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Preview: Wrexham (H)

Sunday action at Meadow Lane

17 August 2019

Notts County host Wrexham on Sunday as they look to record back-to-back wins.

The Magpies achieved their first victory of the campaign with a 2-0 success in Harrogate on Tuesday night and will be looking to pick up three points in front of a home crowd for the first time this season.

Wrexham, meanwhile, have earned two wins and a draw from their opening four matches and last year’s fourth-placed side occupy eight position prior to this weekend’s fixtures.

Both teams were included among the bookies’ favourites for promotion ahead of the season and, with a big crowd anticipated, it should be an exciting Sunday at Meadow Lane.

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Notts boss Neal Ardley says…

“We don’t want to win one and then lose the next – we want to stick a couple of results together.

“Two victories on the spin would be fantastic because that’s the kind of thing that builds momentum and takes that bit of pressure off.

“Wrexham are a very good team who play good football. They’re a side you expect to be in the mix.

“We need to look at what we’re not doing well – although we won a game, we’re not a fantastic team at the moment.”

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Team news

Michael Doyle and Damien McCrory are both available for selection again for the Magpies having served their three-game suspensions.

Jim O’Brien will hope to have recovered from the hamstring injury he picked up against Barnet last weekend and Ardley has admitted he has decisions to make given the hectic schedule to start the season.

Wrexham will be without centre back Jake Lawlor, who was sent off in their midweek win over FC Halifax Town.

At the other end of the pitch, Mark Harris will expect to start again having scored in each of his last three appearances following a loan move from Cardiff City.

Head to head

Last time the sides met in Nottingham, a late strike from Neil MacKenzie saw Notts take the points after Spencer Weir-Daley’s opener had been cancelled out by Silvio Spann in October 2007.

Wrexham have won just two league matches at Meadow Lane in 24 attempts, the most recent of which coming on 16 August 2003.

The officials

Referee: Tom Reeves

Assistants: Martyn Holmes and Bradley Hall

Fourth official: Simon Brown

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