Thompson back for Telford clash at Field Mill

MANSFIELD Town are hoping injured defender John Thompson will be among the crowd tonight as Stags try to make it six wins in a row against promoted AFC Telford at Field Mill (7.45).

The Irish international suffered horrific facial injuries in the notorious pre-season clash at Ilkeston.

However, boss Paul Cox said: “John should be coming to the game tonight and then starting light training on Wednesday which will be great for John, for me, for the club and for the players, who have missed him in the dressing room.

Stags are unlikely to make any changes tonight to the side in such good form, currently, and Cox said: “One of two of my players let their standards slip a little at Barrow on Saturday, though they dug in and won so I can’t be too critical of them.

“I am sure they will want to put that right tonight.

“We have had Telford watched and they will give us other problems to what we had at Barrow. But you have to overcome what is put in front of you and it will be a test for us.

“Andy Sinton has done a magnificent job there, getting them promoted in his first season and there are no easy games in this league.

“It is a very fine line between winning, losing and drawing at this level. I came up against them a number of times last year, but they have new players in now.

“Telford are a massive club at this level, their set-up is Football League.”

Mansfield expect to hear back from Fulham today over their intentions with Tom Naylor after the youngster completed a successful week on trial at Craven Cottage last week.