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Preview: Mansfield Town (a)

18 March 2019

The Imps will be hoping to extend their unbeaten league run in tonight's trip to Mansfield Town, which will be screened live on Sky Sports.

The Imps made it 14 unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two last time out, with a 2-0 victory over Oldham Athletic.

City defender Harry Toffolo opened the scoring on the half an hour mark after getting on the end of a simple one two with Mark O’Hara.

The 23-year-old left-back now has three goals this season for the Imps.

 

Oldham midfielder Jose Baxter saw red just before half time for a challenge on Imps winger Harry Anderson.

Anderson went on to setup the Imps’ second goal after playing a neat back heel to on-loan forward Danny Rowe who fired the ball past young goalkeeper Daniel Iversen.

The Imps remain at the top of the SkyBet League Two table, currently five points clear of second-placed Bury. City have 75 points to their name putting them 10 points above Monday night’s opponents.

Recent Form

Mansfield have not won a game in their previous two, losing 2-1 to Port Vale and drawing 0-0 with Crawley Town on Tuesday night.

The Stags’ last win came at the start of the month when they hosted Cheltenham at the One Call Stadium.

 

CJ Hamilton scored a first half brace for Mansfield with his first goal coming in the 42nd minute and his second coming just three minutes later before half time.

Cheltenham managed to bring the game back to 2-2 however, Will Atkinson scored to put Mansfield ahead in the 77th minute restoring their lead. 

Alex MacDonald was on hand to score the side’s fourth goal to confirm their first and last set of three points in March.

Last six league games: LLWWLD

League position: 3rd     

Manager’s comments

Mansfield boss David Flitcroft spoke to iFollowStags in the build-up to the Sky Sports clash.

 

“Sky want to cover the game as Lincoln are flying and we’re trying to catch them. And it’s a local derby, so it has all of the ingredients.

“The only trouble with those sorts of ingredients is that sometimes you get a damp squib and sometimes it doesn’t live up to the build-up, but I think this game will.

“Lincoln are flying. They’ve been phenomenal all season. They’ve built a really competitive squad with a lot of talented players who have hunger, desire and commitment.

“When you have players working hard for each other, you get success. They rightly sit at the top of the league for the consistency they’ve had.

“Lincoln come here flying against a Mansfield Town [team] at home that have only been beaten twice.

“We have a real affinity with the supporters here, which is vital. The lads love playing here, and the added stimulus is the Sky cameras.

“The football we play here [One Call Stadium] is good and it’s forward-thinking. We put teams on the back foot, and that will hopefully be no different when we turn out on Monday night." 

Previous Meetings

The last time the two sides met was in November last year, on-loan wide man Kellan Gordon came off the bench for City in the 77th minute taking just eight minutes to score what looked like the winner.

However, former Chelsea and England youngster Jacob Mellis found an equaliser for the Stags three minutes into added time meaning the two sides went home sharing the points.

Earlier this season the pair met in the Checkatrade Trophy when Lincoln hosted Mansfield in September. The visitors won 2-1 despite Matt Rhead opening the scoring after just six minutes.

A similar situation happened during the 2017/18 Checkatrade Trophy when The Imps travelled to the One Call Stadium, however Danny Cowley’s side came out as winners in the group stage. 

Alfie Potter scored six minutes into the clash before Lincoln’s Elliott Whitehouse equalised five minutes before half time. 

Ollie Palmer gave City the lead 11 minutes from time before Matt Green added a third in the 90th minute.

Lincoln went on to win the trophy at Wembley last year when they beat Shrewsbury 1-0 thanks to Elliot Whitehouse’s 16th minute strike.

One to Watch – Tyler Walker

Currently fourth in the SkyBet League Two scoring charts with 17 goals, Tyler Walker will be the one to watch on Monday night.

Walker has also picked up three assists this season as well as having a 56% shots on target ratio from his 85 this season. 

The 22-year-old is the son of former England defender Des Walker and has been capped by the Three Lions U20 side on seven occasions, scoring a brace against Czech Republic in 2015.

 

Walker saw red in the 97th minute when The Stags hosted Forest Green Rovers last month. The young forward had scored the winner earlier in the game just after the hour mark.

He returned to the starting line-up on Tuesday in a 0-0 draw with Crawley Town. 

The young forward is currently on loan at the One Call Stadium from SkyBet Championship side Nottingham Forest. Walker has scored four goals in 33 league appearances for the Reds, a team he joined at the age of 10.

Walker has had previous loan spells with Burton Albion, Stevenage, Port Vale and Bolton Wanderers.


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