A look ahead to Tuesday night's League 2 action at the One Call Stadium
Both sides have a point to prove at the One Call Stadium on Tuesday night. Reds dominated Saturday’s game at Stevenage but lost 2-1 while Mansfield went down 1-0 at home to Yeovil and have suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season.
Reds’ away record needs improvement. Four points from the last 40 is the worst in the league on the road. Mansfield have been strong in front of their own fans. They have won four of their last six at the One Call Stadium but the 1-0 loss to Yeovil followed a scoreless draw against Swindon.
Reds’ 1-1 draw in the final game of last season at Mansfield, when Karlan Ahearne-Grant was on target, was the first time in three League visits that we’ve avoided defeat there. Two previous games ended in 4-0 and 3-1 defeats. Our only success there came in the Conference-title winning season in 2010 when Reds triumphed 4-1.
Joe McNerney is unavailable as he completes this three-game ban. Fit-again Filipe Morais and Lewis Young are pressing for starts after coming off the bench at Stevenage on Saturday and Reds have no fresh injury worries.
The Stags have added by signing Charlton striker Nicky Ajose, who had a spell with Reds on loan in 2012, and Nottingham Forest midfielder Jorge Grant until the end of the season. Both are likely to feature tomorrow.
View from the Bench
Gabriele Cioffi: “One of the toughest away games of the season for sure. They have had a couple of defeats but are very strong and pushing for the play-offs. But we are confident we can get a result. The performance at Stevenage was good – all that was missing was the goals. We have more options with the squad now as the injuries are clearing up and we can freshen the team up if we feel it’s necessary. We will need to be strong physically and mentally – but it’s a game we’re looking forward to.”
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