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PREVIEW | Mansfield Town v Yeovil Town

Glovers on their travels for final time before Christmas

15 December 2017

Ryan Dickson passes the ball v Port Vale PPAUK

In midweek, Town saw off nine-man Port Vale to reach the Emirates FA Cup third round.

Boss Darren Way admitted his side made hard work of it despite having a two-player advantage, but was pleased with the squad’s effort to set up a tie with Bradford City.

Connor Smith went off with a head knock on Tuesday and will be assessed ahead of the trip to Mansfield Town, while Oscar Gobern (hamstring), Rhys Browne (ankle) and Dan Alfei (knee) are all ruled out.

Otis Khan netted twice against Vale, taking his tally to nine for the season.

The winger will be looking to reach 10 goals in a campaign for the first time in his career this weekend.

Francois Zoko was also on target, a goal which moved him up to second on the Glovers’ all-time EFL goalscorers list.

Mansfield’s seven-match unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two was ended by Crawley Town.

Steve Evans’ team dropped out of the play-off places on goal difference as a result but are only five points off third position.

The Stags were considered favourites for promotion prior to the season and if Danny Rose’s form continues, they are likely to be up there come May.

The 24-year-old is their top scorer with 11 goals in 22 games.

Head-to-head
Town have won three out of their eight EFL meetings with the Stags (D2 L3).

The two sides played out a goalless draw at Huish Park back in February, with Mansfield winning the 2016/17 game at Field Mill 1-0.

The Glovers last victory over the Nottinghamshrie outfit came in March 2016 courtesy of a last-gasp Ryan Dickson strike.

Officials
Martin Coy will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

It will be the County Durham official’s 18th game of the season and his second involving the Glovers.

Mr. Coy refereed Town’s 2-0 home win over Coventry City back in August.

He has dished out 30 yellow cards and three reds, and will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Paul Thompson (Derbyshire) with James Bell (Yorkshire) acting as fourth official.

Coverage
Darren Way and Matt Worthington’s pre-match thoughts can be viewed on iFollow Glovers.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC's official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after. 

Tickets
Tickets for the match are available to buy in advance and on the day. For more information, head to the Away Tickets section.

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REPORT | Mansfield Town 0-0 Yeovil Town

Battling Town pick up a point on their travels

16 December 2017

Francois Zoko is surrounded by Mansfield players PPAUK

A determined performance saw Yeovil Town come away from Mansfield Town with a share of the spoils in Sky Bet League Two.

The livelier outfit in the first half, the Green and Whites went closest to scoring as Sam Surridge saw a header crash off the crossbar. 

Buoyed by a positive opening 45 minutes the Glovers produced a dogged performance after the restart to hold off their play-off chasing opponents and return to Somerset with a point following a 0-0 draw.

Darren Way made one change from the side that saw off Port Vale in the Emirates FA Cup during the week. 

Having replaced the concussed Connor Smith on Tuesday, Matt Worthington claimed the Irishman’s starting berth for the trip to Nottinghamshire.

Ruled out of action, C. Smith joined Rhys Browne (hamstring) and Oscar Gobern (hamstring) on the sidelines, allowing Sid Nelson to feature in the matchday 18 for the first time in the league since the 21st November.

At a close to freezing One Call Stadium the visitors were quick to warm up and almost broke the deadlock on three occasions inside the opening 20 minutes.

Fresh from netting in midweek, Francois Zoko forced Conrad Logan into an early save with a low drive, before strike partner Surridge went even closer.

Determined work from Otis Khan on the left eventually saw a cross to the back post which the Bournemouth loanee turned onto the crossbar with a looping header.

With the woodwork still wobbling Worthington’s venomous strike from 20 yards took a deflection on the way through forcing Logan into a good reaction save, as Town started brightly.

Having been on the defensive for most of the opening exchanges the Stags entered the game in an attacking sense, as the diminutive Alex MacDonald fired straight at Artur Krysiak after weaving into the box.

However, that chance failed to swing the momentum in the hosts’ favour as the Glovers went close again on 29 minutes.

Breaking quickly, Khan and Surridge combined again to play in the latter, only for the young striker’s lobbed shot after beating Krystian Pearce to land on the roof of the net.

Becoming an end-to-end affair for the remainder of the half, Way’s side stood strong at the back to dispel a number of balls into the box, whilst the Stags defence had to be alert to twice block goalbound Zoko shots.

Lee Angol’s deflected shot into the side-netting rounded off an entertaining opening 45 minutes, as Town returned to the changing room with plenty to be encouraged by. 

As the temperature plunged in Mansfield the second half became a scrappy affair. 

Moments after the restart, both Surridge and Pearce went into the book for an off the ball tussle, as the hosts looked to inflict their physicality on the visitors. 

Often interrupted by referee Martin Coy's whistle, shots became few and far between as Surridge and Zoko both shot straight at Logan as the match ticked past the hour mark.

After a lull, the game burst back into life on 70 minutes. 

Following a spell of pressure, MacDonald teed up CJ Hamilton on the volley inside the box, but Krysiak was perfectly placed to get a strong hand to the winger's well-hit strike to keep it 0-0. 

As the Stags upped the intensity levels they produced another chance to notch the opener, as Pearce's header back across goal looked to find Paul Anderson who failed to connect just two yards out. 

Entering the final 10 minutes it was Steve Evans' side who remained on the front foot, as the Glovers battled to pick up just their fifth point of the season on the road. 

Having manfully defended for much of the second period the Glovers almost put themselves 1-0 up in the closing stages. 

Jake Gray's deflected shot fell to Nathan Smith in the box, but the defender's instinctive strike was blocked six yards out. 

Indicating the stop-start nature of the second half the fourth official's board indicated seven minutes of additional time, but Way's side stood strong to pick up the point their performance deserved for just the third time on their travels this season.

Mansfield Town: Logan; Pearce, Diamond, Bennett (Hamilton 66'); White, Atkinson, MacDonald, Mellis (Butcher 81'), Benning; Rose, Angol (Anderson 60').
Bookings: Bennett 11', Pearce 48', Benning 90'
Subs not used: Olejnik, Digby, Potter, Spencer.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, N. Smith, Dickson; Gray (Green 84'), Bailey, Worthington, Khan; Surridge (Olomola 69'), Zoko.
Bookings: Surridge 48'
Subs not used:
 Maddison, Davies, Mugabi, Nelson, Santos.

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