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7th September 2018 23:34


Stags' boss looking forward to return to One Call Stadium
mansfieldtown.net, Thursday 30 August 2018

Stags’ boss David Flitcroft has said he is eager to be back in front of a home crowd at One Call Stadium this weekend following Mansfield’s three consecutive away fixtures.

The Stags have been backed by over 1,000 travelling fans in each of the previous two away fixtures against Macclesfield and West Brom.

Manager Flitcroft has described his excitement to return to One Call Stadium on Saturday, yet expects a challenging encounter from visitors Carlisle, who have won three on the bounce in Sky Bet League Two.

“They [Carlisle] have made a great start,” he said. “John Sheridan is a born winner and he’s taken that into his management. He had a tough job at Fleetwood and he’s gone to Carlisle and started working on what he’s doing there.

“It’ll be a tough game. Our performances and certainly what we’ve done this season [has been good]. I think back to the Colchester game where the week after they went and smashed Crewe 6-0. They hardly had a shot on target and scored from a long throw [against us].

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“I’m really looking forward after a string of away games to play in front of our home supporters again. We just have to make sure we are better in the final third and more ruthless and clinical in that last third. That’s the bit that’s missing.

“When we get that right, we’re not just going to be a match for anyone, we’re [going to be] a very good football team.”

Ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s loan window closure, the Stags’ boss says the club could still add to the squad. He also spoke of the desire he has for striker Danny Rose to stay at Mansfield, and commended the fans for the support they have given him through a ‘tough time.’

“Hopefully [we will add to the squad before the loan deadline],” added the manager. “We’ve got two or three options that we’ve been looking at.

“You always look at the injury situation and form when you’re strengthening the squad. We’re in a position where we have a few things on the horizon.

“[We have] the international call-ups and Jacob Mellis could still potentially miss some games. We’re still waiting to hear back from the FA after the incident from [the] Sheffield Wednesday [game].

“These are the eventualities that you prepare for and plan for. October is a big month with seven games already and the international games may disrupt that schedule.

“We’re looking at the schedule up until January. We probably need one or two to come in and we’ll work on them. If it’s not right for the club, then I won’t do it.

“We’ve got a good balance to the squad and the performances have been good. I’m delighted with the squad that has been assembled and the way they are performing.

“It’s a relentless league and when the games starting coming on top of you, you don’t know what injuries you’re going to pick up.

“We’re looking to do everything off the field in terms of recovery strategies and making sure the players are looked after. But the Matt Preston concussion and the difficulty in Hayden White’s situation, these are things round the corner that you just don’t know [will happen].

“Hopefully not [players leaving]. Obviously there has been a lot of interest over Danny [Rose]. We’re hoping he stays. If he does, our supporters will have played a massive part in that, the way they have received him and the way they have supported him through a tough time.

“If we get to the deadline on Friday and Danny is still here then we will owe our supporters a massive gratitude. The support he got the other night at West Brom was as affectionate and as positive as I’ve seen.

“Danny was really worried about that. We had two days where we spoke about coming in before the Accrington game and the mental fatigue that he would have from what happened and how it unfolded. We’ll see. Hopefully he stays. We will know more tomorrow.”

The manager also explained his delight for the trio of Krystian Pearce, Omari Sterling-James and Ryan Sweeney, who all received international call-ups this week, leading to the postponement of our fixture against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 08 September.

“It [call-ups] is great for the players. Certainly Pearcey. At 28 to get a call-up and play for your country, he’s chuffed with it. As you get more experienced, you appreciate moments in football. Football time is the quickest time, you’re only in it for a short spell so get the most out of it. I tell the players that all of the time.

“Krystian is committed to football and he has an opportunity now for international experience.

“Omari [Sterling-James] hasn’t played a lot of football but he has the opportunity to have a great experience.

“Sweeney is a player who has huge potential. Could he become a full international? Absolutely. He has the potential, the work ethic, and the ability to do that.

“The experience is there for him to become a full international, which any player should thrive for. For the players I’m delighted.

“As a football club I’m looking at matchday because that is our main revenue. I look at the Grimsby game which is a 1pm kick-off and will create an atmosphere on a Saturday afternoon. That’s the next international after the Crewe game that gets called off [if players are called up].”

