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Match preview: Stags vs Cardiff City

16 January 2018

Mansfield Town host Championship side Cardiff City in their Emirates FA Cup third round replay at One Call Stadium on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Defender David Mirfin will miss the encounter as he continues to recover from knee surgery which has kept him out of action since our Checkatrade Trophy clash with Blackpool last month. 

Manager Steve Evans has said he will assess frontman Kane Hemmings on Tuesday before deciding whether to include him against the Bluebirds.

For the Bluebirds, midfielder Craig Bryson is still out with an Achilles injury, whilst midfielders Aron Gunnarsson and Kadeem Harris are still recovering from ankle surgery.

Meanwhile, midfielder Lee Peltier, defender Matt Connolly and goalkeeper Lee Camp are all still sidelined. 

Stags extended their excellent run to just one defeat in 20 games with a 0-0 draw against Cambridge United in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday. 

They could have snatched all three points against the U's, but for an incorrect offside call against frontman Danny Rose which saw his second half effort ruled out. 

During that 20-game spell, Stags have won 10, drawn nine and lost one. 

The Bluebirds recorded their first victory in six games when they thrashed rock-bottom Sunderland 4-0 on Saturday. 

A brace from midfielder Callum Paterson and strikes from striker Anthony Pilkington and midfielder Joe Ralls ended a run of four consecutive Championship defeats for Neil Warnock's side. 

This will be the second time the sides have met in the last 10 days when they meet on Tuesday, a meeting which ended 0-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium. 

Both sides had chances to win the game, with Stags arguably creating the better of the opportunities.

Frontman Lee Angol had an effort block from point blank range, whilst the versatile Paul Anderson was denied by a last ditch tackle from Bluebirds' skipper Sean Morrison. 

Despite having chances to win it, Stags had goalkeeper Conrad Logan to thank for keeping the scores level as he incredibly kept defender Krystian Pearce's wayward header out of the net in injury time. 

OVERALL RECORD: W - 6 | D - 10 | L - 19

Geoff Eltringham will be the referee for the fixture and he will be assisted by Duncan Street and Wayne Grunnill. Peter Bankes will be the fourth official. 

The last time Mr Eltringham officiated the Stags was our 1-0 defeat at home to Grimsby Town in September 2016.

No tickets will be available on the day of the game apart from wheelchair users and ambulant disabled tickets. 

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open at 12.00pm on Tuesday and will be serving our main menu until 4.00pm.

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 supporters of both clubs. 

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 6.30pm on Tuesday.

The Suite, situtated 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. Parking is advisable at the Müller depot (formerly known as The Dairy Crest) which costs just £3 per vehicle, with 80% of the fee heading towards selected charities at the end of each football season. Postcode: NG18 5DB

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


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'


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'.


If you need to collect tickets, supporters should head to the main ticket office on Quarry Lane. The main ticket office is for collections only, whilst all sales - for our upcoming Sky Bet League Two matches - are from the matchday ticket office, which is located adjacent to 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 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 Tuesday. 

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

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