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Notts County 5-3 Crawley Town

Garry Thompson scored a hat-trick as Notts County climbed into the play-off places with victory over Crawley.

The 33-year-old netted twice before the interval, and Zeli Ismail also scored as County headed into the break 3-0 up.

Crawley fought back to reduce the deficit to one goal with Gwion Edwards and Matt Harrold on target.

But Thompson completed his treble and Gary Jones added County's fifth before Marvin Elliott's late strike.

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Derry on Notts County v Crawley

Notts County manager Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I thought the attacking play was fantastic today, every time we picked up the ball we looked dangerous.

"It's another game unbeaten, it's nine now, we just don't want to give it up.

"It annoyed me letting them back in the game, I'd have rather won 3-0 than 5-3."

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Surrey:

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John Gregory: Crawley boss after Notts County defeat

"It was a totally uncharacteristic performance in the first half, it's certainly unlike us to get bullied by anybody and we crumbled.

"We had spirit in the second half to fight our way back into it, but at the end of the day the first half cost us. That's the reason we lost the three points.

"Letting in nine in two games is a huge embarrassment. We've had eight clean sheets this season and I have been proud with the fact we had eight clean sheets. I talked about inconsistencies last week and it was those inconsistent performances that we had today."

Line-ups

Notts County

  • 1CarrollBooked at 55mins
  • 2DumbuyaSubstituted forThompsonat 70'minutes
  • 6HollisBooked at 57mins
  • 34Laing
  • 33Cranston
  • 11Thompson
  • 13Jones
  • 16Noble
  • 32McLaughlin
  • 7IsmailSubstituted forPetrassoat 74'minutes
  • 31HarradSubstituted forMurrayat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Wroe
  • 10Murray
  • 14McKenzie
  • 15Thompson
  • 23Speiss
  • 25Traoré
  • 36Petrasso

Crawley

  • 1Jensen
  • 2Oyebanjo
  • 5LeacockBooked at 64mins
  • 12WalshBooked at 39mins
  • 26SadlerBooked at 54mins
  • 16KeaneBooked at 72minsSubstituted forBanyaat 81'minutes
  • 7Edwards
  • 8Smith
  • 33Elliott
  • 14Young
  • 9McLeodSubstituted forHarroldat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Bradley
  • 11Simpson
  • 15Banya
  • 18Harrold
  • 20Bawling
  • 21Tomlin
  • 25Ashdown
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
6,086

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home10
Away5
Corners
Home12
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Notts County 5, Crawley Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Notts County 5, Crawley Town 3.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Haydn Hollis.

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 5, Crawley Town 3. Marvin Elliott (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jimmy Smith.

Foul by Haydn Hollis (Notts County).

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Garry Thompson (Notts County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Ronan Murray replaces Shaun Harrad.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Charles Banya replaces Keith Keane.

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 5, Crawley Town 2. Gary Jones (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Dean Leacock.

Attempt saved. Gary Jones (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

(Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Harrold (Crawley Town).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Curtis Thompson.

Attempt saved. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Michael Petrasso replaces Zeli Ismail.

Attempt missed. Louis Laing (Notts County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Booking

Keith Keane (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Zeli Ismail (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Keith Keane (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Curtis Thompson replaces Mustapha Dumbuya.

Attempt missed. Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jordan Cranston.

Booking

Dean Leacock (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 4, Crawley Town 2. Garry Thompson (Notts County) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen McLaughlin with a cross.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Lanre Oyebanjo.

Shaun Harrad (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Leacock (Crawley Town).

Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Cranston (Notts County).

Foul by Haydn Hollis (Notts County).

(Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

Haydn Hollis (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Harrold (Crawley Town).

Attempt saved. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Haydn Hollis (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Haydn Hollis (Notts County).

Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City1394028131531
2Peterborough138232213926
3Swindon1164123121122
4Preston1164122111122
5MK Dons1162325141120
6Notts County125521710720
7Sheff Utd126241918120
8Chesterfield125432218419
9Fleetwood135441411319
10Oldham134721715219
11Bradford135351616018
12Rochdale125252013717
13Barnsley124351819-115
14Doncaster114251218-614
15Crawley134271223-1114
16Colchester133461719-213
17Coventry133461419-513
18Gillingham133461319-613
19Yeovil133461221-913
20Leyton Orient122641315-212
21Walsall132651114-312
22Port Vale133371521-612
23Scunthorpe133281526-1111
24Crewe133191130-1910
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