Ruben Rodrigues’ last-gasp penalty handed 10-man Notts County a dramatic National League victory over title-chasing Sutton.
The midfielder scored his second goal of the game deep into added time to boost the Magpies’ own play-off hopes and deny the visitors the chance to close the gap on leaders Torquay.
County had earlier taken an eighth-minute lead against the run of play when Rodrigues fired them ahead with his second goal in as many games.
However, their advantage lasted just 12 minutes when Isaac Olaofe made the most of good set-up play by strike partner Omar Bugiel to level.
The home side regained the lead three minutes after the restart when Rodrigues and Dion Kelly-Evans combined to hand Kyle Wootton a tap-in, but Sutton hit back once again when Olaofe returned the favour for Bugiel to score a 62nd-minute equaliser.
Kelly-Evans’ evening took a further turn for the worse within five minutes when he was sent off for a second bookable offence, but it was the 10 men who snatched victory four minutes into stoppage time when, after defender Mark Ellis had been felled in the box, Rodrigues converted the resulting penalty.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 29MillerBooked at 49minsSubstituted forBrindleyat 72′minutes
- 13RawlinsonBooked at 90mins
- 16Kelly-EvansBooked at 67mins
- 4ReevesBooked at 13mins
- 20RodriguesSubstituted forTurnerat 90+5′minutes
- 18KnowlesSubstituted forSamat 46′minutes
- 9BugielSubstituted forSho-Silvaat 89′minutes
- 25OlaofeSubstituted forBrowneat 79′minutes
- Scott Tallis
Match ends, Notts County 3, Sutton United 2.
Second Half ends, Notts County 3, Sutton United 2.
Substitution, Notts County. Ben Turner replaces Rúben Rodrigues.
Goal! Notts County 3, Sutton United 2. Rúben Rodrigues (Notts County) converts the penalty with a.
Connell Rawlinson (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Sutton United. Tobi Sho-Silva replaces Omar Bugiel.
Substitution, Sutton United. Rhys Browne replaces Isaac Olaofe.
Substitution, Notts County. Richard Brindley replaces Calvin Miller.
Second yellow card to Dion Kelly-Evans (Notts County) for a bad foul.
Goal! Notts County 2, Sutton United 2. Omar Bugiel (Sutton United).
Calvin Miller (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Notts County 2, Sutton United 1. Kyle Wootton (Notts County).
Substitution, Notts County. Elisha Sam replaces Jimmy Knowles.
Second Half begins Notts County 1, Sutton United 1.
First Half ends, Notts County 1, Sutton United 1.
Dion Kelly-Evans (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Notts County 1, Sutton United 1. Isaac Olaofe (Sutton United).
Jake Reeves (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Notts County 1, Sutton United 0. Rúben Rodrigues (Notts County).
First Half begins.