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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Jon Stead (58' PEN)
  • Matthew Virtue-Thick (90')
  • Ross Fitzsimons (90'+3')
  • Jimmy Smith (25')
  • Josh Payne (90'+5' PEN)

Crawley snatch win as County self-destruct in stoppage time

A stoppage-time penalty from Josh Payne earned Crawley a 2-1 win over nine-man Notts County on a night of high drama at Meadow Lane.
The midfielder tucked home from 12 yards after goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons was sent off for lashing out at Jimmy Smith inside the area having claimed a corner.
Payne's composed spot-kick was enough to seal the points for the visitors, who had taken a first-half lead through Smith.
Jon Stead equalised from the spot in the second half when Josh Lelan was adjudged to have handled inside the area.
County poured forward in search of a winner and created heavy spells of pressure but they could not find a way through a stubborn Crawley defence.
And their cause was not helped when on-loan Liverpool midfielder Matty Virtue was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 90th minute.
It all came to a head in stoppage time as Fitzsimons saw red and Payne beat substitute goalkeeper Branislav Pindroch to secure Crawley's fourth win in five games.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 43 +34 84
2 Mansfield Town 43 +31 76
3 Milton Keynes Dons 43 +23 75
4 Bury 43 +24 74
5 Tranmere Rovers 43 +15 71
6 Forest Green Rovers 43 +21 70
7 Exeter City 43 +10 65
8 Carlisle United 43 +4 64
9 Colchester United 43 +7 63
10 Stevenage 43 +1 63
11 Newport County 42 -3 63
12 Swindon Town 43 +3 61
13 Oldham Athletic 42 +12 59
14 Crewe Alexandra 43 +1 59
15 Northampton Town 43 0 57
16 Cheltenham Town 43 -6 54
17 Grimsby Town 43 -13 50
18 Crawley Town 43 -17 49
19 Port Vale 43 -15 47
20 Morecambe 43 -21 47
21 Cambridge United 43 -24 46
22 Macclesfield Town 43 -27 39
23 Yeovil Town 43 -25 37
24 Notts County 43 -35 37