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Preview: Crewe (H)

28 September 2018

Notts County face Crewe Alexandra on Saturday looking to earn a first win of the season after back-to-back draws.

Harry Kewell’s side claimed a point against Stevenage in the last fixture at Meadow Lane, followed that with a goalless draw at Northampton and now look to go one better against the Railwaymen.

It’s the first of two home matches in four days for Notts, with the Kewell's former club Crawley Town visiting on Tuesday night – giving the side an excellent chance to build momentum.

Crewe have not scored on their travels so far this season and have not won at Meadow Lane since 1997.

An unpredictable start to their campaign has seen them win and lose 6-0, and they occupy 17th spot in League Two with eight points.

Kewell says...

“Crewe’s manager has an eye for talent and he wants to play football the right way so they won’t be scared to play it out from the back.

“The best thing about League Two is that you face teams with different styles and you have to create plans to beat them.

“Everyone in Nottingham is frustrated. We are all desperate for a win and we would like it to come this weekend.

“We are taking small steps at the moment and we are happy with that because they are taking us in the right direction.”

Crewe boss David Artell says…

“They have not had a win yet so they will be looking to beat us. We will be the same and hopefully we can get back on track.

“Firstly we have to try and shackle Notts County and keep ourselves in the match, then we can look to play our football.

“We have to show more character away from home and if we play well then the result should take care of itself.

“We cannot afford to perform for 45 minutes or an hour like we have done in other games and a big part of it is having the belief to go out there and do the business.”

Team news

Notts are still missing Richard Duffy as he works his way back to fitness but Dan Jones is available again following his red card against Forest Green Rovers.

A host of players took part in the reserves’ win against Peterborough on Monday with Nathan Thomas, Kristian Dennis and Terry Hawkridge all scoring to stake their claim for a starting berth.

Artell has admitted he has food for thought as he decides his team for the trip to Meadow Lane after a disappointing attacking display against Port Vale.

He was unhappy with the service provided to his strikers so could ring the changes in midfield.

We’ve met before

Crewe last visited Meadow Lane in February and might have thought their long wait for a win at Meadow Lane was going to come to an end when Shaun Miller gave them an eighth-minute lead.

But Noor Husin struck a fantastic equaliser, which won goal of the month, and kick-started the turnaround.

Elliott Hewitt put Notts ahead before the break and added a second on the hour, before Mason Bennet netted on debut to seal a 4-1 win in front of a crowd topping 17,000.

This weekend’s officials

Referee: Andy Woolmer

Assistants: Jonathan Hunt and Geoffrey Russell

Fourth official:  Matthew McGrath

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Notts 2-1 Crewe

Milsom and Hewitt fire Magpies to first win

29 September 2018

Notts County recorded their first win of the 2018-19 campaign with a 2-1 victory against Crewe Alexandra.

Rob Milsom set the Magpies on their way with a fifth-minute strike but Jordan Bowery equalised shortly afterwards.

It wasn't to matter, however, as Elliott Hewitt's header restored Notts' lead to lift them out of the bottom two.

Harry Kewell made only one change to the side that drew 0-0 at Northampton last weekend, Hewitt replacing Noor Husin in central midfield.

That meant Lewis Alessandra kept his place down the left, with new dad Nathan Thomas having to settle for a place on the bench along with the likes of fellow winger Sam Osborne.

The Magpies had the dream start when Milsom fired them ahead on five minutes, blasting the ball beyond visiting keeper Ben Garratt from close range after excellent build-up involving Kane Hemmings and Jon Stead.

But, despite Notts' early dominance, Crewe had a 15th-minute equaliser when Jamie Turley failed to clear a right-wing cross, allowing Bowery to capitalise by finding the bottom corner from just inside the area.

Hewitt curled an effort over the angle of post and crossbar and Hemmings cleared the bar with a diving header as the Magpies attempted to regain their advantage.

Milsom went into the book despite appearing to take the ball in a crunching challenge on Alex Nicholls as the game entered a scrappy period in which Crewe looked the more likely side to take the lead.

But the sides went into the break level despite the efforts of James Jones, who fired one over inside two minutes of stoppage time.

There were no changes at half-time and Notts quickly commenced their pursuit of the next goal after the restart, Stead finding Alessandra with a nice pass. The winger faked his shot, leaving two defenders on the floor, before seeing his effort blocked by another Crewe man. Hewitt could only divert the ball wide on the rebound.

And there was another glimpse of goal for Hewitt moments later as Boldewijn raced to the byline before driving a cross to the back post. It was just too high for Hewitt, however.

Boldewijn, now playing down the left, cut inside and saw an effort blocked shortly before strong penalty appeals were waved away when it looked like Stead was having his shirt held in the area.

Another Stead shirt-pull went unpunished moments later and Notts assistant manager Warren Feeney went into the book for his protestations.

The frustration inside Meadow Lane was palpable but Hewitt cut it with a knife just after the hour, converting a bullet header at the back post to reward Cedric Evina's pinpoint cross and restore Notts' lead.

The hosts were well in the ascendancy and almost went 3-1 up through Alessandra, whose effort on the half-volley flashed just wide minutes before Stead's curling shot flew across goal and wide of the far post.

And the Magpies kept up their pressure going into the final 15 minutes, Alessandra threatening again and seeing a goalbound effort deflected over shortly before a Crewe defender did well to clear Hewitt's low cross on his own goal line.

Thomas replaced Boldewijn with 10 minutes to play and nearly claimed an assist when he picked out Hemmings with a low, whipped cross. With his back to goal six yards out, the forward flicked the ball goalwards but was denied by an instinctive save by Garratt.

It was then Ross Fitzsimons' turn to make an important save, getting down low to his right to push Ryan Wintle's 30-yarder behind for a corner.

Moments later, Milsom made an important block after substitute Callum Ainley had scampered into the area and let fly with an effort.

Kewell's next change came on the cusp of full-time, Shaun Brisley replacing Alessandra as Notts looked to protect their slender lead going into four minutes of stoppage time.

There was time for another Notts change, Husin replacing Milsom, but not for a Crewe equaliser as Notts got their season up and running with a long-awaited win.

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Tickets: Crewe (H)

28 September 2018

Tickets are now on sale for Notts County's Sky Bet League Two match against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 29 September (kick-off 3pm).

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.

Season ticket holders - bring a friend for FREE!

This is the third of 10 Bring a Friend fixtures for season ticket holders, who can redeem their voucher at the club shop.

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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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