Notts County suffered defeat in their first game following the sacking of Keith Curle by losing at Stevenage.

County, under the caretaker management of Chris Kiwomya, fell behind after 25 seconds when Sam Hoskins scored after Filipe Morais's deflected shot.

The visitors thought they had equalised when Jeff Hughes slid home, but he had been flagged for offside.

And the hosts wrapped up the three points as Marcus Haber headed in Morais's cross.

This win was only Stevenage's second victory in seven games and took them level on points with their opponents, with both sides five points adrift of the play-offs.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage manager Gary Smith told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"Extremely pleased. It was a very tough night to play football.

"The players put in a sterling performance and it's a big win for us. There has been a bit of edginess, particularly at home.

"There was a resilience and a determination which we haven't seen for a little while here."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Stevenage

  • 01 Arnold
  • 02 Gray Booked
  • 14 Roberts
  • 22 Comminges
  • 33 Chorley
  • 06 Tansey Booked
  • 08 Dunne
  • 10 Morais
  • 11 Akins (Freeman - 54' )
  • 28 Beleck (Haber - 69' )
  • 30 Hoskins (Grant - 63' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 16 Day
  • 04 Charles
  • 07 Grant
  • 32 Shroot
  • 09 Haber
  • 15 Freeman
  • 23 Lopez

Notts County

  • 23 Speiss
  • 03 Sheehan
  • 06 Leacock Booked
  • 08 Liddle
  • 10 Judge
  • 11 Hughes
  • 14 Mahon Booked (Bencherif - 83' )
  • 20 Campbell-Ryce
  • 28 Boucaud
  • 13 Zoko (Showunmi - 67' )
  • 15 Arquin

Substitutes

  • 35 Pilkington
  • 02 Kelly
  • 05 Smith
  • 18 Bencherif
  • 25 Tempest
  • 09 Showunmi
  • 17 Waite
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 2,550

Match Stats

Shots

8 14

On target

6 5

Corners

2 10

Fouls

16 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:59 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:56

The ball is sent over by Alan Judge, Effort from deep inside the area by Enoch Showunmi misses to the right of the target.

88:52

Assist on the goal came from Filipe Morais.

88:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Marcus Haber - Stevenage 2 - 0 Notts Co Marcus Haber finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Stevenage 2-0 Notts County.

88:47

The ball is sent over by Filipe Morais,

85:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamal Campbell-Ryce by Anthony Grant. Andre Boucaud takes the free kick.

84:45

Jeff Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Dunne. Free kick taken by Steve Arnold.

84:06

The ball is sent over by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Steve Arnold makes a save.

82:17 Substitution

Substitution Hamza Bencherif is brought on as a substitute for Gavin Mahon.

81:37

Yoann Arquin concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Roberts. Direct free kick taken by Mark Roberts.

80:42

Foul by Alan Judge on David Gray, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steve Arnold.

79:45

Luke Freeman takes a shot. Andre Boucaud gets a block in.

79:07

Filipe Morais takes the free kick.

79:07 Booking

Booking Caution for Dean Leacock.

78:48

Dean Leacock concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcus Haber.

76:56

Dean Leacock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Chorley. Steve Arnold takes the free kick.

76:09

Alan Sheehan takes the inswinging corner, Gary Liddle takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Chorley.

75:25

Alan Judge fouled by James Dunne, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Sheehan.

73:41

Direct free kick taken by Dean Leacock.

73:41 Booking

Booking Anthony Grant goes into the book.

73:30

Anthony Grant challenges Alan Judge unfairly and gives away a free kick.

72:42

Luke Freeman takes the direct free kick.

72:42 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Gavin Mahon for unsporting behaviour.

72:14

Alan Judge challenges Anthony Grant unfairly and gives away a free kick.

70:43

Alan Judge takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by David Gray.

70:23

Corner taken by Alan Sheehan from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Anthony Grant.

70:09

Jeff Hughes takes a shot. James Dunne manages to make a clearance.

69:42

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Alan Judge, clearance made by Mark Roberts.

68:31 Substitution

Substitution Marcus Haber is brought on as a substitute for Steve Beleck.

67:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Mahon by Steve Beleck. Alan Sheehan takes the free kick.

66:49 Substitution

Substitution Enoch Showunmi is brought on as a substitute for Francois Zoko.

66:39

Jeff Hughes has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

64:35

Shot from outside the box by Francois Zoko goes wide right of the target.

62:59 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Grant comes on in place of Sam Hoskins.

62:17

Luke Freeman takes a shot. Save by Fabian Spiess.

