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Match preview: Stags vs Crawley
mansfieldtown.net, 17th November 2016
New boss Steve Evans will take charge of the Stags for the first time on Saturday afternoon when they welcome Crawley Town to One Call Stadium (3pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.
Steve Evans’ selection options for his first game in charge have been depleted but the new boss has pledged to field a ‘very competitive’ line-up nevertheless.
Defenders Kyle Howkins and Alex Iacovitti are both suspended after the pair were dismissed in last Saturday’s 4-0 loss away at Portsmouth.
The new gaffer is also expected to be without defenders Lee Collins (knee) and George Taft (hamstring) as well as winger Kevan Hurst (hamstring). Striker Matt Green is also a doubt
“We’re going to be fairly depleted in respect of options but we’re still confident that we can put a team on the pitch to give the Stags’ fans an opportunity to see us being very competitive,” said Steve.
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“We will need every Stag in the Town to come and get behind the boys,” he added.
Crawley head coach Dermot Drummy recalled defender Josh Yorwerth from his loan spell at Merthyr Town prior to Tuesday's Emirates FA Cup replay defeat to Bristol Rovers and he will be available for Saturday's trip to One Call Stadium.
Yorwerth was recalled as a result of injuries for the Reds, including that of defender Joe McNerney, who is expected to be out for around three weeks after he underwent surgery on a knee injury on Monday.
Defender Mark Connolly missed Tuesday's FA Cup defeat to Bristol Rovers after injuring his windpipe last week and Crawley are expected to assess him before this weekend's match.
Crawley striker Harrold fit to face Mansfield
westsussextoday.co.uk, Friday 18 November 2016
Crawley Town striker Matt Harrold is declared as fit to play at Mansfield on Saturday.
This is despite him suffering a broken nose on Tuesday night during Reds’ FA Cup replay at Bristol Rovers.
Harrold has already missed the whole of September and October through knee and Achilles tendon injuries and had played just three matches off the bench.
Head coach Dermot Drummy said: “Matt is available to play and he epitomises the fantastic mentality of our players.”
Defender Andre Blackman returns from suspension, while Mansfield Town loanee striker Adi Yussuf is not allowed to play against the Stags as part of the agreement between the two clubs.
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Recent signing Sanchez Watt, a former Arsenal midfielder, is still awaiting international clearance before he can make his second debut, having previously played in India for Kerala Blasters.
Watt previously played 14 games for Reds on loan from the Gunners in 2012 but has yet to feature since being singed at the beginning of November on a short-term deal.
Crawley head coach relishing Stags test
While Steve Evans prepares his Mansfield Town players ahead of his first game in charge against former club Crawley Town, his opposite number on Saturday is looking forward to pitting his wits against the newly appointed Stags manager.
Evans, appointed to the One Call Stadium hot seat following Adam Murray’s departure on Monday, oversaw successive promotions during his five years with Crawley between 2007-2012 before going on to achieve further promotions at Rotherham United.
And Crawley head coach Dermot Drummy, who previously had charge of Chelsea under-19s, is relishing the prospect of competing against one of his predecessors when the Reds visit Nottinghamshire on Saturday.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to the Mansfield game.
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“It will be a great opportunity to pit my wits with Steve Evans who is a really experienced manager who was very successful at Crawley.
“It will be a tough game, but they’re all tough games in this division.
“I think they will be dangerous with their set-plays and we’ve got to take our game to Mansfield.”
Crawley go into the game without a win from eight matches in all competitions, having lost to Cambridge United 3-1 last Saturday and 4-2 to League One club Bristol Rovers away in their FA Cup First Round replay on Tuesday night.
Drummy will be without the injured Joe McNerney (knee), while Stags loanee Adi Yussuf won’t be available due to the terms of the loan and recent signing Sanchez Watt is awaiting international clearance.
There is better news for Mark Connolly and Matt Harrold who are both expected to return from injury.
Defender Andre Blackman returns from suspension and Josh Yorwerth is available for selection having been recalled from a loan spell with Welsh club Merthyr Town.
Dugouts moved after request from new boss
mansfieldtown.net, 18th November 2016
The dugouts at One Call Stadium have been moved to the Ian Greaves Stand side of the ground ahead of tomorrow's eagerly anticipated match at home to Crawley Town.
In one of his first acts as the new Stags' gaffer, Steve Evans requested the transferring of the dugouts on Wednesday afternoon.
Speaking to http://www.mansfieldtown.net this afternoon, the new boss explained his decision to request the moving of the dugouts from the Bishop Street side of One Call Stadium: "I think it comes from my time coming to the One Call Stadium as an opposition manager [when] I always felt you got away lightly on the far side.
"I always felt that there was a lack of atmosphere and people behind the main home bench so the first thing I thought whenever I came here over the years was 'if I ever became the Mansfield Town manager I would move the benches across the pitch.
"Thankfully, the chairman and Mrs Radford and as importantly the health and safety committee at the Football Club have agreed to do so."
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Supporters in the Ian Greaves Lower Tier (Block D & E) who wish to relocate their seat as a result of the change should contact the club via telephone: 01623 482 482 or call into the ticket office at One Call Stadium.
Tickets for the match can be bought online via http://www.stagstickets.co.uk or on the day of the game at the ticket office at One Call Stadium.
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