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Match preview: Port Vale vs Stags

8 March 2019

Stags travel to Vale Park on Saturday 09 March to face Port Vale in Sky Bet League Two (3pm kick-off). Here's all you need to know ahead of the clash...

Stags will be without long-term absentees Bobby Olejnik and Hayden White for the match.

Mansfield will also play Saturday's clash without fowards Danny Rose (jaw), Tyler Walker (suspended), Craig Davies (ankle) and Jordan Graham (knee).

Defender Matt Preston, who has a knee injury, will be assessed on Friday afternoon.

For the Valiants, Manny Oyeleke is a doubt for the game.

Stags made it two wins on the bounce last time out with a 4-2 victory over Cheltenham Town at One Call Stadium. CJ Hamilton (2), Will Atkinson and Alex MacDonald were on target for Mansfield.

Despite not having won since January, Port Vale showed signs of improvement last weekend as they battled for a point away to Notts County, ending a run of four successive defeats.

STAGS' LAST FIVE GAMES: 3W | 0D | 2L

PORT VALE'S LAST FIVE GAMES: 0W | 1D | 4L

We last faced the Valiants in November 2018 at One Call Stadium, with Mansfield winning by a 1-0 scoreline thanks to CJ Hamilton's first-half strike. Manny Oyeleke was sent off for a second bookable offence in the second-half.

The referee for Saturday's match will be Darren Bond, assisted by Mark Dwyer and Adam Matthews. The fourth official will be James Adcock.

Mr. Bond last took charge of a Stags' fixture in August 2017, a 2-1 loss away to eventual Sky Bet League Two champions Accrington Stanley.

Stags have sold out their allocation of adult tickets for the match, with over 1,000 Mansfield supporters expected to attend the game.

There are still tickets remaining in the senior, young adult, junior and under-12 categories.

Adult tickets can still be purchased on the day of the game, and are priced at ÂŁ22.

For full ticket information, click here.

Parking for visiting fans is in front of the Hamil Road Stand which is accessible through Gate C. The charge is ÂŁ5 for cars and ÂŁ16 for minibuses.

Just outside the away turnstiles is the club bar called the Vale Social which allows entry to both home and away supporters. A little further away in Burslem town centre is The Bull's Head (ST6 3AJ), with a wide selection of drinks available. Food and drink will be available from the kiosks inside the ground.

Going to the game? Read our travel guide!

You can follow the game live via our Twitter updates, which can be found at twitter.com/mansfieldtownfc. The match centre on the website will also contain Opta-populated updates, which can be found here.

iFollow Stags subscribers can listen to full-match commentary of the match courtesy of Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes by logging into www.mansfieldtown.net/ifollow.

A match report will be available to view on our website shortly after the full-time whistle, and full post-match reaction will be available for iFollow Stags subscribers by logging in through the aforementioned link.

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Match Reports

Match report: Port Vale 2-1 Stags

9 March 2019

Mansfield Town were condemned to a 2-1 defeat against Port Vale at Vale Park on Saturday afternoon.

The first half in Stoke-on-Trent ended goalless with Nicky Ajose’s penalty being saved by Scott Brown.

And despite the Stags’ frontman making amends by netting just after the hour mark, it was never enough as Ricky Miller’s quick-fire brace beforehand would ultimately seal victory for John Askey’s side.

David Flitcroft made only one alteration as Will Atkinson – last Saturday’s match-winner – replaced Gethin Jones in the starting lineup.

It took only a matter of seconds for proceedings to spark into life as the hosts fashioned the game’s first chance within 20 seconds.

David Worrall looked to fire an effort beyond Jordan Smith, however, it instead arrowed beyond his upright and out of harm’s way.

Ajose then capitalised on a loose touch by Leon Legge but his subsequent pass trickled the wrong side of Jacob Mellis’ darting run.  

Vale though, desperate for their first victory in Sky Bet League Two since January, responded thereafter with Tom Conlon.  

The midfielder’s curling effort was well-blocked by the outstretched leg of a Stags defender and hooked from immediate danger.

Ajose sought space in-behind Vale’s back-line but was unable to elude the assistant’s flag that followed for offside.

And on 18 minutes, the Stags squandered a golden chance to take the lead.

CJ Hamilton made use of his blistering pace on the left side, and Legge clipped the Mansfield winger in the process to earn the away side a spot-kick.  

It was Ajose who assumed responsibility from 12 yards, yet he was matched by Brown who palmed the ball out for a corner.

With the home crowd now buoyant, the Valiants went in search of a golden chance of their own.

Conlon had a close-range free-kick saved comfortably by Smith, before Mal Benning made a vital interception just seconds before Worrall looked to pull the trigger.

Mansfield then battled for a succession of corners as the half neared its conclusion but could only muster half-chances – despite plenty of pinball action that ensued.

Will Tomlinson favoured himself from distance as three added minutes were signalled, yet his ambitious effort was always spinning wide of the mark.

This marked the end of an entertaining first half, which saw both sides level at the break.

The Stags picked up where they left after the interval, with Tomlinson’s blocked effort earning his side a corner.

But in the 50th minute, Flitcroft’s charges fell behind.

Former Mansfield frontman, Miller, raced clear courtesy of a Vale through-ball and he kept his composure to round Smith and slot home into an unguarded net.

And just two minutes later both Miller notched his second of the afternoon.  

Krystian Pearce’s attempted clearance ricocheted against the body of a teammate; inadvertently laying the ball on a plate for Miller to smash home his brace.

It was a killer few moments for the Yellows who would have to bounce back quickly in order to retrieve anything from the afternoon’s clash.

However, it was the hosts who looked to more likely to add a third goal to the scoresheet.

Worrall struck a venomous attempt wide just moments prior to Luke Hannant also firing wide.

An already gripping contest then became even more so on the hour mark when Ajose’s instincts kicked in.  

The Stags’ striker peeled off at the back post to meet substitute Otis Khan’s pinpoint cross with his head – ultimately halving the deficit.

Miller was then offered a brilliant chance for his hat-trick following Will Atkinson’s misjudged backpass, but Smith thwarted him at the crucial moment.

Possession was recycled by Vale and it took a heroic goal-line block from skipper Pearce to deny Hannant restoring his side’s two-goal cushion.

Mansfield continued to probe the Valiants’ defence as Benning won his side a dangerous set-piece.

Grant, overlooking the scenario, delivered a deep cross that was eventually nodded wide by Ben Turner.

There were five minutes of additional time signalled, however, the hosts remained resolute and condemned the Stags to only their sixth loss in Sky Bet League Two this season.

Mansfield are back in action on Tuesday evening, where they will be hoping to return to winning ways against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium.

STAGS XI: Smith (GK), Benning, Pearce ©, Bishop, Mellis (MacDonald 66’), Atkinson, Tomlinson (Khan 56’), Sweeney (Turner 51’), Ajose, Hamilton, Grant.

SUBS NOT USED: Logan (GK), Jones, Smith, Hakeem. 

PORT VALE XI: Brown (GK), Joyce, Legge, Worrall, Oyeleke (Kay 82’), Miller (Whitfield 81’), Hannant (Montano 87’), Crookes, Smith, Conlon, Clark. 

SUBS NOT USED: Hornby (GK), Gibbons, Harris, Howkins.  

REFEREE: Darren Bond.

ASSISTANTS: Mark Dwyer & Adam Matthews.   

FOURTH OFFICIAL: James Adcock.

ATTENDANCE: 5,231 (1,430 away).

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