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Match preview: Stags vs Coventry City

23 February 2018

Mansfield Town host Coventry City in another meeting of the promotion chasers at One Call Stadium on Saturday (24 February, 3.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Defender David Mirfin is the only player missing for the Stags as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury. 

For Coventry, long-term absentees Michael Doyle and Jack Grimmer are doubtful ahead of Saturday's fixture, however the pair are making progress from their respective injuries and could still feature in the matchday squad.

Meanwhile, Jodi Jones and Tony Andreu will both be absent as the pair
continue to recover from season-ending knee injuries.

Jordan Maguire-Drew could come back into City's matchday 18 after being
dropped for the Sky Blues' last two fixtures against Colchester and Brighton, in
Sky Bet League Two and the Emirates FA Cup, respectively.

In the last two games, Stags have secured excellent victories at home to Newport and away against Exeter City, respectively. 

The home victory against Newport signalled boss Steve Evans' most comprehensive win since taking over as manager in November 2016 as an Alfie Potter hat-trick and strikes from frontman Danny Rose and midfielder Alex MacDonald clinched a 5-0 win for the Stags. 

They followed that up just a few days later with a superb 1-0 win away to Exeter City. In a first half of one-way dominance, top scorer Danny Rose slammed the ball home from eight yards out to secure a fine win. 

The Sky Blues have lost their last four games in all competitions. 

They were defeated 3-1 away to Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend, following three straight losses in Sky Bet League Two.

A home defeat against Accrington Stanley - Coventry's first since Stags' victory in November - was sandwiched between away reverses against Colchester United and Forest Green Rovers, respectively. 

Our last meeting occurred in November 2017 and it turned out to be a memorable day for Stags' fans. 

An away following of 1,565 supporters were sent into raptures in the second period when midfielder Alex MacDonald scored a 30-yard beauty to seal a 1-0 win at the Ricoh Arena. 

OVERALL RECORD: W - 4 | D - 1 | L - 4

Michael Salisbury will be in charge of Saturday's home game against Coventry City, and he will be assisted by Peter Gooch and Duncan Street.

Mark Dwyer will be the fourth official.

Mr Salisbury's last match officiating the Stags was our 1-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over Everton U23s in October 2017.

Tickets for Saturday's match are available in person or via telephone on 01623 482 482. Alternatively, supporters can visit www.stagstickets.co.uk to purchase their tickets before choosing the 'print at home' option, if they wish to avoid the queues on matchday.

Supporters can visit the matchday ticket office (next to the main ticket office on Quarry Lane) to purchase tickets on the day of the game. Supporters who wish to pay with cash only can also buy matchday tickets in a fast-track queue.

Furthermore, one adult and one child can watch Saturday's game for just £18 in our family block! To find out more, click here.

For more information on match tickets, including prices, please click here.

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open from 9.00am on Saturday, serving breakfast until 11.00am. 

After that, the matchday food menu will become available, which includes pies, chips, burgers and hot dogs.

Furthermore, the bar will be serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to Stags' fans.

Also in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, the SSA will be selling their unique Stags vs Coventry matchday pin badges for just £3. 

Supporters with a ticket in blocks N, P, Q and R of the Ian Greaves Stand (upper tier) will be able to access the Kevin Bird Suite from 1.00pm on Saturday.

The Suite, situated in the upper tier of the Ian Greaves Stand, will be serving hot and cold drinks for supporters to enjoy. The bar will also be open at half-time for supporters with a ticket in the aforementioned blocks.

Parking at One Call Stadium will be extremely limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. 

The following sites, owned by Mansfield District Council and with easy access to the One Call Stadium are Grove Street, Victoria Street, Garden Road and Church Lane.

Charges are as follows:

Grove St 70p/hr (reduces to 50p/hr from 01 April)
Victoria St 50p/hr
Garden Rd 50p/hr
Church Lane 80p/hr

All of the above pay and display surface level car parks offer cashless parking via RingGo as an additional way to pay.

Every car park has a unique code so people can either pay over the phone, by text, online or by using a free smartphone app.

Details of how to do this are displayed in each car park. Information about all Mansfield District Council car parks can be found at www.mansfield.gov.uk/carparks.

Please note: Upon police advice, the gate between the North Stand and the Ian Greaves Stand will be closed from midday on Saturday.

Access to the North Stand is via Portland Retail Park, whilst access to the Quarry Lane End and the Ian Greaves Stand is via Quarry Lane only.

Where do I go when I get to One Call Stadium?

