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Preview: Accrington (H)

25 August 2017

Notts County host Accrington Stanley for Friday night football with an opportunity to go top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

The Magpies have won two of their three league outings thus far and registered three victories in a week to build momentum heading into this Bank Holiday weekend fixture.

Last weekend's 4-2 win at Wycombe has given Kevin Nolan plenty of food for thought when it comes to team selection but Accrington are sure to provide a stern test.

The Reds have an identical record to Notts after three league games with two wins and a defeat. They beat Mansfield 2-1 last weekend with former Stags striker Billy Kee scoring a last-minute winner.

After exiting the Carabao Cup at the hands of Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion in midweek, Stanley boss John Coleman will want his side's focus resharpened to pick up a first away win of 2017-18.

Nolan, however, will want to maintain his record of only having lost one competitive match at Meadow Lane since his appointment as Notts boss in mid-January.

Notts boss Kevin Nolan says...

"I love football under the lights. It's always a fantastic occasion but it won't be easy against Accrington - it never is.

"They always pose a threat and have some really good players. Billy Kee has done it for years at this level and they have added well over the summer."

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Accrington manager John Coleman says...

"It has all the makings for a really expansive game between two attacking sides who will both expect to be up there in May.

"We've got a good record at Notts County, we generally do better in the bigger stadiums. I know Kevin Nolan quite well and he'll be setting his team up to go for the win.

"They're a big club in this league, maybe too big but I believe we can go there and perform well. I'm looking forward to it and I'm sure that Kevin is."

Team news

Nolan expects to have a fully fit squad ahead of the game but has a number of selection headaches with Lewis Alessandra and Jonathan Forte both coming off the bench to score in last weekend's 4-2 win at Wycombe.

Accrington sold defender Omar Beckles to Shrewsbury Town earlier in the week but added striker Mallik Wilks on loan from Leeds United.

Tyler Forbes has missed the last three games and fellow Brighton and Hove Albion loanee Tom Dallison picked up an injury in the Carabao Cup defeat to West Bromwich Albion in midweek.

However, Coleman is hopeful on having the pair available for tonight's game.

Dangerman

Kayden Jackson, like many before him, seems to be benefiting from John Coleman's powers of revitalisation with four goals in his first five games for the Reds since his summer move from Championship outfit Barnsley.

The striker struggled to make an impact in south Yorkshire after joining from Wrexham and spent the first half of last season on loan at Grimsby, scoring twice in 24 appearances for the Mariners.

A pacy forward, Jackson admitted the start of his Stanley career could not have gone much better from a personal point of view.

He said: "Everything is going right for me in front of goal and long may it continue but I know I will have to continue working hard to keep it up.

"I'm playing a more central attacking role, which I haven't done at other clubs. Billy Kee, Sean McConville and Jordan Clark make it so easy for me with their balls into the box. I have to make sure I take the chances they create."

We've met before...

Notts' last home win against Stanley came in November 2011 as the Reds were brushed aside 4-1 by a rampant Magpies side in a first round FA Cup tie.

Karl Hawley and Alan Judge had Notts two to the good before Andrew Procter saw red. Alan Sheehan added a third but Luke Joyce pulled a goal back before Hawley's second of the game secured a comfortable passage to the next round.

The most recent meeting between the sides in Nottingham ended 2-0 to the visitors as goals from John O'Sullivan and Rommy Boco meant the three points went back to Lancashire.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 7/5 favourites to pick up a fourth straight win with the visitors seen as the outsiders at 19/10 and the draw at 12/5.

A repeat of last weekend's 4-2 win can be backed at 50/1 with a more conservative 1-0 home victory available at 8/1.

Notts winning to nil is 7/2 or winning with both teams scoring available at 10/3.

Jonathan Forte came off the bench to score the decisive third goal at Adams Park last weekend and could be in line for a starting berth this evening. You can get odds of 13/2 on the attacker being the first name on the scoresheet.

For a more unfancied first goalscorer, Shaun Brisley could be worth a look at 33/1. The defender was denied a second goal of the season last weekend by a last-ditch goalline clearance and is often a threat from set-pieces.

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Match Reports

Notts 2-2 Accrington

Late leveller saves Stanley as both sides finish with 10 men

25 August 2017

Notts County were denied a fourth consecutive victory in second-half injury time as they shared a 2-2 draw with Accrington Stanley.

The Magpies led 2-0 thanks to a penalty from Jon Stead and an excellent goal from Jorge Grant but Stanley pulled a goal back through Mark Hughes.

Both sides were then reduced to 10 men, Mekhi McLeod on 66 minutes and Matt Tootle as the game edged into nine minutes of added time.

And Tootle's dismissal gave Stanley the boost they needed, substitute Mallik Wilks levelling the scores in the 95th minute to earn his side a share of the spoils.

Kevin Nolan named an unchanged side following last weekend's 4-2 victory at Wycombe Wanderers.

A place at the top of League Two was at stake and the game began in scrappy style.

Supporters had to wait until the 28th minute for the game's first half-chance, Shola Ameobi controlling the ball on his chest before lashing it high and wide from range.

Five minutes later, however, the game was given the spark it needed when Stead was bundled over in the area by Stanley skipper Seamus Conneely.

