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22 April 2019 Venue The People's Pension Stadium Attendance

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Preview: Crawley (A)

21 April 2019

Notts County travel to Crawley on Easter Monday looking for a quick response following defeat on Good Friday.

The Magpies were beaten 2-1 at home by MK Dons at the start of the Easter weekend, despite matching the promotion challengers for large portions of the game.

The result came on the back of a disappointing 3-0 loss at Crewe in their previous outing and Notts will be determined to return to winning ways with just three matches remaining this season.

Deapite back-to-back defeats, the Magpies have not lost any ground in the fight for survival and are still just two points from safety with the chance to climb out of the dropzone if they record victory at The People's Pension stadium.

Crawley, meanwhile, have confirmed their Sky Bet League Two status courtesy of two straight wins and have gone from relegation outsiders to a comfortable 18th in the table.

They picked up both victories on their travels, beating Yeovil 1-0 before a suprising 3-1 success at seventh-placed Exeter.

The Red Devils have lost their last two home fixtures, though, and Notts will hope to pick up an important three points in Sussex.

Notts boss Neal Ardley says...

"We have to recover from Friday really quickly and be ready to go again.

"It’s another opportunity to give ourselves a chance to take this down to the wire and save our season.

“The boys are in all weekend and we have to come up with a way of recovering the group and getting them ready to earn a victory on Monday.

“It’s hard to win games when you’ve only done that eight times throughout the campaign, but we have to focus on winning at least two of our last three matches to save our season."

Team news

Notts skipper Jon Stead will hope for a return to the starting line-up on Monday after being introduced as a second-half substitute against MK Dons, while Enzio Boldewijn will want to keep his place as he heads back to his former club. 

Ardley said after Good Friday's fixture that Mitch Rose had been battling a chest infection to play 79 minutes of the defeat, so he will hope to have fought off the illness with David Vaughan a candidate to deputise if he misses out.

Crawley's Reece Grego-Cox netted a brace in their victory against Exeter and will look to continue his goalscoring form, while top scorer Ollie Palmer will hope to end his five-match drought.

Joe Maguire, Ashley Nathaniel-George and Matty Willock will want to be more involved after coming off the bench on Friday and could be in line to start. 

We've met before

Notts have won six of their last seven meetings with the Red Devils, including victories on each of their last three trips to The People's Pension Stadium.

The reverse fixture this season finished 3-1 to the Magpies with Kane Hemmings, Jon Stead and Nathan Thomas on target, while Dominic Poleon grabbed a late consolation for Crawley. 

Elsewhere in League Two

Notts' two main relegation rivals both host play-off chasers on Monday.

Yeovil, who are level on points with the Magpies, welcome ninth-placed Colchester to Huish Park. The Glovers haven't won since 2 March.

Macclesfield will look to extend their two-point advantage over the bottom two as they host Newport, who are two points off the play-offs with a game in hand. 

Cambridge are the only other side who can mathematically still be relegated but it would be a longshot and the U's need just a point to secure their survival, which they'll hope to pick up at Forest Green.

Lincoln will be confirmed as champions if they win at home to Tranmere, but Rovers are just four points off the automatic promotion positions and will hope to spoil the party.

Mansfield and MK Dons will hope to solidify their positions in the top three when they face Oldham and Port Vale respectively, while Bury could move back into the automatic spots if either of their rivals slip up and they win at home to Northampton. 

The afternoon's officials

Referee: Graham Salisbury

Assistants: Isaac Searle and Matthew Lee

Fourth official: Adrian Waters

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Match Reports

Crawley 1-1 Notts

Ten-man Magpies hold firm to claim point

22 April 2019

Ten-man Notts County drew 1-1 away at Crawley Town on Easter Monday.

The Magpies had the dream start when Craig Mackail-Smith nodded them into an eighth-minute lead, but it was quickly cancelled out by Ashley Nathaniel-George.

Notts were giving a good account of themselves but their task was made harder when Ben Barclay was dismissed for a two-footed challenge early in the second half and they stood firm to claim a share of the spoils. 

Neal Ardley made two changes to the side that suffered defeat against MK Dons on Good Friday.

Jon Stead returned to the starting line-up as captain, replacing absent top scorer Kane Hemmings.

Pierce Bird also came in to form a three-man central defence alongside Sam Stubbs and Barclay, with Enzio Boldewijn dropping to the bench on his return to The People's Pension Stadium.

