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Match preview: Newport County vs Stags (Play-off semi-final first leg)

7 May 2019

Stags travel to Rodney Parade on Thursday for their play-off semi-final first leg fixture against Newport County (7.45pm kick-off).

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The Stags will be without centre-back Matt Preston for the game, following the concussion he sustained in Saturday’s match against MK Dons.

Long-term absentees Hayden White and Bobby Olejnik will miss out. Mansfield will also be without forwards Craig Davies and Jordan Graham for the clash.

For the Exiles, Ben Kennedy will miss out. Joss Labadie could return for the match, having missed the last six games through injury.

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It has been a difficult conclusion to the season for Mansfield, who will be looking to overturn a run of three successive defeats on Thursday evening. Before this run, the Stags recorded three wins in four matches, including impressive 4-1 and 4-0 victories over Exeter and Morecambe, respectively.

The Exiles ended their campaign with a mightily impressive ten-game unbeaten run, which included wins over now-promoted sides Lincoln City and Bury.

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We last faced the Exiles at Rodney Parade in February, a game that ended 1-0 to the hosts. In the reverse fixture at One Call Stadium on the opening day of the season, the Stags recorded a 3-0 victory, courtesy of a brace from midfielder Otis Khan and a further strike by forward Tyler Walker.

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The referee for Thursday’s match will be Matthew Donohue, assisted by Steven Rushton and Darren Wilding. The fourth official will be Charles Breakspear.

The last time Mr. Donohue took charge of a Stags’ fixture was our 1-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers at One Call Stadium in February.

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The Stags have received a total allocation of 1,036 tickets for the clash. This is the maximum allocation and no tickets will be available after this allocation is sold, Newport have confirmed. Tickets will not be available to purchase on matchday from Rodney Parade.

Tickets are now on general sale. For full ticket information, click here.

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Friars Walk is a short walk just over the bridge from Rodney Parade, and is home to restaurants Bistro Pierre and Zizzi’s, along with coffee shops and retail outlets. Whilst there are no dedicated away supporters’ pubs in Newport, the closest pub to the away stand is Excelsior Institute on Corporation Road, which allows away supporters. Rodney Parade has a bar situated within the Bisley Stand and a burger van just outside the main entrance.

Parking is very limited at Rodney Parade. Most supporters park in side streets close by to the stadium, but are urged to remain aware of parking restrictions.

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Sky Sports subscribers can watch the game live on Sky Sports on Thursday evening, with the match kicking off at 7.45pm.

You can follow the game live via our Twitter updates, which can be found at twitter.com/mansfieldtownfc. The match centre on the website will also contain Opta-populated updates, which can be found here.

iFollow Stags subscribers can listen to full-match commentary of the match courtesy of Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes by logging into www.mansfieldtown.net/ifollow.

A match report will be available to view on our website shortly after the full-time whistle, and full post-match reaction will be available for iFollow Stags subscribers by logging in through the aforementioned link.


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