Hamza Bencherif's first-half goal moved Notts County level on points with the League One play-off places with victory at Rochdale.

The Magpies took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Bencherif met Julian Kelly's cross with a downward header.

Notts went close after the break, Alan Judge's shot hit the right-hand post.

Rochdale's best chance came through a Gary Jones header, while Notts had Lee Hughes shown a red card for a studs-up challenge on goalkeeper Peter Kurucz.

Hughes came on the field as a substitute for Ben Burgess in the 70th minute.

Notts move level on 49 points with sixth-placed Stevenage, who drew 2-2 at home to Huddersfield, but have a poorer goal difference.

It was a third victory in seven days for new manager Keith Curle, following previous 1-0 wins at home to Stevenage and Chesterfield.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Notts County manager Keith Curle told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I think tonight has shown me something else that's in the changing room. This is not an easy place to come.

"I know their league position is not promising for themselves but they play football in the right way, they've got an air of arrogance, an air of confidence about them.

"They move the ball around well and it was a big test for us tonight."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Rochdale

  • 01 Kurucz
  • 02 Darby
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 12 Long
  • 17 Holden
  • 06 Barry-Murphy (Tutte - 65' )
  • 07 Kennedy
  • 08 Jones
  • 10 Grimes (Thompson - 56' )
  • 11 Adams
  • 09 Symes

Substitutes

  • 23 Lucas
  • 04 Holness
  • 22 Jordan
  • 15 Thompson
  • 16 Tutte

Notts County

  • 17 Nelson Booked
  • 02 Kelly
  • 18 Sodje Booked (Edwards - 46' )
  • 23 Harley Booked
  • 24 Chilvers
  • 06 Bencherif
  • 10 Bishop
  • 11 J Hughes
  • 14 Judge (Forte - 90' )
  • 31 Mahon
  • 22 Burgess (L Hughes - 70' Dismissed )

Substitutes

  • 21 Mitchell
  • 04 Edwards
  • 30 Montano
  • 09 L Hughes
  • 15 Forte
Ref: Rushton
Att: 2,326

Match Stats

Shots

14 11

On target

7 6

Corners

4 2

Fouls

5 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:06 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +5:54

Nicky Adams sends in a cross, clearance made by Hamza Bencherif.

90:00 +4:28 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Forte comes on in place of Alan Judge.

90:00 +4:28

Kevin Long has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

90:00 +4:22

Joe Thompson delivers the ball, clearance by Mike Edwards.

90:00 +3:54

Shot by Andrew Tutte. Save by Stuart Nelson.

90:00 +2:38

Michael Symes has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

90:00 +1:56

Jason Kennedy fouled by Jeff Hughes, the ref awards a free kick. Andrew Tutte takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +0:15

Andrew Tutte has an effort at goal. Jeff Hughes gets a block in. Andrew Tutte takes a shot.

88:52

Lee Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Kurucz. Peter Kurucz takes the direct free kick.

88:52 Dismissal

Dismissal Lee Hughes is sent off by the referee.

87:10

The ball is delivered by Nicky Adams, Mike Edwards makes a clearance.

82:55

Jason Kennedy challenges Neal Bishop unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

82:34

Shot by Gary Jones from 30 yards. Hamza Bencherif gets a block in.

80:37

Corner taken right-footed by Alan Judge from the left by-line, save made by Peter Kurucz.

78:45

Jason Kennedy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Harley. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

77:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Kennedy by Hamza Bencherif. Stephen Darby restarts play with the free kick.

77:27 Booking

Booking Stuart Nelson is cautioned.

76:18

Foul by Lee Hughes on Andrew Tutte, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Kevin Long.

75:48

Neal Bishop concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Adams. Free kick taken by Nicky Adams.

74:33

Jason Kennedy takes a shot. Comfortable save by Stuart Nelson.

74:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Thompson by Jeff Hughes. Free kick crossed right-footed by Nicky Adams from right wing.

