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Preview: Morecambe (A)

23 November 2018

Notts County travel to Morecambe this afternoon for an important Sky Bet League Two fixture.

Steve Chettle will be in the dugout at the Globe Arena and hopes for a repeat of the recent Checkatrade Trophy win against Doncaster when he takes the side to the north-west coast.

After slipping into the relegation zone with defeat to Cheltenham last week, it’s a big game for the Magpies who could climb back out of the bottom two and move within three points of the hosts by picking up a victory.

Notts are looking for their first win in six League Two games, while Morecambe are unbeaten in three having won their last two.

The Shrimps did lose in midweek though – an Emirates FA Cup defeat to non-league Halifax Town knocked them out of the competition at the first-round stage.

Both sides will be looking to bounce back with three points.

Chettle says…

“We’ve had a good, clear week to prepare for this match as a unit and now we need to put it into practice on Saturday.

“I told the players a few home truths after last week’s loss and now we need to stand up and be counted when we face Morecambe.

“We need to be better individually and collectively and stop conceding goals to give ourselves the best chance of getting the results we need.

“We’ve done our homework on Morecambe and know they have a solid way of playing but we need to concentrate on our work first and foremost.”

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley says...

"On paper, Notts County are one of the best sides in the division and have good players all over the pitch.

"There's a chance the appointment of a new manager will galvanise the squad and see them improve their form.

"I'm in no doubt that it will be a difficult game but all we can do is concentrate on ourselves and make sure we bounce back from the disappointment of Tuesday night.

"We've taken 17 points from a possible 30 in the league so we want to continue that form and move up the table."

Team news

Strikers Jon Stead and Kane Hemmings face late fitness tests as they near a return to action but Lewis Alessandra misses out with a knee injury.

Will Patching scored one and created another for the reserves on Tuesday so could be in contention, as could Matt Toole who played 45 minutes of the same game.

Morecambe's Barry Roche is nearing a return to full fitness but Zak Mills had hernia surgery this week and will be missing for around a month.

James Sinclair, Andrew Fleming, Lamin Jagne and Florent Cuvellier are longer term absentees for the Shrimps.

We’ve met before

The Magpies did the double over Morecambe last season, winning 2-0 at Meadow Lane in September and 4-1 on a Boxing Day trip to the Globe Arena.

Alessandra and Jorge Grant both netted braces with Callum Lang grabbing a consolation for the hosts as Notts celebrated the festive period in style.

The weekend’s officials

Referee: Dean Whitestone

Assistants: Matthew Parry and Natalie Aspinall

Fourth official: Marc Edwards

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Morecambe 1-1 Notts

24 November 2018

Notts County were denied a big win by a late Morecambe leveller at the Globe Arena.

The Magpies went into the final minutes ahead thanks to Kristian Dennis' second-half header.

But Kevin Ellison came off the bench to earn a point for the hosts, scoring a scrappy goal from a corner.

Steve Chettle opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Keston Davies at right back, Dan Jones at left back and Elliott Ward partnering Jamie Turley in the heart of defence.

Rob Milsom and Elliott Hewitt shielded the back four, with Enzio Boldewijn, Will Patching and Nathan Thomas playing behind Dennis.

Boldewijn's afternoon proved to be short-lived, however, as he hobbled off the field with only 10 minutes on the clock. Noor Husin, who represented Afghanistan for the first time earlier in the week, replaced him.

It was proving to be a first half of few opportunities, although Notts were looking the more likely side to take the lead.

On 25 minutes, Thomas saw an effort deflect off a defender and loop a few yards wide of the post. Following the resultant corner, Ward curled an effort over from the edge of the area.

Thomas was having a bright first half and was off-target with a long-range effort shortly before the Magpies had the best chance of the opening 45.

It came courtesy of tenacious work from Turley, who won a crunching tackle high up the pitch before rolling the ball into the area for Dennis. For a moment it looked like the forward's finish had beaten Mark Halstead but the keeper did well to keep it out.

There were no changes for either side at half-time and Morecambe had their first opportunity of the match shortly after the restart, A-Jay Leitch-Smith guiding the ball wide under pressure from Ward.

Liam Mandeville followed up with an effort of his own, curling the ball goalwards only for Ross Fitzsimons to tip it wide on the stretch.

Any fears of the hosts gaining a grip on the game were extinguished soon afterwards, however, as the Magpies took a deserved lead.

It came after a patient spell of passing resulted in Hewitt swinging an excellent cross to the near post, where Dennis stooped bravely to nod the ball home despite Halstead's best efforts.

Patching nearly carved himself an opportunity to make it two shortly afterwards, taking the ball into the area before stumbling at the vital moment.

Morecambe's response came from Ellison, who fired a free-kick comfortably over the bar shortly before Husin was shown yellow for blocking the taking of a Shrimps set piece.

Thomas fired a fierce shot over from a narrow angle and Luke Conlan blazed the ball over the bar at the other end as the game entered its final throes.

But, cruelly, with two minutes of normal time remaining Ellison was in the right place at the right time to turn the ball home from a corner, drawing the hosts level.

Five minutes were added on at the end, during which Kion Etete replaced Dennis.

But there was to be no more action as both sides had to settle for a point.

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Tickets and travel: Morecambe (A)

Get all the details for Globe Arena trip

22 November 2018

Tickets are on sale for Notts County’s Sky Bet League Two trip to Morecambe on Saturday 24 November (kick-off 3pm).

Cash turnstiles will be in operation on the day, with no price increase.

Those who wish to buy tickets in advance for this fixture will be able to do so until 4pm on Friday.

Notts fans have been allocated 200 unreserved, covered seat tickets along the side of the pitch in the PMG Stand and 200 covered terrace tickets in the Heart Radio Stand behind the goal.

Seating

Adult: £21

65 and over: £17

18-22: £15

Full-time student: £15

Under 18: £6

Under 11: Free*

Terrace

Adult: £17

65 and over: £14

18-22: £10

Full-time student: £10

Under 18: £5

Under 11: Free*

*Each paying adult or senior can claim one free under 11 ticket. Any additional children will be charged at the under 18 rate. Free under 11 tickets are not be available online.

Tickets for away fixtures can be purchased online, by calling 0115 955 7210 or visiting the ticket office/club shop.

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

Disabled supporters

In line with Morecambe’s policy, tickets for supporters with a disability and their personal assistants are available to those on any level of PIPS or DLA from the DWP.

Ambulant and wheelchair disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from Notts. 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

Travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 10am.

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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