Crewe Alexandra continue to be rooted to the bottom of the table following a second 3-0 home defeat in four days – this time to Notts County.
Jake Cassidy earned the visitors the lead shortly before the break and Alan Tate’s own-goal doubled the home side’s woes just past the hour.
Cassidy then grabbed his second of the contest ten minutes later to ensure a third straight defeat for the struggling Railwaymen.
Marcus Haber had twice threatened from headers against his former club at the other end but his colleagues once again emerged pointless.
The Magpies went into the break with a narrow lead when Cassidy took advantage of Garry Thompson’s pull-back close to the interval.
That was extended seventeen minutes into the second period as Shaun Harrad’s effort deflected off Tate and beyond goalkeeper Ben Garratt.
And Cassidy, who is on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, then seized upon Liam Noble’s low cross as the visitors broke again ten minutes later.
Striker Harrad was always a lively presence for them and twice went close while newcomer Stephen McLaughlin drove wide.
At the other end, Haber forced ex-Northern Ireland international goalkeeper Roy Carroll into a low save and Billy Waters and Anthony Grant were similarly denied.
Crewe Alexandra: Garratt, Tootle, Ray (Dugdale 38), Tate, Guthrie (Atkinson 69), Grant, Waters, Ness (Turton 69), Leigh, Oliver, Haber
subs (unused): Shearer, Inman, Cooper, Nolan
Notts County: Carroll, Dumbuya, Laing, Hollis, Cranston, McLaughlin, Thompson (Ismail 85), Wroe, Noble, Cassidy, Harrad (Murray 77)
subs (unused): Adams, McKenzie, Thompson, Speiss, Traoré
Goals: Cassidy (44, 62), Tate OG (52)
Ref: K. Hill
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