72:29

Jeff Hughes takes a shot. Save by Peter Kurucz. Corner taken by Jon Harley from the right by-line, Peter Kurucz fouled by Lee Hughes, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Kurucz takes the direct free kick.

70:59

Lee Hughes takes a shot. Save by Peter Kurucz.

70:00 Substitution

Substitution Ben Burgess leaves the field to be replaced by Lee Hughes.

67:22

Hamza Bencherif challenges Jason Kennedy unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Nicky Adams, Ben Burgess manages to make a clearance.

64:37

Save by Stuart Nelson.

64:37 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Tutte joins the action as a substitute, replacing Brian Barry-Murphy.

64:37

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams,

63:52

Drilled right-footed shot by Dean Holden. Comfortable save by Stuart Nelson.

63:33

A cross is delivered by Stephen Darby, Neal Bishop makes a clearance.

61:38

The ball is crossed by Joe Thompson, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Nicky Adams misses to the right of the goal.

60:27

Effort from just outside the area by Neal Bishop goes over the target.

57:35

Jeff Hughes produces a cross, save by Peter Kurucz.

55:25 Substitution

Substitution Joe Thompson is brought on as a substitute for Ashley Grimes.

54:46

Effort from the edge of the area by Alan Judge hits the post.

53:22

Ben Burgess is ruled offside. Brian Barry-Murphy takes the free kick.

51:13

Stephen Darby delivers the ball, Stuart Nelson makes a comfortable save.

50:13

Alan Judge takes a shot. Save made by Peter Kurucz.

47:27

Nicky Adams produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

45:25 Booking

Booking Jon Harley receives a yellow card.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Mike Edwards comes on in place of Sam Sodje.

45:00 +1:59 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jeff Hughes by Stephen Darby. Free kick crossed by Jon Harley.

45:00 +0:09

Foul by Alan Judge on Joe Widdowson, free kick awarded. Brian Barry-Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

44:18

Assist by Julian Kelly.

44:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Hamza Bencherif - Rochdale 0 - 1 Notts Co Hamza Bencherif finds the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Rochdale 0-1 Notts County.

44:16

Julian Kelly sends in a cross,

43:01

Nicky Adams has a drilled shot. Sam Sodje gets a block in. Corner taken by Jason Kennedy, Sam Sodje makes a clearance.

42:17

Alan Judge has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.

39:33

Foul by Alan Judge on Joe Widdowson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Long.

38:31

Gary Jones takes a shot. Stuart Nelson makes a save.

37:52

Header from deep inside the area by Neal Bishop goes over the bar.

35:43

Ben Burgess takes a shot. Comfortable save by Peter Kurucz.

31:50

The ball is delivered by Nicky Adams, Hamza Bencherif gets a block in.

29:52

Sam Sodje fouled by Nicky Adams, the ref awards a free kick. Gavin Mahon restarts play with the free kick.

28:59

Gavin Mahon is penalised for a handball. Brian Barry-Murphy takes the direct free kick.

26:21

Brian Barry-Murphy crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Neal Bishop.

26:21 Booking

Booking Sam Sodje receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

25:44

Sam Sodje challenges Nicky Adams unfairly and gives away a free kick.

25:15

Alan Judge has a drilled shot. Kevin Long gets a block in.

24:03

Alan Judge challenges Joe Widdowson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Widdowson.

19:19

Foul by Jason Kennedy on Jon Harley, free kick awarded. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

18:44

Unfair challenge on Michael Symes by Sam Sodje results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Nicky Adams.

14:31

Unfair challenge on Kevin Long by Ben Burgess results in a free kick. Peter Kurucz takes the direct free kick.

11:53

Julian Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Adams. Direct free kick taken by Brian Barry-Murphy.

8:48

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jason Kennedy, Kevin Long takes a shot. Alan Judge has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

8:08

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Gary Jones goes wide of the right-hand upright.

7:28

Jon Harley concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Darby. Peter Kurucz takes the free kick. Inswinging corner taken by Brian Barry-Murphy from the right by-line.

2:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Long by Ben Burgess. Free kick taken by Peter Kurucz.

0:00

The game begins.

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