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Notts County 1-0 Crawley Town

Jimmy Spencer

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:

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Post-match: Notts manager Derry

"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.

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John Gregory: Crawley Town boss after Notts County loss

"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?"

Line-ups

Notts County

  • 1Bialkowski
  • 21Thompson
  • 3Sheehan
  • 4Liddle
  • 12Mullins
  • 26Hollis
  • 20Campbell-Ryce
  • 8McGregorSubstituted forDumbuyaat 69'minutes
  • 19MurraySubstituted forTysonat 80'minutes
  • 16Spencer
  • 7Grealish

Substitutes

  • 2Dumbuya
  • 17Waite
  • 23Speiss
  • 28Boucaud
  • 29Roberts
  • 32Dixon
  • 39Tyson

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 4ConnollyBooked at 33mins
  • 3Sadler
  • 8TorresSubstituted forMonakanaat 77'minutes
  • 5McFadzean
  • 12Walsh
  • 21JonesBooked at 44mins
  • 28DickerSubstituted forBulmanat 77'minutes
  • 18Tubbs
  • 14Proctor
  • 26Edwards

Substitutes

  • 6Essam
  • 9Fallon
  • 15Bulman
  • 19Monakana
  • 25Maddison
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
7,111

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home9
Away9
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Notts County 1, Crawley Town 0.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Michael Jones.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Michael Jones.

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

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

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

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

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

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Nathan Tyson replaces Ronan Murray.

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

Hand ball by Gary Liddle (Notts County).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Dannie Bulman replaces Gary Dicker.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Sergio Torres.

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

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Sergio Torres.

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Mustapha Dumbuya replaces Callum McGregor.

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

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

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

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

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

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

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

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

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

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

Foul by James Spencer (Notts County).

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

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

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

Foul by Sergio Torres (Crawley Town).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Ronan Murray.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Hayden Mullins.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves44309585305599
2Brentford442710769393091
3Rotherham442313882552782
4Preston442216668432582
5Leyton Orient4423111080443680
6Peterborough442241868561270
7Swindon44199166255766
8Sheff Utd431612154343060
9Port Vale44186205871-1360
10MK Dons44178196060059
11Walsall441416144745258
12Bristol City441317146966356
13Crawley431413164651-555
14Bradford441217155352153
15Gillingham44157225875-1752
16Oldham431312184757-1051
17Coventry441612167274-250
18Colchester441114194860-1247
19Tranmere441211215175-2447
20Crewe441211215279-2747
21Notts County44144266176-1546
22Carlisle431111214372-2944
23Shrewsbury44914214160-1941
24Stevenage44109254368-2539
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