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Bournemouth Vs Notts County, Mon 21 Dec 2009

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Notts County caretaker boss Dave Kevan faces a tough trip to second-placed Bournemouth in his first game since Hans Backe`s shock resignation.

The Swedish coach, who was in charge for just nine matches, quit on Tuesday in the latest saga at Meadow Lane after Munto Finance sold the club to executive chairman Peter Trembling, who completed a subsequent buy-out.

The Magpies will be keen to get back to footballing matters after a turbulent week and also put the disappointment of last Saturday`s 2-1 defeat to Accrington behind them - a performance which was arguably their worst of the season.

Kevan, who has admitted he is not interested in the job on a full-time basis, must now decide whether to keep faith with the same starting XI - who were in good form prior to the loss - or reshuffle his options.

Defender John Thompson returned from suspension to take his place on the bench against Stanley and he will be pushing for inclusion.

Midfielder Johnnie Jackson (knee) is closing in on a return after a month on the sidelines, although the Boxing Day fixture against Grimsby is a realistic target rather than Monday`s trip to Dean Court. Defender Stephen Hunt is also upping his recovery as he approaches a comeback.

Marvin Bartley misses out for Bournemouth as they also look to bounce back from a setback last weekend.

The midfielder saw red as the Cherries went down to a shock 5-0 mauling at Morecambe and now serves the first game of a three-match suspension.

Goalkeeper Shwan Jalal (calf) and Anton Robinson (back) continue to struggle with their respective injuries and manager Eddie Howe will make a late decision on their availability following fitness tests. On-loan Marek Stech should remain between the sticks should Jalal not make it.

Joe Partington was one of few players to come out of the Shrimps defeat with any credit following his second-half appearance as a substitute and he could be promoted.

Fellow midfielder Sammy Igoe overcame a knee injury to make the bench and is also pushing for inclusion having been brought on in the 27th minute with Bournemouth already 3-0 down.

Shaun Cooper (hip) is targeting a return around the end of January while Mark Molesley (foot) is set for a scan next week to discover how his rehabilitation is progressing. Fellow long-term absentee Scott Guyett (knee) also remains on the sidelines.

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