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Preview: Crawley (H)

2 October 2018

Notts face Crawley Town on Tuesday night looking to make it two wins on the spin.

After earning three points for the first time this season by beating Crewe 2-1 on Saturday, Harry Kewell’s side look to extend their unbeaten run to four games.

It is his former club providing the opposition in the first midweek fixture at Meadow Lane of the campaign, who themselves are chasing back-to-back wins.

Crawley beat Yeovil Town 3-1 at the weekend – their third victory since Kewell made the switch – and sit 10th in Sky Bet League Two, outside the play-offs on goal difference alone.   

A second win in four days would move Notts away from the relegation places and allow them to start looking towards the right end of the table.

Harry Kewell

Kewell says…

“I can’t lie and pretend it’s just another team. It’s my old club so there will be some tackles flying in and some arguments.

“As always, it will be interesting to face your former side and I hope that they come here and play the way I taught them.

“We need to keep our momentum going and not get too far ahead of ourselves because that’s when results can turn sour.

“I want my players to go out there and enjoy themselves. They get worked hard on the training field so matches are their chance to play with a smile.”

Gabriele Cioffi

Crawley boss Gabriele Cioffi says…

“I do not know Harry and he doesn’t know me so, as far as I am concerned, tomorrow is a normal game.

“I know fans will have another view but I will not be treating this game differently to any other.

“They picked up their first win in their last game which will boost them but if we get things right then we are able to beat anyone.

“Notts County are in a false position in the league and I know they will make it hard for us but I believe we can do enough to pick up a win.”

Team news

Notts have no fresh injury concerns, with Richard Duffy and Ben Hall still the only two senior players missing, but Kewell might be tempted to make changes with Tuesday’s match coming so soon after the win over Crewe.

Enzio Boldewijn, Rob Milsom and Cedric Evina will all expect to start against their former club.

Midfielder Ashley Nathaniel-George came off the bench to score for Crawley in the weekend win over Yeovil and will hope to be included from the off on Tuesday night.

Husin vs Crawley

We’ve met before

Crawley earned their first win at Meadow Lane with a 2-1 victory in the last meeting back in January as Notts finished with nine men.

Earlier in the season, Jorge Grant scored the only goal of the game at the Broadfield Stadium to record the Magpies’ fifth successive win against the Red Devils.

Last time the sides met in October, Notts won 5-3 at Meadow Lane with Garry Thompson grabbing a hat-trick.

The evening’s officials

Referee: David Webb

Assistants: Samuel Lewis and Shaun Hudson

Fourth official: Timothy Wood


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