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Match preview: Stags vs Cardiff City

16 January 2018

Mansfield Town host Championship side Cardiff City in their Emirates FA Cup third round replay at One Call Stadium on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Defender David Mirfin will miss the encounter as he continues to recover from knee surgery which has kept him out of action since our Checkatrade Trophy clash with Blackpool last month. 

Manager Steve Evans has said he will assess frontman Kane Hemmings on Tuesday before deciding whether to include him against the Bluebirds.

For the Bluebirds, midfielder Craig Bryson is still out with an Achilles injury, whilst midfielders Aron Gunnarsson and Kadeem Harris are still recovering from ankle surgery.

Meanwhile, midfielder Lee Peltier, defender Matt Connolly and goalkeeper Lee Camp are all still sidelined. 

Stags extended their excellent run to just one defeat in 20 games with a 0-0 draw against Cambridge United in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday. 

They could have snatched all three points against the U's, but for an incorrect offside call against frontman Danny Rose which saw his second half effort ruled out. 

During that 20-game spell, Stags have won 10, drawn nine and lost one. 

The Bluebirds recorded their first victory in six games when they thrashed rock-bottom Sunderland 4-0 on Saturday. 

A brace from midfielder Callum Paterson and strikes from striker Anthony Pilkington and midfielder Joe Ralls ended a run of four consecutive Championship defeats for Neil Warnock's side. 

This will be the second time the sides have met in the last 10 days when they meet on Tuesday, a meeting which ended 0-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium. 

Both sides had chances to win the game, with Stags arguably creating the better of the opportunities.

Frontman Lee Angol had an effort block from point blank range, whilst the versatile Paul Anderson was denied by a last ditch tackle from Bluebirds' skipper Sean Morrison. 

Despite having chances to win it, Stags had goalkeeper Conrad Logan to thank for keeping the scores level as he incredibly kept defender Krystian Pearce's wayward header out of the net in injury time. 

OVERALL RECORD: W - 6 | D - 10 | L - 19

Geoff Eltringham will be the referee for the fixture and he will be assisted by Duncan Street and Wayne Grunnill. Peter Bankes will be the fourth official. 

The last time Mr Eltringham officiated the Stags was our 1-0 defeat at home to Grimsby Town in September 2016.

No tickets will be available on the day of the game apart from wheelchair users and ambulant disabled tickets. 

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open at 12.00pm on Tuesday and will be serving our main menu until 4.00pm.

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 supporters of both clubs. 

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 6.30pm on Tuesday.

The Suite, situtated 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. Parking is advisable at the Müller depot (formerly known as The Dairy Crest) which costs just £3 per vehicle, with 80% of the fee heading towards selected charities at the end of each football season. Postcode: NG18 5DB

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, supporters should head to the main ticket office on Quarry Lane. The main ticket office is for collections only, whilst all sales - for our upcoming Sky Bet League Two matches - are from the matchday ticket office, which is located adjacent to 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 Tuesday. 

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.

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Match report: Stags 1-4 Cardiff City

16 January 2018

Mansfield Town bowed out of the Emirates FA Cup at the third round stage this evening with a 4-1 defeat to Cardiff City in their replay at One Call Stadium, despite making their Championship opponents sweat with a brilliant first half performance.

The two teams went into half time level after an action-packed minute saw both teams find the net. Against the run of play, Cardiff took the lead in the 34th minute when powerful defender Bruno Ecuele Manga converted from close range after a well worked corner. The Bluebirds could only hold on to their lead for a minute, however, as right-back Hayden White's ball into the area eventually made its way to striker Danny Rose who made no mistake, calmly slotting past Bluebirds' 'keeper Neil Etheridge for his 13th goal of the season.

Stags couldn't replicate their level of performance from the first period and as the second half wore on, Cardiff started to show their Championship quality. They retook the lead in the 66th minute when wideman Junior Hoilett turned the ball into the back of the net from close range after good work by right midfielder Callum Paterson. A third goal followed four minutes later as, after more impressive play by Paterson, forward Anthony Pilkington fired past Stags' 'keeper Conrad Logan from inside the area. Cardiff's fourth arrived in the 88th minute, Hoilett grabbing his second with a drilled shot from 25 yards.

After a 0-0 draw away at Cambridge United on Saturday, Stags' manager Steve Evans made two changes to his line-up. Right-back Hayden White came in for Alfie Potter, with Paul Anderson moving forward to the right side of the midfield. Influential midfielder Joel Byrom made his long awaited return from injury, taking up a central midfield berth alongside Jacob Mellis with Alex MacDonald moving to a more advanced position whilst striker Lee Angol missed out. Club captain Zander Diamond was given a place on the bench after he also returned from a spell on the sidelines.

Mansfield had to survive some early pressure by Cardiff but despite the Bluebirds having a lot of the ball, they failed to test Stags' stopper Conrad Logan in the opening five minutes of the contest.

The Stags almost created an opening in the 10th minute with midfielder Alex MacDonald seeing his through ball for striker Danny Rose intercepted by a Cardiff defender at the crucial moment.

