County produced a stunning 6-0 thrashing of Wycombe last week and look to build on it for tomorrows trip to Moss Rose.
County have already visited Macc this season and came away 1-0 victors with Paul Tierney grabbing a goal in a tight Johnstones Paint Trophy game. A good omen for tomorrow has to be that we have worn the ‘gold’ kit three times away, and have won 1-0, 2-0, and 3-0. In that order. Could tomorrow possibly be 4 and lift the Hatters higher up the table.
*New signing Leon McSweeney will be ineligible for selection until 4th January against Notts County at hime. For a full interview with the Irish playmaker, head over to stockportcounty.com.
Jim Gannon: ‘Paul (Turnbull) came to my attention playing in the development team.’
‘He’s unassuming, although he’s forceful on the pitch. He talks well and he has a presence and is a competitor.’
‘He was an extremely good talent when he was 15 and 16 but then he had a serious injury, which knocked him.’
‘The midfield role brings out of his qualities, his strength, his passing and his power. He does all the defensive stuff well but he’s also a good footballer.’
New Signing Leon McSweeney: ‘I’m delighted to have joined County and I’m really happy to be here.
‘The manager’s ambitious and I just want to be part of it.’
(Courtesy of manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
Ian Brightwell: ‘Our fans have been fantastic and we all want to reward them with a victory.’
Macc Team News:
6 goal striker Martin Gritton is just about fit for the game after a twisted knee kept him out for a few weeks. He should prove a test if fully fit tomorrow.
Defender Phil Doughty will start after having his loan period from Blackpool extended.
Player to watch: Martin Gritton
After the journey man was declared fit for tomorrows game, the 6 goal striker will be a handful for Michael Raynes tomorrow and will be looking to get in behind and grab a couple of goals. The young centre back will need to be on top form to keep Gritton at bay.
County Team News:
Gary Dicker was unexpectedly named on the bench last week and could be fit for tomorrow. Matty McNeil is still out but has admitted that whilst he is dissapointed he is ‘not too bothered about going back to Macc.’ Who can blame him.
Captain Ash Williams is another week closer to fitness and Anthony Pilkington will be assessed later tonight.
Player to watch: Adam Proudlock
Its got to be hasn’t it? An awesome hattrick last week including a 45 yard stunner saw Proudlock rise (finally) to his full potential and he will be in top confidence for tomorrows game.
Match Facts & Stats
Macc – 5/4
Draw – 11/5
County – 7/4
County have been appointed yet another Premiership referee on the back of the 6-0 thrashing of Wycombe in Mr Marriner. He has refereed Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal this season as well as games in the Championship. In his 6 year pro career, he has officiated two County games, the 1-0 win against Torquay and the 2-2 draw on Liam Dickinsons debut.
County vs Grimsby L2 3pm (H) 22nd Dec