MATLOCK REPLAY PREVIEWS
2pm Tuesday 27 Nov - Pitch inspection passed, game on!
Matlock Town pitch ready for FA Trophy replay with Mansfield Town
Published on Monday 26 November 2012 14:15
MATLOCK Town's FA Trophy replay against Mansfield Town will go ahead tomorrow night as planned.
Concerns swelled after standing water had been spotted on the pitch but the club confirmed today (Monday) the game will be on.
Here is a photo of Matlock's pitch, taken on Monday and tweeted by @Matlock_TownFC at 2.30pm
Here is an earlier photo of Matlock's pitch, taken on Sunday and tweeted by @Matlock_TownFC
Cox hopes for positive display
mansfieldtown.net, 26th November 2012
Manager Paul Cox is hoping for a positive reaction from his players, when we make the short trip to face Matlock Town in an FA Trophy First Round Replay tomorrow night.
video interview with Paul Cox --->
Our boss cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines on Saturday, as his team produced a sluggish display against their Evo-Stik Premier League counterparts.
Despite extending our unbeaten run to seven games, the Gladiators squirmed several gilt-edge chances to record what would have been a deserved cup shock.
“I'm not going to change my opinion. It was a poor performance from us and one that we now want to put to the back of our minds,” declared Cox, who was speaking earlier today.
He continued: “But we've got to be positive going into the next game. I'm expecting a positive reaction from the boys and for us to put in a better performance.
“Sometimes the pressure is off when you go away from home, but it'll be a tough game, similar to Slough. We've got to ensure we go there and adapt well to the conditions.”
Defender John Dempster, who was sent-off in our aforementioned FA Cup game at Slough, could return to the team after serving his three-match suspension.
Our boss has also confirmed that he has no fresh injury worries ahead of tomorrow night's clash at Causeway Lane, which is scheduled to kick-off at 7.45pm.
Concessions: £5.50 (Senior citizens and U16s)
Full match commentary will be provided by our online broadcasting station, Stags Player from 7.40pm
Stags wait on Matlock pitch for FA Trophy replay
chad.co.uk, Monday 26 November 2012
MANSFIELD Town are hoping the rain stays away so they can play their FA Trophy first round replay at Matlock Town tomorrow night.
Stags also discovered this morning that whoever wins the replay will now face Dorchester Town or Luton Town at home on Saturday, 15th December.
Photographs of Matlock's pitch yesterday showed pools of standing water with more rain forecast as Stags prepare to try to finish off their NLP neighbour at the second attempt after a tired display in Saturday's 1-1 draw at the One Call Stadium.
“We have got our flippers and snorkels ready and the lads have their wetsuits out,” said manager Paul Cox.
“We will go there and adapt to whatever the conditions are. We are hoping the game is on as we want to get Saturday's performance out of the way when the lads let themselves down a bit.
“At lest we are still in the competition, which is more than some sides at our level who were victims of giantkillings at the weekend.
“We have just had three games in a week and there were a few heavy legs out there on the pitch on Saturday in heavy conditions. That's not an excuse, just me being a bit more analytical of the game.
“Maybe I should have changed things around a bit more and picked a few different individuals. But hindsight is a wonderful thing.”
John Dempster is available again after suspension and Adam Murray is expected to be fit, despite a bang on the foot on Saturday that left him hobbling after the game
Spotlight on Matlock v Mansfield Town
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Nottingham Post
Matlock: Kennedy, Harcourt, Roe, Gaughan, Grayson, Yates, Lukic, Cotton, Leesley, Ashmore, McDonald, McMahon, Davis. Subs: Dennis, Travis, Leese.
Team news: The Gladiators have a big doubt over Laurence Gaughan who limped off in the first half against Mansfield. But otherwise, they will look to stick with a similar side after impressing so much at the weekend.
Mansfield (from): Redmond, Thompson, Sutton, Geohaghon, Jones, Briscoe, Clements, Murray, Meikle, Wright, Hutchinson, Rhead, Green, Speight, Howell, Daniel, Dempster, Stevenson.
