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Stat Attack: Barnet vs. Notts County, Saturday 10 February 2018


Joe Jones

Head to head

Notts County and Barnet have met 18 times over the years.

The head to head stands at 10 wins for Notts, 5 for Barnet, and 3 draws.

The first meeting took place only 20 years ago, the Magpies winning 2-1 at Underhill in Division Three

The last fixture was on October 14 last year, a 2-1 win for Notts at Meadow Lane thanks to goals from Shola Ameobi and Ryan Yates, while Simeon Akinola struck a consolation with nine minutes left.

Stats

The home side has won each of the last eight meetings between these two sides in League Two, with Notts winning five to Barnet's three.

The Magpies have won each of the last two encounters between these two teams, including a 2-1 win at Meadow Lane earlier this season. They last won three consecutive games against Barnet in the EFL in January 2006.

Graham Westley has managed three home league matches against Notts and failed to see his side score in any.

Since winning four of their first five League Two away games this season, the Magpies have won just one of the next nine.

Jon Stead has been directly involved in six of Notts County's last nine league goals (four goals, two assists).

History

The club was founded in Chipping Barnet, then part of Hertfordshire, in 1888.

Several incarnations of the club existed before the third Barnet FC, created after the First World War, came to be - this entity continues till today.

Barnet have won the Football Conference a record three times - in 1991, 2005, and 2015, as well as finishing second three other times.

Aside from a runners-up medal in the 1971-72 FA Trophy, their silverware cabinet is restricted to minor trophies.

A number of Barnet players have gone on to represent Premier League clubs. They include Dougie Freedman, Marlon King, Andy Clarke, Linvoy Primus, Maik Taylor, Mark Gower, Jason Puncheon, Yannick Bolasie and Albert Adomah.

Players who came to the club towards the end of their careers include Jimmy Greaves, Mark Lawrenson, David Hillier, Alan Pardew, Eddie Newton, Paul Warhurst, Steve Kabba, John Oster, Jonathan Fortune, Edgar Davids and Lee Cook.

Team news

Barnet will once again be without suspended midfielder Dan Sweeney as they welcome Notts to the Hive Stadium.

Sweeney serves the second game of a three-match ban after he was punished retrospectively for an off-the-ball incident against Cheltenham Town a fortnight ago.

Bees goalkeeper Jamie Stephens is still recovering from a hamstring injury, while defender Harry Taylor (metatarsal) and forward Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (knee) are also out.

Left-back Elliott Johnson and striker Dave Tarpey (both knee) remain long-term absentees.

Notts County boss Kevin Nolan is hoping Elliott Hewitt and Matt Tootle return to give him a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Hewitt missed the FA Cup replay at Swansea after picking up a virus at the team hotel in south Wales.

Tootle has been out for nearly a month through illness but played in a behind-closed-doors game on Tuesday for 70 minutes.

Goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons is available again after serving a three-match ban.

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