Hospitality

If you are a hospitality guest, please enter the stadium via the brown double doors to the rear of the Ian Greaves Stand, which is the entrance to our hospitality suites. 

The doors are located to the left of the white merchandise stall outside the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, backing onto the main car park and sign-posted 'The Kevin Bird Suite'

Media

Members of the media are asked to also head to the entrance to our hospitality suites, where our media steward will provide you with the necessary accreditation. 

The required entrance is located to the left of the merchandise stall outside the Sandy Pate Sports Bar and signposted 'The Kevin Bird Suite'.

Supporters

If you need to collect tickets, please head to the main ticket office on Quarry Lane. For ticket purchases, please visit the matchday ticket office, adjacent to the Quarry Lane Stand, around the corner from the main ticket office.

Entry to the Quarry Lane End is via the turnstiles situated parallel to the road running alongside One Call Stadium. 

The Ian Greaves Stand is the main stand at One Call Stadium, which backs onto the main car park. 

Away fans are housed in the North Stand, which is located next to Portland Retail Park. Please note: there is no matchday parking in the retail park. 

We'll be publishing live text commentary of the clash on our twitter feed and the match centre on mansfieldtown.net will contain Opta-populated updates.

To access our twitter feed, head to twitter.com/mansfieldtownfc. The match centre can be accessed here, or by clicking the link on the home page on Saturday. 

Furthermore, iFollow Stags subscribers will be able to listen to full-match commentary of the clash, courtesy of commentators Martin Shaw and Steve Hartshorn. 

A report of the match will be published on www.mansfieldtown.net after the game and full reaction will be available to view on mansfieldtown.net and iFollow Stags.

Supporters who are blind or visually impaired can take advantage of our fantastic free audio descriptive commentary service.

Provided by Alan March Sport, supporters can listen to commentary from trained audio description broadcasters.

To take advantage of this free service, please visit the entrance to the Kevin Bird Suite at One Call Stadium after 1.00pm on Saturday.

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Match report: Stags 1-1 Coventry City

24 February 2018

Mansfield Town were denied a third successive victory this afternoon as Jonson Clarke-Harris salvaged a point for Coventry City as a match of high drama ended 1-1 at One Call Stadium.

Stags went into the interval ahead after an action-packed minute changed the game. In the 14th minute, Stags ‘keeper Conrad Logan denied Jonson Clarke-Harris with a smart stop before releasing striker Danny Rose with an impressive long ball forward. After going through on goal, Rose was brought down by defender Jordan Willis who was then shown a straight red card by referee Michael Salisbury. From the resulting free-kick, Alex MacDonald’s low effort struck striker Kane Hemmings and rolled past Lee Burge and into the back of the net.

Just as the first half had centred around a refereeing decision, so did the second period. In the 70th minute, Coventry were awarded a penalty after Jonson Clarke-Harris went down under pressure from MacDonald, who appeared to slip when closing down the Coventry forward. Clarke-Harris took the penalty himself and dispatched past Logan with aplomb. Mansfield had chances to take all three points, but they couldn’t find another way past a resolute Coventry defence.

After impressive back-to-back victories and clean sheets against Newport County and Exeter City, Mansfield manager Steve Evans named an unchanged side for the second game in a row.

Coventry started brightly and had two chances inside the opening few minutes. Firstly, Jonson Clarke-Harris met a low corner but saw his flicked effort deflect out off a Mansfield body and from that resulting corner, Rod McDonald rose highest at the back post but saw this thumped header parried away well by Mansfield ‘keeper Conrad Logan.

Mansfield grew into the game and started getting their foot on the ball. The left flank partnership of full-back Mal Benning and winger CJ Hamilton linked up well on more than one occasion but each time, some neat passing came to nothing as Coventry dealt with the danger.

An action-packed period in the 14th minute then changed the game. At one end, Clarke-Harris saw his low shot well saved by Logan and the former Hibernian ‘keeper then got up quickly and sent striker Danny Rose clear with a long, raking ball forward. Through on goal, Mansfield’s top scorer had his ankles clipped by Jordan Willis who was subsequently shown a straight red card.

Mansfield were also awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area after Willis’ foul and from it, they took the lead. Midfielder Alex MacDonald struck a low effort which hit teammate Kane Hemmings, wrong-footed ‘keeper Lee Burge, and rolled into the bottom corner.

Things almost got better for Mansfield a few minutes later. Rose’s flick on sent Hamilton clear down the left of the box and his fizzed pass went through a sea of amber and blue bodies with none of them able to get a touch to send the ball goal bound.

