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Gaffer calls on Town to roar Stags on against Bluebirds

15 January 2018

Stags' boss Steve Evans wants One Call Stadium to be 'rocking and rolling' for the visit of Championship outfit Cardiff City in tomorrow night's Emirates FA Cup third round replay (7.45pm kick-off).

There are less than 250 tickets remaining for the replay, with Premier League leaders Manchester City awaiting the winners in the fourth round.

Supporters can snap up the remaining tickets by visiting our ticket office on Quarry Lane, calling us on 01623 482 482 or heading to www.stagstickets.co.uk

There will be no tickets available on the day of the game, apart from ambulant disabled and wheelchair user tickets. 

Tickets are available in person or via telephone until 5.00pm today, or until midnight online.

And the gaffer, who took then-non-league side Crawley Town to the fifth round of the FA Cup during the 2010-11 season, has encouraged the Town to secure the remaining tickets to make One Call Stadium a cauldron of Stags' support tomorrow night.

"We're going to be backed by a fantastic support, as we normally are here at the One Call Stadium," the Stags' chief said.

"I think it's going to be the best attendance in the home end for any game this season so that's a fantastic response from the Mansfield public.

"Come on – if your granny's not been out for a while, bring her here. I'm sure she's got Mansfield right through the middle of her, or [bring] your grandad.

"Let's have a sell-out in the home end. Let's make sure there's not a spare seat in the home end. Let the kids have a late day to school. Not because we need 200 tickets sold, but because we need the stadium rocking and rolling.

"Come on – if your granny's not been out for a while, bring her here. I'm sure she's got Mansfield right through the middle of her, or [bring] your grandad."

Steve Evans, manager

"Every throw-in, every decision, let's appeal for it, let's contest it, not just myself and the assistant manager. Let's have everybody behind the team, trying to get a positive result."

Although the prize for the victors is huge, the gaffer has insisted that his squad are approaching the tie with the Bluebirds with the same professionalism as any other game.

"I think it's (the mood around camp) the same as every other week, we try to keep it very much the same. We're fairly relaxed and looking forward to it.

"We all understand clearly what the prize could be if we win but let's put this into perspective, this Cardiff side beat Sunderland 4-0 on Sunday, they're better than us so that's the size of our task tomorrow night, but we're going to do our best.

"This is a Cardiff side who I think are third in the Championship, they're having a great season under Neil Warnock. They spent good money in the summer attracting good players, they've got a fantastic manager, I can't say that enough times.

"We've got an opportunity to beat a Championship club and progress to what would be a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of us.

"You look at the quality that Neil's got, they'll be ready for us but we'll be ready for them too. We have to give it our best and that's on and off the pitch; win together or don't win together. It's a cup tie, there's no coming back."

Centre-half David Mirfin is the only definite absentee for the Stags as he continues his rehabilitation from knee surgery, whilst frontman Kane Hemmings could be involved depending on how he trains today.

"We're good. Kane (Hemmings) has a chance of being fit but we'll leave that to tomorrow. Other than Kane, we've got everybody available."

Supporters can login to iFollow Stags to view the manager's full news conference.


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