Lastly, the Stags’ boss provided the latest updates on the injuries of defensive duo Matt Preston and Hayden White.

“We’re assessing the players continually. With Matt Preston we’ll see how he comes through in training today. He’ll be out with us on the grass today which is good.

“Hayden White will possibly join up with the squad tomorrow. He’s done some field work with Tom, our physio. We’ll assess him more on Friday. They’re getting nearer, which is great for us.”

iFollow Stags subscribers can watch the manager’s interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow later today.

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Mansfield Town could bring two in on loan as deadline looms
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Thursday 30 August 2018

Mansfield Town could bring in two more players before tomorrow’s 5pm loan deadline as manager David Flitcroft tries to cover all possible scenarios.

Stags are also hoping striker Danny Rose, transfer-listed at his own request, stays but are worried over a possible ban for Jacob Mellis when the FA eventually hand out punishments for the Sheffield Wednesday pre-season brawl.

International call-ups are another concern as, if only two are called up, you can only postpone a game for losing three players.

“Hopefully we will strengthen. We are working with other clubs and we have got two or three options we have been looking at,” said Flitcroft.

“Defensively we have got good cover, certainly in the wing back areas, the one we are probably worrying on most is Jacob Mellis. We could be left a bit light there.

“You are always looking towards injury situations and form when you are recruiting. But we are in a position where we have a few things on the horizon with international call-ups and Jacob Mellis potentially missing some games.

“We are still waiting to hear from the FA regarding the incident versus Sheffield Wednesday.

“You have to plan for all those eventualities. But there are always things around the corner you can’t plan for.

“You can’t look into a crystal ball, and October is a big month with seven games already.

“Lads getting called up for internationals might alter that schedule.”

He added: “We probably need one or two to come in and we will work on that.

“But if it’s not right for the club I won’t do it. We’ve got good balance in the squad, performances have been good.

“I am delighted with the squad that’s been assembled and the way they are performing.

“But it is a relentless league and when it starts coming on top, Saturday/Tuesday, you don’t know what injuries you can pick up.”

Aside of Rose, winger Paul Anderson remains fit and on the transfer list for a move.

But, if he stays, Flitcroft said Anderson could yet force his way into his plans.

“There’s been nothing concrete yet (on Anderson) but sometimes there is a late flurry of activity as one player drops in.

“Depending on injuries or circumstances like lack of form, no player is ever totally out of my plans.

“But I have a good group of players that want to work together and move forward together and the cohesion in that group is very good at the minute, so I am certainly concentrating on that group.”

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Mansfield Town worried over possible Mellis ban following Owls brawl
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Thursday 30 August 2018

Mansfield Town are worried that midfielder Jacob Mellis could face a ban over his part in the post-match mass brawl with Sheffield Wednesday following their pre-season friendly in July. All players from both sides appeared to be involved in a fracas that seemed to have been sparked by Owls’ Fernando Forestieri. There were allegations he had made racist remarks to Stags’ Krystian Pearce.

No action has yet been taken, though an initial report seems to implicate Mellis in some way and, with no final decision imminent and the loan window closing tomorrow, Stags manager David Flitcroft has been left with a difficult situation.

“The FA have looked into the incident and sent a report through - we have put our evidence in,” he said. “It’s quite unusual it’s lasted this long and the timing is really poor with planning.

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“It was seven or eight weeks ago and it’s not been resolved. “Jacob Mellis could miss some games and if it’s not resolved before the window then it’s bad practice from the FA for me.

“Something has caused them to stall the decision. But as a football manager you want it resolving sooner then it is happening.”

