February 9, 2013
Cofie rescues County
On-loan Manchester United youngster John Cofie scored on his Notts County debut to earn caretaker manager Chris Kiwomya his first point in a 1-1 draw with Crewe.
Cofie's superb second-half strike cancelled out the lead given to the Alex by Luke Murphy's penalty on the stroke of half-time.
The visitors almost went ahead in the fifth minute when Mark Ellis met Murphy's free-kick with a firm header but teenage goalkeeper Fabian Spiess palmed the ball away.
However, Crewe deservedly went into the break ahead after Gavin Mahon clumsily brought down Ajay Leitch-Smith inside the box after 45 minutes and Murphy dispatched the spot-kick with aplomb.
County came out revitalised in the second half and looked to have equalised when a sublime, dipping shot from 30 yards by Alan Judge hammered against the crossbar.
But the home side did not have to wait long to level when, in the 57th minute, a mistake by Adam Dugdale gave the ball to loan signing Cofie just outside the area and the 20-year-old planted a superb right-foot shot into the bottom corner of the net.
Murphy almost won it for Crewe with 13 minutes remaining when his free-kick was acrobatically tipped over by Spiess.
|Notts County||Crewe Alexandra|
|23 Fabian Speiss||1 Steve Phillips|
|6 Dean Leacock||6 Adam Dugdale|
|3 Alan Sheehan||5 Mark Ellis|
|2 Julian Kelly||2 Matt Tootle|
|14 Gavin Mahon||19 Abdul Osman|
|20 Jamal Campbell-Ryce||8 Luke Murphy|
|28 Andre Boucaud||31 Bradden Inman|
|8 Gary Liddle||14 Kelvin Mellor|
|11 Jeff Hughes||26 Chuks Aneke|
|10 Alan Judge||11 Byron Moore|
|19 John Cofie||10 Ajay Leitch-Smith|
|12 Liam Mitchell||Alan Martin 13|
|5 Emmanuele Smith||Gregor Robertson 15|
|18 Hamza Bencherif||Oliver Turton 12|
|25 Greg Tempest||George Ray 17|
|13 Francois Zoko||Ryan Colclough 27|
|9 Enoch Showunmi||Mathias Pogba 9|
|15 Yoann Arquin||Max Clayton 7|
|Yoann Arquin for Gavin Mahon (46)||Mathias Pogba for Byron Moore (64)|
|Francois Zoko for Jamal Campbell-Ryce (81)||Ryan Colclough for Chuks Aneke (78)|
|Enoch Showunmi for John Cofie (90)|
|Gavin Mahon (45)|
|Dean Leacock (90)|
|· Squads: Notts County | Crewe Alexandra|