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PREVIEW: Mansfield at home on Easter Monday

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17 April 2022

Easter Monday brings promotion hopefuls Mansfield Town to Brunton Park.

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Mansfield boss Nigel Clough expressed pride in his team after they equalled a club record of 10 successive home league wins by beating Exeter 2-1 at the beginning of last month.

Incidentally it was game number 14 without defeat and lifted them to third in the table.

The run took on added significance given that Mansfield were winless in 14 games during the first half of the season.

"It 's just another little milestone along the way but there's still a lot of work to do," Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham.

The run became 11 when they beat Northampton Town at the beginning of April, but Sutton brought the curtain down on their history making on Saturday.

The Stags scored twice late in the game - one of them from Matty Longstaff deep into time added on - but Richie Bennett pounced to settle away nerves and ensure the points were heading to Surrey.

opposition

Just two defeats in the last seven games has taken the Stags right back into the mix, and every point from their remaining five fixtures (including this one) will be vital if they're going to finish it off with a celebration.

But it's worth noting that the two losses have come in their last three games and the last thing they will want is a blip to turn into a crisis at this stage of the campaign.

Crawley, Stevenage, Forest Green and Salford follow us, so it's by no means a straightforward run-in.

47 goals against is high for a team sniffing around the top three but that, in part, is down to the sticky patch they suffered earlier in the campaign.

The flip side is that 59 scored is healthy, so they're a team to be taken very seriously. 

who watch

Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff joined during the transfer window and he's netted four goals in 11 appearances so far.

But it's not just the goals. Drive and power in the central areas are complemented by more than a few ounces of ability, and he'll boss it if he's allowed to.

Definitely one we'll need to keep an eye on.

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highlights

  Carlisle wins Draws Mansfield wins
League 29 18 32
Cup 0 0 1
FA Cup 2 1 0
Total 31 19 33

It was a close affair in Mansfield in November 2021, decided by a sixth minute goal from Stephen McLaughlin.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Carlisle were at Field Mill in March 2021 and it was Ozzy Zanzala who gave the Blues a lead on 66 minutes. Any thoughts of a win were wiped away when Stephen McLaughlin equalised with 10 minutes left to play.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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

officials

Referee - Ross Joyce (replacing Scott Oldham)
Assistant Referee 1 - Chris Isherwood
Assistant Referee 2 - Bradley Hall
Fourth Official - Conor Brown
Observer - Jeff Ward

Ross JoyceOur referee for this game is Mr Ross Joyce. Ross has taken charge of 31 games so far this season and has shown 91 yellow cards and six reds.

We saw Ross at the Globe Arena in November 2021 when goals from Kelvin Mellor and Jordan Gibson secured progression to the knockout stages for the Blues in the Papa John's Trophy. No Carlisle names were taken that night.

Prior to that he was the man in the middle for a tetchy encounter with Bolton Wanderers on Boxing Day in 2020. Aaron Hayden, Lewis Alessandra and Omari Patrick helped us to storm into a three-goal lead on what was a terrible day weather wise, but George Thomason, Nathan Delfouneso and Peter Kioso used the gale force wind to their advantage to peg us back. Kioso was sent off in time added on for the game, with Paul Farman, Rhys Bennett, Joe Riley and Jon Mellish having their names taken for the home side.

He was also at Brunton Park in October 2020 for our 3-1 home win over Morecambe. Jon Mellish and George Tanner added to an own goal from Songo'o as the Bues ran out as convincing 3-1 victors, and Joe Riley was the only home yellow to be shown. 

Ross was with us in March 2019 for our long away trip to Rodney Parade. Goals either side of the break sunk the Blues, and Anthony Gerrard had his name taken on the day.

He was in Cumbria for our December 2019 2-1 home win over Macclesfield. Hallam Hope and Jerry Yates scored our goals and Gerrard, Devitt and Yates were the Carlisle names which went in the book.

The first time we saw him that same season was for the Carabao Cup meeting with Blackburn Rovers in August. Hallam Hope scored United's goal, but it was an emphatic win for Rovers on the night as braces from Bradley Dack and Adam Armstrong were complemented by a neat finish from Kasey Palmer. Kelvin Etuhu was the only Carlisle yellow card shown.

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