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PREVIEW: MANSFIELD TOWN

18 October 2018

Swindon are looking for their first win at the Energy Check County Ground since August as David Flitcroft returns to SN1 with his new employers, Mansfield Town.

Town have not caught the rub of the green so far in October – bar a 3-0 beating of Plymouth, Town have not picked up maximum points against Crewe, Northampton and Exeter City, losing to the Alex and the Grecians away from home.

 

Brown’s men have struggled for goals but have only failed to score once at home all season – Kaiyne Woolery could make his home return after four months out of action. He has played a part off the bench in the last two games away from SN1 and scored within 20 minutes in the Checkatrade Trophy tie with Plymouth.

The Oppo

Mansfield sit a point below Town; however, they have two games in hand after postponements for international call-ups.

The Stags have only lost one game this season but have picked up a hefty seven draws – second only to Forest Green with eight. Their one and only loss came away at Exeter back in September where Town fell by two goals last week.

Tyler Walker is Mansfield’s top goalscorer with six goals so far after joining from Nottingham Forest in the summer.

Head-to-head

Town did the double of Mansfield last season – Matt Taylor was on target the last time out at the County Ground, driving in past Conrad Logan in the Mansfield goal back in February.

And earlier in the season it had been happy travelling for, what was then, Flitcroft’s team as they raced into a 3-0 lead with goals from Amine Linganzi, John Goddard and Luke Norris before Danny Rose scored a late consolation for the Stags.

6 Oct 2002           Swindon Town v Mansfield Town              W            2-1          League Division 2

15 Mar 2003       Mansfield Town v Swindon Town              L              2-1          League Division 2

05 Dec 2006        Mansfield Town v Swindon Town              L              2-0          League Two

21 Apr 2007        Swindon Town v Mansfield Town              W            2-0          League Two

14 Oct 2017         Mansfield Town v Swindon Town              W            1-3          League Two

10 Feb 2018        Swindon Town v Mansfield Town              W            1-0          League Two

The Gaffer

League Two promotion winner David Flitcroft was appointed Mansfield Town manager in March 2018 after the departure of Steve Evans.

The 44-year-old departed Wiltshire to take up the position as Stags boss after Swindon and Mansfield agreed a compensation package.

After a 19-year playing career which included long stints with Chester City, Rochdale and Bury, Flitcroft made the step into coaching by accepting a position with Keith Hill's Rochdale.

Prior to the start of the 2011/12 season, Flitcroft joined Hill as he departed for Championship side Barnsley, becoming assistant manager at Oakwell.

The following season, after Hill departed, Flitcroft was handed the reins on a permanent basis and led the Tykes to Championship safety on the final day of the 2012/13 campaign.

After leaving Oakwell in November 2013, the former Preston North End midfielder was appointed boss of League Two strugglers Bury just nine days later.

The Shakers were languishing in 20th when he took over, but Bolton-born Flitcroft transformed their fortunes, securing a comfortable 12th-placed finish in 2013/14.

Flitcroft revolusionised Bury Football Club and its squad as he embarked on a promotion challenge which ultimately ended in success with a 1-0 final day win over Tranmere Rovers, clinching promotion to League One.

The now Stags' boss parted company with Bury in November 2016 and accepted the vacant manager's post at Swindon Town prior to the beginning of last season.

Flitcroft brings his new side to Wiltshire on Saturday for the first time since jumping ship to the Stags in March of this year.

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REPORT: SWINDON TOWN 0-0 MANSFIELD TOWN

20 October 2018

Town were held at home by David Flitcroft’s Mansfield who ended the game with ten men after Will Atkinson was sent off in the first half for two bookable offences.

Atkinson could have been sent off for his original booking when he caught Matt Taylor right in front of the two dugouts.

Swindon drew for the second home match in a row despite having the majority of the ball throughout the game. Mansfield disrupted the game well and were able to come away with what was a deserved point.

First Half

It took a fair while before either side created a clear-cut chance as both sides won the ball back off each other in midfield – the referee did not help the stop-start nature of the game, blowing up needlessly at points.

Mansfield, on 13 minutes, had the first chance – CJ Hamilton latched onto a flick-on, but blazed over under pressure from Lancashire and Taylor.

Then came a series of bookings – Marc Richards was first with a tackle that rattled Atkinson – Diagouraga was next, before Atkinson took his anger out on Taylor in an almost identical spot to where Richards had caught him.

As the game hotted up, Mansfielf had their second opening – a header at the back post which Lawrence Vigouroux, on his return to the side, had to be alert to tip over.

Town’s first opening came five minutes later – Taylor curled into the area and Elijah Adebayo rose highest. His header was down and on target but Robert Olejnik was quick to react and parry.

Swindon’s most inventive chance came through Adebayo, working on the hard on the left, he earnt himself a yard of space and found the run of Keshi Anderson. Olejnik was out fast to narrow down the angle and turn the ball away.

Then came the sending off – Atkinson clipped the heels of Anderson well in his own half and he was shown a second yellow just before the break.

Second Half

Town started the second half in a more sprightly fashion – Adebayo beat Matt Preston and cut the ball back, but Michael Doughty couldn’t poke the ball in.

Phil Brown’s introductions of Jermaine McGlashan and Kaiyne Woolery from the bench made an impact on a game that was threatening to stutter to an anti-climax.

Woolery picked the ball up in the box on 67 minutes – he turned and shot but couldn’t get enough power to really trouble the Stags goalkeeper.

Adebayo was next – and it was McGlashan who teed him up. The substitution’s cross almost snuck under the crossbar – Olejnik tipped away and Adebayo looked set to score but couldn’t react quick enough to turn an effort goalwards.

It really was a game of inches by this point – Taylor put in a peach of a cross, but Woolery couldn’t quite extend his leg enough to get a touch.

Sid Nelson was next in line for a Taylor pass – but couldn’t stretch his neck to guide a header on target.

The left-back then tried himself – whipping a free-kick to the near post to try and catch Olejnik out but to no avail.

The final chances came to both teams – Tyler Walker evaded Olly Lancashire, but Vigouroux sprinted off his line to slide in, win the ball and set Anderson free up the other end. The Stags stopper was on-hand to stop the final attempt from Anderson.

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