Same old, same old.

Last updated : 24 December 2003 By Richard Brown

Notts County:

What we really want to see this Christmas!
Billy Dearden’s only injury worries ahead of the Boxing Day fixture are those of Michael Brough, who’s continuing his recovery from a knee operation and also that of former-Ranger, Ian Baraclough, who has been struck down with a leg injury and will therefore require a late fitness test prior to the fixture.

Striker, Clive Platt will surely be welcomed back into the squad with open arms after completing a two-match ban picked up for foul and abusive during the trip to
Boundary Park in the latter stages of November.

The ignorance of Dearden in the field of not even mentioning the likes of youngsters, Willis Francis and Shane McFaul, in his team plans continues to flummox me and countless other Notts fans who are itching to see another glimpse of the clubs diamonds in the dirt.

Speaking of exclusion, Adam Murray may well be given a rare place in the starting line-up as Dearden ‘pencils him in’ to the starting line-up – but don’t count your chickens, before they’ve hatched.


Meanwhile, Ian Holloway has been given a major selection headache after his squad were hit hard by a flu bug which Clarke Carlisle, Richard Edghill, Matthew Rose, Marcus Bean and Martin Rowlands have all fallen victim to in the past fortnight. All of whom look doubtful to be named in Holloway’s squad as they battle to recover from the virus.

Furthermore, it has already been confirmed that strikers, Richard Pacquette and Paul Furlong will both be missing through suspension.