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The Opposition: Mansfield Town

We take an in-depth look at David Flitcroft’s side ahead of Tuesday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with the Stags

5 November 2018

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Grimsby Town look to return to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two as they face Mansfield Town at Field Mill on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Michael Jolley’s side suffered their second league defeat in a row on Saturday as they lost 1-0 to Cambridge United at Abbey Stadium.

And the Mariners will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat as they travel to the league’s 10th-place side on Tuesday.

But Flitcroft’s men, who grabbed a last-gasp equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Cheltenham Town at the weekend, are currently unbeaten in nine league games – and they’ll be hoping to make it 10 on Tuesday.

The Stags have drawn more Sky Bet League Two games than any other side this season – 10 – as well as winning five, and losing one – their 2-1 home defeat to Exeter City in September.

Last five league results

Grimsby Town: W, D, W, L, L

Mansfield Town: D, W, D, W, D

One to watch: Tyler Walker

The on-loan Nottingham Forest striker is the Stags’ top goalscorer so far this season, with 10 goals in all competitions.

He’s scored three goals in his last two games, including both Mansfield goals in the 2-2 draw with Cheltenham last weekend.

The 22-year-old, who is the son of former England and Nottingham Forest defender Des Walker, is a strong centre-forward with a very quick turn of pace.

Transfer activity

The Stags didn’t do too much business in the summer – as Flitcroft brought in just four new faces to Field Mill – but they recruited well.

Winger Otis Khan joined from Yeovil Town, striker Craig Davies signed from Oldham Athletic, midfielder Neal Bishop joined from Scunthorpe United, and defender Matt Preston joined from Flitcroft’s ex-club Swindon.

The Stags also utilised the loan market as defender Ryan Sweeney arrived from Stoke City, midfielder Timi Elsnik joined from Derby County, and Walker joined from Nottingham Forest.

Tickets are still available for tomorrow’s trip to Field Mill as the Mariners face Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League Two.


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