Full-time: Notts 1 Swindon 0
NOTTS County ended their long wait for a home league win today.
The Magpies beat Swindon Town 1-0 at Meadow Lane in League One, after going two months without a home victory.
Alan Judge scored the winner in the first half – and it was a super long-range strike from the Irish midfielder, who has now scored four goals this season.
New-signing Chris Iwelumo made his debut for the Magpies, less than 48 hours after moving to Meadow Lane on loan from Watford, and right-back Julian Kelly also started for the first time in eight weeks, following his recovery from a hamstring injury.
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They were the only two changes made by Notts from their midweek goal-less draw at Preston North End.
Kelly replaced Carl Regan and joined Dean Leacock, Gary Liddle and Alan Sheehan, a former Swindon player, in defence, in front of goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
Iwelumo replaced Yoann Arquin in attack and Judge, Jeff Hughes, captain Neal Bishop, Francois Zoko and Andre Boucaud also all started against the Robins.
Matt Ritchie, who was on loan with the Magpies during their League Two title-winning season, notably started for Swindon.
Notts began well and Iwelumo quickly looked a threat, using his power to hold off a defender on two minutes so a long ball forward by Leacock fell to Judge.
The Irish midfielder swept into the penalty area, cut inside defender Joe Devera and hit a low shot at goal that Swindon goalkeeper Wes Foderingham saved.
Iwelumo then sent Zoko racing into the box with a good flick-on on seven minutes, he cut the ball back from the byline and Bishop smashed it at goal from 12 yards, but it hit Hughes.
The Magpies threatened again on 13 minutes, Sheehan curling a free-kick at goal from the edge of the penalty area that Foderingham parried over the crossbar, and just two minutes later Hughes seized onto a cross from Judge, but Foderingham saved his shot.
Notts continued to put the visitors under pressure as the first half wore on and Devera hacked away a close-range effort from Bishop on 18 minutes and Hughes glanced a header just wide from the subsequent corner.
Having gone so close to scoring, the Magpies then survived two big scares.
A mix-up between Hughes and Kelly gifted Robins' striker Andy Williams a chance on 21 minutes and he drove a low shot at goal that Bialkowski parried wide and just a minute later the Notts No.1 pushed a close-range shot from James Collins onto his right-hand post.
The Magpies quickly hit back and scored to take a 1-0 lead on 27 minutes.
Sheehan hit a long ball forward to Iwelumo, he flicked it to Judge and he thundered a shot inside Foderingham's right-hand post from 25 yards.
Swindon thought they had equalised just minutes later when Collins beat Bialkowski with a close-range header, but he was flagged offside.
Ritchie then dragged a long-range shot wide on 36 minutes and tested Bialkowski with a far better strike from 30 yards on 41 minutes.
Notts came under pressure in the opening minutes of the second half, but they still went close to doubling their lead on 51 minutes as Judge whipped in a cross from the right and Iwelumo directed a header at goal from close range, but Foderingham made a great save to deny him.
Ritchie was looking the Robins' biggest threat and he forced Bialkowski into a good save on 57 minutes, after spinning past Sheehan inside the box and firing a low shot at goal.
Swindon threatened again on 63 minutes as defender Darren Ward headed at goal from point-blank range from a corner, but Bialkowski was there again, and made a great block to stop them equalising.
The visitors created three more chances to level before the end.
Ritchie smashed a shot at goal from 20 yards from a short free-kick routine on 88 minutes that Bialkowski, the Magpies' man of the match, held.
Ritchie tested Bialkowski again from 20 yards on 92 minutes and the Notts goalkeeper then tipped Jay McEveley's looping ball into the box over the bar on 94 minutes.
Bialkowski was not going to be beaten and Notts were not going to be denied victory.
NOTTS: Bialkowski, Kelly (Regan, 82), Leacock, Liddle, Sheehan, Bishop, Boucaud (Arquin, 90+2), J Hughes, Zoko (Labadie, 78), Judge, Iwelumo. Subs: Mitchell, Bencherif, Mahon, Showunmi.
SWINDON: Foderingham, McCormack, Devera, Ward, McEveley, Ritchie, Ferry, Bostock (Hollands, 46), De Vita (Roberts, 69), Williams, Collins (Martin, 54). Subs: Bedwell, Archibald-Henville, Flint, Storey.
ATTENDANCE: 6,383 (815 away).