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Match preview: Stags vs Rochdale

8 August 2017

Mansfield Town will welcome League One side Rochdale in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday (08 August, 7.45pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Stags will still be without winger Alex MacDonald, who is continuing his rehabilitation from minor knee surgery last month. 

Defender Rhys Bennett was described by assistant manager Paul Raynor as being '100 percet ready' for tomorrow's encounter after recovering from a bruised foot which ruled him out of our pre-season friendly victory against Alfreton Town.

Rochdale will be without centre-half Keith Keane for the trip to north Nottinghamshire after he was shown a straigh red card in Saturday's season opener against Portsmouth. 

Midfielder Joe Thompson is now back in training after revealing he is in remission from nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma (a form of cancer) for the second time. 

Stags began their Sky Bet League Two campaign with an opening day draw away to Crewe Alexandra on Saturday. 

Boss Steve Evans' men twice came from behind against the Alex, as a brace from Crewe frontman Chris Porter was cancelled out by a header from striker Danny Rose and a close-range finish by defender David Mirfin. 

Dale were defeated 2-0 away to newly-promoted Portsmouth in their opening day fixture. 

A competitive game was turned on its head in the 21st minute when defender Keith Keane brought down Conor Chaplin and as the last man, he was shown his marching orders. Dale went in to half-time still locked at 0-0, but Pompey's one man advantage became more apparent in the second period and they eventually ran out 2-0 winners. 

The last meeting between the sides was during the 2013/14 season, when Stags ran out 3-0 winners at One Call Stadium. 

Stags, lying in mid-table at the time, defeated second placed Rochdale thanks to three second half goals. 

Defender Martin Riley headed home from James Jennings' corner in the 72nd minute, before striker Matt Rhead did the same three minutes from time. 

Centre-half Ryan Tafazolli then scored with a header of his own from midfielder Chris Clements' free-kick in the first minute of stoppage time. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD record: W: 11 | D: 20 | L: 15

The referee for the fixture will be Andrew Madley and he will be assisted by Shaun Hudson and Jonathan Hunt. Mr Tony Peart will be the fourth official. 

Mr Madley's last game in charge of the Stags was our 4-0 win over Crawley Town in September 2015.

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

Please note: tickets for home supporters are only available for purchase in the Ian Greaves Stand (upper and lower tiers). The Quarry Lane End will not be open for the contest. 

Prices for the tie are as follows:

  Advanced price Matchday price
Adults £20 £20
Concessions (60+ and 17 and under) £10

£10

Supporters will be able to enjoy a pre-match drink in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar from 12.00pm on Tuesday. 

The bar serves a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as the matchday food menu after 4.00pm. 

Visitors to the bar will be able to enjoy the likes of burgers, hot dogs and chips from the food hut in the bar prior to kick-off. 

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

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

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 www.mansfieldtown.net after the game and full reaction will be available to view on mansfieldtown.net and iFollow Stags.


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