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Preview: Sunderland vs Stags

5 November 2020

The Stags travel to Sunderland on Saturday for an Emirates FA Cup First Round clash. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the game…


Defender Ryan Sweeney is set to return to the squad after completing his self-isolation period, following a positive COVID-19 test.

Midfielder Ollie Clarke will miss Saturday’s fixture, but took part in his second light training session on Thursday, after a recent calf injury.

The Stags will be without wing-back Joe Riley as the defender continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.


Mansfield have drawn both of their last two matches, but were unlucky not to secure a first victory of the season away at Bolton on Tuesday evening.

On-loan Charlton midfielder George Lapslie headed home a deserved opener for the Stags, but Antoni Sarcevic’s late equaliser ensured the spoils were shared.

Saturday’s opponents have won their last two fixtures; a 2-1 win over Ipswich Town on Tuesday, preceded by a 2-0 win away at Gillingham at the weekend.


We last faced the Black Cats in a competitive fixture back in 2003, a 2-1 loss at home in what is now the Carabao Cup.


The referee for Saturday’s match will be Anthony Backhouse, assisted by Geoffrey Liddle and Matthew Parry. The fourth official will be Matthew Dicicco.

Mr. Backhouse last took charge of a Mansfield fixture in our 1-0 home loss to Plymouth in September 2019.


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.

Please note that, due to broadcasting restrictions, Saturday’s match is only available to view for those based in the UK.

We suggest that new users familiarise themselves with their iFollow Stags account ahead of Saturday’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 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 and iFollow Stags.

Follow us across our social media accounts to keep fully updated on all areas of a Stags’ matchday. Click the below links to redirect to the corresponding social media account.


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Looking for a step-by-step guide to all things iFollow Stags? Click here for more.


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Match Reports

Report: Sunderland 0-1 Stags

7 November 2020

Mansfield Town progressed in the Emirates FA Cup after George Lapslie’s header secured a stunning victory over Sky Bet League One side Sunderland AFC.

Under the eye of newly-appointed manager, Nigel Clough, who was in the stands for today's game, the Stags showcased their worth at the Stadium of Light with a gutsy, battling performance.  

Lapslie powered his side ahead with his second goal in as many matches from Kellan Gordon’s cross, and then weathered the onslaught towards the full-time whistle via the hosts to book their place in the next round.  

Caretaker boss Richard Cooper named his final XI in temporary charge of the amber and blue, which was unchanged from the trip to Bolton on Tuesday.  

Mansfield made an enterprising start to proceedings in the northeast – specifically through Nicky Maynard – with the afternoon’s first effort being turned behind for a corner.  

A bending delivery from Stephen McLaughlin was subsequently planted onto the head of Remi Matthew and despite the goalkeeper being unable to clear his lines by punching, James Perch had little time to react with his header that dropped harmlessly wide.  

However, Sunderland began to find their footing. Danny Graham was twice teed up by debutant Callum McFadzean but was denied by the post and bar respectively.  

The Stags rode their early game fortunes and quickly returned to their impressive start. Mal Benning arrowed a low effort wide of the target ahead of the first half’s most glaring opportunity.  

George Maris, operating on the right-hand side of the action, found a pocket of space to deliver a whipped ball towards Jordan Bowery but the striker’s touch saw the ball rise up beyond the crossbar.  

Meanwhile, McFazdean had cemented himself as the Black Cats’ most dangerous outlet as he endeavoured to break the deadlock. A powerful, low effort was expertly thwarted by the left hand of Marek Stech and shepherded behind for a corner.  

Into the second period and the Stags took less than four minutes to stun the hosts.  

Gordon was allowed acres of space on the right flank and he used the time effectively – picking out Lapslie in the centre with an inch-perfect delivery who nodded home beyond the Sunderland custodian.  

Phil Parkinson’s side began to pile on the pressure as they sought an all-important equaliser. Jack Diamond entered the Stags’ penalty area from the far side to receive a pass but duly smashed an effort into the side netting.  

Mansfield continually held firm before Stech was again required to produce another fine save. A reactionary palm denied substitute Charlie Wyke from restoring parity five minutes from time.  

Expectedly, the home side were relentless in their pursuit of an equaliser yet it never arrived as Mansfield picked up their first win of the season in dramatic circumstances.  

The Stags will return to action on November 10 when Clough officially takes charge of his first fixture against Scunthorpe United in the Papa John’s Trophy – as they attempt to build upon a deserved victory.  

STAGS XI: Štěch (GK), Benning, Rawson, Charsley, Bowery, Maris, Gordon, Perch ©, McLaughlin, Maynard (O’Keeffe 81’), Lapslie  

UNUSED SUBS: Stone (GK), Menayese, Cook, O’Driscoll, Reid, Sinclair 

SUNDERLAND XI: Matthews (GK), McLaughlin, Flanagan, Power ©, Maguire (Embleton 66’), Dobson, Sanderson, Graham (Wyke 66’), Diamond, Grigg, McFadzean (O’Brien 75’) 

UNUSED SUBS: Burge (GK), Willis, Leadbitter, Neil 

REFEREE: Anthony Backhouse 

ASSISTANTS: Geoffrey Liddle & Matthew Parry 

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Matthew Dicicco  

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