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Match preview: Crewe Alexandra vs Stags

4 August 2017

The only absentee from the Stags' squad will be winger Alex MacDonald, who is continuing his rehabilitation from minor knee surgery last month. 

Defender Rhys Bennett, who missed last week's 2-0 victory over Alfreton Town with a bruised foot, has returned to full training.

For Crewe, left-back Zoumana Bakayogo is a doubt with a knee problem.

Stags have enjoyed a productive pre-season which has provided boss Steve Evans' new look squad with plenty of minutes to get under their belt. 

They have faced an array of diverse opposition, ranging from a Malta Players Association XI to Premier League hopefuls Middlesbrough, all of whom provided Stags with different tests. 

Stags have won five, drawn one and lost two of their pre-season fixtures - the two defeats coming against Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday. 

Crewe have won three, drawn two and lost one of their pre-season fixtures. 

Their most recent match was a 3-1 victory over a Stoke City XI, which followed a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Macclesfield Town.

Our last meeting with The Alex ended in a 3-0 victory for the Stags in January 2017. 

Stags took the lead in the fifth minute thanks to a striker from frontman Yoann Arquin, before loanee Ben Whiteman doubled the Stags' advantage just after half-time. 

An emphatic win was then sealed in the 83rd minute when defender Rhys Bennett converted from close range. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD record: W: 29 | D: 16 | L: 30

The referee for the fixture will be Graham Salisbury and he will be assisted by Ken Haycock and Lee Freeman. Richard Wild will be the fourth official. 

Mr Salisbury's last match in charge of the Stags was our 1-0 victory away to Stevenage last season. 

Stags' fans can purchase tickets both in advance and on the day. 

Our ticket office on Quarry Lane will be open until 4.00pm on Friday 04 August for supporters to purchase tickets either in person or via telephone (01623 482482). 

Adults £22
Seniors £17
12-16-year-olds £10.50
11 and under £6.50
Disabled (all ages) £17
Carer FREE

Wheelchair users of any age are required to purchase a ticket for £17 from the Stags' ticket office, with a carer ticket free of charge. Wheelchair spaces will be allocated in the Whitby Morrison Stand at the Alexandra Stadium.

Supporters can also purchase tickets on the day of the game from the Alexandra Stadium. 

The away ticket office is situated next to the away turnstiles and opens from 12.00pm for Saturday fixtures and cash or card is accepted. 

The Alexandra Suite can be found adjacent to the Whitby Morrison Stand, opens from 12.00pm and shows live football from BT and Sky Sports.

A selection of hot and cold food is also served inside, with vegetation options and pre-match alcoholic drinks available. The matchday programme is also available to purchase from behind the bar.

Both home and away supporters are welcome pre-match in the Alexandra Suite.

As well as inside the Alexandra Suite, there are many pubs within walking distance of the ground which are all away fan friendly.

We'll be publishing live text commentary of the encounter on our twitter feed and the match centre on will contain Opta-populated updates.

To access our twitter feed, head to The match centre can be accessed here, or by clicking the link on the home page on Saturday. 

Furthermore, iFollow Stags subscribers will be able to listen to full-match commentary of the clash, courtesy of commentators Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes. 

A report of the match will be published on after the game and full reaction will be available to view on and iFollow Stags.

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