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Preview: Scunthorpe United vs Stags

10 November 2020

Next up for the Stags is a Papa John’s Trophy group stage fixture away at Scunthorpe United on Tuesday 10 November (7pm). Here’s our match preview…

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The Stags will be without wing-back Joe Riley, who is recovering from an ACL injury.

Boss Nigel Clough has revealed his matchday squad for Tuesday's game, which is as follows: Marek Stech, Aidan Stone, Rollin Menayese, Ryan Sweeney, Corey O’Keeffe, Aaron O’Driscoll, Jason Law, James Clarke, Kellan Gordon, Aiden Walker, Alistair Smith, Ollie Clarke, Harry Charsley, Tyrese Sinclair, Nathan Caine, Jamie Reid, Jordan Bowery, Andy Cook.

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The Stags produced an outstanding performance at the weekend, beating Sky Bet League One side Sunderland in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Midfielder George Lapslie rose highest to head home from wing-back Kellan Gordon’s cross to send Mansfield into round two.

Ten-man Scunthorpe suffered a narrow defeat on Saturday, losing 3-2 at home to Solihull Moors in the Emirates FA Cup.

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We last faced the Iron at One Call Stadium in September 2019. Stags performed well that afternoon, winning by a 2-0 scoreline.

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The referee for Tuesday’s match will be Samuel Barrott, assisted by David Avent and Paul Newhouse. The fourth official will be Daniel Middleton.

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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.

A reminder that season ticket holders are required to purchase a match pass for Tuesday evening's game.

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: Scunthorpe United 1-2 Stags

10 November 2020

Ryan Sweeney and Jamie Reid ensured it was a winning start for new boss Nigel Clough as Mansfield Town defeated Scunthorpe United 2-1 in the Papa John’s Trophy.

The Stags gave a professional account of themselves on Tuesday evening as Sweeney opened the scoring with a header midway through the first period.  

Ten minutes later, Reid notched his first goal for the amber and blue with an instinctive strike at the end of the half, while Olufela Olomola’s clinical effort proved to be nothing more than a consolation at the Sands Venue Stadium.  

Since watching his new side emerge victorious at Sunderland from the stands, Nigel Clough made wholesale changes for his first official match at the helm.  

An entirely different line-up took to the field – totalling 11 changes – which featured a mix of seniority and youth. Tyrese Sinclair, Jason Law and James Clarke were amongst the latter while Sweeney returned after completing his necessary self-isolation period due to COVID-19.  

And the Stags’ No. 5 was immediately drawn into the action at both ends of the pitch.  

First, a sliding challenge on Ryan Loft stopped the striker’s goalbound effort from troubling Aidan Stone before he was presented with a chance of his own. The centre-half rose tallest from a corner but the firm header was expertly tipped above the target by Rory Watson.  

Scunthorpe were soon denied by the woodwork as Kevin van Veen struck the crossbar from a free-kick on the right flank.  

Sweeney was then involved once more on 34 minutes to help break the deadlock.  

The Irishman matched up against Myles Hippolyte and used his strength to get the better of him, nodding down and finding the back of the net with his latest header.  

Mansfield were evidently buoyed by the opener and began to grow in confidence. Aaron O’Driscoll lurked on the edge of the Iron penalty area and rattled the woodwork with a long-distance drive.  

Clough’s men were dominating possession as the half drew to a close but not before Reid was able to double his side’s lead just a minute prior to the break.  

The ball sailed upwards with no challengers and the Stags frontman was able to wait, volley and open his account with the amber and blue in simple fashion.  

Into the second period and Mansfield sought to pick up where they left off.  

Law powered a dangerous, low ball across the face of Watson’s goal and only a last-ditch intervention from Tyler Cordner halted the away side from finding a third, with Andy Cook and Reid lurking.  

However, with Scunthorpe’s next attack they were able to halve the deficit.  

Substitute Olomola drifted into a yard of space in front of the Stags’ penalty area to unleash a rasping drive that found the top-left corner.  

Stone was then twice required as Neil Cox’s charges went after an equaliser in the final 10 minutes.  

The Iron’s goalscorer, Olomola, was denied by a firm palm after a deflection on its way through before the ‘keeper made himself big to thwart Emmanuel Onariase’s close-range touch.  

Meanwhile, academy graduate Nathan Caine replaced Reid for his senior debut while Ollie Clarke returned for his first piece of competitive action since injury.  

The youngster was quickly involved too, teeing up Cook in the middle whose curler bent the wrong side of the upright by a matter of centimetres.  

Mansfield find themselves on the road for the fourth-successive time this Saturday when they face Forest Green Rovers in Sky Bet League Two.  

STAGS XI: Stone (GK), O’Keeffe, Menayese, Sweeney ©, Cook, O’Driscoll, Reid (Caine 88’), J. Clarke, Sinclair (Gordon 87’), Law, Smith (O. Clarke 74’) 

UNUSED SUBS: Campbell (GK), Charsley, Bowery  

SCUNTHORPE XI: Watson (GK), Onariase ©, Loft (Olomola 66’), Van Veen (Hallam 46’), Hippolyte, Dales, Beestin, Rowe, Cordner, Pugh, O’Malley  

UNUSED SUBS: Collins (GK), Hornshaw, Barks, Shrimpton, Jessop 

REFEREE: Samuel Barrott 

ASSISTANTS: David Avent & Paul Newhouse 

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Daniel Middeton

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