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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 Swindon Town 30 +19 56
2 Exeter City 29 +9 54
3 Crewe Alexandra 29 +18 52
4 Plymouth Argyle 28 +17 51
5 Colchester United 30 +15 49
6 Northampton Town 29 +13 49
7 Bradford City 30 +8 47
8 Cheltenham Town 28 +19 45
9 Forest Green Rovers 30 +4 44
10 Port Vale 30 +1 44
11 Newport County 27 +3 39
12 Salford City 30 0 39
13 Crawley Town 30 -2 36
14 Walsall 30 -12 36
15 Grimsby Town 28 -4 33
16 Scunthorpe United 30 -6 33
17 Oldham Athletic 30 -13 33
18 Cambridge United 30 -11 32
19 Carlisle United 29 -16 32
20 Leyton Orient 30 -12 31
21 Mansfield Town 30 -7 30
22 Macclesfield Town 29 -4 28
23 Morecambe 30 -24 26
24 Stevenage 30 -15 22