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Preview: Sunderland v Stags

4 November 2021

The Stags begin their Emirates FA Cup campaign this Saturday with a trip to Sunderland in the first round of the competition (3pm).

Tickets for the fixture are available from the ticket office at One Call Stadium until 4pm Friday 05 November.

TEAMNEWS2.jpgMansfield will be without a number of players for the trip to the north east. Defender Richard Nartey and midfielder Ryan Stirk are still unavailable due to injury.

James Perch won’t feature for the Stags again this season because of a fractured skull that has seen him sidelined for most of the campaign.

Full-back Stephen McLaughlin is a doubt.

The 31-year-old was taken off in the 2-0 win at home to Tranmere on Saturday due to a hamstring injury.

Defender Elliott Hewitt is also a doubt (foot).

Forward James Gale is cup-tied for the fixture after playing in an earlier stage of the competition for Long Eaton United.

Midfielder George Lapslie is available after missing the previous game due to suspension.

PH-RECENTFORM.jpgThe Stags claimed an emphatic 2-0 victory at home to Tranmere last Saturday. The win ended Mansfield’s lengthy run without a win.

Sunderland are currently fifth in Sky Bet League One. The Black Cats lost 3-0 away to Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday evening. 

PH-LASTTIMEWEMET.jpgThe last time the two teams faced each other was at the same stage in last season’s Emirates FA Cup. The Stags left The Stadium of Light with a 1-0 victory courtesy of a superb George Lapslie goal.

PH-MATCHOFFICIALS.jpgThe referee for Saturday’s game will be James Oldham.

He will be assisted by Richard Wigglesworth, Jonathon Bickerdike and Matthew Dicicco.

Mr. Oldham last officiated in a Mansfield match in January 2020 during a 2-2 draw with Grimsby.

PH-TICKETS.jpgThe Stags have received a total allocation of 3,000 tickets for the trip to The Stadium of Light. Prices are as follows:

Adult (16-64): £12
Senior (65+): £6
Under 16: £6

Tickets go off sale from the ticket office at One Call Stadium at 4pm on Friday 05 November. Any pre-paid tickets can be collected before this time.

Pre-booked tickets can also be collected from the Sunderland ticket office from 1pm until kick-off.

PH-PREMATCH.jpgThe Stadium of Light is located approximately 140 miles away from One Call Stadium and takes around two hours and 37 minutes to reach by car.

The post code for the stadium is SR5 1SU.

Away supporters visiting the ground will be housed in the Carling Stand (North Stand) of the stadium.

The Colliery Tavern pub is available for away supporters and can be found just a six-minute walk away from The Stadium of Light.

Hot food and confectionary can be found inside the stadium’s concourse.

PH-MATCHDAYCOVERAGE.jpgUnable to make it to the game on Saturday? You can follow all the action from The Stadium of Light live via our Twitter match updates from here.

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

A report from the Sunderland game will be published on the club website following the full-time whistle, and post-match reaction from the dressing room will be available to view on and iFollow Stags.

iFollow Stags subscribers can listen to full-match commentary of the clash - courtesy of Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes - by logging into iFollow Stags 15 minutes before kick-off.

For non-subscribers, audio match passes are available for just £2.50. Saturday's game will not be streamed live on iFollow Stags for UK or overseas subscribers due to Emirates FA Cup broadcasting regulations.

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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Match Reports

Report: Sunderland 0-1 Stags

6 November 2021

Rhys Oates fired Mansfield Town into the second round of the Emirates FA Cup as Stags sensationally beat Sunderland 1-0 at The Stadium of Light.

3The forward netted in the fifth minute after intercepting Lee Burge’s attempted pass. 

Mansfield remained resolute at the back to see out the victory as defender John-Joe O’Toole made his first start in amber and blue. 

In a masterful performance, Stags resilience and industry paid dividends as Nigel Clough’s side advanced into round two.

The manager made two changes to the side that beat Tranmere Rovers 2-0 at One Call Stadium in league action a week ago. 

Having made his debut for the Stags as a substitute in the last game, new boy O’Toole made his first Mansfield start at The Stadium of Light, replacing centre back Farrend Rawson. 

Mansfield’s second change to the line-up saw George Lapslie start in place of striker Danny Johnson. Lapslie scored the winning goal for the Stags in a 1-0 FA Cup first round victory away at the same opposition a last year. 

Mansfield began in lively fashion as Rhys Oates put Sunderland goalkeeper Lee Burge under pressure inside two minutes. The stopper was able to edge the ball to his defender as Oates quickly closed down the space in front.  

And the front man’s persistence paid off in the sixth minute.

Oates hunted down Burge again and this time intercepted the ‘keeper’s kick out. The forward settled himself before emphatically firing the ball into the back of the net, via the inside of the left post. 

Elliott Embleton tested Mansfield ‘keeper Nathan Bishop for the first time on 12 minutes, curling an edge-of-the-box shot into his arms. 

Mansfield absorbed Sunderland’s play and aimed to hit on the break for the following 15 minutes.

Returning midfielder Lapslie found space to drive through midfield and play Harry Charsley through on 27 minutes. Charsley’s driven shot from the right side narrowly evaded the bottom left corner for a goal kick. 

At the other end, Leon Dajaku turned McLaughlin on 42 minutes before his cross was headed towards goal by Nathan Broadhead inside the box.

Stags’ number one Bishop reacted well to make an excellent reaction save.

A minute later, Lapslie’s shot inside the box was deflected over the crossbar. Quinn’s subsequent corner-kick was then nodded onto the upright by Oli Hawkins. 

Sunderland manager Lee Johnson made four changes for the Black Cats at half-time. 

Rhys Oates, continuing from where he left in the first half, found space to drive beyond the Sunderland defence after half-time. That was before the goal scorer was taken to the ground by Bailey Wright who stunted the attack and received a yellow card. 

Despite Sunderland’s superior possession, Mansfield continued to thwart and attack. Charsley found space on the right inside 59 minutes to tee up Stephen Quinn, whose first-time strike went over the bar by inches. 

Oates was replaced by fellow striker Jordan Bowery in the 63rd minute. 

As the hosts searched for a leveller, the ball sat up nicely inside the box for Sunderland captain Corey Evans who struck the ball first time. But Stags’ defender Elliott Hewitt recovered well to make a goal-saving block and deny the hosts in the 80th minute. 

Sunderland’s Dan Neil found himself with the ball inside the box on 92 minutes. The forward’s half-volley rocked the Mansfield crossbar before escaping the box to safety. 

Despite piling on the pressure late on, Sunderland were unable to find a way through Mansfield’s resilient defence as the Stags booked a place in the FA Cup second round following an excellent performance.

STAGS XI: Bishop, Hewitt, O’Toole, Hawkins, McLaughlin, Charsley (Forrester 90+4’), O. Clarke, Maris, Quinn, Lapslie (Sinclair 85’), Oates (Bowery 63’). 

UNUSED SUBS: Shelvey, Johnson, Burke, Ward, J. Clarke, Law. 

SUNDERLAND XI: Burge, Flanagan (Doyle 46’), Evans, Alves (Winchester 46’), Dajaku (Pritchard 46’), Embleton, Broadhead, O’Brien (Gooch 46’), Cirkin (O’Nien 71’), Neil, Wright. 

UNUSED SUBS: Hoffman, Taylor, Younger, Harris. 

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