Notts County prepare for Rayo Vallecano clash

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Ahead of tonight's arrival of the Rayo Vallecano squad at Meadow Lane, Notts County boss Chris Kiwomya has anticipated that the fixture may prove to be a "difficult game".

The Magpies play host to the La Liga outfit, tonight's game the last of County's pre-season friendlies.

The Madrid side finished eighth in the top flight of Spanish football last season, and Kiwomya is well aware of the challenge that awaits his team this evening.

"They're a good team and I think they finished in the top ten last season in La Liga so I'm sure they will be like most Spanish teams and be very good technically," said Kiwomya.

"It will be a difficult game, we won't see the ball for long periods as they will keep the ball very well.

"A game like this gives you the chance to work on your shape and one or two things.

"It's always good to get good teams down here and put yourself up against the best. We had one or two easier games over in Finland but these are good tests that are coming now."

Kiwomya clearly doesn't see these pre-season fixtures as merely an opportunity to bring big names to Nottingham, but after AFC Bournemouth's humiliation by Real Madrid last Sunday, it is not unreasonable to question whether boosts to ticket sales are worth the "disappointed" squads that come out of these games, one of which Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admitted he was left with.

The Magpies however, seem to have come out of their last big game, against Turkish giants Galatasary, in a rather different state of mind.

"There were massive benefits that came out of playing against Galatasaray and some of the players in Europe and that's great for our lads and they competed well and, overall, I was very pleased," said the County boss.

"I think they [Galatasaray] thought it was a tough game and that is one of the biggest compliments they can pay to the boys."

Notts County tackle Rayo Vallecano at 19.30 today.


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