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Preview: Middlesbrough (A)

14 August 2018

Notts County travel to Sky Bet Championship side Middlesbrough in the first round of the Carabao Cup tonight.

After a last-gasp defeat in Cambridge on Saturday, Kevin Nolan’s side will be looking to bounce back and put on a good display against one of the best outfits in the Championship.

Middlesbrough currently occupy top spot in the second tier after two wins and a draw from their opening three fixtures of the 2018-19 campaign and are yet to concede a goal at the Riverside Stadium.

Away from the pressure of league action, Notts will look to use the underdog role to their advantage and cause an upset.

Like Nolan’s side, Middlesbrough are touted as likely promotion candidates this season, so it will be a tough test but one the gaffer is relishing.

Kevin Nolan says...

“Hopefully we go out there and give a good account of ourselves and then after the game I’m looking forward to picking Tony Pulis’ brains.

“I’m interested in seeing what he does and how he does it, which will help me to develop as a manager and a person.

“No matter who Tony sends out they’ll have a really good side. They look like a team who will be up there at the end of the season.”

Read more from the manager here.

Team news

Nolan has confirmed that summer signing Andy Kellett will make his full debut as he works his way back to full fitness.

That will be one of several changes as he looks to get more competitive minutes in the tank for some members of the squad as well as sampling other styles of play.

Ben Hall will again miss out with a groin injury and Kristian Dennis is going to have to continue his wait for a first Notts’ start.

Pulis is also set to ring the changes as his side play their fourth game since 4 August.

He is looking to give youth a chance in the tie, saying the younger players will be given a chance to show what they can do.

Marcus Tavernier and Harry Chapman are in line for a start, while Paddy McNair could make his full debut.

Paddy McNair is a summer signing from Boro's north-east rivals Sunderland

Rule changes

Knockout-stage ties will now go straight to penalties, with ABBA scrapped in favour of the more traditional ABAB system should spotkicks be required.

We’ve met before

The League Cup was the stage for the last meeting between the two sides as well and Notts caused an upset with a 1-0 win at the Riverside.

League Two Notts made the trip to then-Premier League Middlesbrough in round two of the 2006 competition and progressed thanks to a first-half goal from Tcham N'Toya-Zoa in front of a crowd of over 11,000.

That ended a run of three straight defeats to Boro – all in the FA Cup – with the last league meeting coming in 1995 where the sides played out a 1-1 draw at Meadow Lane.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts 6/1 to pick up their first win of the season, while the hosts are priced 4/9. The game to end level after 90 minutes is 7/2.

Notts to qualify by any method is 3/1 and to win on penalties is 8/1 – with no extra time being played in the competition.

A repeat of the 1-0 scoreline of 2006 is 20/1, while Middlesbrough to win by the same scoreline is 13/2.

You can bet on the game here.

Supporters who sign up to Sky Bet using this link can help the club financially.

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Match Reports

Notts beaten on penalties

Middlesbrough win dramatic shootout at the Riverside Stadium

14 August 2018

Notts gave an excellent account of themselves in the Carabao Cup, taking Sky Bet Championship side Middlesbrough to penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Riverside.

Boro goalkeeper Andy Lonergan made two excellent saves in the shootout to send Notts out of the competition - but with their heads held high after a fantastic performance in the North-East.

Notts took the lead three times during the 90 minutes with Jon Stead netting a brace and Tom Crawford scoring a debut goal following his summer move from Chester FC.

Ashley Fletcher grabbed a brace of his own for the hosts, with Enes Mahmutovic their other goalscorer on the night.

As promised, Kevin Nolan rang the changes for the tie with only Stead, Ross Fitzsimons, Dan Jones, Richard Duffy and Elliot Hewitt keeping their places from Saturday's clash with Cambridge.

Crawford and Andy Kellett made their full debuts while Noor Husin, Terry Hawkridge, Pierce Bird and Lewis Alessandra all started for the first time this season.

Nolan trialed a back three, with Hewitt dropping back from the midfield role he occupied in the opening two games of the campaign to form a trio with Duffy and Bird.

And it was Bird who made the first crucial intervention of the game as his block deflected Marcus Tavernier's shot over the bar in the 15th minute.

