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Preview: Swindon (H)

League action at the Lane for the first time since victory over Crawley

26 October 2018

Notts County return to Meadow Lane on Saturday, playing host to Swindon Town.

After back-to-back Sky Bet League Two defeats halted the recent run of good results, the Magpies will look to return to winning ways in front of their own fans.

Since manager Harry Kewell made the switch to Meadow Lane, Notts are unbeaten at home in the league and they will hope to extend this record with the Robins in town.

The visitors are enduring their worst spell of the season – without a win in six games, losing three of them, and dropping to 15th in the table.

Swindon have scored just once during this run of results and lost to Cambridge Town on Tuesday night – the U’s first win since the beginning of September.

Kewell says…

“In this league every match is dangerous and it doesn’t matter what someone’s form is like because you don’t know what you’ll get from any team on their day.

“We performed well against MK Dons and if we do that consistently we will win more games than we lose or draw.

“Swindon are going through a bad spell but that means they will be right up for Saturday’s match and ready to correct their form.

“Both of us are coming off a loss, but we both want to play the right way so it will be interesting to see who can hold their nerve best.”

Swindon boss Phil Brown says…

“You know that a Harry Kewell team will look to pass it, be well organised, and have pace and quality players.

“He likes to play open, expansive football and my boys will be well-versed in what they are going to face on Saturday afternoon.

“We have a great group of players who are very supportive of me, the backroom staff, the job in hand and each other.

“When that first goal goes in, it will lift the pressure that the lads are playing under.”

Team news

Jamie Turley has had his red card from midweek rescinded, so he is likely to line up in the heart of the Notts defence.

Rob Milsom is available for selection again after completing his three-match suspension, while Richard Duffy returned to training on Friday – though Saturday’s game will come too soon for him.

Swindon midfielder Michael Doughty is rated 50/50 after he limped off in the opening 10 minutes of Tuesday’s defeat with a laceration on his ankle.

We’ve met before

Notts ran out 1-0 winners the last time the Robins visited Meadow Lane, with a first-half penalty from Jon Stead proving decisive.

Swindon won by the same scoreline in the corresponding fixture at the County Ground thanks to Luke Norris’ goal shortly after half-time.

The afternoon’s officials

Referee: Ross Joyce

Assistants: Ian Dudley and Alix Pashley

Fourth official: Christopher Ward

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