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19 August 2017 Venue Adams Park Attendance

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Preview: Wycombe (A)

19 August 2017

Notts County travel to Wycombe Wanderers this weekend looking to pick up their first away victory of 2017-18.

The Magpies have won successive games to kickstart their season following a disappointing opening day defeat at Coventry City and a first-round exit in the Carabao Cup.

Wycombe, meanwhile, began the campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to Lincoln before registering a 3-2 win at Port Vale last weekend.

Kevin Nolan is aware of the need to pick up points on the road if his side are to challenge at the right end of the table this term and will be determined to get another three points on the board this weekend.

Notts boss Nolan says...

Nolan press

"We did a good job on them last season; it was one of the best performances after I came in. Hopefully we can emulate that and be a bit more clinical in front of goal."

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Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth says...

"Notts County have got some real quality in their squad and bring Premier League experience with the likes of Stead and Ameobi. It will be a big test.

"They have also got some young talent; Jorge Grant is a very talented player, and he has scored three times already this season. He will be on the watch list and we need to keep those types of players quiet."

Team news

Nolan expects to have a fully-fit squad available for the game at Adams Park with nobody limping off during Tuesday's 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy victory over Everton Under 21s.

Ainsworth's side were not in action in midweek, giving time for winger Paris Cowan-Hall (above) to recover from the knock which saw him come off injured in the win at Port Vale.

Central defender Anthony Stewart could be available after an ankle problem, while new signing Craig Mackail-Smith could be handed a home debut after signing for the Chairboys on Thursday.

Dangerman

Craig Mackail-Smith joined the Chairboys on a one-year deal earlier in the week following his release by Luton in May.

The striker, who was an integral part of Peterborough United's rise through the EFL a decade ago, has suffered with injury problems in recent years but is still a feared marksman in the fourth tier.

Indeed, between the 2006-07 and 2010-11 seasons, the 33-year-old scored 114 goals, making him one of the most prolific strikers in the country.

Ainsworth will hope Mackail-Smith can recapture that type of form to spearhead a promotion push.

We've met before...

The sides' previous meeting in Buckinghamshire came in March, with Shola Ameobi scoring the only goal of the game.

The Magpies are unbeaten in their last four visits to Adams Park and there has been no home win in this fixture since April 2008, a run of nine games.

Don't I know you?

The Chairboys brought back fan favourite Nathan Tyson during the summer.

Tyson, who had a 10-game loan spell with Notts in 2013-14, scored 44 times in 87 games for the Buckinghamshire outfit before securing a big-money move to Nottingham Forest and his return was met with delight among Wycombe fans.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Wycombe up as 11/10 favourites for victory on Saturday afternoon while Notts are 12/5 to come away from Buckinghamshire with all three points. The draw is also 12/5.

A repeat 1-0 scoreline from last season's win at Adams Park can be backed at 17/2 with the 1-0/Shola Ameobi scorecast available at 40/1.

Ameobi is 7/1 to open the scoring with midfielders Jorge Grant and Ryan Yates at 12/1 and 28/1 respectively.

Grant came off the bench last weekend to score both goals in a 2-0 win for Notts and a 2-0/Grant scorecast for this weekend's fixture is a big price at 130/1.

You can get 16/1 on Notts to win from behind, 5/1 for Nolan's men to win to-nil or 11/2 to win with both teams scoring.

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Match Reports

Wycombe 2-4 Notts

Duffy, O'Nien (OG), Forte and Alessandra hand Notts a dramatic victory

19 August 2017

Notts County picked up a first away win of the season with a 4-2 victory over Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.

Richard Duffy's opener had Notts ahead before Luke O'Nien's own goal doubled the advantage to have the Magpies 2-0 up at half-time.

But the hosts rallied in the second half and hauled themselves level through Nick Freeman and Joe Jacobson.

However, two substitues made the difference as Jonathan Forte nodded in to restore the lead before Lewis Alessandra sealed the three points with his first goal for the club.

Kevin Nolan opted to make only one change from Saturday's League Two victory over Chesterfield, Jorge Grant replacing the bench-bound Lewis Alessandra.

