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