Backe (right) is the new chief at Notts County
Swedish manager Hans Backe endured a frustrating first game in charge of League 2’s richest club. Fellow promotion hopefuls Shrewsbury Town came away from Meadow Lane – but it could, and should have been more.
Town started the better of the two sides, their slick passing creating an opportunity but Kevin McIntyre’s low cross just evaded the lunging Waide Fairhurst at the far post. But it wasn’t long until they had the lead, Dean Holden’s cross falling nicely for on-loan Jamie Devitt who buried his finish low past Kasper Schmeichel.
The match really came alive after half-time. Notts County came out in search of an equaliser, and Steve Phillips had to be alert to deny former Shrew Luke Rodgers at the near post. But is was Shrewsbury who had a glorious chance to extend their lead. Dean Holden put in another teasing delivery, which Schmeichel did well to claw out. The ball fell to top scorer Dave Hibbert, but his volley was cleared off the line.
It turned out to be the turning point in the game, as Town began to come under serious pressure. Backe introduced Ade Akinbiyi from the bench and he quickly produced a smart turn and shot to test Phillips. However it soon told, as skipper Graeme Lee lingered at the far post and Luke Rodgers found him in acres of space to nod in.
Shrews manager Paul Simpson was understandably disappointed with the final score, but this game was a fantastic advert for League 2 football.
Posted in Notts County, Shrewsbury Town
Tagged Ade Akinbiyi, Dave Hibbert, Dean Holden, Graeme Lee, Hans Backe, Jamie Devitt, Kasper Schmeichel, Kevin McIntyre, Luke Rodgers, Notts County, Paul Simpson, Shrewsbury Town, Steve Phillips, Waide Fairhurst
With a full set of mid-week fixtures, League 2 threw up some interesting results.
First off, what a result for Chester City. New manager Mark Wright took his side to high-flying Darlington, and came away with a 2-1 win. Rob Purdie put the home side ahead, before a stunning volley from Ryan Lowe (below) levelled things up. And Shaun Kelly headed in the winner to deny Dave Penney’s team.
In an entertaining match at Valley Parade, Bradford came from 2-0 down to win the game. Jack Lester gave Chesterfield an early lead, followed by a deflected Darren Currie effort to put the Spireites in control. Graeme Lee started the comeback with a free kick, before Michael Boulding squared the game with a header. And with 20 minutes to go, Alan Goodall was sent off for bringing Nicky Law
down in the box. Barry Conlon piled on the misery for Lee Richardson by dispatching the penalty, and making it 3-2.
In other news, Wycombe extended their unbeaten run at the top, with Matt Harrold and Lewis Spence netting the goals. And a late Grant Holt penalty gave Shrewsbury a much needed victory over Dag & Red.
Tues Nov 25 Results:
Aldershot 2-0 Lincoln
Bournemouth 0-0 Morecambe
Bradford 3-2 Chesterfield
Darlington 1-2 Chester
Exeter 1-1 Rotherham
Gillingham 1-1 Rochdale
Luton 0-1 Brentford
Macclesfield 1-0 Grimsby
Notts County 0-2 Wycombe
Port Vale 0-0 Barnet
Shrewsbury 2-1 Dag & Red
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Tagged Alan Goodall, Barry Conlon, Bradford City, Chester City, Chesterfield, Dag & Red, Darlington, Darren Currie, Dave Penney, Graeme Lee, Grant Holt, Jack Lester, Lee Richardson, Lewis Spence, Mark Wright, Matt Harrold, Michael Boulding, Nicky Law, Rob Purdie, Ryan Lowe, Shaun Kelly, Shrewsbury Town, Valley Parade, Wycombe Wanderers