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Preview: Oldham Athletic vs Stags

12 January 2021

The Stags return to Sky Bet League Two action on Wednesday, as they travel to face Oldham Athletic for a 7.45pm kick-off. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the match…

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Ollie Clarke (knee) is said to have a ‘50-50’ chance of being in tomorrow’s squad.

James Perch has received a negative test for COVID-19 after he reported to feeling unwell on Sunday morning.

Kellan Gordon has resumed training following a hamstring problem, while it is hoped Nicky Maynard will recover from the same injury in time for the trip.

Wing-back Joe Riley is a long-term absentee and will miss Wednesday’s game.

The Latics will be without Andrea Badan, and frontman Danny Rowe is a doubt.

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The Stags head into Wednesday’s fixture having won their last three matches in Sky Bet League Two, their most recent being an impressive 2-1 home win over Salford City.

Oldham sit one place above Mansfield in the league table ahead of the match, having accumulated two more points in the same matches played.

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We last faced Oldham in January 2020, a 3-1 away loss at Boundary Park. Now-Tranmere Rovers midfielder Otis Khan was on the scoresheet for the amber and blue.

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Referee Scott Oldham will take charge of Wednesday’s match, assisted by Gary Hilton and Simon Clayton. The fourth official will be Alan Clayton.

Mr. Oldham last took charge of a Mansfield fixture in our 1-1 draw away at Morecambe in February 2020.

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Supporters wishing to watch this match live can do so on iFollow Stags. Match passes are available at just £10, and can be purchased here.

We suggest that new users familiarise themselves with their iFollow Stags account ahead of Wednesday’s game, so that no issues arise on matchday when going to watch the game live.

Looking to watch the game on your tablet or mobile? You will need to download the new EFL iFollow app. Read more here.

iFollow Stags subscribers who do not wish to purchase a match pass for the game can still access live match commentary, courtesy of commentators Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes.

As ever, you can also follow the action live via our Twitter match updates, which can be found here.

The match centre on mansfieldtown.net will also contain Opta-populated updates, and can be accessed here.

A report of the match will be published on the club website following the full-time whistle, and post-match reaction will be available to view on mansfieldtown.net and iFollow Stags.

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Match Reports

Report: Oldham Athletic 2-3 Stags

13 January 2021

Mansfield Town secured four successive league victories with an action-packed 3-2 victory over Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.

Alfie McCalmont broke the deadlock with a near-post finish but the Stags were able to battle back impressively.  

Harry Charsley initially restored parity before Ryan Sweeney built upon their dominance by touching home from point-blank range. Jamie Reid then raced clear to add a third goal against the Latics before a nervy ending ensued.  

It was Conor McAleny who profited from a deflection to tuck away his strike, yet the Stags remained firm in defence and extended their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two to five games.  

Nigel Clough made three changes for the trip to Greater Manchester as Aidan Stone replaced Marek Stech for only his second league appearance in 2020/21.  

Kellan Gordon returned from injury while Andy Cook was given a starting berth up front; replacing Corey O’Keeffe and Mal Benning respectively.  

Mansfield had made significant progress in the opening minutes – Reid flicking towards Jordan Bowery who was inches away from gaining a crucial touch – before the hosts took the lead. 

From left to right, McAleny delivered a cross towards the opposite side where McCalmont was able to fire in at the near post.  

Soon after, the same figure was presented with another chance after dispossessing Sweeney but the Stags’ custodian thwarted the effort with his boot.  

It was an action-packed opening half at Boundary Park, which showed little signs of slowing down as Stephen McLaughlin’s teasing ball was nodded into the turf, and subsequently bounced wide, via Cook’s head.   

Dylan Bahamboula then found himself running at the amber and blue rearguard but his low drive was repelled once more by Stone.  

Another clear-cut opportunity quickly presented itself for Clough’s men – this time from a corner – yet Sweeney’s touch under pressure rose above the frame of the net.  

However, the Stags persevered and turned the contest on its head within two minutes.  

Lawlor charged from his goal line amongst a crowded penalty area and after being unable to make any connection with the punch, Charsley picked up the loose ball to slam his attempt home.  

And instantaneously, Sweeney met the ball at the back post to steer in the Stags’ next attack which marked a deserved lead. 

It proved to be an agonising end to the first-half, though, when Bowery had to chance for a third. George Maris was impeded inside the box by Raphael Diarra but the No. 9’s penalty clipped the outside of the upright.  

Into the second period and Farrend Rawson’s decisive touch stopped Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s delivery reaching an Oldham teammate.  

And the touch proved even more important in the 50th minute.  

Carl Piergianni hesitated in possession, allowing Reid to pinch the ball and slot into the far corner beyond Lawlor.  

The contest’s tempo somewhat dropped but Mansfield’s eye for goal remained. George Lapslie planted himself onto Cook’s beautiful knockdown before rattling the crossbar via an audacious half-volley.  

Gordon then found plenty of space to force McCalmont backwards, as his shot took a minor deflection forcing Lawlor into duty.  

Although, proceedings were complicated when the Latics pulled one back. Substitute Danny Rowe released an effort that, through another deflection, presented McAleny with the opportunity to find the bottom corner.  

Minutes later, Rowe leapt highest to connect with a powerful header but Stone was equal to claw away magnificently.  

The Stags will hope to continue their excellent league form when they next face table-toppers Carlisle United at One Call Stadium this Saturday.  

STAGS XI: Stone (GK), Rawson, Sweeney ©, Charsley, Bowery (Benning 80’), Maris, Cook (Maynard 90’), Gordon, Reid, McLaughlin, Lapslie.  

UNUSED SUBS: Štěch (GK), O’Keeffe, Menayese, O’Driscoll, Law 

OLDHAM XI: Lawlor (GK), Clarke, Piergianni ©, Garrity, Whelan (Dearnley 46’ (Badan 69’)), Keillor-Dunn (Rowe 56’), Barnett (Borthwick-Jackson 46’), McAleny, Diarra (Fage 46’), Bahamboula, McCalmont  

UNUSED SUBS: Bilboe (GK), Hamer 

REFEREE: Alan Clayton 

ASSISTANTS: Gary Hilton & Simon Clayton 

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Scott Oldham

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