When the first shot of the game arrived, it went to Mansfield. Good work by MacDonald and cultured midfielder Joel Byrom ended in the latter firing a shot down the throat of Cardiff 'keeper Neil Etheridge.

Flying winger CJ Hamllton had started brightly for Mansfield and he was next to try his luck but his timid effort in the 11th minute never really tested Etheridge.

Cardiff finally got into the Mansfield box in the 15th minute. A hopeful ball forward put Kenneth Zohore in space but with the Mansfield's defence appealing for offside, man mountain Conrad Logan was off his line quicklu to smother the chance.

Junior Hoilett, who played in the Premier League for Blackburn Rovers and Queen Park Rangers, showed his quality minutes later as he cut inside from the left-hand side and curled an effort towards the far post which forced Logan into a superb save at full stretch.

Hoilett was involved again in the 25th minute as he went into the referee's book for a wild and late challenge on Alex MacDonald 25 yards out. As MacDonald lined up a shot, Hoilett flew into him from behind with both feet, but only received a yellow card for the challenge.

Byrom and MacDonald stood over the resulting free-kick and they slipped the ball across to unmarked left-back Mal Benning who fired, first time, over the bar from just inside the area.

Mansfield were enjoying the better of the chances and were giving the packed One Call Stadium crowd belief that they could cause an upset. On the half hour mark, midfielder Jacob Mellis delivered a low ball into the area and after Hamilton failed to get the ball out of his feet, top scorer Danny Rose saw a shot deflect wide.

Despite being the better of the two sides, Mansfield fell behind in the 34th minute. A corner from the right was headed back across goal and from close range, Bruno Ecuele Manga was able to tap home with the Mansfield bench seeing their appeals for a foul in the build up fall on deaf ears.

Cardiff's lead lasted only a matter of seconds, however, as Mansfield hit back straight away. With the travelling fans still celebrating the opener, Danny Rose turned the ball home from inside the area after Cardiff had failed to properly deal with a ball into the box from Hayden White.

With the fourth official indicating an additional two minutes at the end of the first half, Mansfield almost went into the break ahead. Wideman Paul Anderson saw a shot from the edge of the box blocked by a Cardiff player before Stags' defender Rhys Bennett's header from deep inside the Cardiff area was claimed by Etheridge.

The winner of the tie would go on to face Premier League leaders Manchester City in the next round. City manager Pep Guardiola was in attendance at One Call Stadium and he would have no doubt been impressed with Mansfield's work rate and quality in the opening 45 minutes.

A Cardiff counter-attack early in the second period ended in midfielder Joe Ralls trying his luck but his effort hit Pearce en route to goal.

Mansfield's first chance of the second half arrived in the 55th minute. Hamilton did well to beat his man and cut inside and after he teed up artful midfielder Jacob Mellis, the former Chelsea youngster saw a low, fizzed drive held by Etheridge.

A corner by Cardiff caused a moment of panic in the Mansfield box but former Hibernian 'keeper Logan did well to tip a backwards header onto the roof of the net to keep the teams level.

As the hour mark ticked by, the game was still very much in the balance with Mansfield continuing to go toe-to-toe with their higher level opposition. Cardiff kept breaking the game up with intermittent fouling to try and disrupt the Stags' attacks and as a result, referee Geoff Eltringham was forced to produce his yellow card on numerous occasions.

Cardiff then began enjoying their best spell of the game and Mansfield breathed a huge sigh of relief in the 65th minute as a whipped ball across the face of goal by Callum Paterson was poked inches wide of his own goal by Stags' captain Krystian Pearce.

Cardiff's pressure eventually paid off as they retook the lead in the 66th minute. Paterson once again got down the right and this time Hoilett managed to get on the end of it to slide the ball into the back of the net from just a few yards out.

Mansfield's hopes of progressing suffered a cruel blow as Cardiff added another in the 70th minute. Another ball from the right cut open the Stags' defence and from around 10 yards out, Anthony Pilkington was able to slam the ball home.

The Stags needed a small miracle and were relying on the magic of the FA Cup to keep their dream alive. In an attempt to cut the deficit, Mansfield manager Steve Evans brought on striker Lee Angol in the 74th minute, with Joel Byrom making way after an impressive return to action before winger Alfie Potter replaced Paul Anderson in a like-for-like change out wide

Cardiff added a cruel fourth in the 88th minute to make the score line harsh on the Stags. The ball dropped kindly to Hoilett on the edge of the area and his first time effort was arrowed into the bottom corner past Logan.

Though Mansfield bowed out of the competition, their heroic effort was rewarded by a standing ovation from all in attendance as focus moves to Cheltenham's visit to One Call Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

STAGS' XI: Logan, Bennett, Benning, Pearce ©, MacDonald, Mellis, Anderson (Potter 78'), White, Hamilton, Byrom (Angol 74'), Rose

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

CARDIFF CITY XI: Etheridge, Bennett, Morrison ©, Ecuele Manga, Richards, Ralls (Halford 74'), Zohore (Bogle 85'), Plikington, Paterson, Damour, Hoilett (Healey 90')

SUBS NOT USED: Murphy, Tomlin, Feeney, Mendez-Laing

ATTENDANCE: 5,746 (514 away)

REFEREE: Geoff Eltringham

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