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Preview: Crawley (H)

2 October 2018

Notts face Crawley Town on Tuesday night looking to make it two wins on the spin.

After earning three points for the first time this season by beating Crewe 2-1 on Saturday, Harry Kewell’s side look to extend their unbeaten run to four games.

It is his former club providing the opposition in the first midweek fixture at Meadow Lane of the campaign, who themselves are chasing back-to-back wins.

Crawley beat Yeovil Town 3-1 at the weekend – their third victory since Kewell made the switch – and sit 10th in Sky Bet League Two, outside the play-offs on goal difference alone.   

A second win in four days would move Notts away from the relegation places and allow them to start looking towards the right end of the table.

Harry Kewell

Kewell says…

“I can’t lie and pretend it’s just another team. It’s my old club so there will be some tackles flying in and some arguments.

“As always, it will be interesting to face your former side and I hope that they come here and play the way I taught them.

“We need to keep our momentum going and not get too far ahead of ourselves because that’s when results can turn sour.

“I want my players to go out there and enjoy themselves. They get worked hard on the training field so matches are their chance to play with a smile.”

Gabriele Cioffi

Crawley boss Gabriele Cioffi says…

“I do not know Harry and he doesn’t know me so, as far as I am concerned, tomorrow is a normal game.

“I know fans will have another view but I will not be treating this game differently to any other.

“They picked up their first win in their last game which will boost them but if we get things right then we are able to beat anyone.

“Notts County are in a false position in the league and I know they will make it hard for us but I believe we can do enough to pick up a win.”

Team news

Notts have no fresh injury concerns, with Richard Duffy and Ben Hall still the only two senior players missing, but Kewell might be tempted to make changes with Tuesday’s match coming so soon after the win over Crewe.

Enzio Boldewijn, Rob Milsom and Cedric Evina will all expect to start against their former club.

Midfielder Ashley Nathaniel-George came off the bench to score for Crawley in the weekend win over Yeovil and will hope to be included from the off on Tuesday night.

Husin vs Crawley

We’ve met before

Crawley earned their first win at Meadow Lane with a 2-1 victory in the last meeting back in January as Notts finished with nine men.

Earlier in the season, Jorge Grant scored the only goal of the game at the Broadfield Stadium to record the Magpies’ fifth successive win against the Red Devils.

Last time the sides met in October, Notts won 5-3 at Meadow Lane with Garry Thompson grabbing a hat-trick.

The evening’s officials

Referee: David Webb

Assistants: Samuel Lewis and Shaun Hudson

Fourth official: Timothy Wood

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Notts 3-1 Crawley

2 October 2018

Ten-man Notts County extended their unbeaten run to four matches with a 3-1 victory over Crawley Town at Meadow Lane.

Kane Hemmings and Jon Stead had fired the Magpies into a 2-0 lead before Rob Milsom received his marching orders in the second half.

But substitute Nathan Thomas put the game beyond doubt with a delightful free-kick, rendering Dominic Poleon's stoppage-time tap-in a mere consolation.

Harry Kewell named an unchanged team after guiding the Magpies to their first win of the campaign against Crewe Alexandra at the weekend.

That meant Enzio Boldewijn, Milsom and Cedric Evina kept their places in the starting 11 to face up to their former club.

And the former sparked the game into life with six minutes on the clock, racing away down the right and catching Crawley cold on the break. His low cross was kept alive at the back post by Stead and the ball was eventually worked into Alessandra, who saw his effort blocked.

Notts hearts were in mouths moments later when the ball was slipped to the unmarked Ollie Palmer in the area, only for the forward to direct his effort straight at Ross Fitzsimons.

A minute later, however, the ball was in the net at the other end courtesy of Hemmings. The striker benefitted from excellent work by Alessandra, who kept the ball alive near the byline, nudging it beyond Crawley keeper Glenn Morris to present his team-mate with a simple tap-in.

Filipe Morais dragged an effort wide and sent a sweetly-struck volley off-target as the visitors pursued an equaliser.