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DF: “I think defensively we’ve got good cover, certainly at WB. The one we’re worrying on is Jacob Mellis. The FA have sent a report after the Sheffield Wednesday incident & that’s still not been resolved. If we do miss him then that’s an area that could be a bit light” #Stags

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Mansfield Town boss delighted to see Krystian Pearce called up by Barbados Mansfield Town's Krystian Pearce competes for the ball with Tranmere Rovers Luke McCullough: Picture by Steve Flynn/AHPIX.com, Football: Sky Bet League Two match Tranmere Rovers -V- Mansfield Town at Prenton Park, Birkenhead, Merseyside, England copyright picture Howard Roe 07973 739229 JOHN LOMAS Email Published: 07:05 Friday 31 August 2018 Share this article 'I Live A Big Chunk Of My Life Away From Everyone I Love:' Hollywood Actor Joel Kinnaman On Making Relationships Work Read More Promotional Feature From Volvo David Flitcroft said he was delighted to see Krystian Pearce get an international call-up for Barbados. The Mansfield Town manager was also happy for Omari Sterling-James and Ryan Sweeney, who have both also had call-ups that have seen next weekend’s scheduled game at Crewe postponed. However, the Stags boss warned such things do have an effect down the line for the club. Pearce will represent Barbados for their CONCACAF Nations League qualifier against Guyana on 6th September. Discover the new king of the spy thriller ‘London Rules takes the Jackson Lamb series to new levels of nerve-shredding tension, leavened as always with moments of eye-watering hilarity - ... Sponsored by John Murray In the same competition, Sterling-James has been selected by St Kitts to play against Puerto Rico three days later while Republic of Ireland U21s have also called up defender Ryan Sweeney, on loan from Stoke, for their UEFA U21s qualifiers versus Kosovo on 7th September and Germany on 11th September. Flitcroft smiled: “It is great for the players and I am delighted for them - certainly for Pearcey. I will have to go over and watch that one and get my trunks ready! “He is chuffed with it. At 28 he didn’t realise he’d get a call-up to go and play for his country. “As you get more experienced you appreciate moments in football more. “Sometimes as a young player you take them for granted. Between 18 and 24 football time is the quickest time ever. “You are only in it a short time so get the most out of it - I tell young players all the time.” He added: “Krystian is committed to football and now has the opportunity for international experience. “Omari. has not played a lot of football but this is a chance for him to have a great experience. “Sweens is a player whose potential is huge. It’s massive. Could he become a full international? Absolutely. He has got the work ethic and ability to do that. “He has the experience from playing in the younger age groups to become the full international, which any player should strike for.” However, Flitcroft then warned: “When you start looking at games being called off you plan them into a schedule. “The next potential international weekend is potentially the 1pm kick-off against Grimsby and our revenue is matchday. “It’s different to the Premiership as they sometimes don’t need a full stadium to pay for things. TV rights and sponsorship almost pays for the squad. It’s different at our level. “I am chuffed for the players, but it does have a knock-on effect somewhere down the line at any football club. There is certainly impact to it.”

Read more at: https://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town-boss-delighted-to-see-krystian-pearce-called-up-by-barbados-1-9327720

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Fans’ affection could be key to Danny Rose staying at Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Thursday 30 August 2018

Mansfield Town hope the loan deadline passes tomorrow and striker Danny Rose stays at the club - and if he does, boss David Flitcroft said the affection of fans will have played a huge role. Rose put in a transfer request before the main transfer window closed, fully expecting a move to Peterborough United that did not materialise. He remains on the list but has played an increasingly positive role from the bench and Flitcroft said: “He is a Mansfield Town player and we are hoping it will stay that way.

“Obviously there has been a lot of interest over Danny. But we are hoping he stays. He can stay and he wants to stay. “I think if he does, our supporters will have played a massive part in that in the way they have received him, the affection they have got for him and the way they have supported him through a tough time.

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“If we get through to 5pm Friday and Danny is still here then we will owe our supporters a massive debt of gratitude.

“The support he got the other night at West Brom was as affectionate and positive as I have ever seen.

“We will see what happens - the clock is ticking. We’ll know more tomorrow but we hope he stays.”

Despite the transfer request, relations have stayed good between club and player. “We have had constant communication and shown him respect and support,” said Flitcroft.

“He has come from a difficult time over the last few weeks. “He is a lad who still wants to play for Mansfield Town, even though he handed in a transfer request. Like I’ve said I am not too sure that was his own decision.

“Since then the way the fans have respected him and shown him the admiration they’ve got for him, he has felt it and understood it. If he does stay that will be one of the reasons why. Danny knows he is loved and wanted here.

