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Notts will take to the pitch looking to make amends 15 days after being humiliated by non-league Salford City in the F.A Cup.  

After a sub-standard performance in all areas of the pitch, it is anyone's guess as to the XI that Moniz will plump for against the Cobblers. With McLeod and Jenner suspended, the Notts manager will have to change at least two of the players involved in the action against Salford. Although the cup game is still raw in the memory - Notts have been reasonably solid at home this season picking up 2 points per game on average so far with 5 wins and a draw from 8 matches at Meadow Lane. However, the Cobblers are sitting pretty in the promotion places and they have picked up an average of 1.5 points per game on the road so far - picking up 12 points from 8 games. 
The man who will be tasked with beating Notts is former Magpie, Chris Wilder - who played every game in the 96/97 relegation season which saw Notts return to the basement division. His side have picked up 31 points from 17 games so far (one more game than Notts) and sit 12 places above the Magpies going in to Saturday's match. 
Moniz told the Mansfield Chad he believes Notts will have to "create scoring chances against immobile and static defenders..pace skill and penetration will be key", unfortunately it was the Notts frontline which looked immobile and static against Salford City.
However, Moniz is a keen admirer of Northampton Town striker, Marc Richards who has already reached double figures this season and Mike Edwards has also warned in an interview with Radio Nottingham of the potential galvanising and unifying impact upon a squad surrounded by financial uncertainty, which Northampton are currently enduring - "I had it when I was at Hull and we didn't get paid for about three months. The club was nearly going out of the league, but we showed our best form. We won five or six games on the spin and got ourselves up the table and finished in a great position. It can bring unity".
I'm sure Notts fans who witnessed the soul-crushing defeats against the likes of Rushden & Diamonds and Macclesfield during the trust years will attest that the opposite can be just as true. 
The last time the clubs met, Notts were building their finest run of form in recent years which culminated in the League Two title, this included a 1-0 away win at Sixfields against tomorrow's opposition courtesy of a Ben Davies goal. 
As much as I'd like to see a repeat scoreline and for Notts to pick up the 3 points, I feel a draw is a more likely outcome despite Notts' victory against Portsmouth who were also sitting in the promotion places when they rode into town in the last league game Notts played. 
Even if Notts lose, it is vitally important it is not in the same manner in which they went down to in the Salford City defeat or the whispers for Moniz's head may grow louder in volume.