Fitness worries for Mansfield Town as former boss Graham Coughlan brings his Newport County side to the One Call Stadium

Fitness worries for Mansfield Town as former boss Graham Coughlan brings his Newport County side to the One Call Stadium

Coughlan gained his opening recreation in cost at residence to Colchester on Saturday and Mansfield boss Nigel Clough is anticipating a troublesome night time as his facet bid to shortly get well from Saturdays’ sudden 3-2 give up at struggling Crawley Town.

“The formation we begin with will most likely depend upon personnel as a lot as something tomorrow night time. It will probably be who’s contemporary and who’s match,” stated Clough.

“It could be good to have a squad of 18-19 to select from. however the facet could decide itself from who is obtainable.”

Graham Coughlan throughout his time as Stags boss.

Riley Harbottle, Stephen McLaughlin, James Perch, Kellan Gordon and John-Joe O’Toole will all face a race in opposition to time to be match whereas veteran Stephen Quinn is suspended after choosing up a fifth reserving of the season at Crawley.

“Riley was struggling a bit after Saturday’s recreation – a delayed factor – and I believe he will probably be struggling for tomorrow night time. These head accidents are so tough to diagnose,” stated Clough.

“Hopefully Macca will prepare and we are going to see how he’s from there. I’m not positive if his knee is 100 per cent but. He has had this niggle for just a few weeks that he has been enjoying with.

“We are hoping to have Perchy again if he has recovered from his sickness. “It’s been shut on per week now since he first went down with it. As lengthy as he’s bodily okay and has recovered strength-wise he will probably be again within the squad.

“Kellan isn’t far-off. This groin is simply nonetheless niggling him, it is that final little bit. It’s simply the whipping the balls in and the crosses that are a serious a part of his recreation. I might suppose he’s 50-50 for the Newport recreation.

“John-Joe O’Toole completed Saturday’s recreation limping within the final 5 minutes so we should see how he’s.”

On Quinn’s suspension, Clogh stated: “I believe most of his 5 yellow playing cards have been avoidable.

“To get 5 bookings at his age is disappointing, You would suppose at 36 you’ll be taught, however he misses the Newport recreation.

“He was rested on Saturday with a view to enjoying on Tuesday as enjoying Saturday/Tuesday is a giant ask for him.

“That was the plan. Now he isn’t within the workforce for Tuesday he needs to be a doubt for the workforce on Saturday in addition to we now have some good choices in there with George Maris, Ollie Clarke, Hiram Boateng now again from harm in addition to Anthony Hartigan.

“So he could have all of it on getting again into the workforce.”

On Newport, Clough stated: “They have struggled at residence however Graham has had an impression right away.

“We watched the sport at Crawley once they misplaced 2-1 the week earlier than and I believe they had been unfortunate to lose the sport. They had numerous probabilities.

“It is unbelievable how the fixtures fall and his first away recreation is coming again to Mansfield.

“It’s the brand new supervisor impact we now have to pay attention to.

“It will take him a number of months, as much as six months, to have an actual impression and put your stamp on issues. But they be making an attempt that little bit more durable, to start with as a result of Graham is coming again to his outdated workforce, and in addition for a brand new supervisor.

“He signed some good gamers right here. Ollie Clarke remains to be round, George Maris and so forth.

“You have a look at the workforce he put collectively at Bristol Rovers, he was very profitable there, however it did not fairly work out for him right here – that occurs in soccer administration generally regardless of how laborious you strive.

“But he has received off to a successful begin and we count on an unbelievably powerful recreation.”

Newport could also be down in 18th, however Clough is aware of his facet can not afford any complacency.

“We have performed the 2 groups within the backside two locations in the previous couple of weeks – Hartlepool and Crawley – and conceded 5 targets, which is extraordinarily disappointing,” he stated.

“So if you get a workforce as succesful as Newport, you understand if you’re not at it defensively and everywhere in the pitch then they are going to flip you over – as any workforce in League Two will.

“For one of the best a part of a yr we now have been stable at residence and I hope Saturday’s defeat has not broken confidence.

“We cannot let one defeat derail us.

“It was uncharacteristic of us. We have been tough to create probabilities in opposition to and tough to attain in opposition to. And I’m indignant at myself for leaving Riley on. I shouldn’t be taking probabilities with issues like that.

“Being again at house is an opportunity to achieve some floor that we misplaced on Saturday.”

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