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Match preview: Stags vs Accrington Stanley (Carabao Cup)

14 August 2018

Stags welcome League One outfit Accrington Stanley to One Call Stadium tomorrow evening for our Carabao Cup first round clash (7.45pm kick-off). Here's all you need to know ahead of the clash...

Stags' boss David Flitcroft has hinted at a switch of personnel for tomorrow's clash after naming unchanged sides for our league fixtures against Newport County and Yeovil Town.

“Potentially, yes [we will change the lineup]. It’s a tough travel down to Yeovil and it was a long way to go,” he said.

“We’ll get the boys back up and get their recovery strategies in and see who comes in with a bounce today.

“I’m expecting a bounce from the players because we’re still unbeaten for quite a few weeks now. We’ll see where they’re at.

“I told the players that hadn’t made it to Yeovil and the lads that made the bench, ‘if you are needed, make sure you’re ready.’”

Defensive duo David Mirfin and Zander Diamond will miss the game as they recover from long-term knee and back injuries, respectively.

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman has also spoken about rotating his squad for the fixture, saying that the game may present an opportunity to give minutes to players who are yet to appear this season.

Stags have made a promising start to the 2018-19 campaign, comfortably beating Newport 3-0 at One Call Stadium before battling for a hard-fought point against Yeovil at Huish Park on Saturday.

Mansfield fell behind twice against Yeovil, but bounced back on both occasions by way of goals from striker Craig Davies and defender Matt Preston.

Accrington did not get the start in League One that they hoped for after being beaten 2-0 by Gillingham on the opening day, but showed some of last season's title-winning form at the weekend by beating Bristol Rovers 2-1 in dramatic fashion.

The last time we faced tomorrow's opponents was at One Call Stadium back in March of this year.

Stags were down to 10 men for the majority of the clash after Mal Benning's early red card, and fell to a 1-0 loss despite a valiant performance.

The referee for Tuesday night's clash will be Sebastian Stockbridge, assisted by Craig Taylor and Matthew Parry. The fourth official will be Ken Haycock.

Mr. Stockbridge last took charge of a Stags' fixture in our 1-1 draw away to Stevenage in April of this year. The match finished 1-1, with midfielder Will Atkinson netting the equaliser for Mansfield in the 51st minute.

Prices for tickets for tomorrow's game are as follows:

Adults/young adult (18-21): £20
Concessions: £10

Supporters can purchase tickets for the match up until kick-off at 7.45pm.

There are no cash turnstiles at One Call Stadium, and all spectators must be in possession of a valid ticket before entering the ground. However, home supporters can purchase tickets from our cash-only ticket window at the matchday ticket office.

Our ticket office on Quarry Lane is open Monday to Friday between the hours of 10am and 5pm.

To purchase tickets for this weekend's game, you can visit us in person at our ticket office on Quarry Lane, or call us on 01623 482 482. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased online from www.stagstickets.co.uk.

Supporters should note that the Quarry Lane Stand will be closed for tomorrow's fixture.

Please note that, on police advice and for ease of congestion, the gate between the North and Ian Greaves Stand will be closed after the game, re-opening approximately 20 minutes after the final whistle.

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will be open from midday tomorrow, serving the main menu until 4pm. 

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available for both home and away supporters, and the bar is located at the rear of the Ian Greaves Stand.

Following this, the matchday menu will become available from the kiosk inside the bar, and will serve pies, chips, burgers and hot dogs.

The sports bar will remain open until 11pm after the match.

Car parking is severely restricted at One Call Stadium and works on a first come, first served basis. All reserved car parking spaces are within the location of the Ian Greaves Stand car park.
 
Matchday parking costs £5.00 per car. Please note that the car park shuts at 30 minutes prior to kick-off due to safety regulations.
 
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 50p/hr.
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.

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.

Can't make it to the game? You can follow the action live via our Twitter updates or via the match centre on mansfieldtown.net, which can be found here.

iFollow Stags subscribers can listen to full-match commentary of the clash, courtesy of commentators Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes.

A report of the match will be published on the club website after the full-time whistle, and post-match 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 6.00pm on Tuesday.

Extra things to note for Carabao Cup fixtures:

The competition has seen changes ahead of this season's instalment of the tournament, with extra-time to be removed from every round apart from the final, meaning matches that are tied at 90 minutes will go straight to penalties.

The format of penalties will also revert to the traditional format, as opposed to the recently trialled ABBA formula, which will no longer feature in EFL competitions.

VAR will again be utilised in the competition and can be incorporated for all games that are played at Premier League stadiums, while this season’s final will take place on Sunday 24 February 2019, with the winners guaranteed a place in the Europa League in the following campaign.

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Match report: Stags 6-1 Accrington Stanley

14 August 2018

Mansfield Town sailed into the second round of the Carabao Cup after a hat-trick from Tyler Walker and solitary goals from Otis Khan, Danny Rose and CJ Hamilton secured a 6-1 thrashing of Accrington Stanley at One Call Stadium.

John Coleman’s League One side were put to the sword by the Stags as they booked their place in the second round of the Carabao Cup for the first time in 12 years.

Tyler Walker netted a first-half hat-trick in response to Accrington’s early opener to put his side in cruise control. Khan also added to the Stags’ total in the first period, before Rose and Hamilton netted themselves a goal each in the second-half.

David Flitcroft, as expected, made changes to the side following his side’s 2-2 draw with Yeovil Town at the weekend. Conrad Logan, Neal Bishop and Craig Davies all had to settle for a place on the bench as they were replaced by Olejnik, Mellis and Butcher.

