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⏮ League One Rewind: Notts County 0 City 2

The latest League One Rewind

13 June 2022

In our latest League One Rewind, we take a look back to February 2011, when the Grecians recorded a 2-0 victory away at Notts County.

Notts County 0-2 Exeter City - 12th February 2011

The Grecians headed into the game in Nottingham on the back of three disappointing home defeats within the space of week, having been beaten 2-1 by Southampton, thrashed 4-1 by Huddersfield, and a 2-1 loss to Brentford in the semi-finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy which denied Paul Tisdale's men a trip to Wembley.

County were also on a winless run, having drawn three and lost one of their last four matches and sat precariously above the drop zone by just a point before kick off. The Magpies would go on to finish 19th that season, picking up two wins in their final four games to end an eight match losing streak that threatened their survival.

City started brightly at Meadow Lane and could have taken the lead through Jamie Cureton inside the first ten minutes when he forced Stuart Nelson into a good save, before Troy Archibald-Henville's effort was blocked from the resultant corner.

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The Grecians had the better of the first half, with John O'Flynn and David Noble missing good chances, with Matt Taylor (what ever happened to him?!) heading over the bar on the stroke of half time with a glancing header over the bar.

After the break, City continued their good momentum just after the break, with Steve Tully putting the away side in front. It was Ryan Harley who did all the good work on the left, wriggling his way into the area to lay it off for O'Flynn, who saw his shot parried by Nelson straight into the path of Tully. 

County did little to threaten Ben Hamer and the Grecians soon put the result in no doubt with 17 minutes of normal time remaining. Harley was the creator again as his lofted corner was headed home by a salmon-like Taylor to double the lead and give City their first away league win since November and pull them into 12th place, seven points above the drop zone.

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Notts County's best effort came in the final minute when Lee Hughes fired against the post, but ultimately it was the Grecians' afternoon.

Paul Tisdale said: "It was an important game, it's not an underestimation to say it was a very big game because we had a very disappointing week last week.

"Whichever way you look at it we needed a bit of a pick-up today and we certainly got that - the players were totally committed.

"I'm really pleased with the togetherness of the team today, not that we've not had it before, but it could have been called into question if we had come here and had a weak performance."

City XI: Hamer, Tully (Sercombe), Duffy, Archibald-Henville, Taylor, Golbourne, Dunne, Harley, Noble, Cureton, O'Flynn.

Subs: Krysiak, Edwards, Jones, Cozic, Nardiello, Logan. 


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