challenges Adam Chambers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Taundry takes the free kick.

88:23

Hamza Bencherif challenges Lee Beevers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Grof.

85:52

David Grof takes the free kick.

85:52 Booking

Booking The referee shows Hamza Bencherif a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

85:40

Foul by Hamza Bencherif on Adam Chambers, free kick awarded.

84:56

Adam Chambers fouled by Neal Bishop, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Grof.

83:44

Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

83:44 Substitution

Substitution (Notts County) makes a substitution, with Jonathan Forte coming on for Lee Hughes.

83:44

Richard Taundry concedes a free kick for a foul on Hamza Bencherif.

82:55

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lee Hughes. Indirect free kick taken by David Grof.

81:59

Unfair challenge on Richard Taundry by Neal Bishop results in a free kick. Richard Taundry takes the free kick.

81:20

Effort on goal by Alan Sheehan from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

80:37

Alan Judge has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

79:10

Emmanuele Smith fouled by Hamza Bencherif, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Taundry takes the free kick.

78:48

Lee Hughes takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.

77:37

The official flags Lee Hughes offside. David Grof takes the free kick.

74:52

Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

74:25

The referee gives a free kick against Emmanuele Smith for handball.

74:25 Substitution

Substitution Ben Burgess goes off and Hamza Bencherif comes on.

74:25 Booking

Booking Emmanuele Smith goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

73:20

Corner taken by Richard Taundry from the left by-line, Jon Harley makes a clearance.

71:39

The ball is delivered by Alan Sheehan, clearance by Emmanuele Smith.

71:31

Centre by Richard Taundry, save by Stuart Nelson.

69:01

The assistant referee flags for offside against George Bowerman. Stuart Nelson takes the indirect free kick.

67:39

David Grof is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Liam Chilvers restarts play with the free kick.

66:42

Richard Taundry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Judge. Indirect free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

66:37

Lee Beevers delivers the ball, clearance made by Alan Sheehan.

65:06

Unfair challenge on Liam Chilvers by George Bowerman results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Chilvers.

64:13

The ball is crossed by Alan Sheehan.

62:55

George Bowerman is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Damion Stewart.

62:15

Close range effort by Lee Hughes misses to the right of the goal.

61:41

The assistant referee flags for offside against George Bowerman. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.

60:24 Substitution

Substitution Florent Cuvelier replaces Anton Peterlin.

60:09

Lee Hughes takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.

59:13

George Bowerman is caught offside. Alan Sheehan restarts play with the free kick.

58:02

Inswinging corner taken by Richard Taundry, Emmanuele Smith takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.

56:33

Jon Harley crosses the ball, Mat Sadler manages to make a clearance.

55:00

Alex Nicholls takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Nelson.

53:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Chilvers by Lee Beevers. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.

51:33

Neal Bishop has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

50:46

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

50:16

Handball decision goes against Lee Hughes. Direct free kick taken by David Grof.

48:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls by Damion Stewart. Richard Taundry restarts play with the free kick.

48:13

Foul by Adam Chambers on Alan Judge, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Kieron Freeman.

46:34

Unfair challenge on Lee Beevers by Ben Burgess results in a free kick. David Grof takes the direct free kick.

45:33

Ben Burgess concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuele Smith. Direct free kick taken by Mat Sadler.

45:06 Substitution

Substitution Jimmy Walker leaves the field to be replaced by David Grof.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:19

Lee Hughes is ruled offside. Andy Butler restarts play with the free kick.

43:30

Shot from outside the penalty box by Richard Taundry goes wide right of the goal.

42:41

Mat Sadler takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.

39:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Burgess by Emmanuele Smith. Free kick taken by Gavin Mahon.

37:31

Ben Burgess is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Richard Taundry.

36:48

Mat Sadler takes a shot. Stuart Nelson makes a save.

36:08 Substitution

Substitution George Bowerman joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Macken.

35:50

Mat Sadler crosses the ball, clearance made by Neal Bishop.

34:56

Lee Beevers fouled by Ben Burgess, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Beevers.

32:26

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.

32:04

Alan Sheehan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Beevers. Lee Beevers takes the direct free kick.

30:48

Jonathan Macken has a shot and went wide left of the target.

27:08

Alex Nicholls gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Harley. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

26:34

The referee gives a free kick against Alan Judge for handball. Free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

25:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Macken on Jon Harley. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

22:17

Jonathan Macken concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieron Freeman. Alan Sheehan takes the indirect free kick.

21:59

Ben Burgess sends in a cross, clearance made by Mat Sadler.

21:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emmanuele Smith by Ben Burgess. Jimmy Walker restarts play with the free kick.

20:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Judge by Andy Butler. Stuart Nelson takes the indirect free kick.

19:44

Alex Nicholls fouled by Liam Chilvers, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Taundry takes the free kick.

19:08

Alex Nicholls challenges Alan Sheehan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gavin Mahon takes the direct free kick.

18:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neal Bishop on Andy Butler. Direct free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

17:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Nicholls on Alan Judge. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.

17:13

Neal Bishop takes a shot. Save by Jimmy Walker.

16:14

Lee Hughes takes a shot. Save by Jimmy Walker.

15:17

Jimmy Walker sends in a cross.

14:53

Gavin Mahon takes a shot.

14:05

Alan Sheehan takes a inswinging corner.

13:53

Ben Burgess produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

7:34

Mat Sadler fouled by Liam Chilvers, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Taundry.

6:45

The referee blows for offside. Andy Butler takes the direct free kick.

5:59

The assistant referee signals for offside against Alan Sheehan. Mat Sadler takes the free kick.

5:21

Jonathan Macken concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Sheehan. Free kick taken by Alan Sheehan.

3:45

Ben Burgess produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

2:21

Ben Burgess provided the assist for the goal.

2:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Hughes - Walsall 0 - 1 Notts Co Lee Hughes finds the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Walsall 0-1 Notts County.

1:02

Effort from the edge of the box by Jamie Paterson goes wide of the left-hand post.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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