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Preview: Doncaster (H)

14 November 2018

Notts County host Doncaster Rovers tonight in the final group match of this season’s Checkatrade Trophy.

A win by two goals or more would see the Magpies qualify for the knockout phase of the competition despite losing their opening two fixtures.

Rovers, meanwhile, can secure their passage if they lose by no more than one goal.

The League One side have made a good start to the season and occupy 10th place in the table, but have lost their last three in the league and drew away to National League North outfit Chorley in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday.

Notts will be guided by first-team coach Steve Chettle following yesterday's departure of Harry Kewell.

Team news

Dan Jones was in the line-up for the last Checkatrade Trophy game against Newcastle United’s Under 21s and may expect to start again after returning to first-team action in Barnsley on Saturday.

Richard Duffy has come off the bench twice in recent matches for Notts so could be included from the off as he works his way back to full fitness.

Noor Husin will be unavailable for selection after being called up for duty by Afghanistan, while the likes of Will Patching and Tom Crawford will hope to be given run-outs in midfield.

Rovers manager Grant McCann wants to progress in the competition but is likely to make changes, saying the match is a chance for players to come in and impress.

Liverpool loanee Herbie Kane netted a brace in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Chorley so could be in line to start again.

We’ve met before

Duffy opened the scoring the last time Notts faced Rovers but goals from James Coppinger, Mathieu Baudry and Andy Williams completed a turnaround at the Keepmoat Stadium in March 2017.

The Magpies’ last win against Doncaster was in April 2015, when Garry Thompson and Liam Noble’s strikes were enough to earn a 2-1 victory at Meadow Lane. Nathan Tyson netted a stoppage-time consolation from the spot.

The evening’s officials

Referee: Andy Haines

Assistants: Steven Rushton and Wayne Grunnill

Fourth official: Andrew Hendley


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