Three-match ban for Stags defender Pearce

Mansfield Town Player - Kristian Pearce
Mansfield Town Player - Kristian Pearce

Mansfield Town centre half Krystian Pearce will begin a three-game ban this weekend after his third sending-off this season.

One of Stags’ best players of the campaign, the defender will also have sat out at least eight games suspended by season’s end, his latest spell on the sidelines due to conceding a penalty when being the last man at Hartlepool last weekend.

“Kris has got to learn from his mistakes,” said manager Adam Murray.

“That’s another three games he’s going to miss now. You look at the number of games he has missed and that’s points we could possibly have dropped from him making bad decisions.

“I want to stand up for him and I want to protect him as he’s been a good player for us, but he can’t keep costing himself and costing the team.

“We are utterly disappointed as it was a bad decision to put himself in that position in the first place.

“Don’t forget he is only just 26 and he’s still learning the game, but he will be a miss for us. It’s such fine lines at the minute that’s costing us games.”

Pearce will miss Saturday’s trip to Carlisle, the home derby with Notts County and the midweek trip to Exeter.