Notts County v Town – Preview
Tonight Town head to Meadow Lane to play their penultimate pre-season friendly against Notts County, kick off 19:00.
Town boss Paul Lambert has said that many players who didn’t get minutes at Colchester on Friday night will be given an outing.
“We had six or seven players who got a lot of minutes against Colchester on Friday, some of them 90 minutes,” Lambert told the club site.
“We will change it around (tonight) and give a chance to other players to get minutes under their belt.
“Emyr Huws, for one, did well against Colchester in the half hour or so he was on and it’s important that we give everyone a good run out where we can.”
When asked if he knows his strongest team ahead of the opener at Burton Saturday week, Lambert said: “No, because we have eight first-team guys injured.
(Jack) Lankester, (Teddy) Bishop, (Alan) Judge, (Jon) Nolan, (Gwion) Edwards, Toto (Nsiala) – seven or eight of them – are all first-team guys so we need to get them back.
“We need to get one or two of them back, although some are a few months, and I still think we need that strength and a few lads to come in and give us a hand.
“It’s difficult because we can’t go and spend anything silly, but that’s where the club is at the minute.”
On the back of Lamberts comments, keeper Bartosz Bialkowski, who joined Town from the Magpies in the summer of 2014, is set to start in goal for Town.
Young defenders Luke Woolfenden and Corrie Ndaba were both unused on Friday night and are set to be the involved. Lambert may also give on trial defenders Jon Guthrie and James Wilson some minutes as the Town boss looks certain to sign at least one experienced centre-back this week.
Josh Emmanuel was another who sat on the bench throughout Friday night’s win at Colchester, but will almost certainly get time to impress at right-back tonight as he battles for a start with Janoi Donacien.
Midfielders Cole Skuse and Alan Judge are expected to miss the game, the latter is due to see a specialist this week.
Gwion Edwards is making progress after his groin problem but is also not expected to be involved yet, while Jon Nolan still hasn’t trained due to the calf problem he suffered at the end of last season.
Teddy Bishop (knee), Jack Lankester (back) and Toto Nsiala (hamstring) are all out until the season proper.
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