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Preview: Oldham (A)

31 December 2018

Notts County kick off 2019 with a trip to Boundary Park to face Oldham Athletic on Tuesday afternoon.

The Magpies go into the new year bottom of Sky Bet League Two but deserved to end 2018 with a win after producing one of their best displays of the campaign in Saturday's draw with Bury.

Notts have won just once on their travels this season and will be hoping to record manager Neal Ardley’s first away points on Tuesday.

Oldham, meanwhile, occupy 11th spot in the table with 35 points but are without a permanent manager following Frankie Bunn’s dismissal last week.

Pete Wild was named caretaker boss and oversaw a 4-1 win at Port Vale in his opening game.

The Magpies are seeking their first win at Boundary Park since 2003.

Ardley says…

"We need to make sure we work as hard as we did against Bury, which was a much better performance.

"We need to defend to the same standard and maintain our competitive edge because that gives us the platform to take something from the game.

"When Oldham are good, they are very good and can win against most teams but, like most sides in this division, they can be beaten on an off-day.

“They’re at home and will expect to win so we have to be as strong as we were on Saturday.”

Team news

Pierce Bird put in an excellent performance against Bury in his first league start and will be hoping to be back on the teamsheet in Greater Manchester.

Dan Jones was injured in Saturday's warm-up and, after deputising ably, Cedric Evina could continue in his place.

Oldham’s top scorer Sam Surridge was absent for the win over Port Vale but veteran striker Chris O’Grady was among the goals.

The Latics made just two changes between their fixtures on Boxing Day and 29 December so caretaker manager Wild may need to shuffle the pack for their third game in six days.

We’ve met before

The sides played out a 0-0 draw at Meadow Lane in November and three of the last four meetings have ended level.

Notts last beat Oldham in October 2013 when Danny Haynes, Yoann Arquin and Callum McGregor got the goals in a 3-2 League One win.

Elsewhere in League Two

21st-placed Yeovil host Cheltenham (19th) looking for their first league win since October. The Glovers have lost five of their last eight games, while the Robins are unbeaten in six matches in all competitions.

Macclesfield face Tranmere at Moss Rose, while Cambridge are tasked with earning points at MK Dons – something only four teams have done all season.

Crawley have lost seven of their last nine league games and host fourth-placed Colchester, while Morecambe play Carlisle at the Globe Arena.

The officials

Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Assistant referee: Helen Byrne and Richard Wild

Fourth official: Richard Woodward

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Match Reports

Oldham 2-0 Notts

1 January 2019

Notts County began 2019 with a 2-0 defeat at Oldham Athletic on New Year's Day.

Goals either side of the break from Tom Hamer and Peter Clarke were enough for the hosts, who cleared a Pierce Bird effort off the line in the first half and saw a Jon Stead cross diverted on to the post in the second.

Second-half substitute Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain saw red late on to rub salt into Notts' wounds.

It was a disappointing afternoon for the Magpies, who went into the match unchanged following their encouraging performance against Bury.

That meant Bird kept his place alongside Richard Duffy and Shaun Brisley in a three-man central defence.

The bench stayed the same, too, with the likes of Jamie Turley, Elliott Ward, Elliott Hewitt and Kane Hemmings not yet fit enough to make the trip.

The Magpies were hoping for more of the same following their dominant display against the Shakers and, on six minutes, they had the game's first shot when left wing-back Cedric Evina fired a first-time effort over the bar after excellent pressing saw Notts win the ball high up the field.

And the Magpies were so nearly ahead two minutes later when Bird rose highest to meet Andy Kellett's corner, nodding the ball goalwards. Gevaro Nepomuceno nudged the ball wide on the line.

Ross Fitzsimons was called into his first piece of action on 13 minutes, standing firm at his near post to deny Callum Lang.

Notts had started the brighter of the sides but, after Stead's turn-and-shot flew over from 25 yards, the hosts began to get a grip on the game.

Johan Branger-Engone saw his shot from the edge of the area saved by Fitzsimons low down to the keeper's right, before Mohamed Maouche timed his run perfectly to meet Jordan Lyden's low cross only to turn the ball wide with a first-time effort.

And the hosts had the lead five minutes before half-time, albeit in hugely fortuitous circumstances as Hamer's overhit cross from the right sailed over everyone and dropped into the far corner of Fitzsimons' net.

Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced Matt Tootle at the break in a straight swap at right wing-back.

But the Magpies' troubles were doubled within two minutes of the restart as captain Clarke turned home a wide free-kick from a yard out.

Notts' response came when Kellett's miscontrol following Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross led to the ball bouncing fpr Vaughan on the edge of the area. On his weaker right foot, the Welshman could only loop his shot over the bar.

Fitzsimons made a comfortable save from Maouche's tame header shortly before Bird latched on to Duffy's flick-on to guide a header goalwards, only for Latics stopper Daniel Iverson to quell the danger.

Nathan Thomas replaced Kellett on 67 minutes but the winger nearly saw his side go 3-0 down moments later when Maouche skipped round Bird to go through on goal. He decided to take his shot early and Fitzsimons made a relatively easy save.

The game was opening up and, shortly after Evina had seen a speculative low shot saved, Notts came agonisingly close to scoring a lucky goal of their own.

Stead charged into the box from the right and saw his low cross turned on to the post by a defender. Oxlade-Chamberlain was first to the ball on the follow-up but could only find the side-netting with his finish.

Notts weren't catching the breaks and Thomas saw an effort blocked as time continued to tick away.

Stead made way for young forward Kion Etete and Milsom saw a shot blocked by Nepomuceno with 10 minutes to play.

But any hopes of the Magpies getting anything from the game were dealt a major blow when Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up his second yellow card by illegally blocking off an Oldham man with seven minutes to go.

And the hosts saw out the rest of the match comfortably as Notts stayed bottom of League Two.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Oldham (A)

New Year's Day trip on sale

31 December 2018

Tickets for Notts County’s New Year's Day trip to Oldham Athletic (3pm) are now available from Boundary Park only.

Notts fans will be located in reserved, covered seat tickets located behind the goal in the Chaddy End.

Matchday prices

Adult: £22

65 and over: £10

18-21: £10

Student: £10

Under 18: £7

Disabled supporters

In line with Oldham’s policy, tickets for supporters with a disability and their personal assistants are available to those on the middle or high 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.

We have been allocated five pairs of wheelchair disabled and personal assistant tickets charged at the appropriate age-related price for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge.

Official away travel - now available online!

Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 11am.

General adult/senior: £21

General under 18: £13

Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £20

Season ticket holder under 18: £12

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