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Mansfield Town v Cheltenham Town Preview

19th January 2018

Evans’ side will hope to put Tuesday’s FA Cup heartbreak behind them tomorrow as the focus switches to their promotion push.

Mansfield will be keen to avenge their 3-0 defeat away at Whaddon Road in September. Manager Steve Evans knows just too well how dangerous Cheltenham can be:

"Credit to Cheltenham they've done well. It's going to be tough for us.

"On the night [against Cheltenham] they looked like Real Madrid and we looked like the Ruddy Duck. They were brilliant."

The Robins are in poor form having lost four out of their last seven games, but they still sit a comfortable 11 points clear of the relegation places. Mohamed Eisa is their danger-man; the striker is one of the top-scorers in the league with 11 goals and four assists.

Mansfield on the other hand had only lost once in their last 20 games before championship side Cardiff City beat them 4-1 on Tuesday evening. The Stags sit just two points behind Accrington Stanley in the automatic promotion places.

The Stags are yet to make any movements in this month’s transfer window but will be buoyed by the news that on-loan striker Kane Hemmings will be staying at the One Call Stadium until the end of the season.

Mansfield are also yet to let any players leave, with Evans rejecting any approaches for his players:

"We've had a few offers for our players and I've said no. We're trying to strengthen not weakened.

"I have a list [of transfer targets] and I don't want to move away from that list. When there's doubt on bringing in players, don't bring them in. A maybe has to be a no."

Mansfield will be without just one player tomorrow with David Mirfin still recuperating from an operation. Evans has said there’s a ‘strong chance’ that Hemmings could return to the side after missing out due to an injury sustained in the 0-0 draw away to Cardiff City.

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


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