Goals from Lee Hughes and Jeff Hughes gave Notts County victory over Exeter.

The Magpies were gifted an early goal when visiting keeper Artur Krysiak sliced a back-pass straight to Lee Hughes, who rolled home.

Exeter soon drew level though when Billy Jones' corner found Scot Bennett to head home from close range.

However, the hosts regained the lead through Jeff Hughes' penalty, after Troy Archibald-Henville's foul on Jon Harley in the box.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Notts County manager Martin Allen said:

"It's always hard to play against Exeter because they play good football. They move the ball about the pitch. They never change their way of playing.

"After 15 minutes I think we could have been about four-nil up, with great efforts by Lee Hughes and a couple of other good chances.

"But it wasn't to be. In the second half it was a very gritty, determined, not good-to-look-at performance but three points in that style is pretty good."

Exteter City boss Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:

"I'm frustrated because we gave it a good go, especially in the second half. It is frustration born out two very, very soft goals.

"You can view it with some kind of critical view to see how you could have done things better but our goals against were particularly soft today.

"To say we gifted them the first is probably an understatement. That's what happens, it's a tough league.

"I couldn't have got a better response from my team in the second half and we played extremely well."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Notts County

  • 17 Nelson
  • 20 Freeman
  • 23 Harley Booked
  • 24 Chilvers (Pearce - 62' )
  • 35 Stewart
  • 10 Bishop
  • 11 J Hughes
  • 14 Judge (Bencherif - 82' )
  • 31 Mahon
  • 09 L Hughes (Montano - 70' )
  • 22 Burgess

Substitutes

  • 21 Mitchell
  • 05 Pearce
  • 06 Bencherif
  • 15 Forte
  • 30 Montano

Exeter

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 02 Tully (Duffy - 59' )
  • 03 Jones
  • 05 Archibald-Henville
  • 18 Coles
  • 26 Bennett
  • 04 Dunne
  • 08 Noble Booked (Sercombe - 63' )
  • 10 Nardiello Booked
  • 19 O'Flynn
  • 21 Bauza (Logan - 56' )

Substitutes

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 06 Duffy
  • 07 Sercombe
  • 35 Taylor
  • 20 Logan
Ref: Brown
Att: 4,741

Match Stats

Shots

7 11

On target

2 4

Corners

1 4

Fouls

14 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:06 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +6:46

Ben Burgess concedes a free kick for a foul on Troy Archibald-Henville. Free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

90:00 +6:32

The ball is swung over by Jeff Hughes.

90:00 +5:51

Jeff Hughes decides to take a short corner.

90:00 +4:54

Long distance shot from Billy Jones misses to the left of the target.

90:00 +4:18

Ben Burgess is ruled offside. Artur Krysiak takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +3:36

Scot Bennett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neal Bishop. Stuart Nelson takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +2:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Troy Archibald-Henville by Cristian Montano. Free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

90:00 +1:57

Richard Logan challenges Kieron Freeman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

90:00 +1:08

Billy Jones sends in a cross, Header from close range by Richard Logan misses to the right of the goal.

88:39

Cristian Montano gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Duffy. Free kick taken by Richard Duffy.

86:57

Foul by Ben Burgess on Danny Coles, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Billy Jones.

84:50 Booking

Booking Jon Harley is cautioned by the ref for time wasting.

84:44

Hamza Bencherif fouled by Scot Bennett, the ref awards a free kick. Jon Harley takes the free kick.

83:21

A cross is delivered by Neal Bishop, Artur Krysiak makes a save.

81:38 Substitution

Substitution Alan Judge goes off and Hamza Bencherif comes on.

81:38 Booking

Booking Daniel Nardiello receives a yellow card.

81:11

Daniel Nardiello takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.

80:20

Foul by Jeff Hughes on Liam Sercombe, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Billy Jones from right channel, Damion Stewart manages to make a clearance.

79:55

Cristian Montano takes a shot. Artur Krysiak makes a save.

77:29

Daniel Nardiello produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

73:02

Richard Logan challenges Krystian Pearce unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

71:53

Daniel Nardiello concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieron Freeman. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

68:51 Substitution

Substitution Lee Hughes leaves the field to be replaced by Cristian Montano.

68:51

Shot from inside the area by Liam Sercombe clears the bar.

68:05

The ball is sent over by Liam Sercombe, clearance by Krystian Pearce.

