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Preview: Mansfield Town (H)

Magpies host Stags in Checkatrade Trophy clash

24 October 2017

Notts County host Mansfield Town looking to secure passage to the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy.

The Magpies beat Everton under 21s 2-1 at Meadow Lane in the opening group game while the Stags were beaten 3-1 at home by Lincoln City.

It leaves Notts second in Group G and they could seal progress to the next phase with a win over their local rivals, should Lincoln also emerge victorious against the Toffees this evening.

Both managers are expected to make changes to their sides but Notts will be out for revenge having lost 3-1 at the One Call Stadium in the most recent league meeting at the end of September.

Notts boss Kevin Nolan says...

"There'll be a lot of fresh legs coming in tomorrow so I'm looking for a high-tempo performance with a lot of controlled aggression.

"It's a great game for the lads who haven't had the minutes others have, so they can show me what they can do and that they're ready and waiting."

Click here for more from the manager.

Mansfield manager Steve Evans says...

"We're going to give players an opportunity to step up and be in the team on Saturday. Go and be a real top performer against Notts County and you'll probably start against Exeter.

"We've got three or four that are desperate to play, that want to get in the starting line-up on a regular basis, and they've got a fantastic platform at Notts County."

Team news

Goalkeeper Adam Collin is expected to be missing for a number of weeks with knee ligament damage but Dan Jones is back in contention after a month on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

Mansfield will be without central defenders David Mirfin and Zander Diamond for the trip to Meadow Lane, who both have hamstring problems.

Midfielder Joel Byrom returned to training recently and could feature for the Stags.


Lee Angol joined the Stags for a significant undisclosed fee in the summer, moving from Peterborough United, where a fractured ankle stunted his progress after topping the scoring charts in his first season at the ABAX Stadium.

The striker ended last season on loan at Lincoln City, scoring six goals in 13 games to help the Imps win the National League title before making the switch to Mansfield.

He is without a goal since bagging a brace of penalties in the 4-1 win over Grimsby on 9 September, leaving his tally at four for the campaign

And, with fierce competition for starting places in the form of Danny Rose and Kane Hemmings, the 23-year-old will be keen to put himself into Steve Evans' thoughts for the Stags' match against Exeter on Saturday.

We've met before...

Notts have won the past two meetings between the sides in this competition, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Ronan Murray and Jake Cassidy in September 2014.

The most recent Trophy encounter, in September 2015, ended 3-1 to County with Izale McLeod, Mike Edwards and Jon Stead all finding the back of the net.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 5/4 favourites to maintain their 100% record in Group G while the Stags are 21/10 to register the first win of their Checkatrade Trophy campaign. The draw, which would see the match go to a penalty shootout, is available at 12/5.

Notts' last Checkatrade Trophy victory against Mansfield was a 3-1 win at Meadow Lane and a repeat result can be backed at 16/1 this evening.

Meanwhile, a 2-0 home win for the Magpies is available at odds of 10/1 and it's 3/1 on Notts to win with both teams scoring or Notts winning the game to-nil.

With Kevin Nolan expected to ring the changes, Jonathan Forte could come back into the line-up having sat out the draw at Carlisle on Saturday afternoon. The striker is 5/1 to open the scoring at Meadow Lane, as he did in the win over Everton in the opening group game.

Dan Jones, meanwhile, could step up his comeback from a hamstring injury by playing for the first time in a month. He's 50/1 to be the first name on the scoresheet.

You can bet on the game here.

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Match Reports

Notts 1-2 Mansfield

Smith bags first Notts goal in Checkatrade tie

24 October 2017

Notts County were beaten 2-1 by Mansfield Town in the second match of their Checkatrade Trophy group stage.

Alan Smith bagged his first goal for the Magpies to cancel out Lee Angol's early strike.

But CJ Hamilton fired home a second-half winner to leave Notts' chances of progression resting on the outcome of their final group match, away to Lincoln City on Tuesday 7 November.

Kevin Nolan made 10 changes to the team that faced Carlisle United on Saturday, Shaun Brisley the only man to retain his place.

He was partnered by Haydn Hollis in central defence, while Nicky Hunt and the returning Dan Jones completed the back four. Branislav Pindroch was given the nod between the sticks.

Curtis Thompson and Rob Milsom were flanked by Liam Walker and Elliot Hodge, while Callum Saunders and Smith led the line.

The visitors had the dream start when, within a minute, Lee Angol stole possession and rolled a low effort beyond Pindroch from 25 yards to give the Stags the lead.

Thankfully for Notts, Pindroch was equal to Paul Digby's close-range effort four minutes later, the Slovakian denying the Mansfield man with a superb save.

Jones and Saunders both sent efforts off-target by way of response before former Magpie Jimmy Spencer crashed a shot off the bar and could only watch on as Brisley made a superb challenge to deny Angol a certain goal on the rebound.

But the next goal went Notts' way when Mansfield failed to clear Brisley's nod-down from a well-worked short corner and Smith smashed the ball home from close range on 34 minutes for his first Notts goal.

The Magpies nearly went into the break ahead when, in stoppage time, Hollis nodded the ball narrowly over from a corner.

The half ended in controversial style when Stags stopper Bobby Olejnik appeared to carry the ball outside his own penalty area but the referee was unmoved and the half ended with the score locked at 1-1.

Both sides traded tentative blows in the early exchanges of the second half, Notts coming close to taking the lead just before the hour when Walker curled an effort just wide of the post.

Nolan's first substitution followed, Carl Dickinson replacing Jones shortly before Milsom saw an effort deflected wide of the post.

The prospect of penalties was beginning to loom large but Mansfield had other ideas, retaking the lead with 18 minutes to play when Hamilton latched on to a loose ball inside the Notts penalty area before firing it into the top corner.

Smith went into the book for a foul on Rhys Bennett and Pindroch made an excellent fingertip save to prevent Mal Benning's free-kick creeping in at the far post as the clock ticked down.

Nolan's final changes saw Smith and Milsom replaced by Lewis Alessandra and Jorge Grant as the manager injected extra creative flair.

And Walker almost struck a late equaliser, only to see his low shot flash inches wide of the post.

Walker was involved again moments later, teeing up Hollis from a corner but seeing the defender's header go wide.

Five minutes were added on at the end of the match but the Magpies were unable to find an equaliser.

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Tickets: Mansfield Town (H)

24 October 2017

Tickets are on sale for Notts County's Checkatrade Trophy match at home to Mansfield Town on Tuesday 24 October (7.45pm).

The Magpies take on the Stags in the second match of their Group G schedule following a 2-1 victory against Everton Under 21s in August.

Tickets for the match are priced as follows (matchday price in brackets):

Adult: £5 (£7)

Over 60: £5 (£7)

Under 18: £5 (£7)

Under 12 (accompanied): £1

Under 7 (accompanied): Free

Please note - supporters must visit the ticket office to purchase tickets for this fixture. The club no longer operate cash turnstiles.

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