Stead took the spotkick himself, rolling the ball under the keeper's outstretched arm and into the bottom corner.

1-0 was how it stayed going into the break and Notts nearly doubled their lead shortly after the restart when Grant saw his rasping 25-yarder tipped wide by Stanley goalkeeper Aaron Chapman.

The visiting keeper was called into action once again on 51 minutes, producing an excellent save to turn an Ameobi header round the post.

Notts were making all the running and it wasn't long before they scored the second goal their pressure deserved.

It came in sensational style, Ameobi sending Hawkridge scampering away with a sumptuous backheel. The former Lincoln winger crossed the ball for Grant, who controlled with aplomb before lashing the ball home.

Accrington needed a speedy response and fired a warning shot in the shape of a quick counter attack led by Kayden Jackson. Richard Duffy took no chances, bringing the Accrington man down and writing himself into the referee's notebook.

But the visitors pulled a goal back through Hughes shortly afterwards, the defender curling the ball off the underside of the bar and into the net.

Elliott Hewitt was the next man in the book, penalised for alleged timewasting while preparing to take a throw-in, before Janoi Donacien saw his name taken for a foul on Grant.

It was proving to be a busy second half for referee Carl Boyeson who, after seeing Stead skim the top of the bar with a header, gave Stanley substitute Mekhi McLeod his marching orders for a lunge on Yates.

Nolan's response was to send on Jonathan Forte in place of Stead and Notts cranked up the pressure once more, Yates seeing his well-struck left-footed effort pushed away by Chapman.

Duffy was then inches away from turning home Grant's cross from point-blank range before, moments later, Jones' fierce cross flashed across the face of goal with no-one on hand to turn it home.

The Magpies came close once again on 80 minutes, the ball rolling invitingly into Hawkridge's path 20 yards out. He curled it fiercely towards the bottom corner but Chapman was equal to his effort.

As the game neared full-time there was a lengthy stoppage, Ben Richards-Everton requiring significant attention before being stretchered off in place of Ross Sykes.

Notts should have wrapped the game up with a minute of normal time remaining when Ameobi got to a bouncing ball first and burst into the area. Grant was unmarked to his right but Ameobi's pass was behind him, delaying his strike and allowing a Stanley defender to divert it out for a corner.

Nine minutes were added on at the end of the match and nerves were set jangling when Tootle, booked earlier in the half, received a second yellow card for a foul on halfway to level the teams at 10 men each.

And any fears Notts had of letting their lead slip were realised five minutes into added time when Wilks drilled the ball low across the face of goal and into far corner.

The Leeds loanee should then have completed his team's turnaround when a low cross from the byline picked him out in space eight yards out. Collin dived to his right to make a crucial save, preserving a point for the Magpies.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Accrington Stanley (H)

Notts host Reds for Friday night football at Meadow Lane

25 August 2017

Notts County chairman Alan Hardy has added Friday night's visit of Accrington Stanley to this season's list of 'Bring a Friend' fixtures.

As part of their package, season ticket holders receive a voucher which entitles them to a free extra ticket for one of a selection of Notts' home games.

And, with the Magpies having the chance to top the Sky Bet League Two table with a victory, Hardy is keen to help as many supporters as possible attend the Accrington match.

He said: "Following Saturday's brilliant performance at Wycombe it's vital we keep the momentum going.

"It may be early in the season but every point counts and it would be brilliant to see us at the top of the pile.

"We want to see a big crowd at Meadow Lane to cheer the boys on and we're now allowing season ticket holders to use their Bring a Friend voucher for this game.

"Don't forget, it's also Family Football Friday with a football freestyler, face-painter, skills school and many more fun activities going on in our recently redecorated Family Stand so bring the kids along and enjoy what I'm sure will be a great occasion."

Supporters can exchange their Bring a Friend voucher for a match ticket at the club shop/ticket office, which will be open all day on Friday. Those who wish to redeem their voucher on matchday must do so from the ticket office and are asked to arrive early to allow extra time for their transaction to be processed.

A full list of Bring a Friend fixtures can be found here.

Ticket prices for the Accrington match are as follows:

  Derek Pavis Stand Air-IT Kop Stand Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £22 £22 £22
Senior (60+) £16 £16 £16
Young adult (18-21) £16 £16 £16
Under 18 (16-17) £9 £9 £9
Under 16 (12-15) £7 £7 £7
Under 12 (7-11) £1 £1 £1
Under 7† Free Free Free

†Under 7s' tickets cannot be claimed online.

Tickets can be purchased online and printed at home by clicking here. More information on buying tickets online can be found here.

Alternatively, visit the Meadow Lane ticket office or call 0115 955 7210.

Hospitality

Fish, chips and mushy peas are on offer in Notts' most relaxed hospitality suite for this fixture.

Football shirts are encouraged in Club Carlsberg and, with a private pay bar, programme, teamsheet and reserved, padded seat also included, it's the perfect package for any Notts fan.

Packages are also available in the Directors' Club and Club 155.

To enquire about hospitality for this fixture, please email kirsty.edwards@nottscountyfc.co.uk or call 0115 955 7222.

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