A look ahead to Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup third round tie with Mansfield Town (7.45pm).
Peterborough United make the trip to the One Call Stadium to face Sky Bet League Two side Mansfield Town in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening (7.45pm) with Darren Ferguson’s men looking to make it into the last 16 of the competition.
The Stags are in excellent form in League Two and are managed by Nigel Clough. Posh progressed to this stage of the competition with penalty shoot-out victories over Swindon Town and Portsmouth, the latter an excellent success at Fratton Park.
Posh are without the services of goalkeeper Will Blackmore and midfielder Jeando Fuchs due to injury, while Malik Mothersille continues to work hard in training to boost his fitness after missing the majority of pre-season.
Jacob Wakeling is cup-tied, so won’t be involved while assistant manager Kieran Scarff hinted that the squad could be utilised for this fixture ahead of a league clash with Bristol Rovers at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The fixture will come 'too soon' for Stags defender Callum Johnson who has a slight hamstring injury but Stags' number two might be in contention to feature against Gillingham on Saturday. McKeal Abdullah and Finn Flanagan are expected to be in the matchday squad.
ONE TO WATCH
Former Posh goalkeeper Christy Pym (pictured) is expected to be between the sticks for the Stags. Pym, who helped Posh to promotion back in 2021, has been a regular for Nigel Clough’s men since joining the club, initially on-loan. He is an excellent shot-stopper and made his name with Exeter City before his move to Posh.
FROM THE ASSISTANT MANAGER
“Mansfield are a good side. It is always a tough place to go. They have an experienced manager in Nigel Clough, they are always a side that are there or thereabouts in that division. This is an good opportunity for both sides to reach the last 16 of the competition. Both teams will want to win the game, both will see it as a good chance to get into the next round,” Kieran Scarff said.
Tickets are on sale at www.theposhtickets.com and via the Weston Homes Stadium ticket office until 12pm on Tuesday. The game is not all-ticket and there is no price rise on the night. Over 650 tickets have so far been sold.
Audio passes are available in the UK and worldwide for £5 with Chris Dowsett and Nilesh Patel on commentary. Monthly passes are available for £6.50.
HEAD TO HEAD
Posh+ subscribers can watch highlights of the 5-1 victory over Mansfield from 2003 when Andy Clarke and Simon Rea were among the goal-scorers. Posh lost their last fixture at the One Call Stadium, which was on Boxing Day in 2007.
The goalscorers from that 5-1 win over Mansfield Town, Andy Clarke, Leon McKenzie, Ian Hendon, Simon Rea and Andrew Fotiadis with Barry Fry after being awarded 'Performance of the Week.'
A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS
Midfielder Louis Reed (pictured below) is another with experience of playing for Posh in his career. The cultured deep lying playmaker has an excellent range of passing and is a key cog in the Stags midfield. There have been a host of other players to have represented both clubs including;
Nicky Ajose, Lee Angol, Rhys Bennett, Shaq Coulthirst, Callum Elder, Lee Howarth, Anthony Lormer, Gary Martindale, Alfie Potter, Ben Sedgemore, Eric Steele, Ryan Tafazolli, Kell Watts, Gareth Jelleyman and Ben Turner.
The referee for the game is Sebastien Stockbridge.