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Preview: Bradford vs Stags

27 December 2019

Here's all you need to know ahead of Sunday's fixture at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

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Wing-back Hayden White remains a doubt, despite returning to training recently.

Fellow defender Kellan Gordon will miss the game with a back issue whilst Conor Shaugnessy (hamstring) is also sidelined.

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Stags sit 19th in Sky Bet League Two and head into Sunday's contest following a late fightback on Boxing Day at home to Port Vale.

Mansfield fell 2-0 behind but goals from Nicky Maynard and a last-gasp strike from CJ Hamilton earned a valuable point.

Stags have drawn their last three matches.

Bradford have also drawn their last three encounters and are perched in fifth position in the division.

Their most recent fixture, yesterday (Thursday), finished goalless away at Carlisle.

 

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Stags secured a 2-1 victory when they last faced Bradford, in West Yorkshire, in March 2008.

Caretaker boss Paul Holland led the amber and blue to what seemed a vital victory, but ultimately it wasn't enough to save Stags from relegation as they feel through the trapdoor and into the conference.

Nathan Arnold and Micky Boulding were on the scoresheet for Mansfield, whilst ex-Stag Barry Conlan fired home for the Bantams. 

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Sunday's referee is Ross Joyce. His two assistants will be Stephen Wade and Alix Pashley. The fourth official will be Peter Gooch.

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Stags' supporters should pay-on-the-day in West Yorkshire.

For full ticket information, click here.

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On-street parking is available around the stadium, with large stretches of Midland Road and Queens Road generally being used by supporters for matchday parking.

There are several pubs and bars located near the ground. North Parade, a street situated 0.6 miles away from the ground (approximately a 12-minute walk) has a number of bars and pubs in which supporters can enjoy refreshments before and after the match.

The city’s leisure centre, The Broadway, has a Taco Bell, Subway, Burger King and various other eateries and is also around a 15-minute walk away. There is also a Greggs, Costa and McDonald's in Foster’s Squad shopping centre. Alcohol is not normally available inside the ground for away fans although food is on offer.

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Can't make it to the game? iFollow Stags subscribers - both in the UK and abroad - can watch this encounter as it happens.

UK subscribers to iFollow Stags can buy a match pass for just £10 to watch the action live. Click here to purchase a match pass.

Commentary will be by Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes.

Not an iFollow Stags subscriber? Sign up by heading to mansfieldtown.net/ifollow.

You can also follow the action live via our Twitter match updates, which can be found here.

The match centre on mansfieldtown.net will also contain Opta-populated updates, and can be accessed here.

A report of the match will be published on the club website following the full-time whistle, and post-match reaction will be available to view on mansfieldtown.net and iFollow Stags.

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