Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Notts County

League One newcomers Crewe Alexandra saw their unbeaten run of 20 matches brought to an end by Notts County.

Crewe went into the game in positive mood, having hammered Hartlepool 5-0 in the Capital One Cup last Saturday.

But Francois Zoko's volley and a neat finish from Yoann Arquin condemned the hosts to a first defeat since February.

Arquin was sent off soon afterwards for a late challenge on Ashley Westwood, and 10-man County hung on despite a late header from Mathias Pogba.

But they were indebted to striker Lee Hughes, who denied Alex skipper Westwood with a last-ditch challenge in the closing stages.

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Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I was encouraged. It was a disappointing result, but in terms of the attitude and application that they put in, and the fantastic amount of work they put in, I thought it was a decent performance.

"They didn't disappoint. I thought they were decent. We made one mistake and they punished us. That was the difference.

"We just probed to try to get something, and we got something from a set play which was pleasing. It was a great corner and a great header from Pogba."

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Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Crewe

  • 13 Martin
  • 03 Davis (Mellor - 90' )
  • 05 Ellis
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 15 Robertson
  • 04 Westwood
  • 19 Osman (Murphy - 66' )
  • 07 Clayton
  • 09 Pogba Booked
  • 10 Leitch-Smith
  • 11 Moore

Substitutes

  • 21 Garratt
  • 12 Turton
  • 17 Ray
  • 08 Murphy
  • 14 Mellor
  • 18 Daniels

Notts County

  • 01 Bialkowski Booked
  • 02 Kelly
  • 03 Sheehan
  • 06 Leacock
  • 04 Bishop
  • 08 Liddle
  • 10 Judge
  • 11 J Hughes Booked
  • 30 Williams (Labadie - 13' Booked )
  • 13 Zoko (L Hughes - 64' )
  • 15 Arquin Dismissed

Substitutes

  • 12 Mitchell
  • 27 Regan
  • 14 Mahon
  • 16 Labadie (Mahon - 89' )
  • 28 Boucaud
  • 17 Waite
  • 19 L Hughes
Ref: Whitestone
Att: 5,718

Match Stats

Shots

9 10

On target

4 3

Corners

8 4

Fouls

13 15

Live Text Commentary

96:47 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +5:17 Booking

Booking Bartosz Bialkowski is given a yellow card.

90:00 +4:32

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood, Close range headed effort by Mark Ellis clears the crossbar.

90:00 +4:10

Centre by Gregor Robertson, Ashley Westwood takes a shot. Clearance by Lee Hughes.

90:00 +1:17

Alan Judge takes a shot. Blocked by Alan Martin. Jeff Hughes takes a shot. Corner taken short by Alan Judge. Alan Martin makes a save.

89:24 Substitution

Substitution Harry Davis goes off and Kelvin Mellor comes on.

87:15

Mark Ellis produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

87:15 Substitution

Substitution Joss Labadie goes off and Gavin Mahon comes on.

87:15

Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line,

86:21

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Alan Martin.

85:51

Harry Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Judge. Free kick taken by Alan Sheehan.

79:46

Unfair challenge on Jeff Hughes by Ashley Westwood results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Sheehan.

79:17 Booking

Booking Booking for Jeff Hughes.

78:05

Unfair challenge on Byron Moore by Alan Judge results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ashley Westwood from own half, Bartosz Bialkowski makes a save.

76:29

Foul by Byron Moore on Alan Judge, free kick awarded. Bartosz Bialkowski restarts play with the free kick.

75:14

Gregor Robertson crosses the ball, blocked by Julian Kelly. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood.

72:27

The assist for the goal came from Ashley Westwood.

72:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Mathias Pogba - Crewe 1 - 2 Notts Co Mathias Pogba grabs a headed goal from close range. Crewe 1-2 Notts County.

72:02

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Westwood,

69:23

The ball is sent over by Julian Kelly, Shot from close range by Lee Hughes clears the bar.

68:04

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alan Sheehan, clearance by Byron Moore.

66:46

Shot by Ashley Westwood from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

65:27

Ashley Westwood crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Lee Hughes makes a clearance.

65:27 Substitution

Substitution Abdul Osman leaves the field to be replaced by Luke Murphy.

65:27

Unfair challenge on Mathias Pogba by Julian Kelly results in a free kick.

63:08 Substitution

Substitution Lee Hughes on for Francois Zoko.

59:56

Alan Martin takes the direct free kick.

59:56 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee shows Yoann Arquin a red card.

59:28

Unfair challenge on Ashley Westwood by Yoann Arquin results in a free kick.

58:36

Alan Sheehan crosses the ball, clearance by Gregor Robertson. Corner taken left-footed by Alan Sheehan from the right by-line, clearance made by Mathias Pogba.

