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Cambridge United (A)

20 February 2018

Notts County travel to managerless Cambridge United looking to extend their unbeaten run to three games in Sky Bet League Two.

The Magpies picked up a solid point with a goalless draw at Newport at the weekend to go with their 2-1 win over Carlisle United last Tuesday night.

A win would leave County a point adrift of the automatic promotion places heading into the weekend's fixtures.

Cambridge have been revitalised under interim head coach Joe Dunne, who took on the role following the departure of former Notts boss Shaun Derry earlier this month.

The Us have won both of their games under the Irishman, scoring three goals in each outing to move to within eight points of the play-off places.

Another win would do no harm to Dunne's chances of getting the job on a permanent basis and a late charge into the top seven would be hard for the new hierarchy at the Abbey Stadium to ignore.

Notts boss Kevin Nolan says...

"It will be a nice pitch, similar to ours, because they like to play the ball so I am hoping for a different game to Saturday.

"If you keep going under and losing games away from home, you can come unstuck.

"If you keep plugging away and take draws rather than losses it can give you a bit of momentum and confidence."

Cambridge interim head coach Joe Dunne says...

 "Tuesday presents another huge test for us. It will be an incredibly tough game and a wonderful challenge for us to take on.

"They will 100% be in the mix for automatic promotion come the end of the season and every game for them now is crucial.

"Notts proved their worth and how strongly they finish games [in December]."

Team news

Striker Shola Ameobi is available for selection after sitting out the trip to Newport County at the weekend.

Defender Shaun Brisley is also back to full fitness after recovering from a bug but could be kept out of the team for a second consecutive game by Brighton loanee Ben Hall.

The hosts will be without striker Barry Corr, who was withdrawn from Saturday's win over Grimsby Town with an undisclosed injury, while George Maris also missed out with a head injury.

There was good news for the Us, though, as Leon Legge, Piero Mingoia and Jabo Ibehre all returned to training ahead of the game.

Dangerman

Uche Ikpeazu left Watford after six loan spells in the summer of 2016 in search of first-team football and hasn't looked back since Cambridge took a punt on the powerful striker.

Initially signed on a short-term deal, the 22-year-old made an impressive start to life at the Abbey Stadium and penned a new contract until the summer of 2018 in October 2016.

The frontman had already made close to 80 EFL appearances before signing for Shaun Derry's team from his loan spells with Crewe Alexandra, Doncaster Rovers, Port Vale and Blackpool.

A 12-goal return so far this season has eclipsed his tally from the last campaign and, should he hit a purple patch in front of goal, the youngster could well reach the 20-goal landmark.

We've met before...

Notts have not enjoyed good fortune against the Us in recent years, winning none of the last six meetings between the sides.

Indeed, their last win against United came in November 2004, when Matt Williams and Chris Palmer secured a 2-1 victory.

County's last win away to Cambridge was even further back, in January 2002, when Darren Caskey and Paul Heffernan were both on target in a 2-0 success.

The last outing between the teams was a memorable one as Notts came from 3-0 down to rescue a point at Meadow Lane.

Uche Ikpeazu's strike and Jevani Brown's brace put the visitors in command but the Magpies hit back as Lewis Alessandra, Shaun Brisley and Jonathan Forte secured a last-gasp draw.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 13/8 odds-against favourites while the hosts are 17/10 to take all three points. The draw is available at 9/4.

A 1-0 success can be backed at 7/1 or a 2-0 win is available at 11/1. A goal-laden 3-2 victory for the Magpies is 33/1.

Sky Bet offer odds of 4/1 on Notts winning the game with both teams scoring or 7/2 to keep a clean sheet to win the game to nil.

Lewis Alessandra was the man to get the comeback underway when the sides met in December and the attacker can be backed at 6/1 to open the scoring at the Abbey Stadium.

Elliott Hewitt is 28/1 to be the first name on the scoresheet while striker Jon Stead is 14/1 to score two or more goals, as he did last Tuesday in the victory over Carlisle United.

