With a stretched defence and a strike force thats failing to deliver having not scored in what seems like an eternity, the last thing Mansfield Town need is to be facing a team from a lower division on there home turf who are hungry for an upset!
Last year during the Stags barron run in October and November, Cox's men stumbled through the FA cup fourth qualifying round at Workington thanks to Jake Speights double - they also scraped through the first round via a replay and penalty shootout. In the FA Trophy they slipped on the banana skin via a replay at Matlock being well beaten and outplayed.
Never underestimate the under-dog. This time around I'm hoping Stags will use there trip back into the unknown as a reality check - buck up your ideas or be back here.No disrespect intended in that statement to St Albans, they are going to give us one hell of a fight for not just the prize money but for the romance, something we witnessed first hand last term. A good cup run can ignite a season which is exactly what's needed right now. Goalless and with a deflating back line, a bit of magic would do us wonders.
Stags are without John Dempster who serves the final game of a three match ban, fellow defender Lee Beevers is also suspended for a match after being booked for the fifth time last Friday.Loanee James Alabi starts a three match ban with fellow hit man Ben Hutchinson also out for at least a month through injury. Martin Riley, Chris Clements and Ryan Tafazolli are also unlikely to feature.
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