United head to Mansfield on Tuesday night as the busy period continues to motor on.
The January window was initially quiet for Mansfield, and early results suggested that the squad found new boss Nigel Clough to be a good fit as performances improved.
His appointment came when Graham Coughlan was relieved of his duties at the end of October as the Stags struggled to find their feet at the start of the new campaign.
Keep an eye on the warm-up as former strength and conditioning coach Dave Waldie, now with Mansfield, takes on his match day duties.
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The defeat at the hands of United midway through December proved to be a kick up the bum for the Stags as they then went on a run of four games unbeaten (one draw and three victories).
Field Mill lost the Salford game to snow, at the same time as the rest of the country was hit by the cold snap, but that was hastily rearranged and it became one of the wins which was at the heart of a much-needed resurgence with three wins from four league games in January.
Since then it's been tough, with just (two) victories from their last 10 league games. A 3-1 home win over league leaders Cheltenham provided a welcome boost last Tuesday, but the Stags had a point snatched out of their hands with almost the last kick of the game at Crawley on Saturday.
Substitute James Tilley smashed the dramatic winner on 92 minutes for the Red Devils, with Mansfield having played their part in a game that could have gone either way.
Jordan Bowery heads up the club scoring charts, and that comes as no surprise. A forward who is comfortable leading the line or working as part of a two or three, he remains the main threat.
His 10 goals so far tell only part of the story, as he has seven assists to back up his movement and instinct.
He's our one to watch.
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These two sides came together pre-Christmas in 2020 with the Stags heading north to Brunton Park. A neat pass from Jack Armer was complemented by a stunning finish from Omari Patrick, and that goal proved to be the difference between the sides on the day.
Watch the highlights from that game here:
A visit to Mansfield was on the cards just ahead of the Covid lockdown in February 2020. It turned into an exciting encounter as Nicky Maynard put the home side two goals to the good. Elliot Watt and Josh Kayode struck back late in the day to earn the Blues a hard-earned draw.
These teams met at the start of the 2019/20 season when the Stags came north to Brunton Park. It was a game where United struggled to get going and they were undone early in the game by a deep cross to the back post. Danny Rose arrived late to smash it into the net. The advantage was doubled on the stroke of half time, and that's how it stayed as the visitors went away with a 2-0 victory.
Watch the highlights from that game here:
Carlisle United 3 - 2 Mansfield Town - Saturday 5 January 2019
Mansfield Town 1 - 0 Carlisle United - Saturday 1 September 2018
Referee - Michael Salisbury
Assistant Referee 1 - Rob Smith
Assistant Referee 2 - James Wilson
Fourth Official - Akil Howson
Observer - Brian Curson
Our referee for this game is Mr Michael Salisbury.
Michael has taken charge of 19 games so far this season showing 43 yellow cards and one red.
We last had him as our referee in October 2019 for our 0-0 home draw with Forest Green. Jack Iredale, Nathan Thomas, Byron Webster and Mike Jones were booked in what was a feisty encounter. James Morton was given his marching orders for the visitors.
He was in charge for our 2-1 defeat at Macclesield in October 2018. Ashley Nadesan scored the consolation goal and George Glendon was the only name visiting name taken.
We saw him on three occasions the season before that, starting with a 2-0 home defeat to Stevenage last September. Second half errors from keeper Shamal George opened the door for Boro to win the game, and Danny Grainger, Luke Joyce and Richie Bennett had their names taken on the day.
He was back at Brunton Park in December when we lost 2-1 to Port Vale. Richie Bennett bagged our late consolation, but goals from Tyrone Barnett and Tom Pope had already done the damage. The referee's notebook stayed in his pocket that afternoon.
The last time we saw him was for our January 2-0 FA Cup defeat at Hillsborough when goals from Marco Matias and Athde Nuhiu secured progression for the Owls. It was another game without cards, but there was plenty of snow as the white stuff fell at an alarming rate causing problems both during the game and for the journey home.
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