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Andy Phillips looks ahead to Saturday's trip to The One Call Stadium.

7 September 2017

Michael White
Russell Slade

Town head to Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon (1pm), looking to pick up back-to-back victories for the first time this campaign.

Fixture News

Tierney In Charge At Mansfield

6 September 2017

The Mariners picked up their first victory in five league games when Mitch Rose's first half goal settled things in the 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra at Blundell Park last time out, and they now face a tough away game at the One Call Stadium against a team tipped for promotion by many.

Jones and Collins to return

Town will be boosted by the return of both Sam Jones and Danny Collins from their respective suspensions, so it remains to be seen if they come into a winning team after a 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra.

Fixture News

Fixture news for Mansfield Town vs Grimsby Town on 09 Sep 17

8 September 2017

Boss Russell Slade revealed in his Thusday press conference that Martyn Woolford, Karleigh Osbourne and Tom Bolarinwa all have knocks, and that they will continue to be monitored ahead of the fixture. Jamey Osbourne and Akwasi Asante are also making good progress on their recoveries.

Mansfield have no injury concerns ahead of the fixture and experienced defender Zander Diamond could come into contention after he came through 90 minutes for their reserve side in midweek.

Club News

Pre Mansfield Press Conference

7 September 2017

Stags one of the favourites for promotion

Mansfield are thought of as one of the favourites for promotion but have had a slow start to the season, winning only their first home of the season so far in a 2-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers.

Despite that, the Stags have shown that they have plenty of resilience, having already come from behind to earn a point on three different occasions on top of that, the last of those being last weekend's 1-1 draw at Carlisle United.

Boss Steve Evans will have high expectations, having taken charge at the club last November and coming close to leading them to the play-offs, and has received plenty of backing over the summer to shape a squad.

The likes of Scottish defender Zander Diamond and his defensive partner and ex-Scunthorpe United man David Mirfin and midfielder Jacob Mellis are terrific signings at this level, so one would expect an improvement from the Stags and it may just be a case of the new players needing time to gel.

Evans is a notorious figure in the eyes of Town fans after spells at Boston United and Crawley Town and having won promotion from League One, League Two and the National League over the course of his career, the Stags seem to have everything in place for a good season, so it should prove to be a good test for Russell Slade's men.

A Town double last campaign 

Town did the double over Mansfield Town last season and have a good record against the Stags in recent years so will be hoping for that to continue.

The first fixture between the two sides came at the One Call Stadium in September 2016, with an Omar Bogle penalty settled the as Paul Hurst's side came away with all three points.

The reverse fixture took place in February, with an impressive performance from Town seeing them come away with a 3-0 win at Blundell Park, thanks to a first half goal from Chris Clements and a brace from Calum Dyson. The Stags were reduced to ten men on the pitch when Hayden White was sent off, whilst manager Steve Evans was also sent to the stands.

Managers in summary

Russell Slade: ''They've got a very strong squad, lots of depth and that's cost a fair amount of money to assemble I'm sure. They've got themselves as one of the favourites and I'm sure if they're not in that top end come the end of the season, they'll be disappointed. I've encountered Steve in many battles from the Conference to the Championship, I probably play against him more than most managers and I think he's done remarkably well, his teams are always on the front foot and in your face.I've had my run ins with him but that's the nature of the game. ''

Steve Evans: "It won't be about what Grimsby do that will decide where this game goes. It will be about what we do. What are we expecting? A typical Russell Slade team. They'll be very organised, they'll be disciplined and they'll be strong on the back of a good result last week. They'll be one of the teams that I'd expect certainly to be in the top eight. That could be first or it could be eighth.''


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