Crewe manager Steve Davis was left scratching his head after his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Notts County in a real game of two halves at Meadow Lane.

The Railwaymen dominated the opening 45 minutes with a composed display but were left to rue not making the most of it. The only goal in the first-half came late on from skipper Luke Murphy who scored from the penalty spot after Gavin Mahon had tripped Ajay Leitch-Smith inside the box.

However, the hosts were revitalised in the second period and levelled through on-loan Manchester United striker John Cofie, making his debut, with a terrific 20-yard finish.

Davis said: "We were the better team, first half in particular. We played some really good football and got into those pockets really well causing them a lot of problems but we couldn't really take our chances.

"I couldn't see a problem and they weren't causing us any difficulties in the first half. I had a half-time talk to them and said they will go 4-4-2 and whack it forward and they will try and get wingers getting crosses in.

"Lo and behold, in the second half that is what they did which, to be fair, I think they had to as their crowd had been getting on top of them. But we weren't quite ready for it despite what I had said and we couldn't cope with it."

County's caretaker boss Chris Kiwomya admitted he had to have stern words with his players at half-time after a lacklustre first 45 minutes and was pleased with the response - and his new loan signing. He said: "It was a game of two halves really. First half we stood off them and got overloaded at the back and it was an easy game.

"I said to them at half-time, `why are you standing off them?` They were coming 25 yards into our half and we were still standing off them so I told them not to be scared of them and we made a tactical change and it helped the team.

"The lads stuck with it and we were so close to getting the three points in the end. It was a great finish by John Cofie to equalise and I thought he worked tirelessly. I'm pleased with a point.

"I thought we played well second half and bossed the game. They are a good team and I thought in the end there was only one team going to win it."