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Preview: Sunderland vs Stags

5 November 2020

The Stags travel to Sunderland on Saturday for an Emirates FA Cup First Round clash. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the game…


Defender Ryan Sweeney is set to return to the squad after completing his self-isolation period, following a positive COVID-19 test.

Midfielder Ollie Clarke will miss Saturday’s fixture, but took part in his second light training session on Thursday, after a recent calf injury.

The Stags will be without wing-back Joe Riley as the defender continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.


Mansfield have drawn both of their last two matches, but were unlucky not to secure a first victory of the season away at Bolton on Tuesday evening.

On-loan Charlton midfielder George Lapslie headed home a deserved opener for the Stags, but Antoni Sarcevic’s late equaliser ensured the spoils were shared.

Saturday’s opponents have won their last two fixtures; a 2-1 win over Ipswich Town on Tuesday, preceded by a 2-0 win away at Gillingham at the weekend.


We last faced the Black Cats in a competitive fixture back in 2003, a 2-1 loss at home in what is now the Carabao Cup.


The referee for Saturday’s match will be Anthony Backhouse, assisted by Geoffrey Liddle and Matthew Parry. The fourth official will be Matthew Dicicco.

Mr. Backhouse last took charge of a Mansfield fixture in our 1-0 home loss to Plymouth in September 2019.


Supporters wishing to watch this match live can do so on iFollow Stags. Match passes are available at just £10, and can be purchased here.

Please note that, due to broadcasting restrictions, Saturday’s match is only available to view for those based in the UK.

We 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 subscribers who do not wish to purchase a match pass for the game can still access live match commentary, 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.

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Looking for a step-by-step guide to all things iFollow Stags? Click here for more.


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