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Notts County 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Ethan Ebanks-Landell celebrates his winner for Wolves at Notts County

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.

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."

Line-ups

Notts County

  • 1Bialkowski
  • 24FreemanBooked at 66mins
  • 3Sheehan
  • 16Labadie
  • 4Liddle
  • 5Smith
  • 20Campbell-RyceSubstituted forHaworthat 82'minutes
  • 22FotheringhamBooked at 64mins
  • 12Haber
  • 19MurraySubstituted forArquinat 81'minutes
  • 8McGregorBooked at 58minsSubstituted forBellat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Showunmi
  • 11Bell
  • 15Arquin
  • 18Haworth
  • 23Speiss
  • 26Hollis
  • 34Holt

Wolves

  • 13Ikeme
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 26Golbourne
  • 8DavisBooked at 33minsSubstituted forGriffithsat 45'minutes
  • 5Stearman
  • 6BatthBooked at 22mins
  • 7HenrySubstituted forElokobiat 82'minutes
  • 11McDonald
  • 16CassidySubstituted forSigurdarsonat 84'minutes
  • 4Edwards
  • 10Sako

Substitutes

  • 3Elokobi
  • 9Griffiths
  • 14Evans
  • 15Sigurdarson
  • 27Jacobs
  • 32Foley
  • 41Flatt
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
7,520

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Notts County 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

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

Foul by Marcus Haber (Notts County).

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

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

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. David Bell replaces Callum McGregor.

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

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

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

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Björn Sigurdarson replaces Jake Cassidy.

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

Foul by Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Substitution

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

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Yoann Arquin replaces Ronan Murray.

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.

Foul by Manny Smith (Notts County).

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

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

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

Booking

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

Foul by Kieran Freeman (Notts County).

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

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

Foul by Jake Cassidy (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Booking

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

Foul by Mark Fotheringham (Notts County).

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

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

Foul by Marcus Haber (Notts County).

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

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

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

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

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves16123130102039
2Leyton Orient16122236132338
3Peterborough15102325121332
4Brentford169342517830
5Preston168622416830
6Swindon1682631211026
7Rotherham166642422224
8Bradford1565424141023
9Port Vale167272425-123
10MK Dons156452420422
11Walsall156451715222
12Coventry1593334221220
13Crawley165561923-420
14Gillingham165382025-518
15Colchester163851622-617
16Carlisle164571628-1217
17Shrewsbury163761619-316
18Oldham154381923-415
19Bristol City162862428-414
20Stevenage1642101526-1114
21Tranmere163581630-1414
22Crewe163491236-2413
23Sheff Utd1633101425-1112
24Notts County1631121730-1310
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