Full-time: Carlisle 0 Notts 4
NOTTS County thrashed Carlisle United 4-0 in League One at Brunton Park today.
Jeff Hughes started the rout early in the first half and captain Neal Bishop doubled their lead on 27 minutes.
The Magpies then struck twice in three minutes in the second half to kill off United, Francois Zoko scoring against his old club and Jamal Campbell-Ryce netting from the penalty spot.
It is their biggest win of the season – and they are now 13 league games unbeaten away from Meadow Lane.
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The Magpies were unchanged from their 1-0 home defeat against league leaders Tranmere Rovers.
Yoann Arquin started as a lone striker and Notts boss Keith Curle resisted any temptation to start Zoko, naming Campbell-Ryce, Alan Judge, Hughes, Bishop and Andre Boucaud in midfield.
Bartosz Bialkowski was in goal and Carl Regan, Dean Leacock, Gary Liddle and Jordan Stewart started in defence.
Former Magpies' defender Mike Edwards started for Carlisle and the home side threatened on three minutes, winger Matty Robson breaking forward quickly and firing a shot just wide of Bialkowski's right-hand post.
Notts hit back on five minutes, Bishop chesting the ball into Judge's path inside the penalty area, but his strike was blocked by defender Danny Livesey.
Nottingham Forest striker Joe Garner, who is on loan at Brunton Park, then smashed a shot narrowly over the crossbar from 20 yards on eight minutes.
The Magpies scored to take a 1-0 lead on 11 minutes.
Judge swung a cross into Carlisle's box from the left wing and Hughes made a great run between Livesey and Edwards to direct a header past goalkeeper Mark Gillespie from close range.
Robson went close again on 19 minutes, rifling a shot over the bar from 20 yards after Notts failed to clear a free-kick.
The Magpies were claiming for a penalty moments later, after Gillespie spilled a cross and Hughes nicked the ball away from him and was brought down.
Hughes threw his arms up in the air, after being upended, but referee Stuart Attwell waved away his protest, leaving Curle shaking his head on the touchline.
Notts soon doubled their lead anyway, Bishop making it 2-0 on 27 minutes.
Jeff Hughes won the ball back with a good tackle and quickly spread it out wide and Stewart swept a superb cross into the six-yard box for Bishop, who slid in to prod it past Gillespie.
Notts were cruising, but Judge was forced off with an injury after taking a whack on the hip on 35 minutes, just moments after Bialkowski made a great save to deny Garner from point-blank range.
Zoko came on to boos from the home fans, but almost silenced them very quickly, beating two players inside the box before finally being stopped.
The Ivorian might have been denied, but the Magpies were still in complete control as the first half ended in comical fashion with Attwell booking the wrong Notts player.
Arquin fouled Carlisle left-back Chris Chantler, but Attwell booked Campbell-Ryce before being told he had made a mistake by Curle.
He very quickly rescinded Campbell-Ryce's yellow with a gesture and booked Arquin before blowing his whistle for half-time.
The Magpies were very quickly back into the stride at the start of the second half, with Bishop driving them forward, and they made it 3-0 on 54 minutes.
Zoko scored it, racing onto Arquin's flick and into the box and slipping the ball confidently past Gillespie.
He didn't celebrate and just lifted his right arm up in the air, before being mobbed by his team-mates.
Notts then scored a fourth goal from the penalty spot on 56 minutes.
Campbell-Ryce was brought down by Chantler and, after dusting himself down, he stepped up and stroked the spot-kick into the bottom left corner of the net, sending Gillespie the wrong way.
Leading 4-0, the Magpies subbed Bishop to give a debut to Ashley Eastham and the on-loan defender was quickly involved, blocking a dangerous cross into the box by Frank Simek on 72 minutes.
Bialkowski was then tested by a good free-kick from sub Liam Noble on 82 minutes and James Berrett dragged a shot just wide from 20 yards two minutes later, but Notts eased to an emphatic victory in the end.
CARLISLE: Gillespie, Potts (Simek, 62), Livesey, Edwards, Chantler, Higginbotham, Berrett, Thirlwell (Noble, 46), Robson, Garner, Cadamarteri (Beck, 63). Subs: Collin, Murphy, Welsh, Bugno.
NOTTS: Bialkowski, Regan, Leacock, Liddle, Stewart, Bishop (Eastham, 68), Boucaud, J Hughes, Campbell-Ryce (Nangle, 77), Judge (Zoko, 35), Arquin. Subs: Spiess, Sheehan, Mahon, Showunmi.