Ethan Ebanks-Landell's first Wolves goal earned victory at bottom-of-the-table Notts County and took Kenny Jackett's side top of League One.

The defender smashed home from close range as new Magpies boss Shaun Derry suffered a third straight defeat.

The hosts were the better side for most of a feisty first period in which Manny Smith wasted a great double chance.

But Wolves were on top in the second half and wasted several excellent openings before Ebanks-Landell struck.

The defeat was cruel on Notts, whose performance made light of the 26 points that separated the two teams before the match and was an ideal response to Derry's pre-match demands.

Struggling Notts

Notts County have now lost 12 of their 16 league games this season. They have won three of their eight League One matches at Meadow Lane but they have picked up just one point out of 24 away from home.

Marcus Haber, Callum McGregor and Jamal Campbell-Ryce posed problems for the visitors throughout - particularly before the break.

But their best chance was squandered by Smith, who wasted a free header from a free-kick and then should have scored with the close-range follow-up.

Wolves, backed by 2,730 noisy visiting supporters in Notts' biggest crowd of season of 7,520, had threatened through Bakary Sako and the excellent James Henry.

But they began to get on top after the interval.

Substitute Leigh Griffiths's low shot was well saved by Bart Bialkowski and the keeper was forced to make several decent stops.

And with the pressure mounting, Ebanks-Landell reacted quickly to fire in the winner following a free-kick.

Bjorn Sigurdarson almost added a second on the counter-attack, but his shot clipped the outside of the post.

Notts sub Yoann Arquin screwed an effort wide in the final 10 minutes but the visitors held on with relative ease to go top of the table thanks to Leyton Orient's home defeat against Preston.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Notts County manager Shaun Derry

"I sensed before the game that it would be a quality performance and I'm so proud of them.

"After Tuesday night [JPT loss to Oldham] there were question marks over them about character. Today they answered them.

"When I came in the door the best part of a week ago, I said we are going to win and lose games but when we lose we would do it in the right manner. That was exactly the right manner."

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett

"We had clearcut chances which could have put the game away, but didn't.

"We battled away against a very resilient, determined Notts County side that were playing their first home game under a new manager.

"Yes, it is great for our supporters and us to be top of the league, and that puts us there to be shot at now. We have to understand that everyone's motivation level will be very high against us.

"We have to just try and keep building on the good platform we have given ourselves now."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Notts County

  • 01 Bialkowski
  • 24 Freeman Booked
  • 03 Sheehan
  • 16 Labadie
  • 04 Liddle
  • 05 Smith
  • 20 Campbell-Ryce (Haworth - 82' )
  • 22 Fotheringham Booked
  • 12 Haber
  • 19 Murray (Arquin - 81' )
  • 08 McGregor Booked (Bell - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Showunmi
  • 11 Bell
  • 15 Arquin
  • 18 Haworth
  • 23 Speiss
  • 26 Hollis
  • 34 Holt

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 13 Ikeme
  • 23 Ebanks-Landell
  • 26 Golbourne
  • 08 Davis Booked (Griffiths - 45' )
  • 05 Stearman
  • 06 Batth Booked
  • 07 Henry (Elokobi - 82' )
  • 11 McDonald
  • 16 Cassidy (Sigurdarson - 84' )
  • 04 Edwards
  • 10 Sako

Substitutes

  • 03 Elokobi
  • 09 Griffiths
  • 14 Evans
  • 15 Sigurdarson
  • 27 Jacobs
  • 32 Foley
  • 41 Flatt
Ref: David Webb
Att: 7,520

Match Stats

Shots

15 11

On target

1 7

Corners

9 5

Fouls

8 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Notts County 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90:00 +4:57 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Notts County 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90:00 +3:07

Foul by Marcus Haber (Notts County).

90:00 +3:07

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:41

Mark Fotheringham (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:41

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

89:48

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

89:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. David Bell replaces Callum McGregor.

89:04

Attempt missed. Andy Haworth (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

88:45

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

88:34

Attempt blocked. Mark Fotheringham (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:57

Attempt missed. Yoann Arquin (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

84:43

Björn Sigurdarson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

83:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Björn Sigurdarson replaces Jake Cassidy.

83:37

Andy Haworth (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:37

Foul by Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

82:09

Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Notts County) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

81:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. George Elokobi replaces James Henry because of an injury.

81:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Andy Haworth replaces Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

80:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Yoann Arquin replaces Ronan Murray.

75:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

74:51

Foul by Manny Smith (Notts County).

74:51

Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:11

Attempt saved. Callum McGregor (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

68:08

Attempt saved. Jake Cassidy (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

65:37 Booking

Booking Kieran Freeman (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

65:28

Foul by Kieran Freeman (Notts County).

65:28

Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:34

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:34

Foul by Jake Cassidy (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

63:57 Booking

Booking Mark Fotheringham (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

63:48

Foul by Mark Fotheringham (Notts County).

63:48

Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:26

Attempt blocked. Callum McGregor (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62:16

Foul by Marcus Haber (Notts County).

62:16

(Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:54

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

61:45

Attempt blocked. Callum McGregor (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

61:06

Gary Liddle (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:06

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

59:05

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ronan Murray.

58:49

Attempt blocked. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:37 Booking

Booking Callum McGregor (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

57:22

Foul by Callum McGregor (Notts County).

57:22

James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:39

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Danny Batth.

55:19

Joss Labadie (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:19

Foul by Jake Cassidy (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

54:46

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

54:16

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Bakary Sako.

53:20

Ronan Murray (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:20

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

50:17

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

48:49

Attempt missed. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

47:14

Gary Liddle (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:14

Foul by Jake Cassidy (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

45:43

Foul by David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

45:43

Joss Labadie (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Notts County 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leigh Griffiths replaces David Davis because of an injury.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Notts County 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

41:30

Attempt saved. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

38:28

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

37:35

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Joss Labadie.

36:53

Attempt saved. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

32:14 Booking

Booking David Davis (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

31:00

Gary Liddle (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:51

Foul by David Davis (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

29:46

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Manny Smith.

29:12

Attempt missed. Marcus Haber (Notts County) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

28:35

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

26:42

Attempt saved. Jake Cassidy (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

25:17

Kieran Freeman (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:17

Foul by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

24:32

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Danny Batth.

24:23

Attempt blocked. Callum McGregor (Notts County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

22:52

Attempt blocked. Alan Sheehan (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

21:52 Booking

Booking Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

21:41

Callum McGregor (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:41

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

20:06

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

20:06

(Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:44

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

19:33

Attempt blocked. Manny Smith (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

19:25

Attempt blocked. Manny Smith (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

18:32

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:32

Foul by Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

17:21

Foul by Alan Sheehan (Notts County).

17:21

James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:07

Attempt blocked. Callum McGregor (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

16:07

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Danny Batth.

15:55

Attempt blocked. Callum McGregor (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

8:44

Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

7:27

Hand ball by David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

4:20

Attempt saved. Jake Cassidy (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

2:26

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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