Match ends, Notts County 1, Crewe Alexandra 1.
Substitute Alex Kiwomya rescued a point for Crewe as they held Notts County to a 1-1 draw at Meadow Lane.
Both sides looked low on confidence in a first half where the goalkeepers remained untroubled.
But the game did begin to liven up after the interval thanks to County's introduction of on-loan Wolves teenager Aaron Collins.
The youngster showed why he is so highly rated by the Championship side as he forced Ben Garratt into a save thanks to his persistence chasing a long ball.
He then volleyed over the bar, before a neat exchange of passes with Adam Campbell saw the latter miscontrol when in a terrific position.
Campbell then turned provider when his cross into the box was poorly defended, allowing Jonathan Forte to nip in and put the Magpies ahead in the 80th minute.
But Crewe were level just 60 seconds later when George Cooper teed up Kiwomya, on loan from Chelsea, to score with a superb finish as both sides settled for a point.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 31AudelSubstituted forHewittat 89'minutes
- 23RodmanSubstituted forSnijdersat 70'minutes
- 30SteadSubstituted forCollinsat 45'minutes
- 33Opoku Aborah
- 36LowerySubstituted forKiwomyaat 58'minutes
- 18BinghamSubstituted forJonesat 58'minutes
- Lee Probert
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Notts County 1, Crewe Alexandra 1.
Attempt missed. Louis Laing (Notts County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Alex Kiwomya.
Attempt missed. Adam Campbell (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt blocked. Jonathan Forte (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Genaro Snijders (Notts County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is just a bit too high.
Attempt saved. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Notts County. Elliott Hewitt replaces Thierry Audel because of an injury.
Jordan Richards (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra).
Aaron Collins (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).
Attempt blocked. Louis Laing (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Danny Hollands (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Genaro Snijders (Notts County).
Goal! Notts County 1, Crewe Alexandra 1. Alex Kiwomya (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by George Cooper.
Goal! Notts County 1, Crewe Alexandra 0. Jonathan Forte (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Campbell.
Attempt blocked. Aaron Collins (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Ryan Lowe (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.