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SPORTSBEAT PREVIEW | Stags Head For Cambridge Whilst Caretaker Brazil Takes Charge Of Forest

20th January 2017
Sport, Mansfield Town, News, Nottingham Forest

SPORTSBEAT PREVIEW | Stags Head For Cambridge Whilst Caretaker Brazil Takes Charge Of Forest

Mansfield Town look to continue their hunt for the League Two play-offs tomorrow as they head for Cambridge United, whilst Nottingham Forest start life under caretaker boss Gary Brazil at home to Bristol City.

In League Two, the Stags are unbeaten in 2017, having kept four consecutive cleansheets – tomorrow they head to face a Cambridge United side who sit just one point from the play-offs and have lost once in their last ten outtings.

The Stags will have a fresh face to introduce, as striker Shaquile Coulthirst joined on loan from Peterborough earlier this week. Boss Steve Evans said he knows the Cambridge game, will be a real assessment of his side “It’s a real benchmark for us; we get an opportunity to go and say ‘are we really contenders?’ or ‘are we kidding ourselves along and we should get ready in the summer?’ It will tell us a lot about individuals.”

“Football is always about an individual sport, people forget that. It’s a team that comes together, made up by individual performances. We need to go there and we need to be better than Cambridge on the day, and that’s going to be tough. I watched them at first hand and they gave a good Leeds United XI the run-around for 60 minutes.”

Evans has this week sold midfielders Chris Clements and Mitch Rose to Grimsby and Newport respectively, and has said more players will be coming in, but not prior to tomorrow’s 3pm kick-off.

In the Sky Bet Championship, Forest being life without Philippe Montanier after the Frenchman was sacked following last weekend’s goalless draw at Birmingham City. The Reds have yet to appoint a new manager and as they welcome Bristol City tomorrow, will be under the caretakership of Gary Brazil who said “We have a big group of players to pick from and we need to make sure we pick up points. We believe we can win tomorrow - Anything that happens off the pitch has nothing to do with me or the players, we are just focused on the pitch and performing, The most important thing is winning games and to do that we need the fans behind us.”

The Reds will also be without Midfielder Henri Lansbury, who earlier today joined Aston Villa.

We’ll keep you right up to date with those games tomorrow in Sportsbeat with Matt Freeman from 1pm, where we’ll also keep an eye on all the local non-league sporting action.

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