Preview: Bulls vs Mansfield
The Bulls will entertain Mansfield on Tuesday night looking to keep the Stags down the wrong end of the table.
A feast of goals may be predicted by some after both sides scored five on Saturday, but the Darlington game had a low scoring affair written all over it before the Bulls destroyed what was once the tightest defence in the division.
Past results lead to a Mansfield win, with the Bulls not beating the Stags at Edgar Street in 20 years - getting only one draw from the last six including last season's 3-1 defeat that completed a double for the Nottinghamshire side. Overall, from the 29 games between the sides so far, Mansfield have 13 wins to the Bulls' 9.
The Bulls will be looking for another strong performance ahead of the Leeds FA Cup match. With the League a priority, but with one eye on the Cup, an largely unchanged starting line up is expected with careful use of subs to give key players a rest if necessary. Karl Broadhurst returns from his one match ban and is likely to return to the heart of defence, but Steve Guinan serves the final of his three match ban and will again sit out.
Mansfield come to Edgar Street on the back of an unbeaten run of four games and three straight clean sheets. Their 5-0 win over Macclesfield at the weekend was labelled as flattering by most, but their defensive qualities have enabled a slow but steady rise from the foot of the table. Top scorer Michael Boulding has scored nine times, with midfielder Simon Brown second with four largely thanks to his hat-trick on Saturday.
Hereford United vs Mansfield Town, Tuesday 6th November, Edgar Street, 7.45pm.
BROADHURST EYES BULLS RETURN
BY BARRY GRIFFITHS
06 November 2007
Hereford United captain Karl Broadhurst will be hoping for a recall for tonight's League Two match against Mansfield Town.
Broadhurst missed Hereford's 5-1 victory over Darlington due to suspension and will want to stake a claim for his place in the team to face Leeds United in the first round of the FA Cup on Friday.
"I had to get the suspension out of the way but hopefully I will get back into the team," said Broadhurst.
Hereford coach John Trewick has told the players that they must move on from their victory over Darlington and be ready to beat Mansfield, who scored five themselves against Macclesfield on Saturday. "What we don't want is an 'after the Lord Mayor's Show' performance and we will be guarding against that," said Trewick.
"It is an exciting week for us but the important thing now is the Mansfield game and we have told the players to forget anything else.
"If we can get another three points that will be fantastic but you have to forget about the league table, there is not much difference between the bottom and the top.
"It will be a tough game but if we can get another win and then account for Leeds, Christmas will have come early."
Striker Trevor Benjamin and Theo Robinson, who both scored against Darlington, will continue to lead the attack in the absence of Steve Guinan who will be completing his three match suspension.
Mansfield have climbed three points clear of the relegation zone with an unbeaten run of four games and will include striker Simon Brown in their starting line-up. Brown set a club record by scoring a hat-trick in 14 minutes against Macclesfield.
"We were four points adrift three weeks ago but we are now among the pack at the bottom of the table," said Mansfield boss Billy Dearden.
"What we want now is to get into the top half of the table and I won't be tinkering with the team very much against Hereford."
Hereford (from): Brown, McClenahan, McCombe, Rose, Broadhurst, Ainsworth, Smith, Benjamin, Threlfall, Easton, Diagouraga, Robinson, Ingham, Taylor, Webb, Gwynne, Johnson, Webb.
Mullins back as Stags head for Hereford
CHAD.co.uk, 05 November 2007, By John Lomas
JOHN Mullins will return to right back as Stags head for third-placed Hereford United tomorrow (7.45pm) looking for a fourth successive clean sheet.
But, even though they hit five goals last weekend, Mansfield know their task at Hereford will be a tough one as the Bulls also went nap last Saturday against high-flying Darlington.
Mullins missed out on Saturday's 5-0 thrashing of Macclesfield with a one-game ban for the previous weekend's red card. But he will replace Gareth Jelleyman at Edgar Street tomorrow night.
It is 289 minutes since Stags last conceded in this four-game unbeaten run, but manager Billy Dearden warned: "We know how difficult it will be tomorrow.
"Darlington had only conceded five goals all season before Saturday and Hereford hit five past them in one game.
"It just shows you what can happen in this league – it is wide open.
"Hereford are very difficult to beat at home. But, don't forget we scored five on Saturday as well.
"I can't see either side scoring five again tomorrow. But let's hope we can keep our run going, get another clean sheet and bring three points home.
"Graham Turner is a good manager and a friend of mine since we were together at Chester. He has signed one or two decent players and they like to play good football.
"I think it will be a good, entertaining game. Confidence is high here but we won't be over-confident. We know we will have to work very hard at Hereford for any kind of result."
The Bulls have just taken Liverpool's England U19 defender Robbie Threlfall on loan. They also have on loan pair, French midfielder Toumani Diagouraga and striker Theo Robinson, from Watford.
Mansfield will have Sean McAllister on the bench. His second month on loan from Sheffield Wednesday finishes at the end of this week and Dearden must decide whether or not to extend that for a third and final month.
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