In addition, Matt Preston sustained concussion during the clash at Huish Park, opening the door for Ryan Sweeney to make his Stags' debut.

The home side began proceedings with real endeavour as they looked to take an early lead at One Call Stadium.

Butcher slipped in Hamilton down the right-hand side for the game’s first chance for either side, but the winger’s touch was slightly too heavy as it fell kindly into the hands of Jonny Maxted.

Mal Benning then fired into the side netting from close range after being fed the ball by Khan.

However, despite the Stags’ early pressure, they fell behind after just six minutes. Sam Finley, who was making his first start for Stanley, evaded several defenders to roll the ball under an on-rushing Olejnik.

Their lead didn’t last long, though, as Flitcroft’s side hit back just three minutes later. Butcher’s neat turn on the edge of the area ensured he could find Walker who was brought down by Maxted as he looked to claim the ball.

The on-loan forward stepped up with confidence and sent the ‘keeper the wrong way, as he struck it into the bottom left-hand corner.

On 13 minutes, it was déjà vu for the home side as they were awarded another penalty by referee Seb Stockbridge. Butcher, involved once more, was tugged town on the edge of the area and the man in the middle didn’t hesitate to give a spot-kick.

And it was the same way with the same result for Walker, as his strike gave his side a one-goal lead.

But the Stags didn’t let up there as they searched for more goals. Mellis then curled an effort over the bar in the 15th minute, after being found by Hamilton on the right side.

Just moments later, though, they were successful once more. An already bewildering half of football was made even more so as Khan gave his side a two-goal cushion. Butcher beat his man down the left flank and rolled in Khan who finished with aplomb.

Referee Stockbridge rubbed salt into Accrington’s wounds thereafter, when boss John Coleman was shown a yellow card for kicking the ball away.

MacDonald then looked to set Walker away once more, but the ball was played a fraction too late meaning the forward was in an offside position.

Debutant Sweeney brought down the visitors’ goalscorer, Finley, gifting them a free-kick in a dangerous position. Much to the relief of the Stags’ faithful, the eventual ball in was dealt with easily by Olejnik.

Just shy of the half an hour mark Mellis attempted to break away and counter, but Mingoia chops down the midfielder and receives a yellow card for his troubles.

Following this booking, both Benning and Mellis were given cautions for their own fouls – alongside Stanley’s Matthew Platt.

The hard-working duo of Khan and MacDonald looked to create a chance from their own press; and it was almost successful had it not been for the whistle of Stockbridge. The referee adjudged MacDonald of committing a foul that stopped any chance of an attempt at goal.

On the stroke of half-time Sweeney almost nodded home on his debut but he couldn’t rise high enough to connect with Khan’s delivery.

And in due course, Walker bagged his hat-trick! One minute into added time, Khan ran away down the left flank before feeding a near-post cross into the striker, that was deftly flicked into the far corner. That marked four goals in three appearances, thus far.

The match resumed under the floodlights but in much quieter fashion to the first-half.

Both Khan and Walker had efforts turned away as the Stags showed no signs of letting up.

Mingoia attempted a speculative effort from 25-yards that was punched acrobatically behind by Olejnik for a corner.

In the 65th minute, Flitcroft made his final substitution of the evening, welcoming back Danny Rose into the fray. The striker was involved instantly as he made it five for the Stags. Finding space in the middle, he met Hamilton’s low cross to net his first goal of the season.

Substitute Jordan Clark was then found expertly after a switch of play. The midfielder cut inside and struck an effort goalwards that was well blocked by skipper Krystian Pearce.

Accrington Stanley battled away in search of restoring some pride but never managed to add to their solitary goal in the sixth minute.

Things then went from bad to worse for Coleman’s side as they lost goalscorer, Finley, to injury. The Stanley boss had already made three changes, meaning they had to see out the remainder of the game with ten men.

On 81 minutes, Butcher had a great chance to widen the gap further. After peeling off at the back post, MacDonald’s cross was met with a volley that was well held by Maxted.

Moments later, Rose then looked to have been brought down by Stanley’s shot-stopper, but Stockbridge waved away any penalty appeals without hesitation.

Mellis was next to test Maxted, as his effort from the edge of the box stung the palms of the ‘keeper.

White was then played in behind Will Wood but his square ball to Omari Sterling-James could only be poked into the arms of Maxted.

And with the Stags’ last attack of the game, it was six. Flying winger Hamilton put the cherry on the cake for Flitcroft’s men with an emphatic finish that left the visitors stunned.

The home side’s relentless pressure was only brought to an end by the full-time whistle as they booked their place in the second round.

Full of confidence, the Stags now have four days to prepare for their next match as they return to league action against Colchester United.

STAGS XI: Olejnik (GK), White, Benning (Atkinson 46’), Pearce ©, MacDonald, Mellis, Khan (Sterling-James 60’), Butcher, Sweeney, Walker (Rose 65’), Hamilton.

SUBS NOT USED: Logan (GK), Bishop, Davies, Gibbens.

ACCRINGTON STANLEY XI: Maxted (GK), Rodgers, Hughes, Platt, Wood, Finley, Conneely © (Mangan 67’), Brown (Nolan 67’), McConville (Clark 63’), Mingoia, Zanzala.

SUBS NOT USED: Ripley (GK), Johnson, Richards-Everton, Williams.

REFEREE: Sebastian Stockbridge.

ASSISTANTS: Craig Taylor & Matthew Parry.

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Ken Haycock.

ATTENDANCE: 1,565 (76 away).

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