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Preview: Newcastle U21 (H)

9 October 2018

Notts host Newcastle United Under 21s tonight in their second Checkatrade Trophy match of the season.

The Northern Group G opener ended in defeat when Harry Kewell took charge of the side for the first time during the 2-1 loss away to Grimsby Town.

But results have taken a positive turn since then, with Notts unbeaten in five league games and winning the last three.

Newcastle Under 21s won their opening Checkatrade game, beating Doncaster Rovers 3-1, and currently top the group.

With Notts not playing again until Saturday 20 October - after the match against Oldham was postponed - a win in Tuesday’s clash will allow them to go into the break on a high.

Kewell says…

“We knew it would be a rough ride but we’ve seen things get a little smoother with some good results over the last few weeks.

“This is an opportunity to play in front of a good crowd of home fans and impress them.

“As an academy side, we expect Newcastle will try to play it out from the back but it will come down to what we do. We want to perform our very best and win the game.

“We’ve got to continue what we are doing and then we can give the players a bit of a break before we face Bury and MK Dons back-to-back, which will be tough matches.”

Team news

Harry Kewell has said he is going to change his entire starting XI as he looks to give some of his players a chance to show their ability.

Nathan Thomas, Andy Kellett, Noor Husin, David Vaughan and Kristian Dennis have all been named as starters.

The visitors can name two players over the age of 21 in their squad and have plenty to choose from with just five members of their first-team called up for international duty.

Winger Callum Roberts scored a screamer in Newcastle Under 23s’ win against Notts last week and is likely to feature again.

Throwback to Thursday

Notts' Under 23s travelled to Newcastle in a Central League Cup fixture on Thursday 4 October, when the hosts fielded a side likely to be similar to the one they select tonight.

Elias Sørensen and Roberts scored first-half goals before trialist Josh Bingham gave Steve Chettle’s side hope of a point with 13 minutes to play.

But they were unable to force an equaliser and suffered a 2-1 defeat on Tyneside.

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The evening’s officials

Referee: Alan Young

Assistants: Matthew Jones and Christopher Husband

Fourth official: Ravel Cheosiaua

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Match Reports

Notts 0-2 Newcastle U21

Kewell's men suffer Trophy defeat

9 October 2018

Notts County were beaten 2-0 by Newcastle United's Under 21s in the second match of their Northern Group G Checkatrade Trophy campaign.

Goals from Cal Roberts and Elias Sorensen won the game for the Tynesiders on an evening when Tyreece Kennedy-Williams and Kion Etete were given their senior debuts for Notts.

Doncaster's victory over Grimsby means Notts could still qualify for the knockouts if they beat Rovers in the final match of the group stage in November.

Harry Kewell made 10 changes to the side that beat Macclesfield on Saturday.

Shaun Brisley was the only man to keep his place, this time lining up in a more familiar role alongside Dan Jones in central defence.

Kennedy-Williams and the more experienced Andy Kellett were given the full-back slots, with Nathan Thomas and Sam Osborne ahead of them.

David Vaughan linked up with Noor Husin in central midfield and Will Patching supported Kristian Dennis up front.

The visitors, kicking towards the Air-IT Kop in the first half, were handed a golden opportunity to make the dream start when Kellett bundled into Tom Allan in the area, conceding a penalty.

Cal Roberts fired the ball straight down the middle and, while Branislav Pindroch's outstretched foot made contact, it hit the back of the net.

Notts' response came from down the right, Osborne's cross being met by Thomas who saw his header saved on the goalline by Nathan Harker.

Vaughan fired a long-range effort wide and Patching bent a free-kick over the bar as the hosts continued their pursuit of an equaliser.

And it nearly came on 30 minutes when Thomas' free-kick looked destined for the top corner, only for Harker to push the ball over.

Sorensen let a good headed opportunity pass him by before Dennis' effort from range whistled wide.

And it was left to Roberts to claim the final chance of the half, the winger sending a sweetly-struck effort over the bar before the referee called time on the first half.

There were no Notts changes at the break and nine minutes after the restart, Vaughan wrote his name into the book for a foul on Kelland Watts.

Patching saw an effort diverted behind for a corner moments later - but it was to be the visitors who struck next.

Roberts turned provider this time, playing a delightful through ball for Sorensen who poked his shot beyond Pindroch with an accomplished finish.

Kewell made his first change just after the hour, sending Remaye Campbell on for Patching shortly before Allan saw an effort diverted just wide of Pindroch's post by Jones.

Osborne was the next player to have his name taken, for a late tackle on Matty Longstaff, before Etete replaced Kennedy-Williams for his senior debut.

The youngster lined up alongside Dennis and Campbell as Kewell switched to a 4-3-3, with Osborne filling in at right back.

Brisley headed a Jones cross wide, Osborne fired an effort off-target and, at the other end, Roberts missed a gilt-edged chance at the back post as the clock ticked down towards full-time.

There was still time for young midfielder Alex Howes to replace Vaughan before six minutes of added time were indicated by the fourth official.

But Notts were unable to mount a recovery as the game ended 2-0.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Newcastle U21s (H)

9 October 2018

Tickets are on sale for Notts County's Checkatrade Trophy match against Newcastle United Under 21s on Tuesday 9 October (kick-off 7.45pm).

Matchday prices are as follows:

Category Derek Pavis Stand
Adult £7
65 and over £7
18-21 £7
Under 18 £7
Under 16 £7
Under 12 £1
Under 7† Free

†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.


To enquire about hospitality for this fixture, please email or call 0115 955 7222.

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