We're back on home territory this Tuesday looking to make a quick recovery from Saturday's disappointing 3-1 defeat away to Scunthorpe against Mansfield Town.Our opponents will be hoping for a positive reaction too to a disappointing result at the weekend, where a 3-0 defeat at home to leaders Cambridge followed a midweek defeat to Bolton which had brought an end to an eight-match unbeaten run.
Since we last met
Our meeting earlier in the season brought a 1-0 win for Town courtesy of Calvin Miller's strike.
Since then, Mansfield have taken 23 points from 14 games in a stretch that has seen them move clear of relegation danger.
They are currently sat in 18th position on 34 points, with a 10-point cushion to the bottom two sides.
Away from home this season they have been defeated just twice in 14 games, taking 22 points on their travels.
The man in charge
After finishing in 21st position when the 2019/20 season was curtailed the Stags were expected to make a push for the at the top end of the table. However, after a disappointing start, where they winless in the opening weeks, the club sacked manager Graham Coughlan.
Former Burton Albion and Derby boss Nigel Clough, well known in the area too from his playing days at Nottingham Forest, took charge and significantly improved their average expected goals numbers leading to them taking almost two points per game at the helm.
Ones to watch
The key man looks to be Jordan Bowery who leads the Stags scoring charts with seven goals this season along with tallying five assists.
Another name to look out for tomorrow is forward Harry Charsley, who has four goals and five assists.
Midfielder George Lapslie, on loan from League One side Charlton, has also impressed so far netting five goals.
George Maris and Kellan Gordon have also become key components of the side lately under Clough.
Veterans Nicky Maynard and Andy Cook departed on loan in the January window but the club brought in Stephen Quinn, Jamie Pardington and Oliver Sarkic.
The Stags have spent all but one season of their long tenure in the Football League in the bottom two divisions, and apart from the 2003/04 season have spent the majority of time residing in the fourth tier.
They also spent five seasons in the National League following relegation in 2008 before returning in 2013, a time where they notably ran Liverpool close in an FA Cup tie before eventually falling 2-1 to a Luis Suarez winner.
Aside from long-term absentee Mitchell Roberts, Town are able to pick from a full-strength squad for the game.
How To Follow
You can follow the action live for £10 with a Town streaming pass.
In our Mansfield programme, we sit down for an in depth chat with on loan Rangers winger Josh McPake.
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