Mansfield vs Newport by Hassy
Mansfield Town registered their second away win on the trot last Saturday with a 4-3 win at Dagenham & Redbridge which followed up a 2-0 win at Stevenage which has lifted The Stags up into early play-off reckoning as they currently sit in sixth place. On Saturday The Stags showed their battling qualities after going 3-1 down at Dagenham but scored two goals in the last eight minutes to grab the win.
Mansfield Town now return to their One Call Stadium this afternoon to take on Newport County who are bottom of League Two having registered just one league win all season.
Chris Clements could return to the Mansfield squad for the visit of Newport. Clements is recovering more quickly than expected from the groin injury he suffered three weeks ago and the midfielder may be back on the bench on Saturday as the Stags look for a third straight win. Winger Matty Blair is pushing for his first start of the season after coming off the bench against Plymouth. Mansfield manager Adam Murray is expected to set his side up in the 3-4-3 formation which has served the Stags so well on the road for the past two games.
After their radical cost cutting measure implemented in the summer that has seen Edinburgh leave the club along with a number of of the clubs top players Newport are struggling to survive in the division. They earned a point in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at home with Exeter City, but they still remain bottom of League Two with just 6 points to their name after a very disappointing campaign so far.
New manager Terry Butcher has recently left the club already with John Sheridan coming in to replace him. Whilst Sheridan is expected to tighten things up at the back, it may take a couple of weeks for his hard work to reflect in Newport’s results on the field.
Newport, managed by former Chesterfield boss John Sheridan, have just one absentee in the shape of Andrew Hughes. The defender remains on the sidelines after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Stevenage in December 2014. Sheridan otherwise has a full squad of players to pick from after emerging unscathed from his first game in charge against Exeter last weekend. Sheridan must decide whether to stick with those who started that 1-1 draw or give opportunities to the likes of Tyler Blackwood, Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi, Tom Owen-Evans, Matt Partridge and Alex Rodman.
I have been to a few of Mansfield Town's matches this season and I will be going to this one as well. They are extremely well organised and have decent strikers in Westcarr, Green and have good options off the bench should they need to chage things around. Under Sheridan Newport will improve but I think this game will come to soon for him and I expect a straightforward 2-0 win for the home side.
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