Boro are back in action at The Lamex Stadium this Saturday, as we prepare for a Sky Bet League Two clash against Nigel Clough’s Mansfield Town...
Last time out, Boro’s twelve match unbeaten run came to an end, losing 2-1 against Salford City
at the Peninsula Stadium. After the game, manager Alex Revell stated
"It was a real tough game. We probably saw their qualities, but I don’t think we’ve shown what we have in recent weeks.
Their goals were poor from our point of view, and you can’t concede goals like that especially against a team with a good defensive record.
We’ve scored an unbelievable goal for ourselves and we’ve had a couple of chances to go and win the game, but we’ve took the wrong option. We have to learn from that."
Mansfield Town are managed by Nigel Clough and currently occupy 21st place in the Sky Bet League Two table, holding play-off contenders Newport County to a 1-1 draw last time out. The Stags are winless in their last eight league games, with their last victory on the road coming in January against Southend United, where Clough’s side won 1-0 courtesy of a second half goal from Jamie Reid.
The earlier encounter between the two sides this season ended in a scoreless draw
, with Boro's last victory against Saturday's visitors coming in a 2-1 away victory
in 2019 with goals from Kurtis Guthrie and Ilias Chair.
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Boro are faced with no new injury concerns, with Danny Newton, Charlie Carter and Ross Marshall all long-term absentees.
Referee: Samuel Barrott
Assistant Referee 1: Christopher Kidd
Assistant Referee 2: Samuel Ogles
Fourth Official: Garry Maskell
In the build-up to Saturday’s game, manager Alex Revell stated
"The goal now is for the players to build for next year. Not only for the football club, but for themselves to finish strongly with a winning mentality. We could quite easily relax because we’re safe, but we can’t let that happen because we won’t allow that and we want to improve as a team every game.
We're in for a tough game on Saturday because I think Mansfield are in a false position in the league in terms of the players they have and the way they've been playing. The beginning of their season probably indicates why they are down there and they have a manager with unbelievable amounts of experience as well as quality players.
We have to be at our best in order to get a result and we've had a really good week in training, so that's a huge positive and we feel we're ready to go and get a good result on Saturday."