Five minutes later Notts took the lead with their first real chance.

A well-worked free-kick saw Jones play Stead to the byline and he crossed for Crawford to mark his debut in style from eight yards.

The lead lasted less than 10 minutes, with Fletcher turning home Grant Leadbitter's corner at the back post via a flick on from Daniel Ayala in the 27th minute.

But it was not long until Notts took the lead for a second time through Stead's sublime 34th minute effort.

After patient build-up, the ball was played to the striker just outside the area and Stead turned and shot low with his left foot past Andy Lonergan in the hosts' net.

Both Tavernier and Marvin Johnson had chances to level it up again for Boro but defiant defending from Notts kept them out for the time being.

With two minutes to go until half-time the hosts were forced into a change as Harry Chapman went off with a shoulder injury and was replaced by Stephen Walker.

Any hopes of Notts carrying the lead into the break were dashed in the 44th minute, though, when Johnson brought the ball in from the left and floated a cross onto the head of Mahmutovic, who grabbed the game's second equaliser in the last action of the first period.

Boro had the first opening of the second-half, substitute Walker doing well to dribble to the byline but Bird refused to be beaten and got the ball clear.

Captain Duffy was replaced just before the hour-mark and replaced by Shaun Brisley with Stead taking the armband.

Johnson then had a chance to give the home side the lead but his header from Tavernier's cross sailed harmlessly over Notts' crossbar.

Nathan Wood then came on in place of Ayala to become Boro's youngest ever player.

Stead grabbed his second of the game in the 63rd minute turning home the rebound of Husin's long-range shot which cannoned back off the post.

Will Patching came on for his debut, replacing Husin for the last 20 minutes, while Boro made their third and final change with Dael Fry replacing Djed Spence.

A couple of chances for a third equaliser came for the hosts in quick succession with Paddy McNair dragging a shot wide from just outside the box before a dangerous cross evaded Walker.

Eventually the home side's pressure turned into yet another equaliser, as Fletcher netted his second after good work from Walker with 16 minutes to play.

Nolan handed out another debut in the 76th minute as Kellett was replaced by 17-year-old Remaye Campbell.

Fitzsimons denied Tavernier, before Johnson rattled the crossbar as Notts rode their luck towards the end of the 90.

As six minutes added time was signalled, McNair again went close - flashing an effort just wide with penalties looming.

Into the shootout, and Stead - full of confidence from his brace - stepped up first but was denied by Boro keeper Lonergan.

Leadbitter, Alessandra, McNair, Hawkridge, Walker, Patching and Tavernier all converted before Jones stepped up to take Notts' fifth spotkick.

Lonergan saved again and sealed the result for Middlesbrough, meaning Notts' excellent performance was just short of enough to see them through to the second round.

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Tickets: Middlesbrough (A)

Season ticket holders entitled to discount

13 August 2018

Tickets for Notts County's Carabao Cup trip to Middlesbrough on Tuesday 14 August will be available from the Meadow Lane club shop until 1pm on matchday.

After this time, any remaining tickets will be returned to the Riverside Stadium to be sold on the evening.

Supporters who purhcase their ticket from Middlesbrough can do so from 6pm using cash only. Please note - the season ticket discount will not be available.

Notts have received an allocation of 521 covered seat tickets located in the corner of the stadium in the East Stand Upper.

Season ticket holders (available before 1pm on Tuesday 14 August)

Adult: £10
65 and over: £5
Under 18: £2

General sale

Adult: £15
65 and over: £10
Under 18: £5

The discounted prices for season ticket holders can be obtained in person at the ticket office/club shop or by calling 0115 955 7210.

Tickets for away fixtures can now be purchased online. Please note - only general sale pricing is available online.

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

Disabled supporters

In line with Middlesbrough’s policy, tickets for supporters with a disability and their personal assistants are available to those on any level of PIPS or DLA from the DWP.

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.

Wheelchair disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from Notts County. They are priced at the aforementioned ambulant disabled pricing for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge. Notts have been issued 12 pairs of wheelchair disabled and carer tickets.

Official away travel

Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 3pm.

Prices are as follows:

General adult/senior: £23
General under 18: £14
Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £22
Season ticket holder under 18: £13

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