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PREVIEW | Mansfield Town vs Wrexham AFC

The Red Dragons head to the One Call Stadium for tonight's game

3 October 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW | Mansfield Town vs Wrexham AFC

The Red Dragons head to the One Call Stadium for tonight's game

3 October 2023

Phil Parkinson’s side hit the road as they look to return to winning ways when they take on Mansfield Town at the One Call Stadium.

It’s a fixture that has not taken place for a decade and only did so when both teams were in the National League.

The Stags have started strongly to the campaign and go into tonight’s game in fifth place but remain unbeaten across all competitions.

They have beaten higher-ranked opposition on penalties twice in the Carabao Cup and will be hoping to make home advantage count this evening.

For Wrexham, it’s a chance to re-establish their away form after suffering a heavy defeat to Stockport County last time out on the road.

THE RECAP

The Red Dragons prompted a vastly improved performance than the one at Edgeley Park against Crewe Alexandra, with an enthralling 3-3 draw.

It was a battling display that encompassed that never-say-die attitude on the pitch and Steven Fletcher’s 95th-minute header rescued a point in a game that should have earned three.

Phil Parkinson’s side came from behind three times at the STōK Cae Ras to claim a point at the weekend.

Ryan Barnett’s red card seemed to provide the impetus needed to take the game to Crewe, and Paul Mullin leveled with an overhead kick five minutes before the break.

However, Alex retook the lead in added-on time, as James McClean was judged to foul Rio Adebisi and Chris Long tucked away the penalty.

Mullin got them off to a flyer in the second half, as he latched onto Ollie Palmer’s deft touch and lashed the ball into, the bottom corner.

A miscommunication between the defence allowed a cross to come into the area and Shillow Tracey tapped the ball home to make it three.

Parkinson’s substitutions proved to be the masterstroke, as Jacob Mendy played in a lofted cross and Fletcher arrived at the back post to head the ball home and level the game.

After a strong fightback, Parkinson added they are aiming to go one better this evening.

He said: “The atmosphere was fantastic on Saturday and I’m looking forward to seeing the fans travelling down there.

“It’s going to be a great game to be involved in, they are a team that at the start of the season everyone expected would be right up there.

“They’ve had a good start to the season and if we have our performance levels high individually and collectively then we’ve got a good chance.”

EYE ON THE OPPOSITION

Nigel Clough’s men have started this season in fine form, and they are unbeaten in all competitions so far this season.

In their opening ten league games, they have accumulated 17 points and are only three points off the top of the table.

In their armoury, they have the second top scorer in the division in the shape of former Wrexham AFC player Davis Keillor-Dunn who has bagged eight so far this season.

The number 40 has been a constant threat in front of goal for The Stags and the Red Dragons will need to be alert to stop him this evening.

He only had a short spell at the STōK Cae Ras but flourished the following season at Oldham in Sky Bet League Two.

They have picked up plenty of impressive results in the league so far, with a 3-2 victory against Stockport County where Keillor-Dunn scored twice.

Ahead of the fixture, Clough spoke to the press and anticipated a difficult fixture at the One Call Stadium.

He said: “When they come to town, it’s going to be a big occasion.

“You know that they’re going to put an awful lot of balls into your penalty area from all areas of the pitch.

“We’ve had a good start; they’ve had a good start back in the Football League, so it should be a good occasion.”

HOW TO WATCH

The match at the One Call Stadium kicks off at 7.45 pm and as a result, falls outside UEFA's Article 48 blocked broadcast hours. As a result, supporters can tune in from both the UK and internationally to watch the match live.

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