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Reserves preview: Rotherham United vs Stags

7 January 2019

Stags' reserves will continue their Central League Cup campaign on Tuesday afternoon when they take on Rotherham United reserves (1pm kick-off).

Last time out, the Stags recorded an impressive 4-2 victory over Doncaster Rovers' reserves at the RH Academy.

Striker Jimmy Knowles opened the scoring in the game, with his strike being backed up by a Tom Fielding effort and Tyrese Sinclair brace in the second half.

The victory elevated Mansfield to second in the North Central group, behind Notts County, who sit top of the table with three wins from three.

Tuesday's opponents, Rotherham, sit fourth in the group table going into the match, behind third-placed Doncaster on goal difference.

The Stags went all the way in last year's Central League Cup competition, beating Wigan Athletic 3-0 in the final.

Entry to Tuesday's match is free for all supporters. Parking at Roundwood Sports Complex is also free, but very limited.

For supporters wishing to attend Tuesday's game, the venue's address is as follows: Roundwood Sports Complex, Green Lane, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, S62 6LA.

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Match Reports

Reserves record 3-1 cup victory over Rotherham

8 January 2019

Stags’ reserves ran out 3-1 winners over Rotherham United reserves in a Central League Cup clash at Roundwood Sports Complex.

A mixed Mansfield lineup was selected for the game, including first team players Will Atkinson, Calum Butcher and Otis Khan.

First team defender David Mirfin also completed 45 minutes in the match - his first outing in over a year due to a knee injury.

Stags initially fell behind inside the opening five minutes of the game, courtesy of a well-taken finish by Millers’ forward Tyrone Lewthwaite.

Inside the opening 10 minutes, Mansfield were back on level terms, as Nyle Blake pulled the ball back to Butcher who struck low into the bottom corner from six yards.

The Stags turned on the style in the second half, and found themselves ahead in the early stages through Khan. The midfielder surged into the area and unleashed a powerful drive that proved too much for Rotherham goalkeeper Laurence Bilboe, who did get a hand to his effort.

Mansfield doubled their lead late on, once again through Butcher, who finished confidently after Paul Anderson’s pull-back.

Stags were forced into making a change between the posts during the match following an injury to Jake Kean in the second half, yet managed to keep the Millers at bay with Blake in goal.

Despite the win, the Stags will not progress to the knockout stage of the tournament, after finishing second in Group North Central. Only the winner of each group progresses to the semi-finals.

Senior professional development coach Richard Cooper spoke highly of the senior players’ performances – including that of Mirfin – and provided an update on Stags’ stopper Kean.

Speaking after the game, he said: “It was a good game for us. I think you have to give a lot of credit to the senior lads that dropped into the team today.

“They’ve had a massive period of training and games over Christmas. The lads covered a lot of distance and played some good football.

“Mirf [David Mirfin] has been training really hard with the under-21s and doing his gym work. That was his first 45 minutes for quite a while, so to get that 45 minutes, it was a great weight off his mind.

“I think he [Jake Kean] is okay. I think it was just a precaution [taking him off]. Because of the new rules, any bangs to the head, the medical team are straight on the pitch.

“He’s fully recovered now, so we’ll just have to keep an eye on him over the next 24 hours.

“We’ll see what numbers are back in the building over the next few days [ahead of next week’s Central League match against Notts County].

“We’ll see what happens over the weekend in terms of the under-18s game and the first team game. The team will be picked over the weekend.”

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