Gavin likely to be only change. Notts County Preview.

Last updated : 06 March 2003 By Michael Morris
There is better news on Gavin Gordon. The City striker, complete with his new look nose (it was broken at Stockport last week) is set to be added to the squad for the weekends game.

Gavin may only be on the bench as Lennie is expected to name the same side that started against Brentford. Gordon's return could mean that Leo will miss out in the final 16.
City then will continue with Alan Mahon wide left of the "lopsided" 4 - 4 - 2 formation. It no coincidence that since Bonner and Boland have been sat behind Kav the City skipper has produced his best and most committed football this season. Mahon on the left will frighten any team and has so far set up goals for Jason Bowen against Oldham, Gavin Gordon against Barnsley and Earnie's goals at Northampton and Brentford.

It will be a big night for Spencer Prior. The City defender was on form at Brentford and was well supported by the travelling Bluebirds fans. Sections of the City support boo'ed him at Ninian Park against Plymouth. That was out of order. The time has come for City's players and supporters to pull together as we enter the closing stages of the season. Promotion is in our hands, we have a game in hand that would take us second. This weekend City, on paper, have the easier fixture at home to Notts County than Crewe who travel to Tranmere.

After three home draws it's time for City to win a home game. Should City pick up the win and Crewe fail to win at Tranmere then we go second and still have the game in hand.

City are unbeaten in seven, 3 wins and 4 draws. Notts County can be said are in a small run of form. 3 wins and a draw in their last four games. That hides the fact that County have not won away in the league since September. They have lost 6 and drawn 5 of the 11 away games played since they beat Cheltenham when we were still in British Summer Time last year.

City won at Meadow Lane earlier in the season. Gary Croft (left) scored the only goal.

After Saturdays game City travel to Tranmere on Friday March 14th, then it's more home games. Blackpool and Mansfield within 4 days before a 2 week gap before QPR come to Ninian Park.

Notts County will be without experinced midfielder Ian Baraclough, injured at Port Vale. Influential Darren Caskey was also hurt at Vale and is a serious doubt. Magpies boss Billy Dearden may have to turn to young fringe players to make up his 16 man squad. County will welcome back defender Nicky Fenton after a two match ban.

Kick off at Ninian Park is at 3pm on Saturday, tickets can still be prebooked from the ticket office (0845 345 1400) and you can pay on the day as well (more expensive). There will be full coverage in the chatroom, radio updates from Radio Wales and live commentary for those subscribed to Cardiff City World.