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Preview: Port Vale (A)

2 November 2018

Notts travel to Port Vale on Saturday looking to return to winning ways.

October was a month of stark contrast for the Magpies – starting with back-to-back victories before losing three straight Sky Bet League Two games to end the month.

In the first game of November, Notts will hope for a return to the form of four weeks ago as they travel to Vale Park chasing a third consecutive win on the Valiants’ patch.

The hosts are unbeaten in their last three league matches and have not conceded a goal since a 6-2 defeat to table-topping Lincoln City on 13 October.

Port Vale occupy 14th position in League Two having picked up six wins and 21 points so far this season.

Notts boss Harry Kewell says…

“Port Vale will be very difficult opposition. They’re unbeaten in their last few games and are coming off a great win against Bury.

“We are aware of their dangers and feel that we know how to stop them, so everything depends on how we play our game.

“We are creating opportunities so we know that goals will come. If it was the other way around and we were struggling to make chances I would be worried.

“Every game is a battle and every game is tough but, if we approach it with hard work and the right attitude, hopefully we can get something.”

Port Vale boss Neil Aspin says…

“When you look at the size of Notts County, you know they are a big club who want to be pushing for promotion from this division.

“Harry Kewell has been brought in and it will take him time to assemble the squad he wants and implement his style of play.

“We won’t treat them any differently to how we treated Bury or Oldham – if we don’t work as hard as we did in those performances, we won’t win the game.”

Team news

Sam Osborne, who signed a professional contract this week, has been back in training following an injury but is unlikely to feature for Notts after missing the last few matches.

Teenagers Pierce Bird and Remaye Campbell joined Grantham Town on loan on Thursday so will be unavailable.

Port Vale’s Manny Oyeleke and Cristian Montano returned to full training this week but aren’t expected to be involved after both being sidelined for a month.

We’ve met before

Notts won home and away against Port Vale last season – both by 1-0 scorelines.

Lewis Alessandra netted the only goal of the game in last September’s trip to Staffordshire, while Jon Stead kept his cool from the penalty spot in the 86th minute at Meadow Lane in January.

The afternoon’s officials

Referee: Lee Swabey

Assistants: Ian Smedley and Darren Wilding

Fourth official: Lisa Rashid

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Port Vale 2-2 Notts

Notts denied dramatic victory

3 November 2018

Notts County were denied victory by a last-minute Tom Pope goal as they shared a 2-2 draw with Port Vale.

The Valiants' dangerman nodded the ball home to deny Elliott Ward the winner after the defender had guided the Magpies ahead moments earlier.

Notts had turned the game on its head after Kane Hemmings cancelled out Luke Hannant's opener in the first half.

But, on a cold and blustery day in the Potteries, there was to be no winner.

Harry Kewell made one change to the side that faced Swindon Town last weekend.

Jon Stead, who was absent from the squad altogether, made way for Kristian Dennis to make his first league start since September's trip to Exeter City.

Youngsters Declan Dunn and Kion Etete were named among the substitutes.

Hemmings, continuing in a left-wing role, claimed the game's first shot after bursting into the area and sending the ball wide of the near post from a tight angle on three minutes.

But the hosts began to ramp up the pressure on nine minutes, Ross Fitzsimons hanging on to Theo Vassell's header before he made a good save to deny Ben Whitfield moments later.

There was nothing the keeper could do on 14 minutes, though, as Whitfield's cross left him stranded and Hannant headed the ball home expertly.

But the Magpies issued a quickfire response through the lively-looking Enzio Boldewijn, who cut on to his left foot in the area and sent the ball low towards the bottom corner. Cheekily, Hemmings got the final touch to make sure the ball nestled in the back of Scott Brown's net.

Other than a yellow card shown to Matt Tootle for delaying the taking of a throw-in, there was little else to report before the teams retreated to their dressing rooms for their half-time discussions.

Both sides reemerged unchanged and Pope nodded over from Mitchell Clark's cross shortly after the restart.

10 minutes later, Hemmings made strong strides to the byline before firing a cross-cum-shot towards the near post. Dennis' movement took him into the right position to meet it but he couldn't react in time to turn the ball home.

Hemmings was proving to be a real thorn in the hosts' side and he sent an effort narrowly over the angle of post and crossbar as the hour mark approached.

Vale had attacking intent of their own, however, and were ruing two excellent pieces of defending from Jamie Turley after the defender cleared a header off the line before showing good anticipation to intercept a dangerous ball over the top.

It was then Fitzsimons' turn to be the hero as he dived to his left to keep Whitfield's excellent long-range volley out.

Notts were on the ropes and had Turley to thank once more when he produced a brilliant block to deny Nathan Smith in the area.

And, moments later, the hosts were kicking themselves when Vassell could only head the ball wide after ghosting into the area unmarked.

Notts had somewhat ridden the storm and Kewell made his first change on 73 minutes when 16-year-old Etete replaced Dennis up front.

But the youngster almost saw his side concede when Vale sub Ricky Miller latched on to a ball in the area, only to send it wide from 10 yards.

Shaun Brisley replaced Lewis Alessandra in central midfield, Boldewijn was booked for pulling back Vassell and Turley made another crucial block as the clock ticked down.

But it was Notts who would claim the next goal when Ward guided a bouncing ball into the net at the back post following a Rob Milsom corner, sending the 400 travelling Notts fans into raptures.

It looked like the Magpies were set for a much-needed win but Pope had other ideas, slipping his marker to nod the ball home from six yards in the last minute of normal time.

Three minutes were added on at the end of the match, during which the returning Richard Duffy replaced the cramping Hemmings.

But there was to be no winner for either side as the spoils were shared.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Port Vale (A)

3 November 2018

Tickets for this afternoon's trip to Port Vale will be available to purchase from the cash-only away kiosk at Vale Park.

Notts fans will be located behind the goal.

Click here for an away fans' guide.

Matchday prices

Adult: £22

Senior 65 and over: £17

8-21: £17

Under 18: £10

Under 12: £2*

*If purchased with an adult or senior ticket.

Parking

The away car park can be accessed via entrance C, off Hamil Road.

Coach: £25

Minibus: £15

Car: £5

Disabled Supporters

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

Please be aware that there are no facilities for disabled supporters in the away end.

Port Vale do offer facilities to away supporters in a mixed area at the opposite end of the stadium. Wheelchair disabled supporters should contact 01782 655821 as they would be required to obtain seating in the mixed area. 

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.

Official Away Travel

Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 12.15pm.

General adult/senior: £18

General under 18: £10

Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £17

Season ticket holder under 18: £9

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