Lee Hughes scored a nine-minute hat-trick as Notts County kept up their play-off push with a 4-1 win at Burton - their fourth away victory of the season.

Hughes completely transformed the game with goals either side of the interval after Burton had fought back to level.

County took the lead in a frantic first half when midfielder Ricky Ravenhill crashed in a right-footed volley through a crowded area from 20 yards.

Burton quickly had chances to equalise with Steve Kabba and leading scorer Greg Pearson both missing the target from close range.

Pearson also hit the top of the bar with a 15-yard volley before Burton got the goal they deserved when Kabba scored the third goal of his loan spell from Brentford with a smart finish after Aaron Webster had headed down a Richard Jackson free-kick.

But it was County who ended the half in the ascendancy when Hughes latched onto a Ravenhill header to coolly steer a low shot past Burton goalkeeper Artur Krysiak.

Hughes repeated the trick three minutes after the interval after being supplied by Craig Westcarr, and he completed his treble from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute after being brought down by Krysiak.

Burton missed the chance to reduce the deficit when Kabba`s spot-kick was saved by Kasper Schmeichel four minutes from the end.

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