“I saw possibly for the first time an absolutely committed performance down at West Brom that was Danny at his best from when I had him at Bury and Barnsley. “I saw the commitment, desire and quality that he possesses and if we can get through to Friday night I am sure we will have a committed player on our hands.”

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Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft full of praise for ‘winner’ John Sheridan
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

David Flitcroft believes Carlisle United manager John Sheridan is a born winner and is not surprised how well the Cumbrians have started the new campaign. United arrive at the One Call Stadium tomorrow (3pm) with three League Two wins on the bounce under their belts, despite huge summer upheaval at the club and budget cuts.

“They have made a great start,” said Flitcroft. “ John Sheridan has been highly successful over the last couple of years and over his career.

Read more at: https://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town-boss-david-flitcroft-full-of-praise-for-winner-john-sheridan-1-9327733

“He is a born winner and has taken that into his management. He has been a fantastic manager. “He had a tough job at Fleetwood, then had that taken away from him. “Now he’s gone to Carlisle and we know it will be a tough game.” He added: “John’s team are always committed and always play with a style. They will want to come here and perform on a very good pitch. “We have to negate that and concentrate on what we are good at - creating chances, taking risks and being aggressive in everything we do.” Stags remain unbeaten in the League, but have only won their opening game so far, drawing the next four, despite having created enough chances to win them. “Our performances and results at home have been encouraging and we are now really looking forward, after a glut of away games, to playing in front of our supporters and really giving them what they want,” said Flitcroft. “We just need to be more clinical and ruthless in that last third - that’s the bit that’s missing. When we get that right, we’re a match for anyone and a very good football team. “We need to start turning the draws into wins. We need to put teams to the swords with our dominance. We have to turn it into three points. “Creating 14/15 chances a game and not getting three points is clearly now something that needs to improve.”

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Mansfield Town hope to have fully fit squad for Carlisle test
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

Mansfield Town are hoping to have a fully fit squad to face Carlisle United on Saturday with centre halves Matt Preston and Hayden White now back in training. Preston has been given the all-clear after the concussion he suffered at Yeovil on 11th August and returned to full training yesterday (Thursday). White’s tight hamstring has eased and he is expected to return to training today (Friday) though won’t be risked if not fully right.

“We are assessing them continually and they are getting nearer. The signs are encouraging,” said manager David Flitcroft. “Matty Preston is back with us and we will see how he comes through training. He is out on the grass joining in with the squad which is good.

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/mansfield-town-hope-to-have-fully-fit-squad-for-carlisle-test-1-9327722

“Hayden White will possibly join in with the squad today. He has done some field work with Tom, our physio, and will probably assess him more later today. “I was concerned with him early in the week but as the week has progressed things have looked a lot more positive. “They are getting nearer which is good news for us and we could have a full squad if we can get them back for Saturday.”

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I feel 'fit and strong' - Bishop
mansfieldtown.net, Thursday 30 August 2018

Stags’ midfielder Neal Bishop says he feels ‘fit and strong,’ following an excellent start to his career as a Mansfield player.

The 37-year-old signed from Scunthorpe United in the summer, and has since made a good impression on the Stags' faithful with his consistent performances in midfield.

Bishop complimented manager David Flitcroft’s ‘scientific’ approach to training, and says that the data and analysis of performance provided has helped him stay on top of his game.

“I was delighted to be able to come here,” he said. “I trained every day in pre-season and I feel fit and strong. The gaffer told me he was resting me against Accrington and then the performance was unbelievable so I was disappointed to miss out.

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, you want to play every minute of every game. I put pressure on myself to play in every game and perform every game. I haven’t come here to chill out and just to top up a few more league games, I’ve come here to achieve something.

“The way this club is set up, it is set up to do that. I’m as ambitious as ever and want to play every game and contribute to the season.

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“As long as I feel fit and I feel strong, I’ll keep going. If I felt that physically I couldn’t meet the demands of what was being asked of me, I’d walk away. I’d hate to think I was letting anyone down. At the minute, I feel really strong. I’ve played 40 plus games for ten or 15 years now.