Good work by Mansfield on the right of the Coventry area created an opportunity in the 23rd minute but after being teed up by midfield partner Adam King, MacDonald saw his shot from 25 yards go past the upright.

With a goal and man advantage, Mansfield were in control of the game and they almost doubled their advantage on the half hour mark. A corner by winger Alfie Potter found the head of defender Rhys Bennett who couldn’t keep his header down from a good position.

The Stags were then almost gifted a second as Jack Grimmer failed to deal with King’s long ball forward. Rose was on to the loose ball first and he looked to set up Hemmings but his ball across goal was just in front of the on-loan Oxford United man.

In the 34th minute, Stags’ ‘keeper Conrad Logan got his first touch of the ball for quite a while as he had to be at his best to claw away a hooked effort by Coventry forward Marc McNulty.

The lightning-quick pace of CJ Hamilton had caused Coventry problems all game and it almost got the Stags a second just before half time. Pearce did well to bring the ball out after a Coventry corner and he found Hamilton on the right with the former Sheffield United man racing away from his marker before seeing a shot saved by the legs of Burge.

Mansfield were looking the more likely, creating the better of the chances. In the 43rd minute, Hemmings slightly misread a cross from right-back Paul Anderson and the frontman was unable to net his second, seeing his headed effort loop just wide.

The Stags almost had the ball in the back of the net early in the second with Hemmings rounding Burge and rolling the ball towards goal, but there were to be no celebrations as the linesman had his flag up for offside.

With an hour on the clock, Mansfield were still enjoying the better of proceedings, but they were yet to really test Burge again with a meaningful chance. That changed in the 62nd minute however when Hamilton broke down the left and pulled the ball back from Hemmings who saw his side-footed effort palmed away by the Coventry ‘keeper.

The reverse fixture was settled by a stunning, long range strike by Alex MacDonald and the former Scotland under 21 international almost repeated that feat in the 65th minute. Finding space 25 yards from goal, the in-form midfielder tried his luck and drilled a shot just wide of the Coventry upright.

Coventry were still in the game despite being a man down and they almost drew level in the 69th minute. Ryan Haynes did brilliantly to work some space and he lashed a shot at goal which Logan did well to tip just wide.

A minute later however, the visitors had a penalty. When attempting to close down Clarke-Harris in the area, Alex MacDonald lost his footing and accidentally bundled over the Coventry forward. It was Clarke-Harris who stepped up to take the spot kick and he thundered the ball past Logan to give the Sky Blues an undeserved equaliser.

Mansfield almost hit back straight away as Hamilton met Rose’s header in the area and though he found a way past Burge, his shot from an acute angle was blocked on its way to goal.

Stags’ manager Steve Evans made two changes after seeing his side lose their lead. In the 74th minute, striker Ricky Miller came on in place of Hemmings before in the 80th minute, Adam King was withdrawn with creative midfielder Jacob Mellis being introduced.

The Stags were awarded a dangerous looking free-kick on the edge of the Coventry box and from it, they almost retook the lead. MacDonald almost caught Burge out with a low effort round the wall but the Coventry ‘keeper got down well to his left to beat the ball to safety.

Mansfield broke well in the 87th minute as they searched for a second goal and after Mellis’ cross from the right eventually ran to Miller, the on-loan Peterborough United forward went down under pressure, but the referee booked the Stags’ man for simulation, rather than awarding a penalty.

If any team was going to score a late winner, it looked like it would be the men in amber and blue. Miller did well to hold the ball up in the 90th minute and laid it off for Mellis who hit a curling effort that went comfortably wide of the target.

There was to be no late drama, however, as the two teams had to settle for a share of the points with Coventry no doubt being the happier of the two sides.

STAGS' XI: Logan, Bennett, Benning, Pearce ©, MacDonald, Anderson, Potter, Hamilton, Hemmings (Miller 74’), King (Mellis 80’), Rose

SUBS NOT USED: Olejnik, Diamond, Atkinson, Spencer, Penney

COVENTRY CITY XI: Burge, Grimmer, Willis, McDonald, Kelly (Hyam 21’), Doyle ©, McNulty (Ponticelli 67’), Clarke-Harris (Biamou 81’), Haynes, Shipley, Bayliss

SUBS NOT USED: O’Brien, Stokes, Vincenti, Reid

ATTENDANCE: 6,105 (1,523 away)

REFEREE: Michael Salisbury

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