Goals from Joss Labadie and Marcus Haber either side of the break sealed Notts County's first league win of season against Tranmere.

Labadie nodded the hosts in front, steering in Danny Haynes' initial header from Alan Sheehan's cross.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro then went close to a second-half equaliser, crashing his header off the post.

But as Rovers pushed for a leveller, Magpies substitute Haber tapped in from a neat Mustapha Dumbuya cut back.

Former Motherwell defender Tom Hateley - son of ex-England international Mark - was rushed into the side for his Rovers debut at Meadow Lane just hours after signing a four-month deal with the League One club. 

On-loan Aston Villa teenager Jack Grealish was a constant menace for the Magpies and at the centre of all of their early ingenuity.

And while the visitors rarely troubled County, both Max Power and Akpa Akpro still managed to carve out strong chances and forced goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski into action before half-time.

Tranmere keeper Owain Fon Williams saved well from Haynes' near post effort after the break as Andre Bouchard put the midfielder through on goal with a brilliantly weighted pass.

While Haber managed to double the hosts' advantage from point blank, he was denied a second of his own as Adam Dugdale cleared off the line after the striker latched onto a low Labadie cross.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Notts County

  • 01 Bialkowski
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 03 Sheehan
  • 04 Liddle
  • 06 Leacock Booked
  • 16 Labadie Booked
  • 22 Fotheringham
  • 28 Boucaud (Tempest - 84' )
  • 07 Grealish
  • 08 McGregor (Bell - 64' )
  • 10 Haynes (Haber - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Speiss
  • 05 Smith
  • 11 Bell
  • 21 Thompson
  • 25 Tempest
  • 12 Haber
  • 15 Arquin

Tranmere

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 03 Horwood
  • 05 Goodison
  • 06 Hateley Booked
  • 20 Dugdale
  • 07 Thompson (Stockton - 56' )
  • 12 Rowe Booked (Bell-Baggie - 55' )
  • 14 Atkinson
  • 17 Power
  • 09 Lowe
  • 26 Akpa Akpro

Substitutes

  • 33 Mooney
  • 02 Holmes
  • 04 Taylor
  • 11 Bell-Baggie
  • 16 Stockton
  • 19 Sodje
  • 21 Davies
Ref: Seb Stockbridge
Att: 3,938

Match Stats

Shots

17 8

On target

6 2

Corners

6 4

Fouls

16 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:32 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:18

Corner taken by Bartosz Bialkowski.

90:00 +3:56

Marcus Haber has an effort at goal. Owain Fon Williams parries the ball but the danger is not over.

90:00 +3:49

Joss Labadie sends in a cross.

90:00 +3:28

Alan Sheehan takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:08

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Grealish.

90:00 +2:14

Max Power takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

90:00 +2:09

Ian Goodison takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:02

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro fouled by Joss Labadie, the ref awards a free kick.

90:00 +1:00

Abdulai Bell-Baggie restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:49

Marcus Haber fouled by Evan Horwood, the ref awards a free kick.

90:00 +0:25

Clearance by Gary Liddle.

90:00 +0:22

Corner from the right by-line taken by Abdulai Bell-Baggie.

89:59

Free kick crossed by Max Power.

89:58

Free kick crossed by Max Power.

89:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Abdulai Bell-Baggie by Gary Liddle.

87:24

Alan Sheehan takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

87:14

Corner taken by David Bell.

86:37

Abdulai Bell-Baggie produces a cross.

86:20

Dean Leacock manages to make a clearance.

86:17

Evan Horwood restarts play with the free kick.

85:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Fotheringham on Ryan Lowe.

83:39 Substitution

Substitution Greg Tempest comes on in place of Andre Boucaud.

82:47

Joss Labadie makes a clearance.

82:42

Evan Horwood crosses the ball in from the free kick.

82:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Abdulai Bell-Baggie by Alan Sheehan.

81:26

Bartosz Bialkowski restarts play with the free kick.

81:17 Booking

Booking

81:17

Tom Hateley is booked.

78:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Marcus Haber - Notts Co 2 - 0 Tranmere Marcus Haber scores a goal. Notts County 2-0 Tranmere.

78:27

Jack Grealish takes a shot. Owain Fon Williams fumbles the ball.

78:10

Shot by Jack Grealish.

77:36

Clearance by Tom Hateley.

77:30

The ball is delivered by David Bell.

74:13

Clearance made by Ian Goodison.

74:06

A cross is delivered by David Bell.

73:43

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot and bounced off the bar.

73:33

Centre by Max Power.

69:49

Shot by Chris Atkinson.

68:51

Bartosz Bialkowski takes the free kick.

68:21

Corner from the left by-line taken by Chris Atkinson.

67:27

Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

66:54 Booking

Booking

66:54

Dean Leacock goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

66:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Leacock on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

65:14

Clearance made by Gary Liddle.

65:09

The ball is delivered by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

64:41

Bartosz Bialkowski restarts play with the free kick.

64:10 Substitution

Substitution Marcus Haber joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Haynes.

