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01 February 2020 Venue Meadow Lane Attendance

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Preview: Chesterfield (H)

All the info ahead of televised clash

31 January 2020

The BT Sport cameras are at Meadow Lane on Saturday as we host Chesterfield in a 5.20pm kick-off.

We’ll be hoping it’s third time lucky in a live game this season as we look to get our own back on the Spireites for the defeat at the Proact Stadium in our televised October meeting.

We did beat them in the first round of the Buildbase FA Trophy, though, and will hope for a repeat this weekend to cement our spot in the play-offs.

We slipped to seventh with defeat at Dagenham and Redbridge last week but we’ve lost only once at home since 10 August, and only three times in the league since our reverse at Chesterfield in October.

They’ll want the points to aid their battle against the drop. The Spireites are fourth from bottom ahead of the weekend’s action but could climb out of the dropzone if results go their way.

Following John Sheridan’s exit in early January, John Pemberton has taken caretaker charge and has Chesterfield on a three-match unbeaten run, and they’ve only conceded one goal in that time.

There are high stakes so it looks set to be a tasty tea-time derby clash at the Lane!

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Neal Ardley says…

“We were nine games unbeaten and it’s only one defeat so we have to remember that and not have a full inquest, but we’ve got to avoid brushing it under the carpet, too.

“I expect the team to go out and perform for each other because we’re desperate to cement a place in the play-offs and one defeat can leave us in mid-table.

“John’s done a great job and got them going. Sometimes a new manager with different thinking helps freshen things up and I think they’ll get out of it.

“They’re a lot harder to beat and come here in good form so I expect it to be tight but if we do our jobs like we did for nine matches prior to Saturday, Chesterfield will be in for a tough game.”

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Pemberton says...

“Notts County are a good side, they do what they do very well and they’ve got some good players.

"It will be a tough game with a good atmosphere and hopefully we will take a few fans down.

“The games have all got pressure because of where we are. There are going to be twists and turns right up to the end of the season so we’re not really looking elsewhere, we’re focused on us.

"If we win, everyone else is under pressure."

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Team news

We’ve been hit by injuries of late, with Damien McCrory and Zoumana Bakayogo both doubtful and Ardley short of options at left back, but Dion Kelly-Evans has trained all week and could fill in.

Ross Fitzsimons looks set to continue in goal as we wait to learn the length of Sam Slocombe’s absence, while Michael Doyle serves the first game of his three-match suspension.

Chesterfield won’t be able to select Nathan Tyson as per the terms of his loan, so Tom Denton and Scott Boden are likely to continue up front with Mike Fondop suspended.

Our former player Haydn Hollis is likely to line up as part of a central defensive trio if Pemberton retains the same shape as he has in recent weeks.

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Head to head

We’ve both won 1-0 at the Proact this season with Gevaro Nepomuceno settling the reverse league fixture and Kristian Dennis’ strike on his old stomping ground enough to earn us the win in the FA Trophy.

A Jorge Grant brace ensured we won the last league meeting at Meadow Lane back in August 2017.

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Supporter information

Any supporters with queries this weekend are advised to report them to our Supporter Liaison Officer, Ian Baggott.

He will be in the Broken Wheelbarrow from 4.45pm and situated in the Derek Pavis Stand during the game, wearing a high-visibility jacket to make him easy to spot.

The officials

Referee: James Bell

Assistants: Blake Antrobus and Christopher Reeson

Fourth official: Richie Watkins

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Match Reports

Notts 3-0 Chesterfield

A fine performance leads to a comfortable win in the derby

1 February 2020

A Kyle Wootton brace added to Enzio Boldewijn's stunner as we recorded a comprehensive win over Chesterfield in front of the BT Sport cameras.

It could have all been so different had Scott Boden converted from the spot shortly before the break, but he was denied by Ross Fitzsimons who started against the club he had been on loan at before being recalled only eight days earlier.

In truth, that would have been an undeserved advantage for the Spireites who had seen us denied by the post and bar during the opening 45, and the second period led to a scoreline far more indicative of the balance of play.

Boldewijn lit up Meadow Lane with a peach of a strike, before Wootton nodded home from six yards out to put us two ahead just before the hour. 

And he doubled his tally as he turned home the rebound from Boldewijn's shot inside the final 15 minutes as we climbed to sixth in the Vanarama National League.

Neal Ardley made three changes from the side beaten at Dagenham and Redbridge last week - two of which were enforced as Michael Doyle served the first game of his three-match suspension and Zoumana Bakayogo missed out with injury.

Kristian Dennis was the third to make way as he dropped to the bench, with Jim O'Brien, Wes Thomas and the fit again Dion Kelly-Evans coming into the side.

There was a home debut for Cal Roberts, who claimed the first chance of the day when his 25-yarder skidded wide of the post on five minutes.

We were to go even closer in the ninth when Boldewijn stood a cross up to the back post where Connell Rawlinson met it to nod back across goal. Shwan Jalal was scrambling across his line but couldn't get there and was relieved to see the effort strike the upright before the flag was raised against Thomas as he followed up.

