Callum McGregor helped deliver Shaun Derry's first win as Notts County boss with a brace against Gillingham.

McGregor put the hosts in front with a deflected shot after Bradley Dack poked an early Gills chance onto the post.

Dack was denied by Bartosz Bialkowski before half-time, only to level from close range after the break.

Celtic loanee McGregor slammed Notts ahead again, then cleared an Adebayo Akinfenwa effort off the line before Jack Grealish rifled home a third.

The Aston Villa loanee's wonderful solo effort, beating three Gills defenders on the way to his powerful finish into the roof of the net, was his first Football League goal.

Notts' first victory in eight games in all competitions lifts the League One bottom side to within three points of safety.

All sides above them, however, have a game in hand on the Meadow Lane club.

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Notts County manager Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I'm absolutely delighted, obviously. We have raised the bar these past two weeks in particular with our performances and not got anything out of the games. Today, we fully deserved the three points.

"What we have to do now is crack on, take it into next week's game, then it into the week after that. It can't just be one day - it has to be every single day. That is what I'm striving for.

"Nothing changes, we are still at the bottom of the league. But we are bottom with a team now that is in a different place to when I first walked into the building."

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

"I thought the performance was OK. We created enough chances.

"I'm very disappointed with the finishing and I'm disappointed with the goals we conceded.

"The third goal, Grealish is a very good player but we made him look like George Best.

"I was confident we were going to score but then we had to not give anything away."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (3)

Notts County

  • 01 Bialkowski
  • 24 Freeman
  • 37 Fox
  • 28 Boucaud
  • 06 Leacock
  • 03 Sheehan
  • 20 Campbell-Ryce
  • 04 Liddle
  • 10 Haynes (Ball - 63' )
  • 07 Grealish Booked
  • 08 McGregor

Substitutes

  • 05 Smith
  • 09 Showunmi
  • 11 Bell
  • 19 Murray
  • 22 Fotheringham
  • 23 Speiss
  • 38 Ball

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 23 Harriman
  • 03 Martin
  • 18 Lee
  • 28 Daniels
  • 26 Barrett
  • 15 Dack
  • 31 Hessenthaler (Akinfenwa - 66' )
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 19 Hollands (McDonald - 75' )
  • 11 Weston

Substitutes

  • 04 Linganzi
  • 05 Davies
  • 06 Legge
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 08 Akinfenwa
  • 10 McDonald
  • 21 Howard
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 3,607

Match Stats

Shots

5 10

On target

3 4

Corners

8 10

Fouls

8 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Notts County 3, Gillingham 1.

90:00 +3:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Notts County 3, Gillingham 1.

90:00 +2:38

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

90:00 +2:38

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +2:23

Kieran Freeman (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:23

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

89:29

Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

88:26

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

87:52

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

87:15 Booking

Booking Jack Grealish (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

86:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 3, Gillingham 1. Jack Grealish (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

85:44

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.

82:07

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.

80:10

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Gary Liddle.

79:57

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

78:51

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Dean Leacock.

78:08

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:08

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

76:07

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Danny Kedwell.

74:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Cody McDonald replaces Danny Hollands.

73:25

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

71:40

Attempt saved. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

70:00

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.

69:20

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:20

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

69:00

Attempt missed. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

67:49

Hand ball by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

65:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Jake Hessenthaler.

64:53

Andre Boucaud (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:53

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

64:30

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

64:01

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Callum Ball.

62:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Callum Ball replaces Daniel Haynes.

62:29

Attempt missed. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

62:04

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

60:11

Daniel Haynes (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:11

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

57:53

Attempt saved. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

55:03

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

53:57

Hand ball by Callum McGregor (Notts County).

52:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 2, Gillingham 1. Callum McGregor (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Gary Liddle.

51:05

Attempt missed. Myles Weston (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

50:01

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

50:01

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

49:12

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:12

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

47:39

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

46:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 1, Gillingham 1. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

45:41

Foul by Daniel Haynes (Notts County).

45:41

Myles Weston (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Notts County 1, Gillingham 0.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Notts County 1, Gillingham 0.

44:00

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

43:59

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

43:11

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

43:00

Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

41:40

Foul by Kieran Freeman (Notts County).

41:40

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Notts County 1, Gillingham 0. Callum McGregor (Notts County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

35:09

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Andre Boucaud.

34:24

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

34:24

Charlie Lee (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:33

Foul by Andre Boucaud (Notts County).

29:33

Charlie Lee (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:39

Attempt missed. Kieran Freeman (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

28:19

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Myles Weston.

24:47

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.

14:13

Foul by Callum McGregor (Notts County).

14:13

Michael Harriman (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:30

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

11:38

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

11:38

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

11:02

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

11:02

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:30

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

8:30

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

6:35

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

1:09

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

1:09

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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