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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
18:00 5th May 2017

Match preview: Crawley Town vs Stags

Mansfield Town travel to Crawley Town on Saturday (06 May, 5.30pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Team news

The only likely absentee in the Stags' squad is striker Yoann Arquin, who picked up a hamstring strain in last week's Central League defeat to Rotherham United. 

Crawley, meanwhile, are managerless heading into the contest after the Red Devils this afternoon parted company with head coach Dermot Drummy and assistant Matt Gray.

In team news, the hosts will be without suspended midfielder Josh Payne after being sent off in their last match at Cambridge United.

During the aforementioned fixture, goalkeeper Glenn Morris was substituted at half-time with a groin injury so Yusuf Mersin is in line for a start.


Recent form

Stags were defeated 1-0 by title-chasing Portsmouth last week, bringing an end to their three match unbeaten run. 

Winger Carl Baker's deflected effort ensured the Hampshire outfit snatched three points, despite Stags having a number of chances to win the game. 

Before that, they recorded excellent 1-0 away wins against Wycombe Wanderers and Stevenage, respectively, either side of a 1-1 draw at home to Luton Town. 

With one game remaining of the season, Stags sit two points outside the play-offs and will need a number of results to go in their favour if they are to finish in the top seven. 

The permutations are as follows:

If Stags win at Crawley, we would need four of the following five results to happen in order to earn a spot in the play-offs:

Blackpool lose at home to Leyton Orient 
Carlisle lose at Exeter 
Stevenage lose at home to Accrington 
Wycombe draw with Cambridge 
Colchester lose or draw at home to Yeovil

Crawley currently reside 21st in Sky Bet League Two, with 50 points from their 45 league games. 

They've won just once in their last 13 games - a 3-0 home victory over rock-bottom Leyton Orient - and have slipped from 13th to 21st in League Two after picking up just eight points since February 25. 

Previous meeting

Stags ran out rampant 3-1 winners in the last meeting between the two sides, which was also Stags’ boss Steve Evans’ first game in charge of the club, in November 2016. 

Three goals in 10 second half minutes was enough to ensure the Steve Evans era got off to the perfect possible start. 

Stags almost went ahead in the third minute when striker Matt Green pounced on a defensive mix-up but after seeing his effort cleared, strike partner Pat Hoban blasted over from 25 yards. 
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The entire first half was an onslaught from the revved-up Stags and they saw chances go begging from Green, left-back Mal Benning and midfielder Ashley Hemmings before half-time. 

Stags began the second half where they finished the first, putting the Reds under severe pressure straight from the restart. 

Hoban won an early corner and defender Krystian Pearce met the resulting flag kick with his head, but saw his effort hacked off the line. 

However, it took Stags only five second half minutes to get the opener as midfielder Chris Clements hammered the ball into the back of the net from eight yards out. 

They quickly doubled their lead on 54 minutes when Irish striker Hoban bagged his third goal of the campaign. Matt Green broke down the right wing and swung in a cross where the former Oxford man swivelled and rifled the ball into the back of the net. 

And it wasn’t long until Stags got their third, again through captain-for-the-day Chris Clements. 

Green latched on to a ball over the top from Ashley Hemmings and curled a wonderful cross into the box with the outside of his foot, allowing Clements to crash the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the box. 

Defender Rhys Bennett registered an own goal to give Crawley a consolation in the 82nd minute, but it didn’t take the gloss off a fine first win for manager Steve Evans.

OVERALL RECORD: WON - 6 | DRAWN - 0 | LOST - 3

Match officials

The man in the middle on Saturday will be Carl Boyeson and he will be assisted by Paul Kelly and Thomas Harty. The fourth official will be Shaun Hudson. 

Mr Boyeson's last game in charge of the Stags was, ironically, our 3-1 victory over Crawley at One Call Stadium in November. 

Tickets

We have received a total of 600 tickets to sell in advance for the fixture - 300 in the Checkatrade Stand (seating) and 300 in the KR-L Stand (standing). 

Please note, tickets will be available to purchase on the day from Crawley Town, with no price increase.  

Prices are as follows:  

Checkatrade Stand (seating)KR-L Stand (standing)
Adults £18£16
Seniors (65+)£14£12
Young adults (18-21)£14£12
Under 18s£10£10
Under 16s£4£4
Under 11s£1£1
Family ticket (two adults & two under 16s)£34£30
Family ticket (one adult & one under 16)£17£15

Wheelchair users must purchase a ticket in the Checkatrade Stand, and they will also receive a free carer ticket. 

Ambulant disabled supporters will also receive a free carer ticket upon purchase of their match ticket in the relevant age-related category. 

To purchase your tickets, either visit our ticket office on Quarry Lane, or call us via telephone on 01623 482 482. 

The ticket office is open between Monday and Friday from 10am until 5pm. 

Tickets will go off sale at 4.00pm on Friday 05 May.

Twitter

We'll be tweeting build-up, team news, live text commentary and post-match reaction from our twitter feed (@mansfieldtownfc).

Matchday live

Supporters can view all of our social media updates on our MATCHDAY LIVE thread on mansfieldtown.net. 

Stags Wall

All of our social media posts will appear on the Stags Wall.

Commentary

Supporters can listen to full-match commentary on Stags PlayerHD from 5.20pm. 

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