Team news: Stags boss Paul Cox has said changes will happen after the poor showing at the weekend. His players look tired after a heavy schedule of games and fresh legs like Jake Speight and Matt Rhead could get their chance. Full-back Lee Beevers might not be risked again as he is one caution away from a suspension but central defender John Dempster returns from a three-match suspension. Adam Murray picked up a foot injury at the weekend but is expected to be fit again tonight.
Danger man: Lewis McMahon. Matlock proved they had threats throughout their side and McMahon, the former Notts County man, was always involved at both ends of the pitch. Saw his penalty saved but then scored with a great finish later in the first half. Will be looking to produce a similar performance this evening
Weary Stags will be freshened up to overcome Gladiators test
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Nottingham Post
THE angry, frustrated figure that emerged after the draw with Matlock has been replaced by a more philosophical Paul Cox prior to tonight's replay.
A 'dire' performance, in his own words, saw the Stags held to a 1-1 draw by the Gladiators at the weekend in their first round FA Trophy tie.
A tired looking Mansfield were almost holding on in the end, struggling with the demands of a heavy pitch as they played a third game in seven days.
And while Cox does not change his opinion on the poor performance, he accepts he should have made more than just the one change to his starting line-up.
Also, as he prepares to take his side on the short trip to Causeway Lane tonight, he is looking to freshen up a side that remains seven games unbeaten.
The Stags boss is also keen not to dwell too much on what unfolded on Saturday and instead draw positives from the games that went before it, as Stags thumped Macclesfield on their own patch 3-0 a week ago, just 48 hours after a 2-2 draw with Luton, a game they could have won.
This evening, he expects another tough test from their Evo-Stik Premier opponents, just like at Slough in their FA Cup replay a fortnight ago, a game eventually won on penalties.
But he is drawing the positives, adding: "It is going to be the same as at Slough. Sometimes the pressure is off you when you go away from home but I need to be more analytical of the strength of the squad.
"We have had three games in seven days and we have one tonight and then Lincoln on Saturday so I have to be clever with the way we utilise people.
"I'll make sure they get enough rest and the adequate amount of training.
"We have to go there and adapt to conditions because it will be a heavy pitch and we have to play the conditions well. Sometimes you have to pick a team to do that.
"I am hoping it is on and the lads have let themselves down a bit at the weekend but there were tired legs and in hindsight, which is a beautiful thing, I could have chosen a few different individuals."
John Dempster returns from a three-match ban and is set to return to the heart of the back-four.
Jake Speight, this season's top scorer with eight goals, could also get the nod up front, possibly alongside Matt Rhead.
"It was heavy out there on Saturday and there were some tired performances but the lads have put a lot in and produced some good performances and results," said Cox. "It was one of those days.
"The positive is we are still in the competition and in any competition you have to respect your opponents.
"We have to put it down as a one-off. There has been a spirit about us and the supporters have seen that.
"We have to make sure we learn by our mistakes and changes are a possibility.
"It is a scenario where there are some tired legs.
"I am not going to change my opinion on the weekend, it was poor and one we want to put to the back of our minds as quickly as possible.
"I am expecting a positive reaction and we have to look at this in a realistic way. We are seven games unbeaten, we have been playing well and had an excellent win at Macclesfield.
"I thought we deserved more from the game against Luton beforehand too and these boys have put in an awful lot of effort.
"They looked tired but that is not making an excuse, that is me just being a little bit more analytical about the game.
"It was a potential banana skin and the performance was poor but we are still in the competition.
"It is a football match and a competition we want to do well in and a scenario where we have to go there and try and win tonight."
Victory tonight would set up a second round clash with either Dorchester Town or Luton on home soil in the middle of December.
But to get there, the Stags cannot afford another sloppy performance against Matlock.
They have a second chance – now they have to take it, like they did at Slough in the FA Cup
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