Match ends, Exeter City 0, Notts County 2.
Two goals from Jon Stead were enough for Notts County to claim victory at Exeter that moved them into the League Two play-off places.
County got off to a dream start with a goal inside two minutes.
Exeter's Luke Croll missed his tackle, Alex Rodman ran through on goal and unselfishly squared for Stead to roll the ball into an empty net.
The Grecians were struggling to do anything of note, with County containing them easily, and the away side doubled their lead on 34 minutes.
A free-kick into the box was not dealt with by the Exeter defence and Stead was on hand to poke home the loose ball from close range.
Jake Taylor turned and shot wide for Exeter, while Reuben Reid saw a deflected shot gathered by Adam Collin as Exeter toiled, but they were struggling to break down a well-drilled County backline.
Reid almost bagged a consolation for Exeter, but his free-kick was brilliantly saved by Collin.
The Magpies were happy to sit in and soak up pressure and the win was enough to see John Sheridan's men move into the top seven. For Exeter, they slip ever closer to the bottom two.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 28StaceySubstituted forAmpaduat 73'minutes
- 29CrollSubstituted forWheelerat 74'minutes
- 8SimpsonSubstituted forMcAlindenat 84'minutes
- 5DuffyBooked at 75mins
- 23RodmanSubstituted forRichardsat 84'minutes
- 3DickinsonBooked at 56mins
- 30SteadSubstituted forCollinsat 70'minutesBooked at 83mins
- 11ForteSubstituted forOliverat 69'minutesBooked at 85mins
- 33Opoku Aborah
- Kevin Johnson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Exeter City 0, Notts County 2.
Attempt saved. Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Adam Collin.
Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michael O'Connor (Notts County).
Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.
Attempt blocked. Michael O'Connor (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.
Substitution, Exeter City. Liam McAlinden replaces Robbie Simpson.
Substitution, Notts County. Jordan Richards replaces Alex Rodman.
Aaron Collins (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt blocked. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.
Lloyd James (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Haydn Hollis (Notts County).
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Matt Tootle.
Richard Duffy (Notts County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Luke Croll.