Date: 5th January 2008 at 12:43pm
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Stockport County visit another County, Notts County, today in an attempt to continue their recent good form.

County come off the back of two straight wins against Morecambe and Wrexham, whereas Notts County have won just one of their last nine games.

The last time County won at Meadow Lane was in the promotion season of 97, when a 90th minute Graeme Hogg own goal gave County the three points. Jim Gannon was in the starting 11 that day, but today he will manage.

Vital Quotes:

Jim Gannon on his four new players: ‘All those new guys are young, very hungry, and driven.

‘I’ve been excited by these signings for a few weeks now and I’m delighted to have all these lads on board now.

‘It’s great to have such a talented bunch of players available, we’ve got every chance this season now.’

Speaking to StockportCounty.Com, Jim Gannon also said of Notts County: ‘We are expecting a tough game on Saturday.’

‘Notts County seem to have tightened up, and toughened up.

‘They have got a hard-working unit and the new manager has got them well drilled.’

‘They will play a classic 4-4-2, with a big man and little man up front, and a sitter and a runner in midfield.’

‘They will be a tough prospect and won’t make it easy for anyone because they are desperate for points.’

Notts County Team News:

Guy Branston could make his home debut after signing on loan today.

Jason Lee is definitely out after breaking his arm.

Mike Edwards and Jay Smith won’t feature for Notts County.

Player to watch: Guy Branston

Guy Branston, who has had some fantastic games against County for Peterborough in the past, has signed on a monts loan and could make his debut today,

Stockport County Team News:

Ashley Williams is still definitely out and isn’t likely to train until late next week.

Dominic Blizzard is back into the squad today and could start.

Matty McNeil is still having trouble with his knee, and is still complaining of soreness in the knee area.

Rob Clare is definitely out aswell.

Jimmy McNulty has come to County with an ankle injury and will train next week, but won’t feature against Notts County.

Leon McSweeney, Jamie Smith and Danny Pilkington could all feature though.

Player to watch: Anthony Pilkington

Pilkington has been on some hot form recently, and he was even hotter in the pre-season friendlies. Can play on either wing and upfront and will be dangerous to the Notts County defence.

Match Odds

Notts County – 6/4
Draw – 21/10
Stockport County – 6/4

Ref Watch:

Mr Thorpe from Suffolk is today’s referee. The last game he officiated with County involved was the Barnet game which ended County’s winning without conceding a goal streak.

Next Fixtures:

STOCKPORT COUNTY V Grimsby Town – JPT Semi Final – 7:15pm – TUESDAY