“It’s really good here because we have the data and the analysis of performance. As a tool to go off, it’s something that has come into the game and I embrace it. All of the data is helpful and the training is very scientific.

“I’ve trained every day I’ve been here and not missed a day so long may that continue. I’m really enjoying it.

The midfielder also described his stunning strike against West Brom on Tuesday evening, but says he was ‘gutted’ that his equaliser did not end up taking the game to penalties.

“There’s not a lot to say, it just fell and I hit it [goal against West Brom],” he added. “It’s going to sound boring but we didn’t win the game and goals mean more if they get you results.

“It’s nice to get on the scoresheet and hopefully I can contribute more this season. I’ll put it on my shoulders that I should be getting five plus this season.

“At the time [when I scored] I was delighted. It doesn’t matter if it’s a tap-in or is 25-yards out at that point because it got us back into the game. I’m disappointed with their winner. If I’m hard on myself and I’m back there maybe I can force him wide.

“We were good for the majority of the night. We have to take the positives into Saturday because we need to get a few more wins on the board in the league.

“We have to be harsh on ourselves and we have to start taking these chances. [On Tuesday] West Brom had a few, it could’ve been 5-5. It must’ve been a great game to watch.

“But we want to be harsh on ourselves. We don’t want to be sat here Christmas time saying ‘if we’d have scored that’ or ‘if we’d have done this,’ we need to take chances now and we’re all aware of that.

“We put pressure on ourselves every day and we’re out on the training ground pushing ourselves every day. Hopefully when the chances come Saturday, we’ll take them.

“I was gutted after the [West Brom] game. I thought the lads at least deserved the chance of a penalty shootout to see who won it. We’ll take the positives and move on.”

After two consecutive away followings of over 1,000 fans, Bishop paid respect to the outstanding support given to the players by the Stags’ faithful.

“I just get my head down and want to win every game. If that endears me to people, then that’s fair enough.

“I’m a footballer supporter and the thing that you look for on the pitch is that the team gives everything, that they come off absolutely shattered and can’t give any more.

“I’ve only played here for a few games but the supporters have been really, really good for the games we’ve played here. Even the Colchester game, they were fairly defensive and came here for a point, but they stayed with us and got right behind us.

“Carlisle have won three on the bounce so they might come out a bit more. That might suit us. There may be a bit more space for us.

“It’s massively appreciated and we do appreciate it. The support on Tuesday night was different level. It doesn’t go unnoticed by the lads in the dressing room. We can only thank them and hope it continues for the season.

“Successful clubs are clubs that come together from the top to the bottom. I’ve been involved in successful clubs and that’s what it’s like. It’s got a feeling of that here at the moment.”

iFollow Stags subscribers can watch Neal Bishop’s interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow later today.

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Mansfield Town must hold on to leads warns Neil Bishop
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

Veteran midfielder Neil Bishop said Mansfield Town must start seeing games out when they are ahead. High-flying Carlisle United are the visitors tomorrow (3pm) as Stags look to build on an unbeaten start which has seen them only win once and then draw four in a row. “It will feel like a good start if we win on Saturday. But could be better,” he said. “We’ve twice been in positions where we were ahead and should have seen those games out. We have to learn that quick.

Read more at: https://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town-must-hold-on-to-leads-warns-neil-bishop-1-9327712

"We can’t keep throwing points away. I know it’s a 46-game season but you don’t want to get to the end of the season and say ‘if only this or if only that’. “We’ve got to demand from each other - that’s the only way we’re going to kick on. “Once you get your nose in front in this league it’s important to see out games.” Bishop is looking forward to playing in front of the nosy home faithful again and believes Carlisle may come out and play more than Colchester did in the last home outing. “I have only played here a few game but the supporters have been really good, which we do appreciate,” he said. “We have seen teams try to shut up shop here, but Carlisle have won three on the bounce and might come out a bit more which might suit us with the players we have going forward. “It’s a game we should be relishing.”

