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Match Previews

Preview: Stags vs Port Vale

31 December 2020

Match Previews

Preview: Stags vs Port Vale

31 December 2020

The Stags begin 2021 on home soil, as they welcome Port Vale to One Call Stadium this Saturday (3pm). Here’s all you need to know ahead of the match…


Striker Nicky Maynard is a doubt for the fixture, with boss Nigel Clough expecting the forward to be out for ‘a week or two’ with a hamstring injury.

Long-term absentee Joe Riley will continue his rehabilitation from the ACL injury he suffered in pre-season.

Port Vale will be without loan defender Mitch Clark, who returned to parent club Leicester City earlier this month.


The Stags will be aiming for back-to-back victories this weekend, following the 3-2 win away at Scunthorpe United on Boxing Day.

Goals from midfielder George Lapslie and striker Jordan Bowery, alongside a Manny Onariase own goal, saw the Stags end 2020 in winning fashion.

Port Vale will be looking to build on their 0-0 draw away at Bradford City on Tuesday evening, with the Valiants sitting 16th heading into Saturday’s match.


We last faced Port Vale on Boxing Day in 2019, a match that ended two goals apiece at One Call Stadium.

Goals from Nathan Smith and Leon Legge saw the Valiants lead 2-0 going into the final ten minutes, but efforts from striker Nicky Maynard and now-Blackpool winger CJ Hamilton saw the amber and blue earn a point late on.


Referee Ben Toner will take charge of Saturday’s match, assisted by Marvyn Amphlett and Abbas Khan. The fourth official will be Lisa Rashid.

Mr. Toner last took charge of a Mansfield fixture in our 3-1 home loss to Lincoln City in this season’s Papa John’s Trophy.


Supporters wishing to watch this match live can do so on iFollow Stags. Please do not try to attend this match, as it will be played behind closed doors. Match passes are available at just £10, and can be purchased here.

A reminder that season ticket holders are able to watch this game free of charge, due to it being a home league game.

All season ticket holders' iFollow accounts have now been automatically granted access to the live video stream for home league games.

There is no need to input promo codes and supporters simply need to log into their iFollow account.

We have provided the EFL with season ticket holders' email addresses (data is being passed securely and purely for the purpose of providing access to iFollow).

It is therefore essential that season ticket holders use the same e-mail address registered on their iFollow account to the one which we have on our season ticket database (which is the e-mail from which you have previously received the promo codes for home league games).

If you already have an iFollow account registered using the same email as the club has for your season ticket account, you do not need to do anything else, simply log into your iFollow account on matchday.

If you have changed e-mail addresses to the one the club has for you on its database, or if you have any questions or queries about the above, please email

In order for you to check whether you have been granted access to the Season Ticket Licence, it's a simple three-step process to do so:

  1. Log in to iFollow on your club website
  2. Click your name in the navigation bar to get to their 'My Account page'
  3. Click the + sign next to 'Purchased Packages'

If you have been granted access, you will see 'Season Ticket – Mansfield Town’

We also suggest that new users familiarise themselves with their iFollow Stags account ahead of Saturday’s game, so that no issues arise on matchday when going to watch the game live.

Looking to watch the game on your tablet or mobile? You will need to download the new EFL iFollow app. Read more here.

iFollow Stags match commentary will be provided courtesy of commentators Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes.

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

The match centre on 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 and iFollow Stags.

Follow us across our social media accounts to keep fully updated on all areas of a Stags’ matchday. Click the below links to redirect to the corresponding social media account.


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