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Notts County 1-0 Crawley Town

Notts County moved to within a point of League One safety as Jimmy Spencer's header secured a win over Crawley Town.

Notts recovered from an edgy start and Ronan Murray went close before Spencer grabbed his fourth goal in four when he headed home Alan Sheehan's free-kick.

Crawley were on top after the break and home goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski made fantastic saves from Matt Tubbs, Gary Dicker and Gwion Williams.

But Notts held on and are only a point behind Crewe, Tranmere and Colchester.

Crewe and Colchester played out a 0-0 draw while Tranmere drew 0-0 with Sheffield United.

Notts County manager Sean Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:

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Post-match: Notts manager Derry

"Dropping the 3 points on Friday was a hard pill to swallow.

"We knew this one was important - a must win because we have always said it will be the home results that determine where we are going to finish.

"You don't expect any favours and they made it hard for us. They caused us many problems, but with a little bit of luck we've managed to come out victorious."

Crawley Town manager John Gregory told BBC Surrey:

"We seem to have a problem against teams in the lower half and I think it is a mental problem and it will need to be a lot better next season.

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John Gregory: Crawley Town boss after Notts County loss

"We cannot afford to play against lower half teams and not perform.

"I think had the players gone about playing against teams in the lower half as well as they play against the teams in the top half Richie Barker would still be here.

"I've got to review contracts this week and look at everybody for next season.

"The harsh reality is that we need to build for next season and that's what we have done in the last few games and that's what I've done.

"I have to look at everybody and think, who do I want to go to war with and whose going to roll their sleeves up and wear the shirt with pride?"

Line-ups

Notts County

  • 1Bialkowski
  • 21Thompson
  • 3Sheehan
  • 4Liddle
  • 12Mullins
  • 26Hollis
  • 20Campbell-Ryce
  • 8McGregorSubstituted forDumbuyaat 69'minutes
  • 19MurraySubstituted forTysonat 80'minutes
  • 16Spencer
  • 7Grealish

Substitutes

  • 2Dumbuya
  • 17Waite
  • 23Speiss
  • 28Boucaud
  • 29Roberts
  • 32Dixon
  • 39Tyson

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 4ConnollyBooked at 33mins
  • 3Sadler
  • 8TorresSubstituted forMonakanaat 77'minutes
  • 5McFadzean
  • 12Walsh
  • 21JonesBooked at 44mins
  • 28DickerSubstituted forBulmanat 77'minutes
  • 18Tubbs
  • 14Proctor
  • 26Edwards

Substitutes

  • 6Essam
  • 9Fallon
  • 15Bulman
  • 19Monakana
  • 25Maddison
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
7,111

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home9
Away9
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Notts County 1, Crawley Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Notts County 1, Crawley Town 0.
Gary Liddle (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).
Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Michael Jones.
Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Michael Jones.
Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).
Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.
Attempt blocked. Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Nathan Tyson replaces Ronan Murray.
Attempt saved. Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Hand ball by Gary Liddle (Notts County).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Dannie Bulman replaces Gary Dicker.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Sergio Torres.
Attempt saved. Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Sergio Torres.
Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).
Hayden Mullins (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Mustapha Dumbuya replaces Callum McGregor.
Attempt saved. Ronan Murray (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.
Attempt saved. Gary Dicker (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.
Attempt saved. Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt blocked. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. James Spencer (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by James Spencer (Notts County).
Attempt blocked. Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sergio Torres (Crawley Town).
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Ronan Murray.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Hayden Mullins.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.
Foul by James Spencer (Notts County).
Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Second Half

Second Half begins Notts County 1, Crawley Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Notts County 1, Crawley Town 0.
Hayden Mullins (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).
Attempt missed. Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.
Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.
Foul by James Spencer (Notts County).
Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Gary Liddle.
Attempt blocked. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.
Attempt missed. Alan Sheehan (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 1, Crawley Town 0. James Spencer (Notts County) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alan Sheehan with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.
Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves4430955599
2Brentford44271073091
3Rotherham44231382782
4Preston44221662582
5Leyton Orient442311103680
6Peterborough44224181270
7Swindon4419916766
8Sheff Utd43161215060
9Port Vale4418620-1360
10MK Dons4417819059
11Walsall44141614258
12Bristol City44131714356
13Crawley43141316-555
14Bradford44121715153
15Gillingham4415722-1752
16Oldham43131218-1051
17Coventry44161216-250
18Colchester44111419-1247
19Tranmere44121121-2447
20Crewe44121121-2747
21Notts County4414426-1546
22Carlisle43111121-2944
23Shrewsbury4491421-1941
24Stevenage4410925-2539
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