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:

"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.

"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?"

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Notts County

  • 01 Bialkowski
  • 21 Thompson
  • 03 Sheehan
  • 04 Liddle
  • 12 Mullins
  • 26 Hollis
  • 20 Campbell-Ryce
  • 08 McGregor (Dumbuya - 69' )
  • 19 Murray (Tyson - 80' )
  • 16 Spencer
  • 07 Grealish

Substitutes

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

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 04 Connolly Booked
  • 03 Sadler
  • 08 Torres (Monakana - 77' )
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 12 Walsh
  • 21 Jones Booked
  • 28 Dicker (Bulman - 77' )
  • 18 Tubbs
  • 14 Proctor
  • 26 Edwards

Substitutes

  • 06 Essam
  • 09 Fallon
  • 15 Bulman
  • 19 Monakana
  • 25 Maddison
Ref: Carl Boyeson
Att: 7,111

Match Stats

Shots

9 15

On target

5 8

Corners

9 9

Fouls

7 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Notts County 1, Crawley Town 0.

90:00 +3:46 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Notts County 1, Crawley Town 0.

90:00 +2:52

Gary Liddle (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:52

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

90:00 +1:19

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Michael Jones.

90:00 +0:37

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Michael Jones.

88:02

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

88:02

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:49

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

84:23

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

82:13

Attempt blocked. Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

80:24

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

79:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Nathan Tyson replaces Ronan Murray.

79:01

Attempt saved. Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

77:30

Hand ball by Gary Liddle (Notts County).

76:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Dannie Bulman replaces Gary Dicker.

76:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Sergio Torres.

72:42

Attempt saved. Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

71:53

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Sergio Torres.

70:15

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

70:15

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

68:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Mustapha Dumbuya replaces Callum McGregor.

67:43

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

67:11

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

66:47

Attempt saved. Gary Dicker (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

64:48

Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

56:58

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

54:46

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

54:31

Attempt saved. Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

54:19

Attempt blocked. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

53:17

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

52:41

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

52:41

Foul by James Spencer (Notts County).

52:18

Attempt blocked. Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

52:03

Attempt saved. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

49:34

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:34

Foul by Sergio Torres (Crawley Town).

46:55

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Ronan Murray.

46:42

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Hayden Mullins.

46:13

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

45:30

Foul by James Spencer (Notts County).

45:30

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Notts County 1, Crawley Town 0.

45:00 +2:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Notts County 1, Crawley Town 0.

45:00 +1:23

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

45:00 +1:23

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

45:00 +0:23

Attempt missed. Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

43:56 Booking

Booking Michael Jones (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

43:44

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:44

Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).

43:02

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

40:43

Foul by James Spencer (Notts County).

40:43

Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:33

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Gary Liddle.

39:26

Attempt blocked. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:15

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

35:31

Attempt missed. Alan Sheehan (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

33:01 Goal scored

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.

32:08 Booking

Booking Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

32:01

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:01

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

30:25

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

30:25

Foul by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).

29:05

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

27:09

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

26:20

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

26:20

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

25:59

Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

25:36

Attempt saved. Ronan Murray (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

24:22

Foul by Callum McGregor (Notts County).

24:22

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

24:00

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:40

Foul by Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town).

21:04

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

21:04

Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:30

Attempt blocked. Callum McGregor (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

19:52

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Gwion Edwards.

18:55

Attempt saved. Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:01

Attempt missed. James Spencer (Notts County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

11:39

James Spencer (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:39

Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).

7:52

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Hayden Mullins.

6:42

Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

6:16

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

6:16

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

5:30

Attempt blocked. Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

5:08

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

1:08

Hayden Mullins (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:08

Foul by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).

0:41

Foul by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).

0:41

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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