Mansfield Town defender Hayden White insists his side must take each game as it comes as they host Leyton Orient on Tuesday evening. White was part of a Stag side that picked up their first win of the season on Saturday and highlighted they will be full of confidence on facing the O’s. Speaking to mansfieldtown.net “it’s early on and as we’ve seen from last season things can either way but we’ll go into Tuesday’s game against Leyton Orient bouncing”.
The Stags head into the clash with Orient after goals from Danny Rose and Nicky Maynard saw them depart Carlisle victorious. Manager John Dempster was thrilled with the manner of his side victory describing to mansfieldtown.net “I think it was the perfect away performance. We had a game plan and I thought to a man, they were outstanding”.
Dempster who took over from David Flitcroft who was sacked in the summer. The 36 year old joined the club in 2014 as academy manager and finally took the full time reigns in May. Mansfield’s win at Carlisle was his first win as permanent manager and revealed “it is massive and is something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life and I can’t say much more than that”.
- Mansfield have drew their last three games at home
- Failed to win last four competitive home games
- Two wins in last six
After failing in the playoffs last year and only a few new arrivals the Stags were once again one of the pre season favourites for League Two. White revealed the win was massive for the whole group and could be a key moment moving forward. Speaking to mansfieldtown.net “the manner of the goals, the clean sheet as a defender and the togetherness of the group means it is a big result for us. We’ve drawn the last three but the boys really needed that and it will be a big boost for us”.
Dempster who took temporary charge back in 2018 was proud of his players and their performance but more importantly a clean sheet. Before Saturday, The Stags had been involved in three consecutive 2-2 draws and Dempster stated “the players in the squad gave everything and gave each other everything and got what they deserved. I’m absolutely delighted with the clean sheet. I said to the players before that this squad of players have goals in them but they also have clean sheets in them. Today was a perfect away performance”
- Three clean sheets in last six competitive home games
Dempster will be hoping his strike force of Nicky Maynard and Danny Rose can continue their red hot form. The pair have scored five of their six league goals so far this season will be hoping for more on Tuesday night. Dempster commented on the pair and their goals to mansfieldtown.net “that Rose goal was top drawer, the finish of a striker, he’s playing with confidence and freedom. The sniffer dog Nick Maynard is in and around the penalty area and it’s a very clever finish. To hit it like he did was trademark Maynard”.
- Scored in 12 of their last 13 competitive home games
- Scored two or more in six of those games
Despite just coming up from the conference, Dempster is fully aware of the threat that Orient could pose them on Tuesday. Speaking to mansfieldtown.net “they are a physically big side but they play possession football so they will pose us different challenge in those areas. We’ll be looking to put our game plan in place and we’ll respect them”.
- Only lost one of their last eight games against Newly promoted sides
- Unbeaten in last four home games against promoted sides, winning three
Mansfield will be without the duo of Dion Donhoue and Jacob Mellis after they were suspended after a breach of club discipline on Monday. Neil Bishop will have a fitness following a bruised achilles. Craig Davies and Bobby Olejnik still remain out injured. Matt Preston will serve the last game of his suspension.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 24, Draw 14, Mansfield Town 14
Last Meeting – 28/01/2017 – Mansfield Town 2-0 Leyton Orient
- Mansfield have only won two of the 11 meetings – W2 D2 L7
- Mansfield have only won one of their last five home games – W1 D2 L2
- Mansfield did the league double in 2016/2017
- Only one of the last nine meetings has ended in a draw
Last Time Out – Carlisle 0-2 Mansfield Town, 17/08/2019
Prediction – Mansfield Town 1-1 Leyton Orient