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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 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 96
2 Brentford 43 90
3 Leyton Orient 43 80
4 Rotherham United 43 79
5 Preston North End 43 79
6 Peterborough United 43 67
7 Swindon Town 43 63
8 Port Vale 43 60
9 Sheffield United 42 59
10 Milton Keynes Dons 43 58
11 Walsall 43 57
12 Crawley Town 42 55
13 Bradford City 43 53
14 Bristol City 43 53
15 Gillingham 43 51
16 Oldham Athletic 42 50
17 Coventry City 43 49
18 Colchester United 43 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 43 46
20 Crewe Alexandra 43 46
21 Carlisle United 42 44
22 Notts County 43 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 43 41
24 Stevenage 43 39