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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 3,895) 25th March 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Notts County Notts Co

Crewe 1

M Ellis (90+4)

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Notts Co 3

G Liddle (10)
R Murray (79, 87)

Murray double downs Crewe

Last Updated: 25/03/14 11:24pm

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Ronan Murray: Bagged a brace

Ronan Murray: Bagged a brace

Ronan Murray's double helped Notts County off the bottom of the League One table with a 3-1 win at relegation rivals Crewe.

Gary Liddle made the most of some slack home defending to provide County with a 10th-minute opener. Jamal Campbell-Ryce's measured cross was headed into the far corner at close range by the unmarked midfielder.

On-loan Huddersfield striker James Spencer went close to extending the lead with a long-range effort on the half-hour mark, picking up a Murray lay-off and unleashing just past the post from 25 yards.

Crewe showed greater urgency after the restart with Uche Ikpeazu looping a header onto the roof of the net. But they would have fallen further behind had teenage keeper Ben Garratt not got off his line smartly to deny Campbell-Ryce after the winger had burst clear.

Bartosz Bialkowski preserved the lead with a fine tip over to keep Abdul Osman's 30-yard screamer.

But Murray completed a vital win for County with two goals inside 10 minutes in the closing stages.

He latched onto more good work from Campbell-Ryce and cut in from the right to drive a low left-footed finish into the far corner, before breaking clear to shoot under Garratt four minutes from time.

Mark Ellis reduced the arrears with a deflected consolation effort in stoppage time.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 10 24
2 Peterborough United 10 19
3 Swindon Town 9 18
4 Milton Keynes Dons 9 16
5 Rochdale 10 16
6 Preston North End 9 16
7 Sheffield United 9 16
8 Chesterfield 9 15
9 Bradford City 10 15
10 Notts County 10 14
11 Oldham Athletic 10 14
12 Fleetwood Town 10 13
13 Crawley Town 10 13
14 Gillingham 10 12
15 Coventry City 10 12
16 Yeovil Town 10 12
17 Walsall 10 11
18 Doncaster Rovers 9 11
19 Leyton Orient 9 10
20 Colchester United 10 9
21 Barnsley 9 9
22 Port Vale 10 9
23 Scunthorpe United 10 7
24 Crewe Alexandra 10 4