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Mansfield Town vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 11

8 October 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Keith Curle's men travel to Nottinghamshire to face Mansfield Town in a vital Sky Bet League Two clash this weekend (3pm KO).

Last time out, Latics suffered a defeat on home turf as Harrogate Town proved their quality.

Jack Diamond put the Sulphurites ahead in the first-half with a tap-in from close range before the prolific Luke Armstrong added a second goal later on. 

In positive news, Harry Vaughan notched his first professional goal with a sweetly-struck low effort from the edge of the box, but his side couldn't mount a comeback.

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Form Guide

Nigel Clough has endured a tough start to the campaign as his side sit 22nd, a place above Oldham.

They're winless in their last ten matches in all competitions with their latest defeat falling at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday in the Papa John's Trophy on Tuesday evening.

The Stags faithful last witnessed their team win in August 2021 against Newport County with George Maris and Ollie Clarke getting themselves on the scoresheet.

The Stags' Last Six:

  1. Mansfield Town 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday (Papa John's Trophy)
  2. Mansfield Town 0-1 Barrow 
  3. Leyton Orient 0-0 Mansfield Town
  4. Mansfield Town 0-0 Rochdale
  5. Walsall 3-1 Mansfield Town
  6. Mansfield Town 1-3 Harrogate Town

Head-to-Head

Played: 65

Won - 29, Drawn - 17, Lost - 19

For - 111,  Against - 94

The last five fixtures between the two clubs has seen 26 goals scored (10 for Oldham and 16 for Mansfield).

Watch Out For

George Maris will be the key man for the Stags.

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Born in Sheffield, the attack-minded midfielder spent time at Barnsley and enjoyed loan spells at Nuneaton Town, Guiseley and Lincoln City.

Maris kickstarted his career whilst applying his trade at Cambridge United and became one of the brightest talents in division.

The 25-year-old managed to make 150 appearances for United, notching 22 goals in the process. Maris, who has an abundance of vision, has the ability to produce the final pass to unlock a backline, so Latics must be wary of him.

Interestingly, Maris scored a stunning strike against Latics as we picked up a 3-1 win over Cambridge in November 2018.

Ground

Field Mill (One Call Stadium)

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Capacity: 9,186

Record Attendance: 24,467

Opened: 1861

In The Dugout

Nigel Clough will be Curle's opposite number on the touchline.

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Clough, son of the legendary Brian Clough, has an impressive CV including both his playing and management career.

The 55-year-old made over 300 appearances for Nottingham Forest and, during his time at the Reds, represented England on 14 occassions. Following that, he wore the colours of Liverpool, Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday and Burton Albion.

His managerial career began at Burton Albion as he won five promotions as well as many other trophies. Additionally, Clough has been in the hot seat at Derby County, Sheffield United, another spell at Burton and Mansfield Town.

Match Officials

The man in the middle for the game is Craig Hicks.

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Hicks last officiated an Latics game in November 2019 as we beat Newport County 1-0 at Rodney Parade. On that day, he handed out five yellow cards and zero red cards.

He's taken charge of nine games, so far, this campaign, handing out a total of 28 yellow cards and one red card.

Hicks will be assisted by Conor Brown and Chris Isherwood, with Gary Hilton the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

The host head into the game as favourites and they're priced at 10/11 for a victory with a share of the points at 5/2.

Latics are 11/4 to secure three points in against Clough's side.

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How To Follow The Game

Ticket News

23082021 Mansfield Away Tickets

4 October 2021

Live match action on iFollow is available for £10 due to the international break, with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown on commentary.

For more information, visit the iFollow Latics page by clicking here.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC


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