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Exeter (A)

8 September 2018

Harry Kewell leads his Notts County side in Sky Bet League Two action for the first time when they travel to Exeter City on Saturday.

Following a 2-1 defeat to Grimsby Town in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night, the new manager is hoping Notts' longest away trip of the campaign brings his side's first win of the season.

Awaiting his squad's arrival in Devon are an Exeter side who got their season off to a flyer, winning three and drawing one of their opening four games.

Back-to-back league defeats have stunted last year’s play-off finalists, however, and the Grecians will look to get back to winning ways themselves on Saturday.

Harry Kewell clap

Kewell says…

“Matt Taylor has done a fantastic job. They had a bit of a bump in the road last week but I thought they were excellent against Lincoln.

“They could have been 2-0 up but then they found themselves two goals down by half-time and were playing a side that counter-attack well so it was difficult for them to get back in it.

“My players applied themselves really well in the first half against Grimsby and I was impressed with our style of play and the way we conducted ourselves.

“I’m expecting a good game, because Matt and myself will both want to show our ability as coaches and that should reflect well on the field.”

Matt Taylor Exeter

Exeter boss Matt Taylor says…

“It is always difficult to play against a team with a new manager because you don’t quite know what to prepare for.

“He will have had a week to work with the squad and he will still be assessing his group and working out how to get the best out of the players.

“He might change the shape, formation or personnel, so we have got to be prepared for everything.

“My players are hungry to bounce back from the Lincoln match and hopefully we can take this week’s training into the game.”

Nathan Thomas

Team news

Notts' injury list includes Richard Duffy and Matt Tootle, while Dan Jones serves the first game of his three-match ban following his dismissal against Forest Green Rovers.

Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain and Elliott Ward will hope for league debuts after starting on Tuesday, while Nathan Thomas could be back in contention after missing the last three matches.

Exeter striker Jonathan Forte faces a late fitness test to see whether he can line up against his former club, while Archie Collins, Dara O’Shea and Luke Croll impressed in the Grecians' Checkatrade tie in midweek and could force their way into the side.

Alessandra goal celebration

We’ve met before

The Grecians won 2-1 when they visited Meadow Lane in January but the reverse fixture at St James Park went conclusively in Notts’ favour.

Lewis Alessandra opened the scoring inside two minutes before loanee Jorge Grant came off the bench to add a brace, securing a 3-0 success to move Notts three points clear of Exeter at the top of League Two.

In fact, Notts are unbeaten in their last four matches at St James Park, with February 2011 being the last time they left empty-handed.

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Exeter 5-1 Notts

Search for first win continues

8 September 2018

Notts County were beaten 5-1 by Exeter City at St James Park in Harry Kewell's first league match in charge.

The Magpies headed into the interval 2-1 down after goals from Pierce Sweeney and Jayden Stockley preceded an excellent strike by Enzio Boldewijn.

But Sweeney and Stockley added to their tallies after the break - the former also missing a penalty which would have secured his hat-trick - and Aaron Martin struck in stoppage time as the Magpies' search for their first win of the season continued.

Kewell, who was later sent to the stands for protesting with the officials, continued with the 4-4-2 formation he deployed at Grimsby in the midweek Checkatrade Trophy clash.

Ross Fitzsimons continued in goal, shielded once more by centre backs Elliott Ward (who was given the captain's armband) and Shaun Brisley.

Rob Milsom filled in for the absent Andy Kellett at left back, while Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain hung on to the right-back slot to make his league debut.

David Vaughan was recalled to central midfield where he paired up with Elliott Hewitt, while Nathan Thomas was deemed fit to start on the opposite flank to right-winger Boldewijn.

Kristian Dennis partnered Kane Hemmings up front.

Notts nearly took the lead with the game's first chance, Thomas darting into the area on nine minutes and sending a low shot just wide of Christy Pym's far post.

Shortly afterwards, the keeper made a comfortable save from Kristian Dennis' speculative long-range effort.

Thomas' name went into the book on 15 minutes after the winger caught Sweeney with a mistimed sliding tackle.

And, minutes later, the right back gave Exeter the lead when he nodded home a corner at the back post.

Notts' troubles were doubled shortly afterwards when, after Thomas had been dispossessed in midfield, Hiram Boateng had the space to make progress down the left before crossing the ball for Stockley to turn it home at the back post.

Hemmings rolled an effort against the post by way of response, capitalising on a Neil Moxey mistake.

And, soon after Boateng had sent a fierce strike over the bar from the edge of the area, the Magpies did halve the deficit - and in emphatic style.

The goal came as a result of Boldewijn swapping wings with Thomas, allowing the Dutchman to cut inside on his right foot and shape a shot off the underside of the bar and into the net shortly before the referee called time on the first half.

Kewell made his first change at the break, swapping Thomas for Jon Stead. The move saw Dennis move out to the right and Hemmings drop slightly deeper.

Notts' first chance of the half went to Dennis, although he was always going to struggle to head home Boldewijn's corner. He nodded the ball a yard over.

Vaughan then entered the book for a foul on Boateng before Fitzsimons was called into his first action of the half, making a superb save to deny Lee Holmes.

But, as the resultant corner was swung into the area, Oxlade-Chamberlain was penalised for handball and Sweeney added his second of the day from the spot.

Dennis made way for Lewis Alessandra before Fitzsimons denied Holmes with another excellent save after the winger had beaten Milsom to enter the Magpies area.

Sweeney was then given a golden opportunity to seal his hat-trick when Boldewijn was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area after tracking back to defend Dean Moxey's deep cross. This time, though, the full-back rolled his spot-kick wide of the post.

Kewell's final change followed as Oxlade-Chamberlain was replaced by league debutant Will Patching.

And the former Manchester City midfielder was involved in a move which nearly saw Notts reduce the deficit, Boldewijn eventually floating a cross to the back post and Alessandra nodding the ball just wide.

Unfortunately, the next goal went the way of the hosts as Nicky Law ghosted in down the left before teeing up Stockley to guide home his second from eight yards.

Kewell was unhappy with a refereeing decision in the build-up to the goal and was sent to the stands for his protestations before play resumed.

Boldweijn forced Pym into an excellent save on 83 minutes and Stead found the side-netting on the stretch shortly afterwards.

But the Grecians dealt the game's final blow in stoppage time, centre back Martin nodding the ball home at the back post to make it five.

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Ticket News

Limited availability on matchday

8 September 2018

A limited number of tickets will be available to purchase from the away booth at St James Park before Notts County's Sky Bet League Two clash with Exeter City.

Notts received 378 tickets, most of which have been sold in advance.

A very limited number have been returned to Exeter to be sold from the away booth (open from 1pm) on matchday. Please call 01392 411 243 should you require any further details.

Tickets can no longer be posted for this fixture.

Supporters who were unable to get to Meadow Lane to collect should visit the away booth on St James Road to collect.

Notts supporters will be located in covered seats in the Main Stand.

Season ticket holders, along with Lifeline/OSA members, were given a priority purchase period for this fixture.

Matchday prices

Adult: £23
65 and over: £20
NUS Student: £20
Under 18: £10

Tickets are available online, by calling 0115 955 7210 or visiting the Meadow Lane club shop.

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

Disabled supporters

In line with Exeter City’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 Exeter City by calling 01392 411243 (option 2 or 3).

Official away travel

Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 9am.

Prices are as follows:

General adult/senior: £29
General under 18: £16
Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £28
Season ticket holder under 18: £15

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