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18:25 27th March 2011


Town turned on the style in front of the Sky cameras this afternoon, recording a 3-0 victory over Paul Ince's Notts County.

A brace from Scottish under-21 international Jordan Rhodes and another excellent chipped effort from Gary Roberts extended Town's unbeaten record to 18 since the turn of the year. Special mention has to go to Benik Afobe - who provided two assists for Rhodes and also had a hand in 'Robbo's 58th minute strike.

Town started the game in their blue and white stripes kicking from left to right.

The Terriers flew out of the blocks and immediately had the Magpies retreating back towards their goal. A Danny Ward cross in the opening minutes almost deceived County's centre back, Liam Chilvers whose sliced clearance landed in the hands of a relieved Stuart Nelson.

Town created an excellent opportunity in the 4th minute of the game courtesy of some neat interplay between Gary Roberts and the returning Lee Peltier. The latter skilfully beat Jon Harley on the by-line and found Benik Afobe unmarked six yards out; the Arsenal loanee took the chance first time and found his effort well saved by Nelson.

Notts County responded well to Town's early pressure and created an opening of their own in the tenth minute. A clever through ball by Ricky Ravenhill down the Magpies right released Craig Westcarr in behind Peter Clarke. Despite Clarke's close attentions Westcarr managed to get a shot away which was well saved by Ian Bennett - who was replacing the injured Alex Smithies.

The Magpies had done well to prevent Town any real openings following their impressive start to the game. However, two chances in a matter of minutes got the Town faithful back to their feet. Firstly, a Benik Afobe snap-shot in the 22nd minute hit Nelson's side netting and then a Jordan Rhodes header from a Ward cross landed comfortably in the arms of the Magpies 'keeper.

BOOKING - County's Jon Harley was the first player to receive a caution. The former Chelsea full-back was deemed to have time wasted in the 25th minute by referee Mathieson.

Town continued their good spell of pressure as the game approached the 30 minute mark with Danny Ward going close from a right-footed effort narrowly inside the Magpies penalty area.

Lee Clark's men were dominating possession, and went close again when Captain Clarke rose highest at the back stick and headed wide from 5 yards.

GOAL - Town deservedly opened the scoring in the 37th minute courtesy of some great football between Gary Roberts, Benik Afobe and Jordan Rhodes - who finished superbly. A neat slide rule pass by Roberts found Afobe striding in behind Edwards with ease. The young striker kept his head when charging through on goal, and despite good County pressure, he managed to pick out Scottish under-21 international, Rhodes at the back stick who duly obliged in heading home his 19th of the season.

BOOKING - The Magpies received their second booking of the match in the 43rd minute when Liam Chilvers recklessly bought down Benik Afobe. From the resulting free-kick Joey Gudjonsson fired an effort from 25 yards forcing Nelson into a fantastic low save.


Town almost made a superb start to the second-half, however were once again thwarted by Nelson in the County goal. A raking long ball from centre back Clarke found Chilvers wanting at the back as Afobe raced through on goal. Afobe did well to bring the bouncing ball under control and thought he had doubled Town's advantage when he poked the ball past the advancing Nelson but the 'keeper stuck out a hand and kept his side in the game.

BOOKING - Paul Ince's men received their third caution of the game in the 56th minute when winger David Martin was booked for a trip on Scott Arfield.

GOAL - The Terriers doubled their advantage in the 58th minute thanks to the same three men who combined for the first. Benik Afobe this time started the move releasing Jordan Rhodes down the outside of Liam Chilvers; Rhodes controlled superbly and instantly switched the play to the unmarked Gary Roberts who, with superb grace and balance, chipped the ball over the advancing Nelson - 2-0 Town.

BOOKING - Jordan Rhodes was the recipient of Town's first yellow card in the 59th minute when he showed dissent following a foul by Ridehalgh.

GOAL - Jordan Rhodes scored his second of the game and his 20th of the season in the 61st minute thanks again to Benik Afobe. The Arsenal loanee had played a part in both of Town's opening two goals and again provided the assist for Jordan Rhodes to finish. A ball from the left found Afobe unmarked inside the Magpies penalty box, he again selfishly found Rhodes 10 yards out who exquisitely turned the ball past Nelson and into the roof of his goal.

SUBS - Paul Ince made a double substitution in the 63rd minute. Firstly, Liam Chilvers was replaced by Sam Sodje and secondly Alan Gow was introduced for Ricky Ravenhill.

SUB - Town's Benik Afobe left the field to a standing ovation in the 73rd minute and was replaced by Danny Cadamarteri. Notts County also made their final change of the game when David Martin left the field to be replaced by Njogu Demba-Nyren.

SUB - Lee Clark made his second change of the game in the 81st minute when Lee Novak was introduced for goalscorer Jordan Rhodes.

Town had completely dominated proceedings second-half and were on track to make it 18 unbeaten since the turn of the year.


Town's team (4-4-2):

Ian Bennett, Liam Ridehalgh, Peter Clarke (c), Jamie McCombe, Lee Peltier; Gary Roberts, Scott Arfield, Joey Gudjonsson, Danny Ward; Benik Afobe (Danny Cadamarteri 73), Jordan Rhodes (Lee Novak 81).

Substitutes: Nick Colgan, Sean Morrison, Jack Hunt, Kevin Kilbane, Lee Novak, Alan Lee


Town: Rhodes 59

County: Hughes 25, Chilvers 43, Martin 56

Gate: 13,661

Away: 403

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