64:00 Substitution

Substitution David Bell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Callum McGregor.

62:44

Free kick crossed by Tom Hateley.

62:34

Gary Liddle challenges Ryan Lowe unfairly and gives away a free kick.

62:15

Chris Atkinson takes the free kick.

62:02 Booking

Booking

62:02

Joss Labadie receives a caution.

61:03

Cole Stockton is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

59:39

Ian Goodison takes the free kick.

59:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Fotheringham on Abdulai Bell-Baggie.

58:02

Bartosz Bialkowski restarts play with the free kick.

57:54

Foul by Cole Stockton on Gary Liddle, free kick awarded.

56:11

Shot by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro went over the bar.

56:01

Adam Dugdale restarts play with the free kick.

55:48

Unfair challenge on Chris Atkinson by Joss Labadie results in a free kick.

55:07 Substitution

Substitution Joe Thompson leaves the field to be replaced by Cole Stockton.

54:58 Substitution

Substitution James Rowe leaves the field to be replaced by Abdulai Bell-Baggie.

54:39

The ball is delivered by Tom Hateley.

53:47

Clearance made by Evan Horwood.

53:42

Corner taken by Callum McGregor from the right by-line.

53:27

The ball is sent over by Danny Haynes.

52:48

Mustapha Dumbuya takes a shot. Owain Fon Williams catches the ball.

52:24

Mark Fotheringham restarts play with the free kick.

52:15

Foul by Joe Thompson on Joss Labadie, free kick awarded.

51:21

Corner taken by Jack Grealish from the left by-line.

50:40

Danny Haynes takes a shot.

50:02

Adam Dugdale makes a clearance.

49:58

The ball is swung over by Alan Sheehan.

48:29

Adam Dugdale takes the free kick.

48:12

Adam Dugdale fouled by Danny Haynes, the ref awards a free kick.

46:44

Jack Grealish takes a shot and cleared the bar.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:15 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +2:00

The ball is sent over by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

44:37

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Bartosz Bialkowski catches the ball.

43:59

Ryan Lowe fouled by Gary Liddle, the ref awards a free kick.

41:45

Chris Atkinson has an effort at goal.

40:52

Clearance by Adam Dugdale.

40:48

Corner taken by Jack Grealish from the left by-line.

40:17

Clearance by Gary Liddle.

40:12

A cross is delivered by Ryan Lowe.

39:52

Evan Horwood crosses the ball in from the free kick.

39:19

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro fouled by Dean Leacock, the ref awards a free kick.

38:56

Bartosz Bialkowski restarts play with the free kick.

38:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Hateley on Dean Leacock.

38:03

Corner taken by Chris Atkinson from the left by-line.

37:22

Adam Dugdale takes the free kick.

36:40

Joss Labadie concedes a free kick for a foul on James Rowe.

34:38

Max Power takes a shot.

34:15

Centre by Callum McGregor.

32:24

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

31:16

Adam Dugdale takes the free kick.

30:57

Joss Labadie concedes a free kick for a foul on Max Power.

30:22

Jack Grealish takes a shot and went wide left of the target.

29:43

Tom Hateley takes the free kick.

29:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro by Mark Fotheringham.

27:53

Joss Labadie delivers the ball.

26:47

Gary Liddle takes the free kick.

26:44

Ryan Lowe is caught offside.

25:42

Danny Haynes takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

24:49

Header by Jack Grealish goes harmlessly over the bar.

24:36

Callum McGregor takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

22:08

Shot by Andre Boucaud missed to the left of the net.

22:02

Tom Hateley manages to make a clearance.

21:57

Mustapha Dumbuya produces a cross.

20:53

Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.

20:45

Andre Boucaud concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

19:27

Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

19:11

Callum McGregor is caught offside.

18:19

Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

18:04

Gary Liddle is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

17:50

Corner taken by Jack Grealish.

16:17

Free kick taken by Bartosz Bialkowski.

15:36

Tom Hateley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mustapha Dumbuya.

15:27

Mark Fotheringham manages to make a clearance.

15:21

Free kick crossed by Evan Horwood.

14:46

Gary Liddle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

12:22

Free kick taken by Dean Leacock.

12:18

The official flags Ryan Lowe offside.

11:18

Danny Haynes takes a shot.

9:49

Dean Leacock manages to make a clearance.

9:46

Ryan Lowe produces a cross.

8:56

Dean Leacock manages to make a clearance.

8:49

A cross is delivered by Chris Atkinson.

8:39

Corner from the left by-line taken by Chris Atkinson.

6:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Joss Labadie - Notts Co 1 - 0 Tranmere Joss Labadie scores with a header. Notts County 1-0 Tranmere.

5:38

Joss Labadie has an effort at goal.

5:29

Alan Sheehan restarts play with the free kick.

4:48

The referee books James Rowe for unsporting behaviour.

4:48 Booking

Booking

4:39

Foul by James Rowe on Jack Grealish, free kick awarded.

3:22

Danny Haynes takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

0:00

The match begins.

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