The frame of the goal denied us again on 16 minutes after an extravagant one-two between Rose and O'Brien allowed the Scot to send Thomas in behind and he was fouled by Yarney, who was booked. Boldewijn stood over the set piece and struck it with power, but the crossbar came to Chesterfield's rescue.

The visitors had their first real sighter when right wing-back Jordan Cropper's driven cross found Scott Boden but the striker had to do a lot of work just to meet the delivery and his header lacked direction.

Crosses from Kelly-Evans and Richard Brindley went wide of the mark as we continued to press for the opener but Chesterfield were showing a threat from long throws and Will Evans dragged wide after Rose half-cleared when Fitzsimons failed to claim one midway through the half.

Roberts was proving a bright spark and, shortly after Kelly-Evans' efforts to meet his cross went unrewarded, he led a speedy break before rolling the ball into Boldewijn inside the area. The Dutchman dinked across goal and his delivery was begging for a touch, but neither Thomas or Wootton were in a position to make the vital connection.

Inside the final 10 minutes of the half, Boldewijn's fizzed cross was glanced wide by Thomas as we continued in our role of aggressors but, with five left before the break, Chesterfield were awarded a penalty.

David Buchanan got forward from left wing-back to chase a ball over the top before Brindley was deemed to have pulled him back inside the area. The right back was booked and Boden stood over the spot-kick, but Fitzsimons got down to his left to keep out the poorly hit penalty and gather at the second attempt.

One minute of added time was indicated, during which Rose's low cross-shot was pushed away by Jalal before the sides retreated to their dressing rooms. 

Alex Lacey made a good block on Jonathan Smith's shot early in the second half which allowed us to break through Roberts, who set back for Rose to strike. His low strike went in Thomas' direction and he looked to flick goalwards but couldn't direct the ball on target.

Lacey then saw a shot on the turn well blocked after Jalal had made a poor attempt to punch clear Roberts' cross and the Spireites keeper was picking the ball out of his net within a minute.

With 52 on the clock, Boldewijn had time and space to carry the ball through the centre of the park and with Meadow Lane screaming for a shot he obliged from 20 yards out and thundered into the top corner. 

It was no more than we deserved on the balance of play but we were almost pegged back within five minutes when a long ball forward broke kindly for Tom Denton to volley goalwards, and it was us thanking the crossbar this time as his strike rebounded clear.

And, with Chesterfield were still reeling from their near miss, we doubled our advantage just before the hour.

Patient play down our right wing allowed Roberts the freedom to check back onto his left foot and bend a beautiful inviting cross into the area. Wootton stooped to meet it on the six-yard line and nodded it past Jalal to record his 10th league goal of the season and his first since signing a permanent deal.

Buchanan seemed to be providing most of Chesterfield's threat and, shortly after his whipped cross had marginally evaded Denton, he intercepted O'Brien's pass to charge at our goal and call Fitzsimons into a great save from the edge of the area. 

The visitors were showing plenty of endeavour and it looked as though we needed a third to ensure a comfortable finale, which we duly found inside the final quarter of an hour.

Shortly after Lacey had nodded Roberts' cross wide, Boldewijn drove down the left wing before cutting inside and striking at goal with 77 played. Jalal could only parry the ball clear and Wootton was on hand to turn home the rebound and pull clear as our leading league scorer. 

Dennis replaced Thomas in the aftermath, and he was quickly followed onto the field by Tom Crawford as O'Brien made way.

Denton met Yarney's deep cross to head straight at Fitzsimons on 81 minutes and, in an attempt to preserve a clean sheet, Ardley sent Pierce Bird on in place of Roberts with eight to play.

The change had exactly that effect, and in a flash three additional minutes were signalled in, during which Curtis Weston called Fitzsimons into a comfortable save from range moments before the final whistle brought an end to an excellent evening at the Lane. 

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Ticket News

Tickets: Chesterfield (H)

5.20pm kick-off for TV game

31 January 2020

Tickets for today's local derby against Chesterfield are on sale right up to kick-off!

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Category Derek Pavis Stand Air-IT Kop Stand Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £22 £22 £22
65 and over £16 £16 £16
18-21 £16 £16 £16
Under 18 £9 £9 £9
Under 16 £7 £7 £7
Under 12 £1 £1 £1
Under 7† Free Free Free

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

†Under 7s' tickets can only be claimed online if an adult purchase is made in the same transaction.

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Tickets can be purchased online any time by clicking here. You'll receive an e-ticket which you can either scan from your phone at the turnstile (if your brightness is high and your screen is undamaged) or print at home.

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

Tickets to the value of £1.50 or more will be subject to a 60p per ticket administration fee when purchased online or over the phone.

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Supporters looking to purchase hospitality for this fixture are advised to email commercial@nottscountyfc.co.uk

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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 rooms before matchday if they wish to check their suitability.

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