The Crawley skipper turned provider on 24 minutes, seeing his low cross flicked wide by Panutche Camara, before Matt Tootle rose highest at the back post to nod Boldewijn's floated cross just wide at the other end.

But Notts didn't have to wait much longer for their second goal as Stead latched on to Hewitt's header over the top to smash the ball into the bottom corner - a superb effort under pressure.

Hemmings had an opportunity to make it three with a well-placed free-kick but his shot hit the wall.

Crawley then took the game by the scruff of the neck, drawing a couple of comfortable saves from Fitzsimons before Josh Payne rattled the crossbar with a stunning strike from 35 yards.

Despite that pressure, the score remained 2-0 going into the break and Notts reemerged for the second half unchanged.

There was another opportunity for Stead shortly after the restart, the experienced front man receiving the ball in the area but failing to generate sufficient power on his strike to trouble Morris at the keeper's near post.

There was controversy on the hour when Payne was only shown a yellow card for hauling back Alessandra as he was about to have a clear shot on goal from the edge of the area. Hewitt's strike from the resultant free-kick was blocked by the wall.

But the referee did have his red card out on 65 minutes when Milsom was punished for a reckless challenge on Crawley sub Joe Maguire near the touchline.

Boldewijn saw an effort deflected over and curled a low-left footed shot straight at Morris following the resultant corner as the Magpies put their man disadvantage straight to the back of their minds.

Crawley's response came from Poleon, whose fierce effort from 25 yards whistled a yard or so wide minutes before Morris had to dive to his right to keep Hemmings' snapshot out of his top corner.

Visiting manager Gabriele Cioffi's next move was to send on 20-year-old forward Tarryn Allarakhia, who tested Fitzsimons' handling with an effort from the edge of the area shortly after his arrival on the field.

He then set up Payne, who bent the ball high and wide before Luke Gambin flashed an effort off-target and Palmer fired straight at Fitzsimons.

Kewell's first substitution saw Hemmings, who had been playing a right-wing role, replaced by  Thomas with seven minutes of normal time remaining.

It was becoming an 'all hands on deck' job for the Magpies, who had Turley to thank for positioning himself well to block Morais' shot after he had been picked out in the area.

But any hopes Crawley had of a comeback were banished by Thomas, whose heroic run won his side a free-kick 20 yards out. The winger took responsibility himself, firing the ball into the bottom corner to get his Magpies account up and running.

Palmer and Elliott Ward both went into the book for their respective roles in a fracas shortly before six minutes were added on at the end of the match.

That gave Poleon enough time to roll home a close-range consolation but it wasn't to dampen the spirits at a jubilant Meadow Lane.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Crawley (H)

2 October 2018

Tickets are now on sale for Notts County's Sky Bet League Two match against Crawley Town on Tuesday 2 October (kick-off 7:45pm).

Category Derek Pavis Stand Air-IT Kop Stand Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £20 £20 £20
65 and over £14 £14 £14
18-21 £14 £14 £14
Under 18 £7 £7 £7
Under 16 £5 £5 £5
Under 12 £1 £1 £1
Under 7† Free Free Free

Prices for supporters aged 12 and over will rise by £2 on matchday.

†Under 7s' tickets cannot be claimed online.

How to buy

Tickets can be purchased online and printed at home by clicking here. More information on buying tickets online can be found here.

Alternatively, visit the Meadow Lane ticket office or call 0115 955 7210.

Free entry to Club Carlsberg!

The first 150 supporters to purchase a match ticket for the Derek Pavis Stand will be entitled to free entry to Club Carlsberg for this fixture.

Eligible supporters will be contacted.

Bringing the kids?

Click here closer to the fixture to find out what's happening in the Family Stand.

Hospitality

To enquire about hospitality for this fixture, please email kirsty.edwards@nottscountyfc.co.uk or call 0115 955 7222.

Click here to view our range of packages.

Sensory rooms

Supporters with complex learning difficulties are able to book tickets in the club's sensory rooms by emailing alice.kelk@nottscountyfc.co.uk.

Parents and carers are able to visit the room before matchday if they wish to check its suitability.

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