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Preview: Carlisle (H)

27 November 2018

Notts County host Carlisle United on Tuesday night in the last match before Neal Ardley takes over the reins.

Steve Chettle will be hoping to bow out of temporary charge with a win and end the Magpies’ run of seven Sky Bet League Two games without victory in the process.

They came close to it at the weekend, with Kevin Ellison netting a late equaliser to deny Notts three points at Morecambe and the side will hope to pick up a long-awaited three points against the Cumbrians.

Carlisle have been an unpredictable side throughout the season, winning eight and losing nine of their matches which leaves them 11th in the table.

Defeat at home to Forest Green on Saturday followed back-to-back successes against Newport and Swindon and leaves them five points outside the play-offs.

The Cumbrians boast the fourth best away record in the division, with five of their wins coming on the road, and are managed by former Notts boss John Sheridan.

Chettle says…

“The longer you go without winning, the more apprehensive you get and the pressure builds so we need to get over the line.

“It’d be great to get one win under our belts and even better to get three or four so hopefully we get started with the first one tomorrow.

“We need a victory by hook or by crook and I’d take a dirty, scrappy 1-0 win to start us off.

“Carlisle are very good away from home. They’re compact and they break as a group but we know what to expect and have plans to counteract them.”

Carlisle assistant manager Tommy Wright says…

“It's been a tough period for Notts and they won't be happy with where they are but I’ve seen them play and know they are a good side. We won’t be taking anything for granted.

“Neal will come in with his own ideas on what needs to be done going forwards and, with the quality of players they have, they will be a match for anyone in this division.

“We respect them but it’s more about concentrating on ourselves and what we do.

“We'll be looking to get the points for our own reasons and to keep our own good run of away form going.”

Team news

Enzio Boldewijn awaits the results of a scan on the knee problem that forced him off 10 minutes into Saturday’s match while Lewis Alessandra will be absent again.

Jon Stead and Kane Hemmings have trained this week and will hope to prove their fitness in time to be included.

Former Notts goalkeeper Adam Collin is likely to start between the sticks for Carlisle, while ex-Magpie Gary Liddle is expected to line up in the heart of defence.

Striker Ashley Nadesan has found the net seven times so far this campaign while Jamie Devitt has five goals in his last four games in all competitions.

We’ve met before

Notts took four points from meetings with Carlisle last season, drawing 1-1 at Brunton Park last October and winning 2-1 at Meadow Lane.

Jon Stead netted a brace in February with Devitt pulling one back for the visitors 15 minutes from time.

The evening’s officials

Referee: Thomas Bramall

Assistants: Barry Gordon and Ken Haycock

Fourth official: Adam Crysell

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