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Cambridge 1-0 Notts

Defeat for Magpies at the Abbey Stadium

20 February 2018

Notts County suffered a 1-0 defeat at Cambridge United as Medy Elito struck the only goal of the game in the first half.

The midfielder bundled the ball from close range to earn the home sides the points on an evening when Notts found clear-cut chances hard to come by.

Kevin Nolan made two changes to the team which started Saturday's 0-0 draw at Newport, replacing both full backs as Matt Tootle and Dan Jones came in at the expense of Nicky Hunt and Carl Dickinson.

Shola Ameobi returned to the bench after sitting out the trip to south Wales, while Terry Hawkridge also came back into the matchday squad.

The hosts, buoyant under interim head coach Joe Dunne following the sacking of former Notts manager Shaun Derry earlier in the month, made a strong start with Jevani Brown and Uche Ikpeazu firing wide of the target inside the opening 10 minutes.

Liam O'Neil and Ikpeazu were off target later in the half, while Notts threatened when Liam Noble's hooked effort from the edge of the penalty area landed on the roof of the net.

Cambridge thought they had a clear-cut opportunity when Elito's shot deflected into the path of the unmarked O'Neil, who headed straight at Adam Collin, but the midfielder's blushes were spared by the offside flag.

There was no such luck three minutes later, however, as the Us took the lead in similar circumstances.

It was Brown who saw his shot hit a Notts body, sending the ball spinning into the night's sky and allowing Elito to steal in, round Collin and tap into an unguarded net to open the scoring.

Dunne's men immediately looked to double their advantage with Brad Halliday and Northampton Town loanee Billy Waters both forcing Notts' goalkeeper into action with low strikes.

The ball then sat up nicely for Brown to smash goalwards in the final stages of the opening period but Collin was equal to the shot.

Elito, in search of a brace, fizzed an effort wide from 25 yards to close out the half as the hosts took a slender advantage into the break.

Nolan sent Shola Ameobi on for Noor Husin at half-time, a move which saw Noble slot in alongside Hewitt in central midfield.

And, after O'Neil sent a diving header wide for the hosts, Ameobi nearly made a quick impact by knocking Hewitt's pass towards Stead only for Elito to steal in and clear the danger.

Grant entered the book for dissent as frustration began to grow for Notts and, moments after Greg Taylor had headed Brown's cross wide, Grant was replaced down the left by Jonathan Forte.

The substitute could have had an assist to his name moments after his introduction when he did well to nod the ball down for Ameobi in the area. The forward saw his shot blocked, however.

Time was ticking away from the Magpies and, in the final minute of normal time, Ameobi saw another shot blocked in the area.

Notts were given three minutes of added time to find an equaliser, the first of which saw Ikpeazu's powerful effort pushed over the bar by Collin.

Matty Virtue was sent on in place of Lewis Alessandra in Nolan's final move but the Liverpool loanee was unable to rescue the match for the Magpies as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Cambridge United (A)

19 February 2018

Tickets for tonight's Sky Bet League Two trip to Cambridge will be available at the Abbey Stadium.

All remaining away tickets have now been returned to Cambridge to be sold at an increased price of £2 per category on advance prices.

Notts supporters will be located behind the goal in the seated South Stand.

Matchday prices are as follows:

Adult: £22

64 and over: £17

18-21: £17

Under 18: £12

Under 12: £7

Under 5: £2

Tickets for this match can no longer be purchased online.

*Must be accompanied by a full-paying adult/senior.

Information obtained by SLO team

A guide for Notts fans travelling to Cambridge can be found here.

Cambridge’s SLO has confirmed that the Park and Ride will be in operation and can be used by visiting supporters.

Disabled supporters

In line with Cambridge’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 should obtain tickets direct from Cambridge by calling 01223 566 500.

Official away travel

Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 4pm.

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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