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PREVIEW: NOTTS COUNTY (H)

24 October 2014

The Iron will look to make it four games unbeaten when they host Notts County in Sky Bet League One on Saturday.

Shaun Derry’s Magpies arrive in Lincolnshire - to play us the second time this month - in fifth place and unbeaten in their last eight league outings.

But Mark Robins’ men have collected five points from the last possible nine and confidence is building under the new manager, after coming from behind to draw at Port Vale, with ten men, on Tuesday evening.

Robins will welcome Gary McSheffrey back into the fold, after the midfielder sat out the Vale match with suspension, as he had accumulated five bookings this term. Terry Hawkridge played in his absence and the former Sky Blues man faces a battle to regain his place.

Neal Bishop, who opened the scoring at Vale Park, will miss the Glanford Park clash for picking his fifth yellow card up on Tuesday, while Jennison Myrie-Williams is also an absentee after he was sent off for a second booking against his former employers.

Rory Fallon was set to undergo a knee scan this week after missing the Vale match with injury and he is a doubt. It was sustained in a challenge in the draw with Colchester last Saturday.

County return to North Lincolnshire less than three weeks after their last visit.

They last travelled up to compete for a place in the third round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, edging the clash 2-1 in what turned out to be Russ Wilcox’s last game in charge of the Iron.

In midweek they beat Barnsley 3-2, with QPR loanee Michael Petrasso netting twice for Notts.

Shaun Derry is turning the club’s fortunes around in his first managerial post, steering them clear of relegation last season by just three points. The former midfielder has over 600 professional career appearances under his belt, including nine for his current club.

In this season’s squad, there are just two former Irons within their ranks.

Jimmy Spencer, who was on loan at Glanford Park from Huddersfield Town last season, signed for the club permanently in January but he is currently out for the campaign with a cruciate ligament injury sustained in pre-season.

Garry Thompson is another former United player. He made 130 appearances for the Claret and Blue during a four-year spell from 2008 to 2012.

They also have Champions League experience within their ranks - vice-captain Alan Smith (Leeds United and Manchester United) and goalkeeper Roy Carroll (Manchester United) are key players for County this season and their experience will be crucial and be a key asset.

It will be our 25th meeting with the Magpies, who have won 17 of those, with three draws and four Scunthorpe wins.

Before we met last month, the previous meeting was in the 2012/13 campaign.

Dean Leacock’s late goal gave them a 1-0 win months after we held them to a 2-2 draw at Glanford Park, where Christian Ribeiro and Damien Mozika were scorers in a game where Paul Reid saw red.

We also met them in the JP Trophy in that season, for round one, and Mark Duffy’s early goal was cancelled out as they won 2-1 at the Iron’s ground.

Our last win against the club came in September 2008, when Paul Hayes was on target twice in stoppage time to give us a home win in another FL Trophy tie between the two clubs.

Ahead of the game, see our article on the afternoon’s referee, as well as the betting preview of the match, picking the best odds from the league’s official sponsor, Sky Bet.

If you aren’t going to Glanford Park to see if the Iron can make it five games unbeaten, keep track of the action by tuning into the club’s official social media channels or keep an eye on events on the website, with live updates available from kick-off.

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