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Preview: Swindon Town (A)

Magpies close out the year with away trip to Wiltshire

30 December 2017

Notts County travel to Swindon Town this weekend looking to end 2017 in style.

The Magpies registered a comprehensive 4-1 win at Morecambe on Boxing Day to end a run of three successive draws in Sky Bet League Two and close out a remarkable year with a trip to Wiltshire.

The Robins have the worst home record in the league having taken 11 points from 12 fixtures on their own patch and Notts, with the fourth-best record on the road in the division, will look to ensure there are no home comforts for David Flitcroft's team.

Notts boss Kevin Nolan says...

"They are going to be looking for a reaction after that loss against Luton.

"That's going to be tough, but there are not going to be any easy games from now until the end of the season.

"What we have to do now is go there and replicate our performance from Morecambe."

Swindon manager David Flitcroft says...

"It will be another test of the squad, another test of the individual and another test of the collective.

"Saturday will give us the opportunity to see who is with us and who isn't."

Team news

Nolan was hopeful that injured trio Shola Ameobi, Rob Milsom and Jonathan Forte would recover from knocks to make the trip to Wiltshire.

Swindon will be without Timi Elsnik and Chris Hussey, while Harry Smith had his loan move from Millwall ended early.

We've met before...

The previous meeting between the sides at Meadow Lane saw Notts emerge with a narrow 1-0 win thanks to Jon Stead's penalty.

Notts' last win at Swindon came in April 2011, when goals from Alan Judge and Lee Hughes turned the game around after former County loanee Matt Ritchie had given the Robins the lead.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 13/8 favourites to pick up a second straight win with the hosts seen as the outsiders at 7/4 and the draw at 11/5.

Kevin Nolan's team will look to rub salt in the wounds after Town were beaten 5-0 at home by Luton earlier in the week and the Magpies are 200/1 to repeat that scoreline. A more conservative 2-0 away success can be backed at 11/1.

Lewis Alessandra was among the goals on Boxing Day, netting a brace in the 4-1 win at Morecambe. The attacker is 6/1 to open the scoring at the County Ground or 14/1 to score two or more again.

Notts winning to nil is 10/3, while a Magpies win with both teams scoring is available at 9/2.

You can bet on the game here.

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Match Reports

Swindon 1-0 Notts

30 December 2017

Notts County were beaten 1-0 by Swindon Town at the County Ground in their final game of 2017.

Luke Norris struck straight after the restart to win the points for Town, who had keeper Reice Charles-Cook to thank for a heroic injury-time save to deny substitute Dan Jones.

Kevin Nolan made three changes to the side that beat Morecambe on Boxing Day.

Full-backs Matt Tootle and Carl Dickinson came back into the starting 11, replacing the bench-bound Nicky Hunt and Jones, while Terry Hawkridge was also recalled in place of the absent Richard Duffy.

Elliott Hewitt took Duffy's place alongside Shaun Brisley in the heart of defence, a move which saw Liam Walker partner Ryan Yates in central midfield.

A bitterly cold wind was blowing its way around the County Ground and both sides struggled to conjure many meaningful attacks in a scrappy first half.

Linganzi looked most likely to find the breakthrough for the hosts in the early exchanges, seeing a sweet volley ruled out for offside before his header from a corner was easily saved by Ross Fitzsimons.

Brisley's name was taken on 17 minutes after he had hauled down Kaiyne Woolery 25 yards out. Norris struck the subsequent free-kick low towards goal but Fitzsimons got down well to make the save.

Notts had to wait until the 37th minute for their first real chance of the game. It came courtesy of a delicious cross from Walker, the Gibraltar international curling the ball to the near post with the outside of his left boot. Stead connected well with his header but Charles-Cook was handily positioned to block its path.

Brisley made an important block to deny Keshi Anderson inside the area shortly before a minute of added time was indicated at the end of the half.

And, while there was to be no breakthrough before the whistle, there was one shortly after the restart as Norris received a cut-back from the left and rolled the ball past Fitzsimons from 12 yards.

It could have been two for the hosts when Woolery showed blistering pace to escape both Walker and Dickinson before racing into the area. He failed to control his shot, however, and sent the ball wide.

Notts were doing their utmost to break down Swindon's defensive ranks, Walker so nearly playing Grant through one-on-one but putting a little too much pace on the through ball.

Swindon were still tempted by the prospect of a second goal, Ellis Iandolo firing a powerful free-kick goalwards but seeing the ball palmed to safety by Fitzsimons.

It had been a quiet game for Grant and, when the ball did eventually come to him in space, he could only curl it over from the edge of the area.

Swindon took the ball straight down the other end and wasted a good opportunity to make the points safe when Anderson checked inside Hewitt but failed to pick out Woolery in the middle.

Nolan's first move saw Jones and Callum Saunders come on for Dickinson and Walker, before Elliot Hodge replaced Hawkridge for his EFL debut.

Notts began to ramp up the pressure heading into five minutes of added time, during which James Dunne was perhaps fortunate to escape with only a yellow card after flying in on Tootle with a high boot. The challenge sparked a melee between both sets of players and Grant was booked for his part in it.

The Magpies kept up their desperate pursuit of an equaliser, forcing a succession of corners which Fitzsimons raced forward to compete for.

And, with the last action of the game, Nolan's men came agonisingly close to rescuing a point when Jones headed the ball towards the top corner. Charles-Cook plucked it away acrobatically and enjoyed the adulation of his team-mates and the home supporters as the referee called time on a frantic finale.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Swindon (A)

29 December 2017

Tickets for Notts County's Sky Bet League Two trip to Swindon Town will remain on sale from Meadow Lane until 4pm on Friday 29 December.

After this time, any remaining tickets will be returned to Swindon to be sold from 12.30pm at the away ticket office (50 yards from the away turnstiles at the Arkells end of the ground). There will be no price increase.

Tickets for this fixture can no longer be posted.

Notts have received an initial allocation of 403 reserved covered seat tickets located along the side of the pitch in the Arkells Stand. An additional allocation of tickets is available of required.

Tickets purchased through Notts' ticket office are priced:

Adult: £23
65 and over: £17
Student: £17
Under 21: £10
Under 18: £6
Under 11: £2

Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office or by calling 0115 955 7210. Tickets for away fixtures are not currently available online.

It is essential supporters provide their customer number/postcode when purchasing away tickets.

Disabled supporters

In line with Swindon'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. We have been allocated three pairs of tickets.

Official away travel

Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 10.30am.

Prices are as follows:

General adult/senior: £23
General under 18: £14
Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £22
Season ticket holder under 18: £13

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