The changes saw Mackail-Smith line up alongside Stead up front - and the move paid dividends with only eight minutes on the clock when Matt Tootle capitalised on a defensive slip-up to stand a cross up to the back stick, where the loanee was on hand to send a superb looping header beyond Glenn Morris and into the net.

And the Magpies had a golden opportunity to double their lead shortly afterwards when a loose ball bounced nicely for Jim O'Brien in the area following Michael Doyle's free-kick. The Scotsman met it on the half-volley but didn't get the connection he was after, sending the shot wide.

It had been a very bright start from the Magpies but they were hit with a sucker punch on 20 minutes, when Nathaniel-George restored parity with the hosts' first meaningful shot.

It was a superb individual effort from the winger, who used his pace to cut in from the left before beating Ryan Schofield with a well-struck, low effort from the edge of the area.

Notts had another tremendous chance five minutes later when Bird played a lovely pass to reward Rob Milsom's run forward from left-wing back. The former Fulham man picked out Stead with the cutback but the experienced forward could only fire the ball over with a first-time, left-footed effort.

Crawley were living dangerously by playing the ball out from the back and it was nearly their undoing shortly before the break when the Magpies robbed them of possession high up the field, presenting Mitch Rose with a shooting opportunity 25 yards out. He could only blaze the ball over, though.

Milsom wrote his own name into referee Graham Salisbury's notebook for hauling back an opponent shortly before he called time on the half.

Both terms reemerged for the second period unchanged and Notts continued to assert themselves in an attacking sense, Barclay meeting Doyle's inswinging free-kick with a header that went just over the bar shortly after the restart.

And Barclay's disappointment was doubled moments later when he rashly lunged in on Crawley captain Dannie Bulman, earning himself a straight red card.

Ardley's response was to send on Elliott Ward for Stead as Notts continued with their five-man defence.

And the Magpies claimed the game's next shot when O'Brien sent the ball a couple of yards over the angle of post and crossbar with a long-range effort.

Chances had been few and far between for the hosts but they came dangerously close to taking the lead on 64 minutes when Ollie Palmer's cross-shot just evaded the far post, with Tom Dallison inches away from turning the ball home with a diving header on the line.

And the hosts, who were now dominating possesion, squandered an even better chance moments later when substitute Reece Grego-Cox somehow glanced a header wide after meeting Lewis Young's pinpoint cross six yards out.

With full-time looming, Mackail-Smith made way for Boldewijn in a straight swap up top.

But it was Crawley forward Palmer who nearly grabbed the headlines when his low effort from the edge of the area flashed narrowly wide of Schofield's post shortly before five of added minutes were indicated.

And there was to be no further goalmouth action as Notts came away from Sussex with what could prove to be a valuable point come the end of the season.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Crawley (A)

21 April 2019

Tickets for Notts County's Sky Bet League Two trip to Crawley Town on Monday 22 April (3pm kick-off) are available on the day at The People's Pension Stadium.

There will be no matchday price increase and the Crawley ticket office can take both cash and card payments. Tickets will also be available from the cash-only ticket cabin.

Supporters who wish to buy in advance but can't make it to Meadow Lane can book by calling 0115 955 7210 and collect on the day from Crawley's matchday collection window.

Supporters should be aware that the club shop will be closed on Monday 22 April and therefore all tickets must be collected by 1pm on Saturday 20 April.

Notts have been allocated 218 reserved, covered seat tickets located along the side of the pitch in the People’s Pension Stand and 200 covered terrace tickets located behind the goal in the KR-L Stand.

An additional allocation of tickets is available if required.

Seating

Adult: £20

65 and over: £15

Under 21: £13

Under 18: £10

Under 16: £4

Under 11: £1

Covered terrace

Adult: £16

65 and over: £12

Under 21: £11

Under 18: £10

Under 16: £4

Under 11: £1

Tickets for away fixtures can be purchased online, by calling 0115 955 7210 or in-person at the club shop/ticket office.

Tickets to the value of £1.50 and above will be subject to a 60p per ticket admin fee when purchased online or by phone.

Disabled supporters

In line with Crawley’s policy, tickets for supporters with a disability and their personal assistants are available to those on any level of PIPS or DLA from the DWP. 

Ambulant disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from Notts County. They are priced at the appropriate age-related price for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge.

Wheelchair disabled supporters are advised to contact Crawley direct by calling 01293 410000.

Official away travel

Official away travel has now sold out for this fixture.

Supporters who have already purchased official away travel are advised the bus will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 10am.

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