57:13

Assist by Alan Judge.

57:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Yoann Arquin - Crewe 0 - 2 Notts Co Yoann Arquin finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crewe 0-2 Notts County.

57:13

The ball is crossed by Alan Judge,

56:10

Unfair challenge on Byron Moore by Neal Bishop results in a free kick. Adam Dugdale takes the direct free kick.

54:18

Abdul Osman concedes a free kick for a foul on Joss Labadie. Free kick taken by Alan Sheehan.

52:51

Alan Judge crosses the ball, Francois Zoko takes a shot. Save by Alan Martin.

51:39

Gregor Robertson sends in a cross, save by Bartosz Bialkowski.

51:01

Adam Dugdale takes the free kick.

51:01 Booking

Booking Booking for Joss Labadie for unsporting behaviour.

50:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joss Labadie on Max Clayton.

50:37

The ball is crossed by Julian Kelly, Adam Dugdale manages to make a clearance.

49:05

Yoann Arquin has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

48:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Max Clayton by Dean Leacock. Ashley Westwood crosses the ball in from the free kick, Joss Labadie makes a clearance.

46:13

Max Clayton takes a shot. Clearance by Alan Sheehan.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:07 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +1:02

Neal Bishop challenges Abdul Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Ellis takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:29

Alan Judge has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

43:26

Byron Moore challenges Alan Sheehan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bartosz Bialkowski restarts play with the free kick.

43:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Byron Moore by Joss Labadie. Direct free kick taken by Adam Dugdale.

39:40

Assist by Julian Kelly.

39:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Francois Zoko - Crewe 0 - 1 Notts Co Francois Zoko finds the net with a goal from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Crewe 0-1 Notts County.

39:40

Julian Kelly delivers the ball,

39:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jeff Hughes by Gregor Robertson. Dean Leacock takes the direct free kick.

37:31

Francois Zoko fouled by Harry Davis, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Judge.

35:23

Effort from outside the area by Alan Judge goes wide right of the goal.

35:01

Byron Moore concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Sheehan. Alan Sheehan takes the direct free kick.

32:59

The referee blows for offside. Alan Sheehan takes the free kick.

31:38

Corner from the left by-line taken by Alan Judge, free kick awarded for a foul by Neal Bishop on Ajay Leitch-Smith. Alan Martin restarts play with the free kick.

31:20

Francois Zoko takes a shot. Blocked by Harry Davis.

29:40

Foul by Byron Moore on Neal Bishop, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Alan Judge.

28:49

The assistant referee signals for offside against Yoann Arquin. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Dugdale.

27:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gregor Robertson on Yoann Arquin. Direct free kick taken by Julian Kelly.

24:40

Alan Judge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Byron Moore. Free kick taken by Adam Dugdale.

24:07

Francois Zoko produces a cross, clearance made by Mark Ellis.

20:23

Foul by Yoann Arquin on Adam Dugdale, free kick awarded. Alan Martin takes the free kick. Max Clayton challenges Gary Liddle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Bartosz Bialkowski. Free kick awarded for a foul by Joss Labadie on Ashley Westwood. Alan Martin restarts play with the free kick.

19:18

Foul by Abdul Osman on Julian Kelly, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Alan Sheehan.

17:48

Direct free kick taken by Bartosz Bialkowski.

17:48 Booking

Booking Mathias Pogba is cautioned.

17:43

Unfair challenge on Julian Kelly by Mathias Pogba results in a free kick.

16:44

Mathias Pogba takes a shot. Bartosz Bialkowski makes a save.

15:16

Joss Labadie challenges Ajay Leitch-Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ajay Leitch-Smith takes the direct free kick.

13:33

Max Clayton takes a shot. Save by Bartosz Bialkowski.

12:23 Substitution

Substitution Joss Labadie replaces Tom Williams.

10:37

Centre by Alan Judge, Neal Bishop has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

8:09

A cross is delivered by Alan Judge.

7:45

The ball is sent over by Alan Judge, clearance made by Mark Ellis.

7:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Liddle on Mathias Pogba. Direct free kick taken by Adam Dugdale.

6:11

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Westwood, Alan Sheehan manages to make a clearance.

5:36

Centre by Ajay Leitch-Smith. Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line, Jeff Hughes manages to make a clearance.

5:22

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line, clearance made by Dean Leacock.

4:42

Ashley Westwood takes a shot. Save by Bartosz Bialkowski.

3:47

Yoann Arquin has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.

2:53

Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line, Jeff Hughes manages to make a clearance.

2:26

The ball is sent over by Alan Judge, clearance by Abdul Osman.

0:56

Unfair challenge on Adam Dugdale by Yoann Arquin results in a free kick. Alan Martin takes the free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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