Accrington v Notts... BIG match preview

Unbelievably so the NCM messageboard is growing ever so slightly more optimistic by the day.

It is amazing what one win, a new manager and one new signing can do to football fans - suddenly everything has gone from all doom and gloom to all rosey.
Fraser Eagle... Hosts encounter

Fans need to me more cautious than that though. Sure, it is great to see optimism and smiling faces for a change, but it was just one win - against a poor Wrexham side - and new boss Charlie McParland needs to make sure it hasn't just papered over the cracks left by former boss Steve Thompson.

Everybody is looking forward to seeing new teenage striker Craig Lindfield in action for the first time at the Fraser Eagle Stadium, and he could start in a game Notts could do with winning.

With Barnet away on Tuesday, it is a massive - and testing - four days for the club. Coming out with four points would be a huge return.

Team news

Somner... Big loss
Notts - Jay Smith is in contention for a place in the squad after completing 45 minutes of a behind closed doors friendly with Mansfield Town. Andy Parkinson scored twice in that 2-2 draw and is pushing for a start. Matt Somner misses out through suspension after accumulating five bookings, while Jason Lee is still short of fitness. Mike Edwards is definitely out as is Michael Byron who has hooked up with Blue Square North outfit Hinckley United on a month's loan. Lindfield is straight into the squad.

Accrington - Ian Craney will be available for selection after discussions with his club Swansea to extend this loan deal after it seemed he'd be heading back to Wales. Shaun Whalley and Phil Edwards are available again but Romauld Boco and Kenny Arthur are out.

Form guide

Notts - The Magpies halted a run of four straight defeats with a timely 2-1 win over Wrexham last week. Away from home it is only Notts and Mansfield who have yet to register a win on their travels in League Two so far this season.

Accrington - Stanley come into the game with two wins and a draw to their name in their last three outings. Sitting comfortably in tenth, they have won three and lost three of their home games.

The view

Notts - Boss McParland on Accrington: "This is a very tough game, they are
McParland eyes victory
doing really well at the moment. Every game is tough but we have to show the same commitment, desire and belief as we did last week that we can take something from this one and then the Barnet game on Tuesday."

Accrington - Midfielder Craney was set to join another League Two side who had an offer accepted before coming back to Stanley when negotiations broke down said: "I'd been looking forward to the Notts County game all week and then this happened. It was an up and down time and I was just wondering what was going on. I just can't wait to play now. I had my injury then it was good to get my first goal last week. Slowly but surely I'm getting back to my best."

Key men

Mullin... Target man
Notts - Once again it will be playmaker Neil MacKenzie who will be charged with pulling the strings in the Notts midfield after his superb man of the match showing against Wrexham last week. His set-pieces will be crucial and could decide the game while is overall intelligence may make things happen for others. If McParland plays through him as he did last week, MacKenzie will make things happen.

Accrington - Paul Mullin. It may be Roscoe D'Sane who is in the best scoring form at present, but strike partner Mullin is a bigger threat. His muscular frame and all-round presence make him a nuisance to any defence. Add to that he has scored six goals in thirteen league games and that shows he is a man to watch. Particularly good in the air, he will need to be closely marked from set-plays in particular.

Big battle

Myles Weston v Peter Cavanagh

Weston impressed on his first Notts start last week, getting down the wing impressively. He didn't always have his own way with Wrexham full-back Simon Spender enjoying a good tussle, but Weston proved how he can be effective with his direct running and ability to beat a man and get to the by-line. He will be a big threat that Cavanagh will be hoping to stop. The Stanley captain is a wily customer and sticks to his guns well. A battler, he will be doing his utmost to stop Weston which could in turn halt Notts.

Possible line-ups

Notts - (4-4-2): Kevin Pilikington; Lee Canoville, Adam Tann, Stephen Hunt,
Lindfield... Debut goal?
Paul Mayo; Andy Parkinson, Richard Butcher, Neil MacKenzie, Myles Weston; Lawrie Dudfield, Spencer Weir-Daley.

Accrington - (4-4-2): Ian Dunbavin; Peter Cavanagh, Robbie Williams, Mark Roberts, Lea Richardson; Andrew Proctor, John Miles, Graham Branch, Ian Craney; Paul Mullin, Roscoe D'Sane

Prediction: Notts to get over their away day hoodoo with a 2-0 win. Lindfield to score from the bench.