64:27

Lee Hughes crosses the ball.

64:18

Alan Judge sends in a cross, Troy Archibald-Henville manages to make a clearance.

62:43

The ball is swung over by Billy Jones, clearance by Gavin Mahon.

62:43 Substitution

Substitution Liam Sercombe replaces David Noble.

62:43

Jeff Hughes challenges Richard Duffy unfairly and gives away a free kick.

61:00 Substitution

Substitution Krystian Pearce on for Liam Chilvers.

57:35 Substitution

Substitution Richard Duffy comes on in place of Steve Tully.

57:35

Danny Coles gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Judge. Gavin Mahon takes the indirect free kick. Alan Judge takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.

55:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Harley by Richard Logan. Free kick taken by Liam Chilvers.

55:16 Substitution

Substitution (Exeter) makes a substitution, with Richard Logan coming on for Guillem Bauza.

54:45

Centre by Lee Hughes, Danny Coles manages to make a clearance.

54:18

Centre by Lee Hughes, Danny Coles gets a block in.

51:41

Effort from long distance by Alan Judge goes wide right of the goal.

50:40

Liam Chilvers fouled by Guillem Bauza, the ref awards a free kick. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

48:32

Foul by David Noble on Jeff Hughes, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Alan Judge.

47:39

A cross is delivered by Billy Jones, Guillem Bauza has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

45:58

Corner taken right-footed by David Noble, clearance made by Damion Stewart.

45:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jeff Hughes on Troy Archibald-Henville. Indirect free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

44:37

Alan Judge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Noble. David Noble restarts play with the free kick.

43:52

David Noble takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

43:06

Unfair challenge on Scot Bennett by Alan Judge results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by David Noble.

41:25

The ball is swung over by Kieron Freeman, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Lee Hughes misses to the left of the goal.

38:52 Booking

Booking The referee shows David Noble a yellow card.

38:28

Jon Harley fouled by David Noble, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

37:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neal Bishop by David Noble. Indirect free kick taken by Gavin Mahon.

36:42

Kieron Freeman crosses the ball, Lee Hughes produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

34:08

Troy Archibald-Henville is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Stuart Nelson takes the indirect free kick.

32:56

Unfair challenge on Guillem Bauza by Gavin Mahon results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Billy Jones from right wing, clearance by Damion Stewart.

31:14

Alan Judge is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

30:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Hughes on David Noble. Artur Krysiak takes the free kick.

27:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Jeff Hughes - Notts Co 2 - 1 Exeter Penalty taken left-footed by Jeff Hughes and scored. Notts County 2-1 Exeter.

27:34

Assist on the goal came from Jon Harley.

26:25

Troy Archibald-Henville concedes a Penalty for a foul on Jon Harley.

25:47

Guillem Bauza has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

23:35

Alan Judge crosses the ball, Troy Archibald-Henville makes a clearance.

22:41

Guillem Bauza concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Chilvers. Free kick taken by Liam Chilvers.

19:30

Steve Tully gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neal Bishop. Alan Judge crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Steve Tully.

18:49

Billy Jones takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Ben Burgess.

18:14

Unfair challenge on Daniel Nardiello by Neal Bishop results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Noble, Jeff Hughes manages to make a clearance.

17:49

The ball is crossed by Daniel Nardiello, clearance by Damion Stewart.

17:11

Ben Burgess challenges Troy Archibald-Henville unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

16:47

Unfair challenge on Jeff Hughes by James Dunne results in a free kick. Jon Harley takes the indirect free kick.

16:05

The assistant referee flags for offside against John O'Flynn. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.

13:03

Assist by Billy Jones.

13:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Scot Bennett - Notts Co 1 - 1 Exeter Scot Bennett scores a headed goal from close in. Notts County 1-1 Exeter.

12:46

Billy Jones takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post,

12:00

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Billy Jones, Scot Bennett takes a shot. Jeff Hughes gets a block in.

11:50

A cross is delivered by John O'Flynn, Liam Chilvers gets a block in.

9:25

Neal Bishop gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Dunne. David Noble takes the free kick.

7:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Hughes - Notts Co 1 - 0 Exeter A goal is scored by Lee Hughes from close in low into the middle of the goal. Notts County 1-0 Exeter.

5:40

Shot by Lee Hughes from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

5:06

Daniel Nardiello takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Nelson.

2:16

Centre by Jon Harley.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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