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Boss expects ‘big occasion’ for sold out Wrexham clash

2 October 2023

Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough is predicting a ‘big occasion’ as Stags welcome Wrexham to One Call Stadium for a sold-out Sky Bet League Two spectacle tomorrow night.

Stags, currently fifth in the division, remain unbeaten whilst the Red Dragons – another side with promotion aspirations – sit ninth.

Speaking to iFollow Stags at RH Academy this afternoon, Nigel said: “Wrexham are the team that everybody has been talking about for the last season or two – even when they were in the Conference.

“When they come to town, it’s going to be a big occasion.

“You know that they’re going to put an awful lot of balls into your penalty area from all areas of the pitch.

“We’ve had a good start; they’ve had a good start – back in the Football League – so it should be a good occasion.

“I think it will be a good game.

“We like going forward and creating chances, they obviously do [too].”

On Stags’ opening ten matches of the league season, the gaffer said: “It’s been very steady, very consistent.

“I think we deserve a few more points on the board but I’m sure a lot of teams will be saying that.

“I’m very, very pleased with our standard of performances over that period.

“When you’re staying unbeaten – winning and drawing – people don’t mention the players that you’re missing because they don’t think that you’re missing them, but we are.

“Oates and Quinn especially are two big blows for us.”

Davis Keillor-Dunn has become Mansfield’s talisman so far this campaign – netting eight times and bagging Stags’ equaliser away at Gillingham on Saturday.

“I think he’s just settled in [so well],” the boss said.

“I think getting him in last January helped and then he has six months to settle in.

“The freedom that he’s got and then way the team plays [is well-suited to him].

“Anybody who scores goals will always tell you that you need people to create them for you. I think that’s what his teammates have done for him this season.

“He could’ve had a few more as well but his return has been brilliant so far.”

The gaffer went on to provide the latest squad news ahead of tomorrow night.

“It will be the same squad,” he said.

“Hopefully everybody came through okay. There’s certainly nobody [long term] close to coming back at the moment.

“We’ll be going with the same 18.”

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