This Saturday, Mansfield Town welcome Crawley Town to the One Call Stadium, hoping for consecutive wins for the first time this season.
Nigel Clough has overseen quite a turnaround since being appointed as manager of Mansfield town. Before his arrival The Stags were still searching for their first league win of the campaign, but have now only lost one of their last four fixtures and are starting to climb the table.
Jamie Reid scored the only goal of the game last time out, as The Stags claimed their second win of the season over promotion-chasing Cambridge United.
Attention now turns to Saturday afternoon, when Nigel Clough’s side face a very inconsistent Crawley Town. Crawley are currently sat 13th in the table, without a win since October. If The Red Devils fail to win this weekend, they could find themselves at risk of falling down the table.
A mid-table clash with Colchester United earned John Yems’ side their first point in four games last weekend. First half goals from Callum Harriott and Jordan Tunnicliffe ensured both sides went home with a share of the spoils.
The two sides haven’t met for over a year, with their last meeting coming in September 2019. Crawley Town came out on top in that encounter, beating Mansfield on home soil, thanks to a second half goal from Beryly Lubala.
One player Mansfield Town will have to be cautious of this weekend is Crawley forward Max Watters. The 21-year-old has impressed so far this season, scoring seven goals in just 10 league appearances.
Tom Nichols could also prove to be handful for the Mansfield backline, should he hit form. The Englishman has been a key player for John Yems’ side, having featured in every game this season. However, Nichols has seen his goal contribution dry up in recent weeks, without a goal or assist in three games.
The Stags have suffered a sluggish start to the season but have turned a corner under Nigel Clough. One issue that still remains is the lack of goal threat from their forwards, as all attacking threat has come from midfielder Harry Charsley, who leads the side in goals and assists.
Nicky Maynard seems to be Clough’s preferred option up top, but could be in danger of losing his starting position after Jamie Reid grabbed the winner in mid-week.
Stephen McLaughlin and James Perch are both injured, but will be assessed before Saturday’s kick-off, whilst Joe Riley is side-lined until February with a cruciate ligament injury.
Crawley will be without a number of players, including club captain George Francombe who is recovering from a broken arm.