Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Notts County 3.
Jake Cassidy scored twice to earn Notts County their first win in six League One games and condemn bottom side Crewe Alexandra to a third straight defeat.
Cassidy tested home keeper Ben Garratt with a low shot before putting Notts ahead before the break, stroking home from a neat Garry Thompson cut-back.
Loan defender Alan Tate's unfortunate own goal, deflecting in Shaun Harrad's shot from a corner, made it 2-0.
Cassidy added Notts' third, tapping in from a low Stephen McLaughlin cross.
|Crewe's loss against Notts County is their second successive 3-0 home defeat in League One.||The Alex have the worst defensive record in England's top four divisions, having had 27 goals put past them this term.|
|Steve Davis's side have conceded 12 goals and scored just one in the last three matches.||Their only league win this season came against Port Vale in a local derby earlier this month.|
Marcus Haber, who was on loan at Notts County last season, came closest for Crewe with two headed efforts off target in the first half.
Crewe remain three points adrift at the bottom of the table with eight defeats and 27 goals conceded in 10 matches, while Notts claimed maximum points in League One for the first time since 23 August to move up to 10th.
Crewe Alexandra defender Adam Dugdale told BBC Radio Stoke:
"It's not good, is it? The mood's probably as low as I've seen it. I can understand why the fans are frustrated.
"If we could put our finger in what the problem was, we'd put it right. But we've got to get ourselves out of it.
"But too many aren't performing at the minute. If you can't work hard, you've got no chance."
Notts County manager Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"It was perhaps the most comfortable night we have had all season, but we still expected it to be a tough night.
"That's testament to the way the lads went out there and approached the game.
"They made it a night that we could enjoy. Congratulations to the boys."
- 5RaySubstituted forDugdaleat 38'minutes
- 3GuthrieSubstituted forAtkinsonat 69'minutesBooked at 76mins
- 42GrantBooked at 17mins
- 28NessSubstituted forTurtonat 69'minutes
- 11ThompsonBooked at 66minsSubstituted forIsmailat 85'minutes
- 31HarradSubstituted forMurrayat 77'minutes
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Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Notts County 3.
Foul by Jordan Cranston (Notts County).
Billy Waters (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jake Cassidy (Notts County).
Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Zeli Ismail (Notts County).
Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Substitution, Notts County. Zeli Ismail replaces Garry Thompson.
Stephen McLaughlin (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra).
Foul by Stephen McLaughlin (Notts County).
Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Ronan Murray (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra).
Substitution, Notts County. Ronan Murray replaces Shaun Harrad.
Chris Atkinson (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.
Jordan Cranston (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chris Atkinson (Crewe Alexandra).