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OPPOSITION PREVIEW | Notts County

An insight into Saturday's visitors to the Checkatrade Stadium

14 September 2017

The Reds take on Notts County this Saturday afternoon at the Checkatrade Stadium (3pm).

We take a closer look into Notts, including their form this season, their last campaign, our previous meetings, their ones to watch and their manager.

The season so far...

Notts County have made a great start to the season, and find themselves sat second in the table going into Saturday's game.

It didn't look to be heading that way on the first day of the season, as they were beaten comfortably 3-0 away to Coventry City.

However they responded well and haven't lost a league game since, with a 2-0 win at home to Chesterfield the weekend after their defeat at Coventry.

The Magpies then drew 2-2 at Meadow Lane with fellow strong starters Accrington Stanley, but since then have won all three games without conceding; against Port Vale (1-0), Morecambe (2-0) and Swindon Town (1-0). 

How did they fare last season...

Notts County didn't enjoy the best of season's last year, finishing 16th and having comings and goings in the management and ownership department.

John Sheridan left his position as manager on the 2nd January after losing nine games in a row, and was replaced by current boss Kevin Nolan.

Ray Trew also sold the club 10 days later to local businessman Alan Hardy.

Nolan's appointment saw an upturn in results, with County winning 10 and drawing four out of the last 22 games to comfortably guarantee Football League status. 

We've met before...

Saturday's opponents have the advantage when it comes to the head to head record, with the Reds playing Notts on 10 ocassions since 2012, winning two, drawing two and losing six.

Crawley claimed their first victory over the Nottinghamshire side at Christmas time in 2013, winning 1-0 at the Checkatrade Stadium thanks to a second half goal from Mark Connolly.

The Reds had to wait until April 2015 to get their next win over the Magpies and their most recent victory, once again at home only this time with a 2-0 scoreline.

Kelly Youga scored first that day before Darren Ward made it two to secure all three points.

 

Who's the one to watch...

Jorge Grant, the 22-year old midfielder, is on loan from neighbours Nottingham Forest, and has been since January.

Grant has started the season strongly for the Magpies, playing seven games and scoring four goals in all competitions.

The midfielder is held in high regard at Forest, and is proving his ability nearby at Meadow Lane.

Who's in charge of them...

Notts County boss Kevin Nolan is a well known name in English football, having played 14 seasons in the top flight.

Nolan is registered as a player for Notts, however focuses more on management, and has been in charge at Meadow Lane since January.

His career started at Bolton Wanderers, where he rose through the youth academby to become a regular and fan favourite from 2000 to 2009.

The midfielder then moved onto Newcastle United, playing for there for two and half seasons, one of which included helping them to promotion back to the Premier League.

The 35-year old was on the move again in 2011, moving south to join West Ham and in his first season earned promotion again to the top flight.

He remained there until 2015, playing regularly until he left on mutual consent in August that year.

After a short spell with Leyton Orient, he moved onto to current club Notts County originally as a player, before moving into his current management role.

Coming along?

Click here for the ticket details for the game against Kevin Nolan's men - on sale until 4.30pm on Friday afternoon and from 10am on Saturday morning.

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