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Stags target five wins on the spin

16 November 2021

Mansfield Town will be aiming to record a fifth successive victory this Saturday when they face Scunthorpe United at One Call Stadium.

The Stags acquired an important 2-0 win against Tranmere last month and have maintained a 100% record in November with victories against Sunderland, Newcastle under-21s and Stevenage.

Speaking to iFollow Stags at a news conference this morning, manager Nigel Clough said: “We know how hard we’re having to work for our points. That will be no different on Saturday.

"Last Saturday against Stevenage [for example] we got the victory but it's not as if we are getting carried away and winning three or four nil.

“It [The Scunthorpe game] will be about us being on the front foot like we were in recent games [against Port Vale and Tranmere]."

Stags will assess midfielders George Maris and George Lapslie, along with forward Rhys Oates, after the trio were substituted in last Saturday’s win.

The gaffer said: “All three [Oates, Maris and Lapslie] that came off injured on Saturday are a doubt [for this weekend’s home match against Scunthorpe].

"Rhys Oates' [injury] was a groin injury but we will see how he is later on in the week. George Maris opened his knee up in a tackle and he is probably the least serious out of the three.

"George Lapslie has a shoulder strain which was causing him a lot of discomfort during and after the game. We'll get that [his shoulder] looked at and see [the extent of the injury]."

With a further update on two other players, the boss said: “Danny Johnson is out with a foot injury. It was very innocuous last week when the goalkeeper from Newcastle caught him and he twisted an ankle ligament.

"[Kellan Gordon] Is coming on. Hes had an injection on his knee which has helped settle the irritation. We're looking at getting him some training in this week with the view to being available for Saturday.”

Last weekend’s well-fought victory away at Stevenage was the first league away win for Mansfield this season.

“We should have achieved that [the first away league victory] before now. It shouldn’t have taken us this long.

“When you think how well we finished last season as well with a victory away at Port Vale.

"[On Saturday at Stevenage] We played with an awful lot of endeavour and work rate, there wasn't a lot of thought with that but hopefully that will settle down when we get some more victories."

Watch the manager's full interview on iFollow Stags here.

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