59:52

Francois Zoko takes a shot. Save by Steve Arnold.

58:23

The official flags Steve Beleck offside. Indirect free kick taken by Andre Boucaud.

56:58

Yoann Arquin delivers the ball, clearance by David Gray.

56:28

Andre Boucaud fouled by Luke Freeman, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Leacock takes the free kick.

53:32 Substitution

Substitution Lucas Akins leaves the field to be replaced by Luke Freeman.

52:22

Alan Judge takes a shot. Save by Steve Arnold.

52:06

Jamal Campbell-Ryce takes a shot. Ben Chorley gets a block in.

50:40

Greg Tansey takes a shot. Blocked by Andre Boucaud.

49:35

Francois Zoko has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

48:32

Shot from just outside the area by Greg Tansey misses to the right of the target.

48:21

Corner taken short by Lucas Akins.

48:08

David Gray takes a shot. Yoann Arquin gets a block in.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:02

Corner taken short by Alan Judge, Jamal Campbell-Ryce crosses the ball.

45:00 +0:43

Jamal Campbell-Ryce sends in a cross, Francois Zoko takes a shot. Miguel Comminges gets a block in.

43:21

Corner taken right-footed by Alan Judge, Header from close range by Jeff Hughes misses to the right of the goal.

43:08

Alan Judge takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Chorley.

41:42

The ball is sent over by Alan Sheehan.

41:24

Alan Sheehan sends in a cross, David Gray manages to make a clearance.

41:02

Corner taken left-footed by Alan Sheehan from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Mark Roberts.

40:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamal Campbell-Ryce by Filipe Morais. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Alan Sheehan, Ben Chorley makes a clearance.

38:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Dunne on Jeff Hughes. A cross is delivered by Alan Judge, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Francois Zoko goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

38:23

Jeff Hughes produces a cross, Steve Arnold makes a save.

37:15

Alan Judge takes a outswinging corner.

36:41

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alan Judge from the right by-line to the near post, Steve Beleck makes a clearance.

36:04

Alan Judge takes a short corner, The ball is crossed by Alan Sheehan, clearance made by James Dunne.

35:23

Free kick crossed by Alan Judge, clearance by Greg Tansey.

35:23 Booking

Booking David Gray goes into the book.

34:38

Yoann Arquin fouled by David Gray, the ref awards a free kick.

34:13

Foul by David Gray on Andre Boucaud, free kick awarded. Andre Boucaud takes the direct free kick.

31:00

Direct free kick taken by Alan Sheehan.

31:00 Booking

Booking Booking for Greg Tansey for unsporting behaviour.

30:31

Greg Tansey challenges Francois Zoko unfairly and gives away a free kick.

28:54

The ball is sent over by Sam Hoskins.

27:29

Shot from deep inside the area by Yoann Arquin clears the bar.

27:14

Jamal Campbell-Ryce sends in a cross, Greg Tansey manages to make a clearance.

25:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Filipe Morais on Jamal Campbell-Ryce. Andre Boucaud takes the direct free kick.

25:31

A cross is delivered by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Mark Roberts manages to make a clearance.

24:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Beleck on Gavin Mahon. Alan Sheehan takes the direct free kick.

24:14

Alan Judge produces a cross.

23:27

Centre by Miguel Comminges.

18:02

A cross is delivered by David Gray.

16:40

Steve Beleck is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Fabian Spiess.

16:30

A cross is delivered by David Gray, Yoann Arquin makes a clearance.

14:41

Foul by David Gray on Alan Judge, free kick awarded. Alan Sheehan restarts play with the free kick.

13:29

Miguel Comminges gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Mahon. Andre Boucaud takes the direct free kick.

12:41

Corner taken by Filipe Morais from the right by-line played to the near post, Gavin Mahon makes a clearance.

10:14

Alan Sheehan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Beleck. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Filipe Morais, clearance by Dean Leacock.

9:13

Jamal Campbell-Ryce sends in a cross.

5:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Tansey on Andre Boucaud. Alan Judge takes the direct free kick.

4:10

Lucas Akins concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamal Campbell-Ryce. Alan Sheehan delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Steve Arnold makes a save.

3:23

Francois Zoko is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steve Arnold takes the indirect free kick.

3:09

Jamal Campbell-Ryce crosses the ball.

0:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Hoskins - Stevenage 1 - 0 Notts Co Sam Hoskins gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stevenage 1-0 Notts County.

0:24

Filipe Morais takes a shot. Blocked by Alan Sheehan.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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