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Match preview: Stags vs Coventry City

23 February 2018

Mansfield Town host Coventry City in another meeting of the promotion chasers at One Call Stadium on Saturday (24 February, 3.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Defender David Mirfin is the only player missing for the Stags as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury. 

For Coventry, long-term absentees Michael Doyle and Jack Grimmer are doubtful ahead of Saturday's fixture, however the pair are making progress from their respective injuries and could still feature in the matchday squad.

Meanwhile, Jodi Jones and Tony Andreu will both be absent as the pair
continue to recover from season-ending knee injuries.

Jordan Maguire-Drew could come back into City's matchday 18 after being
dropped for the Sky Blues' last two fixtures against Colchester and Brighton, in
Sky Bet League Two and the Emirates FA Cup, respectively.

In the last two games, Stags have secured excellent victories at home to Newport and away against Exeter City, respectively. 

The home victory against Newport signalled boss Steve Evans' most comprehensive win since taking over as manager in November 2016 as an Alfie Potter hat-trick and strikes from frontman Danny Rose and midfielder Alex MacDonald clinched a 5-0 win for the Stags. 

They followed that up just a few days later with a superb 1-0 win away to Exeter City. In a first half of one-way dominance, top scorer Danny Rose slammed the ball home from eight yards out to secure a fine win. 

The Sky Blues have lost their last four games in all competitions. 

They were defeated 3-1 away to Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend, following three straight losses in Sky Bet League Two.

A home defeat against Accrington Stanley - Coventry's first since Stags' victory in November - was sandwiched between away reverses against Colchester United and Forest Green Rovers, respectively. 

Our last meeting occurred in November 2017 and it turned out to be a memorable day for Stags' fans. 

An away following of 1,565 supporters were sent into raptures in the second period when midfielder Alex MacDonald scored a 30-yard beauty to seal a 1-0 win at the Ricoh Arena. 

OVERALL RECORD: W - 4 | D - 1 | L - 4

Michael Salisbury will be in charge of Saturday's home game against Coventry City, and he will be assisted by Peter Gooch and Duncan Street.

Mark Dwyer will be the fourth official.

Mr Salisbury's last match officiating the Stags was our 1-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over Everton U23s in October 2017.

Tickets for Saturday's match are available in person or via telephone on 01623 482 482. Alternatively, supporters can visit www.stagstickets.co.uk to purchase their tickets before choosing the 'print at home' option, if they wish to avoid the queues on matchday.

Supporters can visit the matchday ticket office (next to the main ticket office on Quarry Lane) to purchase tickets on the day of the game. Supporters who wish to pay with cash only can also buy matchday tickets in a fast-track queue.

Furthermore, one adult and one child can watch Saturday's game for just £18 in our family block! To find out more, click here.

For more information on match tickets, including prices, please click here.

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open from 9.00am on Saturday, serving breakfast until 11.00am. 

After that, the matchday food menu will become available, which includes pies, chips, burgers and hot dogs.

Furthermore, the bar will be serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to Stags' fans.

Also in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, the SSA will be selling their unique Stags vs Coventry matchday pin badges for just £3. 

Supporters with a ticket in blocks N, P, Q and R of the Ian Greaves Stand (upper tier) will be able to access the Kevin Bird Suite from 1.00pm on Saturday.

The Suite, situated in the upper tier of the Ian Greaves Stand, will be serving hot and cold drinks for supporters to enjoy. The bar will also be open at half-time for supporters with a ticket in the aforementioned blocks.

Parking at One Call Stadium will be extremely limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. 

The following sites, owned by Mansfield District Council and with easy access to the One Call Stadium are Grove Street, Victoria Street, Garden Road and Church Lane.

Charges are as follows:

Grove St 70p/hr (reduces to 50p/hr from 01 April)
Victoria St 50p/hr
Garden Rd 50p/hr
Church Lane 80p/hr

All of the above pay and display surface level car parks offer cashless parking via RingGo as an additional way to pay.

Every car park has a unique code so people can either pay over the phone, by text, online or by using a free smartphone app.

Details of how to do this are displayed in each car park. Information about all Mansfield District Council car parks can be found at www.mansfield.gov.uk/carparks.

Please note: Upon police advice, the gate between the North Stand and the Ian Greaves Stand will be closed from midday on Saturday.

Access to the North Stand is via Portland Retail Park, whilst access to the Quarry Lane End and the Ian Greaves Stand is via Quarry Lane only.

Where do I go when I get to One Call Stadium?

Hospitality

If you are a hospitality guest, please enter the stadium via the brown double doors to the rear of the Ian Greaves Stand, which is the entrance to our hospitality suites. 

The doors are located to the left of the white merchandise stall outside the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, backing onto the main car park and sign-posted 'The Kevin Bird Suite'

Media

Members of the media are asked to also head to the entrance to our hospitality suites, where our media steward will provide you with the necessary accreditation. 

The required entrance is located to the left of the merchandise stall outside the Sandy Pate Sports Bar and signposted 'The Kevin Bird Suite'.

Supporters

If you need to collect tickets, please head to the main ticket office on Quarry Lane. For ticket purchases, please visit the matchday ticket office, adjacent to the Quarry Lane Stand, around the corner from the main ticket office.

Entry to the Quarry Lane End is via the turnstiles situated parallel to the road running alongside One Call Stadium. 

The Ian Greaves Stand is the main stand at One Call Stadium, which backs onto the main car park. 

Away fans are housed in the North Stand, which is located next to Portland Retail Park. Please note: there is no matchday parking in the retail park. 

We'll be publishing live text commentary of the clash 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 Saturday. 

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

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.

Supporters who are blind or visually impaired can take advantage of our fantastic free audio descriptive commentary service.

Provided by Alan March Sport, supporters can listen to commentary from trained audio description broadcasters.

To take advantage of this free service, please visit the entrance to the Kevin Bird Suite at One Call Stadium after 1.00pm on Saturday.


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