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Crawley Town 1-1 Notts County

Notts County players look dejected after conceding an equaliser at Crawley
Notts County were founder members of the Football League in 1888 but could drop into non-league for the first time in their history

Notts County had Ben Barclay sent off as they threw away the lead in a draw at Crawley, which leaves them rooted to the bottom of League Two.

The Magpies went ahead through Craig Mackail-Smith early on, but Ashley Nathaniel-George levelled before half-time and Notts had defender Ben Barclay sent off early in the second period.

Notts boss Neal Ardley had said before the game that his side needed to win two of their three remaining games to stand a chance of preserving their English Football League status.

And the Magpies got a vital early lift when a throw-in from Mitch Rose released Matt Tootle and his cross was headed in from eight yards by Mackail-Smith.

But Crawley responded in the 19th minute, when Nathaniel-George equalised with a low shot from the edge of the area.

Jon Stead should have hit the target for County when firing wastefully over and Rose was also off target following a defensive error.

The Magpies began the second half in purposeful fashion and defender Barclay headed over a Michael Doyle free kick after 50 minutes.

Barclay, on loan from Brighton, was shown a straight red card four minutes later for a two-footed foul on Crawley skipper Dannie Bulman.

The visitors lived dangerously as Nathaniel-George had a shot parried before Reece Grego-Cox headed a Filipe Morais cross just wide.

Crawley had won their previous two games to ensure their own safety and top-scorer Ollie Palmer shot wide in the last minute as the scores finished level.

Notts County remain two points from safety with two games to play after Macclesfield and Yeovil both drew.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crawley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Morris
  • 2Young
  • 5McNerney
  • 17Dallison-Lisbon
  • 16Maguire
  • 22Morais
  • 21Bulman
  • 28Camara
  • 15Nathaniel-George
  • 9Palmer
  • 11GambinSubstituted forGrego-Coxat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Doherty
  • 7Grego-Cox
  • 12Mersin
  • 18Sesay
  • 26Galach
  • 33N'Gala

Notts County

Formation 4-3-3

  • 27Schofield
  • 2Tootle
  • 6BarclayBooked at 54mins
  • 18Stubbs
  • 3Bird
  • 26Rose
  • 43Doyle
  • 21O'Brien
  • 28Mackail-SmithSubstituted forBoldewijnat 82'minutes
  • 24MilsomBooked at 45mins
  • 30SteadSubstituted forWardat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fitzsimons
  • 7Alessandra
  • 8Vaughan
  • 10Gomis
  • 11Boldewijn
  • 19Ward
  • 33Dunn
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
2,800

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home8
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Notts County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Notts County 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Sam Stubbs (Notts County).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town).

  6. Post update

    Michael Doyle (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  8. Post update

    Enzio Boldewijn (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Panutche Camara (Crawley Town).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Panutche Camara (Crawley Town).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Notts County. Enzio Boldewijn replaces Craig Mackail-Smith.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Panutche Camara (Crawley Town).

  16. Post update

    Matt Tootle (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jim O'Brien (Notts County).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Filipe Morais (Crawley Town).

  20. Post update

    Robert Milsom (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City442316573393485
2Bury4422111180542677
3Mansfield442016868383076
4MK Dons4422101270472376
5Forest Green4420131165432273
6Tranmere4420121261461572
7Exeter4418121459491066
8Colchester441810166053764
9Carlisle44197186360364
10Stevenage441810165554164
11Newport431810155558-364
12Oldham4316141365521362
13Crewe44188185654262
14Swindon441516135452261
15Northampton441318135759-257
16Cheltenham441412185464-1054
17Grimsby44158214254-1253
18Morecambe441311205168-1750
19Crawley44148224663-1750
20Port Vale441212203853-1548
21Cambridge441210223863-2546
22Macclesfield44913224673-2740
23Yeovil44911243964-2538
24Notts County44814224580-3538
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