Boro v Mansfield preview

Boro v Mansfield Town preview Tuesday, February 9 – 7.45pm The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage BORO host Mansfield Town tonight hoping to get back to winning ways after a surprise defeat at Tamworth at the weekend. A Chris Smith goal won all three points for th

Boro v Mansfield Town preview

Tuesday, February 9 - 7.45pm

The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage

BORO host Mansfield Town tonight hoping to get back to winning ways after a surprise defeat at Tamworth at the weekend.


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A Chris Smith goal won all three points for the Lambs and in doing so knocked Boro off top spot in the Blue Square Premier where they were replaced by Oxford United.

With the Us facing a trip to Luton Town while Boro entertain the Stags Graham Westley's men will be hoping their neighbours can do them a favour.

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Boro will hope Fortress Lamex will come to their salvation - they have not lost at home in the league since a defeat to Wrexham November 2008 - but they will be without Ronnie Henry and Darren Murphy who are both suspended after the pair received their marching orders against Tamworth.

Mark Albrighton could be drafted in to replace Henry with Joel Byrom a likely starter in place of Murphy.

Mansfield are fourth in the Blue Square Premier but have suffered a stop-start beginning to the New Year having won two games and lost three.

The Stags' preparation for their trip to Stevenage will not have been helped after they suffered possibly their most disappointing result of the season in front of almost 7,000 fans when they lost 2-0 at home to Gateshead on Saturday.

Mansfield are likely to be without striker Blair Sturrock who has a neck injury while midfielder Andy Burgess is suspended.

Previous meetings

Boro travelled to Mansfield on September 12 and came away with a 3-2 win. The hosts took a 2-0 lead through Kyle Perry's brace - Perry was then sent off for a boot to Lee Boylan's face - and Chris Beardsley pulled a goal back in first half injury time before Yemi Odubade equalised on 59 minutes and Charlie Griffin got the winner with 20 minutes to go.

Last season Boro beat Mansfield 3-2 at home before losing 2-1 away on the last day of the season before the play-offs.

Who to watch out for

Former Boro player Gary Mills is having a tough time of things at Mansfield this season and he has been made available for loan by Mansfield boss David Holdsworth after struggling to make an impact in the Stags' first team.

Mansfield have plenty of players who can score goals, however, with Perry, Rob Duffy and Jake Speight all hitting double figures in all competitions this season.

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