Stags team news

MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox made wholesale changes for this afternoon’s home clash with Braintree Town with five players brought in and a new formation.

With Matt Green suspended and Lindon Meikle rested to the bench after his midweek exploits with England C, Cox also dropped Luke Jones, Anthony Howell and Louis Briscoe.

Cox went 3-4-1-2 with Ryan Tafazolli making his debut in a three-man defence, Lee Beevers, Lee Stevenson and Chris Clements brought into midfield, and Jake Speight starting for the first time up front.

Part-timers Braintree could only name four subs.

STAGS: Marriott; Sutton, Geoghagon, Tafazolli; Beevers, Clements, Murray, Daniel; Stevenson; Rhead, Speight. Subs: Meikle, Howell, Briscoe, Thompson, Jones.

BRAINTREE: Naisbett; Peters, Wells, Paine, Bailey-Dennis; Mulley, Symons, Quinton, Sparkes; Holman, Marks. Subs: McDonald, Habergham, Dawkin, O’Connor.

REFEREE: Wayne Barratt of Bromsgrove.