Mansfield Town Stats Preview – Tom Williams

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It’s been a while, hasn’t it? A full 2-week gap from our Cup game which will have been used to rejuvenate and nurse a squad which has certainly borne the brunt of our title charge. Back to the bread and butter of the League and a great way to do it with a tie against Mansfield. Here are some things to look out for:

1) The Stags (All Mansfield Town stats are League only)

The visitors have marked themselves out as the stalemate specialists so far, managing 10 draws from just 18 games. That being said, they’re no easy tie. Despite a lack of wins, they sit 5th and have scored as many as current leaders MK Dons and conceded fewer goals than we have.

Another record they share with MK is the lowest amount of losses with 1. Their solitary defeat came over 2 months ago at home to Exeter and have gone 11 unbeaten since then. Although there have been 6 draws in that 11, it’s also included 4-0 and 3-0 wins (against Northampton and Crewe respectively) and they’ve won 2 on the bounce (albeit against Vale and Grimsby).

Their away form is also obviously pertinent. As you may expect, they actually have a below average amount of wins with just 2 but are yet to be beaten away from Field Mill. They’re also yet to concede in both halves of an away game. It’s not looking promising for the thumping we all want, but if any team can buck the trend, this Lincoln City team can.

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2) Bruno Andrade

It seems like a long time ago since he put Northampton to the sword and sealed our place in the next round. It also seems like a while since I’ve written about it. In reality, it’s probably only been a couple of articles but how can you ignore a season like the one he’s having?

Bruno’s late winner has put him joint top of the goal contributions (goals and assists) chart with Akinde. He’s played 79% of the minutes so far and his personal team goal difference of +18 is bettered only by Harry Toffolo and Tom Pett. Furthermore, he leads the way in terms of the importance of his goals and assists with goals he’s scored winning 7 points and ones he’s set up winning 5 (for this metric, Cup games are awarded points like League ties).

He also remains one of only 2 players to have featured in every game along with Harry Anderson. With 2 weeks rest in the tank, he’ll be a terrifying prospect for the Mansfield backline.

3) Harry Toffolo

On the topic of appearances, neither Anderson nor Andrade are near Harry Toffolo’s minutes total. The adventurous full-back has now clocked up 2,000 minutes – over a game more than Anderson, his closest rival. His attacking prowess has been invaluable so far and he’s formed a deadly link with Andrade, as seen in the build-up for the opener last time out.

His goal contribution rate has been helped by his set-piece delivery and he’s managed a goal and 5 assists already. This means he’s either setting up or scoring a goal at a rate better than 1 every 4 games. It’s also worth noting that, despite playing so many minutes in a competitive team, he’s yet to pick up a booking. This may just be his natural play style but I suspect he’ll have certainly been advised more than most to avoid cards given Habergham’s injury troubles.