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Preview: Macclesfield (A)

6 October 2018

Notts travel to Macclesfield Town on Saturday looking for a third straight win in Sky Bet League Two.

In recent weeks, the tide has shown signs of turning for the Magpies and the 3-1 win against Crawley Town on Tuesday night was the best performance of the season to date.

The victory made it two within a week for Notts, who beat Crewe 2-1 at Meadow Lane three days earlier, and the side are now unbeaten in four.

Looking to continue the progress, Notts travel to bottom-of-the-table Macclesfield, who are still looking for their first win since returning to the EFL.

They might have thought it was coming on Tuesday night when they led Newport County 3-2 deep into stoppage time but a 97th-minute equaliser forced them to settle for a point.

Saturday’s visit to Moss Rose will be Notts’ first since 2009 and if they can record an away win for the first time this season they will open up a gap of eight points between themselves and the Silkmen.

Harry Kewell

Notts boss Harry Kewell says…

“Wins breed confidence and happiness but we are fully aware that a bad result at the weekend can knock us back, so we have to build on it.

“We’ve got to continue to work hard because we’ve put some good results together and we can’t afford to get complacent.

“Macclesfield played well at Newport in midweek and it will have taken the wind out of their sails a bit to concede late, but they are fighting.

“I am expecting a physical, scrappy game and it will be our biggest test of the season because they are heading in the right direction.”

Mark Yates

Macclesfield boss Mark Yates says…

“To concede a goal in the 97th minute is gut-wrenching, but my job is to pick the boys up and get ready for Saturday.

“We’ve proved that we can give teams a game so now we’ve just got to concentrate even more and work even harder.

“We do everything as a group and now we have to roll our sleeves up and go again on Saturday.”

David Vaughan carries the ball

Team news

Notts are missing Rob Milsom as he begins his suspension following his red card against Crawley Town on Tuesday night.

This could signal a return for David Vaughan, who has been absent since the defeat to Exeter City in early September, while Noor Husin will also be hoping to get the nod.

Macclesfield are still missing Elliott Durrell, Callum Evans and Ryan Lloyd, while Danny Whitaker suffered knee ligament damage last Saturday.

We’ve met before

Notts are unbeaten in the last five matches against Macclesfield with the last defeat coming way back in 2007.

Last time the sides met at Moss Rose, Notts secured a comfortable win during the 2009-10 season, which culminated in winning the League Two title by 10 points.

Goals from Ricky Ravenhill, Stephen Hunt, Craig Westcarr and a Ben Wright own goal earned a 4-0 victory against the Silkmen in the second game of the campaign and was a sign of things to come.

The weekend’s officials

Referee: Matthew Donohue

Assistants: Christopher Ward and Richard Bartlett

Fourth Official: Geoff Eltringham


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