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Forest Green Rovers (H)

1 September 2018

Fresh off the news that Harry Kewell will be taking over as the club’s new manager, Notts County are back in Sky Bet League Two action against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.

After a busy week off the field, and a difficult opening to the campaign, picking up a win at Meadow Lane would give the squad a boost before they get to work under their new boss.

Currently propping up the table, Notts will hope that a change in fortunes follows the managerial switch starting with a win on Saturday.

Forest Green visit the Lane as one of only four unbeaten sides in League Two – drawing their last four matches since a 4-1 win at Grimsby in the opening game of the season.

First-team coach Mark Crossley will be in the dugout for Notts, with Kewell not beginning his duties until Sunday.

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Crossley says…

“We’ve tried to keep a smile on the players’ faces and they have been first-class in training this week in terms of their attitude and work ethic.

“Now we want them to go out there and take the game to Forest Green because we are the home team and they need to show Harry what they’re capable of.

“I know their manager really well. I know his philosophies and when he believes in something he’ll stick to it, whether it’s working or not, and they’ve become a better team for it.

“They’re a work in progress and they’re developing very well at the moment. If we take them lightly we’ll have an unpleasant afternoon.”

Mark Cooper Forest green

Forest Green boss Mark Cooper says…

“There’s that 'new-manager' scenario that people talk about where the players get a lift and a free hit because the pressure is taken off them.

“Their crowd will be up for it but, if we go there and play the way we can, we have every right to feel we can get a result.

“We’ve got confidence in each other and in our style of play so, no matter where we go, we feel we have a right to be there and that we can compete.”

Pierce Bird

Team news

Notts are having to shuffle the pack defensively with Matt Tootle and Richard Duffy both sidelined, so Pierce Bird could start following his international call-up this week.

Rob Milsom is available for selection after re-signing on deadline day, while Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain got some minutes in the tank for the Under 23s on Wednesday as he continues to work towards full fitness.

Milsom's fellow new signing, Keston Davies, is ineligible until the away match at Exeter City next weekend.

Conversely, Forest Green have a full squad to choose from and new signing Nathan McGinley is in contention following Thursday’s loan switch from Middlesbrough.

Top-scorer Christian Doidge left for Bolton on Friday so Reuben Reid should lead the line after starting Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Wycombe, and goalkeeper Robert Sanchez could come back in after missing out in midweek.

Rob Milsom

We’ve met before

Notts have never been beaten by Forest Green, winning two and drawing one of the three meetings between the sides.

In the most recent clash, Tootle scored a late winner to record a 2-1 victory at The New Lawn.

At Meadow Lane last season, Milsom earned a point with a 96th-minute header to preserve Notts’ unbeaten home start to the 2017-18 campaign.

What are the odds?

Both sides are priced 13/8 with Sky Bet to win Saturday’s encounter, while a draw is available at 9/4.

Notts to repeat last season’s 2-1 success is priced 9/1, with Forest Green recording a second 4-1 win of the season at 50/1.

You can bet on the game here.

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Match Reports

Notts 1-3 Forest Green

1 September 2018

Notts County were beaten 3-1 by Forest Green Rovers at Meadow Lane.

It was another difficult afternoon for the Magpies who, after falling a goal behind to Liam Shephard's strike in the first half, saw Dan Jones red-carded shortly after the break.

Reuben Reid added a second before Jon Stead threw Notts a lifeline off the bench.

But it wasn't to be as Dayle Grubb restored the visitors' two-goal lead to ensure Notts' winless start to the 2018-19 season continued.

There were five changes for Notts, with Terry Hawkridge, Dan Jones, Lewis Alessandra, David Vaughan and Rob Milsom coming in for Richard Duffy (injured), Matt Tootle (injured), Andy Kellett, Noor Husin and Tom Crawford.

The Magpies lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with Hawkridge at right back and Kane Hemmings, flanked by Enzio Boldewijn and Kristian Dennis, leading the line.

Notts’ first glimpse of goal came on seven minutes when Hemmings was inches away from meeting Jones’ dangerous cross.

Shortly afterwards, Milsom did well to win the ball in midfield, allowing Vaughan to supply Boldewijn down the right. The winger cut inside on his left but couldn’t control his shot, sending the ball high and wide.

The Magpies were looking the more likely side to open the scoring and went close again on 23 minutes when Dennis’ fierce strike from just outside the area almost caught visiting goalkeeper Robert Sanchez off guard. He managed to get his body in the way of the ball.

Forest Green’s first major warning shot soon followed as Reid sent a sweet half-volley inches over the bar.

And, unfortunately for Notts, that was a sign of things to come as Rovers took the lead shortly afterwards.

Brisley made an important block in the area but the ball bounced out to Shephard, who fired it home from 12 yards.

The Magpies came close to an equaliser when Elliott Hewitt’s glancing header from Jones’ in-swinging free-kick went just over.

But that was to be the final opportunity of the half as Notts returned to the dressing room a goal down.

Notts started the second half in a 4-4-2 formation, Dennis partnering Hemmings and Alessandra playing down the left.

But, shortly after Vaughan had been booked for a late challenge, the home side had to plan another reshuffle when Jones was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Lloyd James which left both players needing treatment.

Things looked like they were going from bad to worse for Notts when Rovers found the net for the second time. Thankfully, the goalbound header found its way in off a visiting player standing in an offside position near the goalline.

That was only to be a temporary reprieve, however, as Reid latched on to a ball over the top, took it into the area and beat Fitzsimons with a low shot across goal.

Crossley called on his substitutes, with Alessandra and Hawkridge making way for Stead and Kellett minutes before Noor Husin replaced Dennis.

Hemmings was now playing the role of lone striker, with Stead down the left and Boldewijn down the right. Kellett and Husin were paired in central midfield, with Milsom at left back.

And the Magies had a lifeline with 20 minutes to play when Stead turned in the area and nutmegged the keeper with a low, left-footed shot.

The visiting team endured a five-minute spell of panic, during which it looked like Notts had sufficient momentum to draw themselves level.

But they couldn't carve out a clear-cut opening and it was Mark Cooper's men who next threatened, Grubb sending a low effort a yard wide of the far post.

And substitute Grubb made no mistake with a similar effort minutes later, taking the ball into the area and composing himself before this time finding Fitzsimons' bottom corner.

Five minutes were added on at the end of the match, during which Stead saw a shot on the spin blocked on its way in.

But there was to be no miraculous recovery as the match ended 3-1 to the visitors, who were inches away from a fourth through Joseph Mills at the death.

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Tickets: Forest Green (H)

19 August 2018

Tickets are now on sale for Notts County's Sky Bet League Two match against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday 1 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.

Bring a friend for free!

This is the second of 10 Bring a Friend fixtures for season ticket holders, who can redeem the voucher included in their pack 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.

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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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