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Mansfield Town veteran Neal Bishop feels in perfect shape
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

He may be 37, but Mansfield Town midfielder Neal Bishop feels as fit as a fiddle and shows no sign of slowing down. He insists he has come to the Stags to win things and admitted he hates missing any game. “I was delighted to come here and I feel fit and strong,” he smiled. “The gaffer rested me against Accrington and the performance was unbelievable. But I was disappointed to then miss the Saturday game.

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“I don’t care how old you are you want to play every minute of every game. But I understood completely where the manager was coming from. “I put pressure on myself to play every game and to perform every game to help the team. “I’ve not come here to chill out, at my age I have come here to try to achieve something. I am ambitious as ever.” He added: “As long as I feel fit and strong I’ll keep going. If I thought I was letting anyone down I’d walk away from it. “But I have played 40+ games for 10-15 years now. The training here is very scientific and I embrace that. I have not missed a day’s training since I’ve been here and long may that continue. “I have always been fairly naturally fit and maybe that didn’t help me when I was younger because, as I could run all day, I was trying to do six different jobs. “The older you get you think a bit more and it’s about your recovery and professionalism at home.” Bishop is fast becoming a terrace favourite for his work rate and he said: “I hope the fans take to me. I get my head down and want to win every game. “I am a very down to earth type of person. “I am a football supporter - I am a Boro fan - and the thing you look for from your team on the pitch is that they give everything. “They come off shattered and could not give any more. Then you haven’t got an argument, win lose or draw. “One thing supporters ask for is that you leave everything out there and I have learned that over the years.” Bishop scored a spectacular 25-yarder at West Brom in the midweek Carabao Cup tie but said it meant little now as they lost 2-1. “It doesn’t really matter. That sounds pretty boring but we didn’t win the game,” he said. “Goals mean more if they are winners or get you results. Unfortunately that one didn’t. “I just hit it to be honest. The pitch is immaculate so you haven’t got to worry about it taking a bobble or anything. “As a strike it’s probably up there but in importance it’s not. “At the time I was delighted. It doesn’t matter if it’s a tap-in or from 25 yards - all goals are good and it got us back in the game.” He continued: “It must have been a great game to watch - it could have ended 5-5. “I am probably a bit more disappointed with their winner as, if I am hard on myself, back there maybe I could have forced him wide. He’s come back inside. But they are good players. “But it was nice to get on the scoresheet. Hopefully I can contribute a few more this season. I am up for set plays so on my shoulders I should be getting five plus this season.” Bishop is one of the senior figures in a dressing room he believes is packed with young talent and knows he has a role to help them thrive. “We have some really good young lads here along with the older pros who are there to help by demanding from them,” he said. “Some of the best players I have played with - internationals - have been some of the biggest - I want to use a swear word - some of the most demanding people and get right in your back. But you look back and you know it helps. “The lads here have ability but it’s how often you produce it. The lads who go on to Championship level do it day in, day, out game in and game out. There are people here who have the ability to go on to that level.”

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John Sheridan tips Mansfield Town to be in promotion hunt this season
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

Carlisle United boss John Sheridan has tipped tomorrow’s opponents Mansfield Town to be in the promotion hunt this season and expects a contest between two attacking sides at the One Call Stadium. He said: They are very attack-minded, and likewise so are we. “Hopefully it will be an entertaining game. But we’re going to have to defend. The lads have kept a couple of clean sheets and touch wood we haven’t conceded too many goals - hopefully we can continue that. “Mansfield have a good manager and good players, and are strong for this division. Dave Flitcroft’s teams play good football and I’m expecting a really tough game.

Read more at: https://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/john-sheridan-tips-mansfield-town-to-be-in-promotion-hunt-this-season-1-9327735

“They are one of the teams I think will be in and around it towards the end of the season, with the squad of players they’ve got. “But we are going there buoyant and thinking we are going to win the game. If we play like we have been of late, creating chances, we’ll have a good chance.” Definite Carlisle absentees are keeper keeper Joe Fryer (broken leg), left-back Danny Grainger (calf), midfielder Mike Jones (hamstring) and midfielder Jason Kennedy (pelvis). Adam Collin is set to replace Fryer, and Macaulay Gillesphey to come in for Grainger. They Cumbrians were also trying to bring in another goalkeeper on loan ahead of the game.

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