After consecutive home fixtures, MK Dons are on their travels again as they visit Mansfield Town on Saturday. MKDSA have investigated details ahead of this upcoming visit.
Mansfield moved up 2 places to 11th after a midweek 1-0 victory away at Morecambe. Their current form sees Mansfield unbeaten in the last 5 games winning 2 and drawing 3. They currently have the joint best defensive record in the league of conceding 9 goals which is on par with Tisdale’s Dons. However, Mansfield are already 2 games in hand on most teams in League 2 and will be looking to finish the season in and around the promotion mix. Mansfield have just the single loss in the league this season losing 2-1 at home to Exeter City. The Stags have also enjoyed some large victories winning 4-0 at home to Northampton Town and 3-0 at home to Newport County.
Dons have been victorious in the last 5 outings with 4 clean sheets. Two wins at home in week against Northampton and Notts County has seen the Dons rise to 2nd and sit 3 points behind league leaders Lincoln City. The last away fixture, supported by a large MK following, saw the Dons win 1-0 at Cambridge United.
Players to Watch
Mansfield’s number 32 Danny Rose is likely the player to watch from the stags this weekend. Not to be confused with the England and Tottenham Left back, Danny enters his third season with Mansfield and has 27 goals within this time. Danny’s playing career started at Barnsley but was limited to 18 appearances scoring 2 goals. In 2014, Danny joined Bury on loan scoring 4 goals in 7 appearances. A permanent moved soon followed and Danny lined up for the shakers 62 times scoring 14 goals. In the summer, Danny handed in a transfer request as he aligned a potential move to a higher division. The move never materialised and the transfer request was withdrawn 2 weeks ago. This season, Danny has scored 4 goals in 10 appearances.
Rhys Healey won a penalty and scored from a tight angle on Tuesday night vs Notts County. The Cardiff City loanee has scored 3 league goals this season and is linking well with Agard, Aneke and the midfield. A similar performance to Tuesday night will see Healey being a constant handful for the Mansfield defence.
David Flitcroft took over from Steve Evans as first team manager in March 2018. Flitcroft’s first managerial position was at Barnsley after a successful period as caretaker manager. Barnsley would continue that season to pick up vital points to avoid relegation from the Championship. However, the following season did not improve and David was sacked following a home defeat to Birmingham in November 2013.
Flitcroft’s next appointment was at Bury and kept the club in the football league after a poor start to the season. The next season saw Bury promoted to League 1 but was sacked in November following a spell of 11 games without a victory. After a short spell at Swindon, Flitcroft took over at One Call Stadium and has drawn half of his competitive fixtures as manager.
Mansfield will have midfielder Will Atkinson available again after a 1 match suspension for a second yellow against Swindon on Saturday. Atkinson missed the trip to Morecambe who was replaced with the returning Neal Bishop from suspension. Bishop had a goal scoring return to the side and would have staked his claim to remain in the starting eleven. Alex McDonald and David Mirfin remain side-lined with knee injuries. Craig Davies is close to a return after an ankle injury.
Tisdale named an unchanged team for the two fixtures at Stadium MK. However, a change in formation for the second half against Notts County could see a few changes for the upcoming trip to the One Call Stadium.
Ryan Watson, Callum Brittain & Lawson D’Ath will all be pushing for starting roles. Cisse, Sow, Baudry, Harley & Pawlett all still expected to be side-lined.
Mansfield play their home fixtures at the One Call stadium. Visiting supporters are housed in the North Stand. The north stand was originally the traditional home end for many years. There is space for 1,800 supporters in this stand. Both stands behind the goal (North & Quarry Lane) are almost identical single tier stands with the main difference being the colour of the seating. The Ian Greaves Stand runs to the right of the Don’s supporters and is a neat two tiered all seating stand. The opposite touchline stand is the Bishop Street side with the dugouts in front of this stand. Bishop Street side is closed for spectators for safety reasons and is replaced with numerous advertising boards.
Inside the stadium you can purchase range of food and beverages. Food on offer inside the ground includes a range of Pies (£3), Double Cheeseburgers (£4.50), Cheeseburgers (£3.50), Burgers (£3), Hot Dogs (£3) and Sausage Rolls (£2). There is a bar at the stadium called the Sandy Pate which is situated underneath the Ian Greaves Stand. This bar welcomes away fans and is also free to enter.
Mansfield have 26 spaces for wheelchair users which can be found on an elevated platform and at pitch side in the away section for away supporters.
LPF's view is that many disabled supporters should be able to access general seating areas and only those with specific needs eg those who require extra legroom, or access via aisle seats or who need step free access etc should be allocated seats in the dedicated areas.
There are 8 accessible toilets available in the stadium.
More details can be found on the level playing fields website:
Matchday ticket prices (If brought in advance of matchday):
Seniors (65+): £18
Young adults (18-21): £16
Juniors (7-17): £12
6 and under: FREE
After 5pm on Friday 26th October MK Dons will stop selling match tickets and they will only be available at the One Call Stadium where there will be a price increase (£2). Ticket sales at the One Call Stadium are cash only.
MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £18 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 10:30 am. Coach travel can be booked online, from the box office or by calling 0333 200 5343. Coach travel will remain on sale until 5pm on Friday 26th October.
If travelling by car you should leave the M1 at Junction 28 and then take A38 to Mansfield. After passing the Kings Mill Hospital on your left and then the Nell Gwyn pub on your right, turn right at the traffic lights after the pub into Sheepbridge Lane. After passing under a railway bridge (height restriction 10' 9") you will reach a set of traffic lights where you turn left into Quarry Lane. You will reach the stadium along on the left.
Postcode for satnavs is: NG18 5DA
Mansfield Railway Station is the closest stop to the ground and can be seen from the station. As you leave the station turn left walking away from the town centre. Continue this road until reaching Quarry Lane which you turn right and the ground is a short distance from this junction.
There is some parking at the ground which costs £5. There is also the station car park which costs £4 for the day. This car park is located behind the adjacent Portland Retail Park (behind Burger King), which means it is handily placed for the away end. It is also signposted from the town centre ring road. Otherwise, it is a case of finding some street parking. Fans are advised not to park at the nearby Portland retail park (Staples, Maplin’s, Pets at Home). Parking in this area is limited to just 2 hours and is monitored by cameras. A fine of up to £70 can be received if parking exceeds this time limit.
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