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Preview: Crewe (A)

17 October 2017

Notts County travel to Crewe Alexandra this evelooking to retain their place at the top of the sky Bet League Two table.

The Magpies replaced Exeter at the summit following a 2-1 win over Barnet at the weekend and now make the trip to Cheshire looking to give themselves some breathing room.

Crewe have lost seven of their last eight games to slip to 19th in the table, though manager David Artell has been without a number of key players due to injury in recent weeks.

The Railwaymen have picked up 11 of their 14 points on home turf and could move to the fringes of the top half with a victory.

But Kevin Nolan's men have responded well to their derby-day defeat at Mansfield, taking four points from the following two games, and the manager will be keen to further extend that unbeaten run to keep his team out in front in the fourth tier.

Notts manager Kevin Nolan says...

"We'll be going there to try and shut them out because they have some good individuals. They play really well and want to do things the right way.

"If we go there and let them play, they will hurt us. We have to be up to the fight but I'm sure they will be too."

Click here for more from the manager.

Crewe boss David Artell says...

"We know Notts County are a good side and they're in a good mindset because they're winning games.

"We have to embrace the challenge and use it to show good we can be. It's the perfect opportunity to do that."

Team news

Goalkeeper Adam Collin will miss out after injuring his knee during Saturday's 2-1 win over Barnet. 

Defender Dan Jones will also be absent for the trip as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Crewe are set to be without George Ray, James Jones and Ryan Wintle.


Chris Porter hit the ground running following his summer move from Colchester United, scoring six goals in his first seven games for the Railwaymen.

The 33-year-old striker scored 16 times for the Us last season, including a stunning consolation in Notts' 3-1 win over the Essex side at Meadow Lane in March, but is now without a goal in his past eight outings.

We've met before...

Notts are unbeaten in their past six visits to the Railwaymen, winning five of them.

Both meetings last season ended in draws with Notts coming away from Cheshire with a 2-2 draw in April thanks to goals from Adam Campbell and Michael O'Connor.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 23/20 favourites for victory, while Crewe are 23/10 to get back to winning ways after their 2-0 defeat at Yeovil on Saturday. The draw is available at 12/5.

Notts' last win at Crewe was a 3-0 success in September 2014 and Sky Bet go 18/1 for the same scoreline this time around. A more conservative 2-1 win for the Magpies is 15/2.

Fancy Notts to win and keep a sixth clean sheet? It's 11/4 for Nolan's men to win to-nil or 3/1 for both teams scoring with the three points coming back to Nottingham.

Matt Tootle could be in line to face his former club on what would be his 50th Notts appearance. Could he celebrate the milestone with a goal and the popular slug celebration? The defender is 33/1 to open the scoring or 11/1 to score at any time.

Jonathan Forte was the first name on the scoresheet when the sides met at Meadow Lane last season and is 5/1 to do the same again at the Alexandra Stadium. The striker can be backed at 9/1 to score a brace or 66/1 for a hat-trick.

You can bet on the game here.

Supporters who sign up to Sky Bet using this link can help the club financially.

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Match Reports

Report: Crewe 2-0 Notts

17 October 2017

Notts County were beaten 2-0 at Crewe Alexandra this evening.

Goals either side of half-time from Michael Raynes and Jordan Bowery were enough to hand the hosts victory.

Kevin Nolan made five changes to the side that beat Barnet at the weekend.

In came Ross Fitzsimons, replacing the injured Adam Collin, while Elliott Hewitt, Terry Hawkridge, Liam Walker and Jonathan Forte were also handed starting berths.

Shaun Brisley, Jorge Grant, Shola Ameobi and Jon Stead dropped to the bench.

Crewe started the match strongly and had the first clear-cut chance of the match on 13 minutes, Raynes heading the ball straight at Fitzsimons from a corner.

Former Crewe man Matt Tootle, making his 50th Notts appearance, sent the ball over with a long-range effort by way of response, but further shooting opportunities were to prove hard to come by for Notts in a first half largely dominated by the Railwaymen.

Chris Porter fired the ball straight at Fitzsimons from a tight angle and, when the forward did squeeze an effort past the keeper moments later, Hewitt positioned himself well on the line to keep the ball out.

Walker then gave home keeper Dave Richards a semi-scare with a curling 30-yard free kick, the stopper making the save before being fouled by a Notts man on the follow-up.

The hosts still looked like the side more likely to break the deadlock however and, shortly after Callum Ainley had fired the ball narrowly wide, David Artell's men got their goal.

It came in scrappy style just before the break, skipper Raynes turning the ball home at the back post after George Cooper's free-kick.

There were no changes at half-time and Notts came close to an equaliser shortly after the restart, Carl Dickinson seeing his excellent free-kick tipped wide by Richards just as it looked like the ball was about to nestle in the corner.

Ryan Yates, who scored his first league goal for the club last weekend, then skewed a shot wide on the turn before Nolan made a hat-trick of substitutions, Grant, Stead and Ameobi replacing Walker, Forte and Hawkridge.

The trio added extra impetus to Notts' attacking play and Stead was unfortunate to see his well-struck effort fly straight at Richards from 25 yards.

But the Magpies were hit with a sucker punch shortly afterwards when Bowery latched on to a perfectly weighted ball over the top and slid it neatly beyond Fitzsimons, doubling the hosts' lead.

Ameobi entered the referee's notebook for a foul on 70 minutes, joining Yates who had been pulled up earlier in the half.

And the pair were later joined by Grant following an altercation near the touchline.

Ameobi couldn't make contact with a diving header, Crewe's Conor Grant saw a close-range effort saved by Fitzsimons and Dickinson had a free-kick blocked shortly before five minutes of added time were indicated.

But the Magpies were unable to recover and the match ended 2-0 to the hosts.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Crewe (A)

17 October 2017

Tickets for Notts County's Sky Bet League Two trip to Crewe Alexandra will remain on sale at Meadow Lane until 2pm on Tuesday 17 October.

After this time, remaining tickets will be returned to Crewe to be sold on the day at no price increase.

Supporters who are unable to collect tickets from Meadow Lane are advised to purchase from the away ticket office at the Alexandra Stadium, situated next to the turnstiles. Cash and card payments can be made on the day.

Tickets are priced:

Adult: £22
60 and over: £17
12-16: £10.50
0-11: £6.50

Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office or by calling 0115 955 7210. Tickets for away fixtures are not currently available online.

It is essential supporters provide their customer number/postcode when purchasing away tickets.

Disabled supporters

In line with Crewe Alexandra's policy, tickets for supporters with a disability and their personal assistants are available to those who receive the middle or higher rate of Living Allowance or equivalent.

Ambulant disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from Notts County. They are priced at the concessionary price for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge. Ambulant disabled supporters will be allocated tickets from the main allocation.

Wheelchair disabled supporters are required to purchase tickets in advance from Notts County. They are priced at the concessionary price for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge. Notts have been allocated seven pairs of tickets.

Official away travel

Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 4.30pm.

Prices are as follows:

General adult/senior: £18
General under 18: £11
Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £17
Season ticket holder under 18: £10

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