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Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Notts County

Michael Raynes score against Notts County
Michael Raynes' goal was his first for Crewe Alexandra in 367 days

Notts County were knocked off the summit of League Two following a lacklustre showing at Crewe.

Goals from Michael Raynes and Jordan Bowery secured the lowly Railwaymen the points.

Crewe were the more positive side throughout, with Chris Porter twice going close before the break.

County keeper Ross Fitzsimons fielded an angled drive from the frontman, but was later saved embarrassment when Elliott Hewitt's goalline clearance denied Porter.

Matt Tootle, making his 50th County appearance against his former club, blazed a volley well over. It was the only effort the leaders mustered in a disappointing first-half after boss Kevin Nolan surprisingly left Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi out of his starting line-up.

Crewe got their just desserts for a strong opening period when Raynes smashed the ball into the roof of the net in the 44th minute after he and Porter traded passes at George Cooper's lofted free-kick.

County looked in vain for inspiration after a triple substitution saw Stead, Ameobi and Jorge Grant introduced on the hour-mark, but they fell two behind in the 66th minute when Bowery ran in behind to take a pass from Cooper and steer past Fitzsimons.

Report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 13Richards
  • 2NgBooked at 68mins
  • 6Raynes
  • 12Nolan
  • 3Bakayogo
  • 14Ainley
  • 16LoweryBooked at 31minsSubstituted forWalkerat 65'minutes
  • 28Grant
  • 11CooperSubstituted forPickeringat 76'minutes
  • 7PorterBooked at 88mins
  • 10Bowery

Substitutes

  • 1Garratt
  • 4Walker
  • 18Pickering
  • 19Dale
  • 20Kirk
  • 22Lundstram
  • 27Stubbs

Notts County

  • 34Fitzsimons
  • 2Tootle
  • 5Duffy
  • 4Hewitt
  • 3DickinsonBooked at 82mins
  • 11HawkridgeSubstituted forGrantat 59'minutes
  • 22YatesBooked at 64mins
  • 24Milsom
  • 20WalkerSubstituted forSteadat 59'minutes
  • 14ForteSubstituted forAmeobiat 59'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 7Alessandra

Substitutes

  • 9Ameobi
  • 10Grant
  • 13Pindroch
  • 16Brisley
  • 17Smith
  • 19Hunt
  • 30Stead
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
3,339

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Notts County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Notts County 0.

Foul by Ryan Yates (Notts County).

Michael Raynes (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Matt Tootle (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Michael Raynes.

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

Foul by Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra).

Booking

Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra).

Foul by Shola Ameobi (Notts County).

Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Conor Grant (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Shola Ameobi (Notts County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Booking

Carl Dickinson (Notts County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Carl Dickinson (Notts County).

Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Dave Richards.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Harry Pickering replaces George Cooper.

Foul by Jon Stead (Notts County).

Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Shola Ameobi (Notts County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Shola Ameobi (Notts County).

Conor Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, Notts County 0. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by George Cooper.

Attempt missed. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Brad Walker replaces Tommy Lowery.

Booking

Ryan Yates (Notts County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Yates (Notts County).

Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Jon Stead (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Michael Raynes.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Michael Raynes.

Foul by Shola Ameobi (Notts County).

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Matt Tootle (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton1493234122230
2Notts County149232415929
3Exeter149232216629
4Wycombe147522821726
5Accrington148242418626
6Newport147342214824
7Stevenage147342322124
8Coventry14725148623
9Lincoln City146531613323
10Swindon147162018222
11Grimsby146351921-221
12Mansfield145542019120
13Cambridge146261415-120
14Colchester145362020018
15Carlisle145361920-118
16Cheltenham145271920-117
17Crewe145271520-517
18Yeovil144372028-815
19Crawley144281216-414
20Barnet143471719-213
21Morecambe143471220-813
22Port Vale143291520-511
23Forest Green142391231-199
24Chesterfield1422101227-158
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