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Boss sets his sights on 'decisive' period

11 November 2021

Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough believes that the next five games will ‘define’ the Stags’ season.

Speaking to iFollow Stags following his side's 6-3 victory at home to Newcastle United in the Papa John's Trophy on Tuesday, the boss said: “I just feel that they are five very important games.

“There are 12 league points and a place in the FA Cup third round at stake.

“It’s that time of the season before we go into the busy Christmas period [and] we can put ourselves up towards halfway in the league if we have a good run in the next few games.”

When asked if he had an accumulated points target in mind in this batch of fixtures, the manager said: “There's] No points total [in mind for the next five games]. We’re going to Stevenage on Saturday and we will be trying our best to win the game. We will go from there.

“I think similarly to us, they [Stevenage] are better than their league position suggests. They’ve got some good players.”

Last Saturday’s excellent 1-0 victory away at Sunderland in the Emirates FA Cup first round was Mansfield’s first away win of the season and the gaffer hopes the win will be a catalyist for an improved run of results on the road in the coming weeks.

“When we talk about those five games [in November], four out of five of those games are on the road.

“[There are] Three long trips [in that period] as well. That is why it is going to be so decisive.”

The Stags could be without several key players for the weekend’s game at the Lamex Stadium. Full-backs Kellan Gordon (knee) and Elliott Hewitt (foot) are both doubts for Saturday.

Forward Rhys Oates is also a possible absentee for the Stevenage fixture due to a groin problem as well as midfielder George Lapslie who has a thigh injury.

To watch the manager's interview in full head over to iFollow Stags.


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