Notts nearly made the dream start to the match when Shaun Brisley's header looked destined for the net, only for Michael Harriman to make an incredible goalline clearance with his head.

The visitors had begun the game in superb style, Jorge Grant and Jon Stead both sending efforts over before Notts took a deserved lead.

Fittingly, the goal came from Duffy on his 50th appearance for the club when he flicked a header home from Dan Jones' excellent free-kick.

And the Magpies' joy was doubled in bizarre fashion a minute later when Adam El Abd's attempted clearance cannoned into O'Nien, ricocheting the ball into the Wycombe net.

Jones went into the book on 27 minutes for a foul on O'Nien and Duffy had to be on hand to hack the ball clear after Paul Hayes tried to scramble it home as the hosts sought a way back into the match.

But it was so nearly 3-0 Notts when another dangerous Jones delivery caused chaos in the middle and Hawkridge saw his effort cleared off the line.

A Harriman attempt was comfortably saved by Adam Collin, who was also making his 50th Notts appearance, and Adebayo Akinfenwa headed the ball over from Matt Bloomfield's cross as half-time approached.

Inside two added minutes, Ameobi had a penalty shout waved away after he appeared to be pushed in the back while chasing a ball over the top.

And there was still time for O'Nien to fire the ball goalwards from 25 yards for Collin to catch, ensuring his side went into the break two goals to the good.

That advantage didn't last long after the restart, however, as the hosts pulled a goal back on 49 minutes. The ball fell to half-time substitute Freeman in the area, who stroked it into the top corner superbly.

Notts were now in a battle to keep their lead and it showed when Terry Hawkridge and Ryan Yates required treatment for head injuries during the same stoppage. Both were deemed fit to continue.

Debutant Craig Mackail-Smith, who was also introduced at the break, missed a golden chance to equalise for the hosts when he nodded the ball straight at Collin from an unmarked position eight yards out.

Stead then had a chance of his own when the ball dropped for him on the edge of the six-yard box but Chairboys defender Sido Jombati positioned himself well to make the block.

Akinfenwa volleyed the ball wide on the stretch as the hosts continued to press for an equaliser.

And their efforts were rewarded on 68 minutes when Jacobson curled home a spectacular 25-yard free-kick via the inside of Collin's post.

Forte replaced Stead as the hosts celebrated, with the game now anyone's.

Wycombe were determined to make the three points theirs and Dominic Gape's well-struck effort soared over the crossbar shortly before Akinfenwa nodded the ball just wide.

Alessandra replaced Hawkridge in a like-for-like swap on the right wing as Nolan looked to freshen up his attacking options.

But it was Notts' earlier sub who grabbed the headlines when, on 84 minutes, he outleapt everyone in the area to nod the ball home after Ameobi had kept Jones' free-kick alive.

It was Notts' to lose once more but they put the game to bed once and for all with a minute to play when, after Forte had come agonisingly close to doubling his tally, hitting the post and scuffing the rebound along the goalline, Alessandra smashed the ball home in front of 362 jubilant travelling Magpies.

Ameobi was booked for overexuberant celebrations and was immediately replaced by Alan Smith.

And that was to be the final action of a frantic - but successful - afternoon in Buckinghamshire.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Wycombe (A)

18 August 2017

Tickets for Notts County’s Sky Bet League Two trip to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday 19 August (3pm) will be available on matchday.

Matchday prices are as follows:

Adult: £22
60 and over: £19
19-25: £17
12-18: £13
11 and under: £7

Supporters who were unable to collect their pre-paid tickets from Meadow Lane will be able to collect them on the day at Adams Park.

Disabled supporters

In line with Wycombe's policy, tickets for supporters with a disability and their personal assistants are available to those who receive the middle or higher rate of Living Allowance or equivalent.

Ambulant disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from Notts County. They are priced at the appropriate age-related rate for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge. Ambulant disabled supporters will be allocated tickets from the main allocation.

Wheelchair disabled supporters are required to purchase tickets in advance from Notts County. They are priced at the appropriate age-related rate for the disabled supporter, with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge.

Official away travel

Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 10.15am.

Prices are as follows:

General adult/senior: £22
General under 18: £13
Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £21
Season ticket holder under 18: £12

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