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Mansfield Town v Cardiff City Preview

15th January 2018

Stags have the stars in their eyes, but have a giant-killing to contend with first.

Mansfield can now dream of a fourth round home tie to Manchester City, should they beat Championship outfit Cardiff City tomorrow night.

After Danny Rose’s winner was ruled out by officials against Cambridge on Saturday, manager Steve Evans hopes the same won’t happen tomorrow night:

“The assistant referee has clearly got it wrong. It's not even a marginal decision.

“"Every throw-in, every decision, let's appeal for it. Let's get everybody to get behind the team all the way."

After Mansfield missed out on the signing of Lee Frecklington on Thursday, Evans has said he still wants to dip into the transfer window, but only if the signing is right for the Stags:

“We're trying to make things happen (regarding transfers) but the focus has to be Cardiff City.

“"I've said before if we don't add anybody we still have a top class team. I'm not going to add players to the group that won't improve it."

Before Christmas the Bluebirds were just four points off table-topping Wolverhampton Wanderers but a poor run of form saw them lose four games in a row before drawing with the Stags last week. At the weekend they thrashed Sunderland 4-0 in a game which they will hope will put them back on-form after injuries nearly derailed their season.

Lee Camp, Lee Peltier, Matt Connolly, Aron Gunnarsson, Craig Bryson, Kadeem Harris, Frederic Gounoungbe, Anthony Pilkington and Danny Ward are all expected to miss the third round replay, while Sean Morrison and Jazz Richards are both doubts for Neil Warnock’s side.

Mansfield are a tough nut to crack, which Cardiff found out themselves in the previous meeting. The Stags have lost just once in their last 20 games in an impressive run that stretches all the way back to mid-October.

Tomorrow night, Mansfield could have a bill of clean health for the first time since pre-season. The only doubt for the game is on-loan striker Kane Hemmings who will be assessed tomorrow after sustaining an injury in the draw at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Possible starting XI for the Stags – Logan, Anderson, Pearce, Bennett, Benning, Potter, McDonald, Mellis, Hamilton, Rose, Angol

We’ll bring you full commentary of the game in our Midweek Sportsbeat from 6 tomorrow.


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