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Stags to field good side in Rainworth friendly

2 October 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans says a 'decent side' will travel to Kirklington Road to face Rainworth Miners Welfare in a friendly on Tuesday evening (7.00pm kick-off).

We were due to take on the Wrens in our final pre-season friendly in August, but the manager opted to send the under 21s, with the start of the Sky Bet League Two season set to get underway four days later.

Admission prices for tomorrow's friendly are as follows: 
Adults & seniors: £5
Children (17 and under): £2

And with no reserve team fixture scheduled for this week, the gaffer agreed to play the friendly on Tuesday and speaking to the local media this morning, he confirmed he will be sending a squad containing first team players to Kirklington Road.

"[It is] an opportunity for some to get game-time and an opportunity for our supporters to travel up and see some of the players who played here on Saturday," the Stags' chief said.

"It will be a decent side that's going up to Rainworth. We gave our word to them in the summer that we would come at an appropriate time with a strong side and I must admit, I've been up there watching reserve games last year for the Stags and I really like the people up there.

"They're Mansfield people and I gave them my word and if I gave them my word then many chairman know and many players know that my word is my bond and I never change it."

"We gave our word to them in the summer that we would come at an appropriate time with a strong side and I must admit, I've been up there watching reserve games last year for the Stags and I really like the people up there."

Steve Evans, manager

Winger Alfie Potter was forced off with a calf problem during the first half of Saturday's 3-1 win over Notts County and the manager says the severity of the injury will be revealed later today.

However, the former Leeds United boss is hopeful of welcoming the injured trio of defenders Zander Diamond and Hayden White and midfielder Joel Byrom back into the fold over the next week.

"The likes of Zander [Diamond], he's not quite there yet, Joel [Byrom's] not quite there yet, Alfie [Potter] will have a further assessment today.

"They're (Diamond and Byrom) getting nearer now because they've been out for a few weeks now. I would say that we're looking towards Colchester, if not Colchester, we're certainly looking towards Swindon.

"Aflie just felt his calf, so we'll know better later today when he comes in. He over-stretched for one ball and just felt his calf start tightening up. We've always said to our players: if you're tightening up, the next thing is a pull and a bad pull so you have to go down and indicate it.

"[Hayden White] should be back on the grass on Wednesday and the medical team tell me back in the full group and available on Thursday, but he's got Paul Anderson to replace hasn't he? I thought there was no-one better than him on the pitch on Saturday."

A crowd of 7,072 watched the Derby Day win over Notts County on Saturday; the largest EFL attendance at One Call Stadium since our meeting with the Magpies in 2004 (7,682) and the manager described the home support as 'wonderful' during the 3-1 victory.

"I've always said to the chairman and every other chairman I've worked for: what brings supporters to sit on the seats and support the team is performances and results.

"We got both on Saturday but if we'd have played like that and lost, I'd still have been proud of my players.

"Supporters go away thinking about the result and that's what they do, but on Saturday they went home with both."

Supporters will be able to login to iFollow Stags to listen to the manager's news conference later today.

 


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