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Preview: Yeovil (A)

18 January 2019

Notts County visit Yeovil Town on Saturday in another big Sky Bet League Two clash.

Both sides are embroiled in a battle to beat the drop and the Glovers could move nine points clear of the Magpies with a win.

Neal Ardley is under no illusions that a change of fortune is needed quickly if Notts are to stave off the threat of relegation.

He picked up his first away point in the dramatic draw at Colchester a fortnight ago and will hope to go one better by recording a win in Somerset.

Yeovil, meanwhile, had been in the midst of a dreadful run themselves before ending their sequence of 10 games without a victory by beating Mansfield 1-0 at One Call Stadium last week.

The Glovers had last won a game at the end of October and had free-fallen toward the dropzone but will hope their win over the Stags is the first sign of recovery.

Notts could move to within three points of safety with victory, while Yeovil could climb four places to 18th with a win.

Ardley says...

“We’ve worked hard to be better without the ball and now have to make sure we get the balance right – when we’ve done that in matches we’ve been good.

“We don’t want to chase the game. It’s hard to do that and we need to try and get our noses in front.

“Yeovil have a lot of pace, energy, trickery and athleticism in their team and we have make sure we are ready to deal with that because it’s an opportunity for three points.

“They’ve had a tough time in recent weeks but they were superb against Mansfield last time out.”

Yeovil boss Darren Way says…

“We can’t underestimate Notts County because, as we’ve seen over the years, any team at the bottom will be a dangerous animal.

“It’s important we don’t go into the game complacent and we’ve been working on our performance all week.

“With players leaving and one or two coming in with quality, the new environment we have has been good – it puts pressure on other players to make sure they put in a good display.

“It’s important that this football club maintains its EFL status and stays strong and sticks together.”

Team news

Enzio Boldewijn returned to training this week after a long spell on the sidelines and Ardley has suggested he could feature.

Andy Kellett and David Vaughan both missed out against Cambridge last week but could return in Somerset.

Yeovil will be without Omar Sowunmi, James Bailey and Alex Pattison who are all nursing injuries, but Korrey Henry is expected to return following a groin problem.

New signings Josh Grant and Mihai-Alexandru Dobre made their debuts at Mansfield last week while former Notts players Carl Dickinson and Francois Zoko are likely starters.

We’ve met before

Yeovil won the most recent meeting of the two sides in August when Alex Fisher scored a hat-trick and former Notts man Yoann Arquinn grabbed the other in their 4-0 success.

The Magpies took four points from the Glovers in 2017-18 with a 4-1 victory at Meadow Lane in April 2018 and a 1-1 draw the last time they visited Huish Park.

Zoko’s late penalty denied Notts the win after Jonathan Forte had opened the scoring shortly before half-time in November 2017.

Elsewhere in League Two

23rd-placed Macclesfield host Oldham on Saturday, who remain unbeaten under caretaker boss Pete Wild.

Morecambe welcome Stevenage to the Globe Arena looking for their first win since 22 December, while Cheltenham visit Carlisle who appointed Steven Pressley as manager this week.

Port Vale travel to Crawley hoping to end a seven-game run without victory while Cambridge host near neighbours Northampton as they seek a third straight win.

The afternoon’s officials

Referee: Stephen Martin

Assistants: Darren Blunden and Dean Treleaven

Fourth official - John Flynn


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