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PREVIEW: Stags looking to bounce back at home

Steve Evans’ Mansfield will be looking to put their poor form behind them and push themselves closer to the play-offs when they face Morecambe this Saturday.

Mansfield currently sit in 10th place, just two points behind Coventry City who occupy the final play-off position.

Opponents Morecambe find themselves lurking above the relegation zone in 20th place. The Shrimps are just two points ahead of the bottom two. Defeat at Mansfield could be costly for them as they could potentially end the weekend bottom of SkyBet League Two.

Mansfield have been in poor form recently, not matching that of a play-off chasing side. Just two points gathered from the last available nine will give gaffer Steve Evans cause for concern.

Their only two points coming against teams towards the bottom of the table in local rivals Chesterfield as well as Somerset boys Yeovil Town. Both fixtures played at home, causing a slight drop away from the play-off positions.

The Stags have fired blanks in their last two league games, a 0-0 draw with Yeovil as well as a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Crawley Town.

Their last goals in the league coming nearly a month ago in their 2-2 draw at home to 23rd placed Chesterfield.

Mansfield will be without midfielder Joel Byrom as he recovers from a groin injury whereas striker Kane Hemmings could make a return to first team football this weekend.

The Shrimps however enter the game having won four points from their last nine on offer. Whilst losing in what could be described as a ‘six-pointer’ against Barnet last week, Jim Bentley’s side gained credible points by beating play-off hopefuls Coventry City 2-0 as well as picking up a point on the road at Carlisle.

Vadaine Oliver and Callum Lang both netted against the Sky Blues, ensuring that Bentley’s men moved further away from trouble.

Morecambe will be without Reece Deakin who sustained a broken leg in a behind closed door friendly last month and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Whereas the Shrimps will also be without defender Dean Winnard who is currently suffering with an Achilles injury. Both look set the miss the festive period.

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