Mansfield Town braced for meeting with old rivals York

Flashback: Mansfield versus York last time out.
Flashback: Mansfield versus York last time out.

Mansfield travel to York on Saturday, needing no introduction against a side who they met regularly over the past few years.

Adam Murray’s men lost 4-1 at home in the last meeting, back in March, and will be hoping to atone for that loss at Bootham Crescent on Saturday.

Back in the 2011/12 campaign, the teams met four times with York prospering in the play-off semi-finals over two legs before going on to win promotion at Wembley.

The Stags didn’t take long to join them however, and the following season they were back in the Football League themselves.

Mansfield won 2-1 at York in September 2013 with goals from Sam Clucas and Ollie Palmer.

Another interesting stat is that this fixture has seen five red cards in the last six outings, with Bobby Olejnik seeing red for York during the aforementioned 4-1 win last season.

As far as the hosts are concerned, boss Russ Wilcox was happy with how his side performed during their League Cup 3-0 loss to Swansea.

However, he says conceding so early against the Premier League side was a blow and that his side need to be more clinical; starting with this weekend’s visit of the Stags.

Wilcox said: “The lads showed great character to get a foothold in the game after conceding such an early goal.

“The positive was we created three or four good opportunities.

“We’ve just got to be a bit more clinical, but the players and our fans, who didn’t stop singing from the first whistle, were an absolute credit to the football club.”

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