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Preview: Mansfield Town (A)

3 October 2014

The Reds are on the road tomorrow as they head to Mansfield looking for a third successive victory.

Ahead of kick off, Chris Forsyth has all the information you might need:After back to back wins since John Coleman's return to the club, Stanley are back on the road this weekend looking to continue their 100% record with a trip to Mansfield Town.

Four wins from five have seen the points total look far more healthy and another victory would see them leapfrog their hosts in the table.

The Stags are in their second season back in League Two and are within touching distance of a play-off but are looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat to Stevenage last time out.[/vc_tab]Striker James Gray serves the final game of his three match suspension following his red card at Oxford United.

Full backs Michael Liddle and Adam Buxton remain ruled out through injury but there are no new concerns from the medical room.

Mansfield have injury doubts over defenders Rob Taylor and John Dempster but expect to welcome back centre back Ryan Tafazoli.[/vc_tab]The Stags have spent five of the last ten seasons in League Two, with the other five seasons spent in the Conference Premier. The Stags were relegated to the Conference at the end of the 2007/08 season after finishing in 23rd place in the League Two table.

They then spent the following five seasons in the Conference, before being promoted back to the football league after winning the Conference Premier title in the 2012/13 season.

In their first season back in the football league the club finished in 11th place in the League Two table last season.[/vc_tab]

Paul Cox

42 year old Cox took over at the Stags in 2011. Cox's only other previous managerial experience was a spell at Eastwood Town between 2006 and 2011.

Prior to being a manager Cox enjoyed his most successful spell at Notts County. Cox also had spells at Hull City, Kettering Town, Halifax Town and Hucknall Town.

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Simon Heslop

27 year old Heslop signed for the club in the summer from Stevenage and has so far made eight appearances this season. He started his career at Kidderminster Harriers, before moving on to Barnsley.

During his time at Barnsley, Heslop had several spells on loan, at clubs including Tamworth, Halifax and Luton Town. Heslop then moved to Oxford United, where he made 91 appearances and scored seven goals. He then spent last season at Stevenage and made 27 appearances and scored one goal before moving to the Stags.

[/vc_tab]Since the club's reformation, Stanley and Mansfield have met on three occasions in league matches at One Call Stadium, with Stanley winning two and drawing one of the three matches.

When the two clubs met at One Call Stadium last season, Stanley returned to Lancashire with three points after a dramatic last minute turnaround resulted in a 3-2 victory. Kal Naismith scored either side of a brace from John McCombe for the hosts before Naismith and James Gray both netted in the 90th minute to secure the victory.

In the return fixture at the Store First Stadium the clubs drew 1-1 with a last minute penalty from Naismith earning a point for Stanley after Jake Speight opened the scoring for the Stags.[/vc_tab]The Reds have won four of their last five games, including back-to-back wins under John Coleman, and won 5-4 at Northampton in their last away game.

Mansfield lost 3-0 at Stevenage last weekend but had picked up back-to-back victories before that against Carlisle and Morecambe.[/vc_tab]

Stanley

James Gray 5

Kal Naismith 4

Marcus Carver 2

Rob Atkinson 2

John O'Sullivan 2

Luke Joyce 1

Sean Maguire 1

Mansfield

Rakish Bingham 3

Alex Fisher 2

Matthew Rhead 2

Lee Beevers 1

Fergus Bell 1

Chris Clements 1

Adam Murray 1

Ryan Tafazolli 1[/vc_tab]

Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

Vastly experienced official who has taken charge of some big Football League games over the last decade.

His last Stanley game was the 3-1 win over Chesterfield in March when he sent off the home side's Peter Murphy.

This season: 5 games, 9 yellow cards, 1 red cards[/vc_tab]

The Ground

The Stags moved to One Call Stadium in 1919 after previously playing at Radcliffe Gate and Newgate Lane. The current capacity of One Call Stadium is 8186, and the record attendance inside the stadium is 24,467, which was set when the Stags hosted Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup in 1953

For more information on Southend United, why not visit their official website www.mansfieldtown.net or their Twitter feed @mansfieldtownfc[/vc_tab]


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