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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