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Albion v Mansfield Town match preview

27 August 2018

ALBION host Mansfield Town in the Carabao Cup Second Round at The Hawthorns on Tuesday evening (ko 8pm).

The opposition 

Mansfield beat Accrington Stanley 6-1 in the first round of the competition thanks a Tyler Walker hat-trick and goals from Otis Khan, Danny Rose and CJ Hamilton.

They currently sit 13th in Sky Bet League Two after winning their first game before drawing their last four in a row.

Manager David Flitcroft, who has previously been in charge of Barnsley, Bury and Swindon Town, took over in March following the departure of former boss Steve Evans to Peterborough United.

Last time out 

The most recent fixture between the teams was a Football League Division 2 clash in April 1993 when Albion recorded a 3-0 away win over the Stags.

Strikes from Taylor, Heggs and Hunt earned the Baggies, who earned promotion that year via the play-offs, an important three points.



  • The Baggies overcame then League Two opposition in the form of Accrington Stanley at this stage of the competition last season.
  • Only once have Mansfield visited The Hawthorns - with Albion running out 2-0 winners back in December 1992.
  • This tie is the first time Albion and Mansfield have ever met in any cup competition.


  • This season is the first time since the 2006/07 campaign that Mansfield have reached the second round of the Carabao Cup.
  • The Stags’ best run in this competition was getting to the quarter-final in the 1975/76 season.
  • Mansfield are unbeaten across all competitions so far this campaign (W2, D4).

From the archive 

Here are the highlights from the most recent meeting between Albion and Mansfield...

Head to head

The overall head-to-head record sees Albion come out on top.

Of the two matches that have been played, the Baggies have won both times, doing the double over the Stags in the 1992/93 Football League Division 2 campaign.

Ticket news

Seats for the clash are on general sale, with prices set at £10 for adults, seniors and students, £5 for under-18s and disabled supporters, and £3 for under-11s.

These prices apply up to midday on the day of the match, after which the three price categories will be increased to £15, £10 and £5.

You can get your tickets online, in person or over the phone at 0121 227 2227. Pay kiosks will be available at the East Stand area on the day of the game.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Mansfield is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. iFollow subscribers can join Sean Watts and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Tuesday night.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

Twitter - @WBA

Facebook - West Bromwich Albion

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Match Reports

Albion 2 Mansfield Town 1

28 August 2018

ALBION advanced to Round Three of the Carabao Cup courtesy of a 2-1 win over Mansfield Town at The Hawthorns.

Jonathan Leko fired his maiden Baggies goal in the 26th minute, before Neal Bishop hit back for the visitors with a sublime strike.

But Kyle Edwards - who also netted his first competitive goal - secured Darren Moore's young side safe passage to the next stage of the competition, with the draw being held on Thursday evening.

Tyrone Mears made his Albion debut just hours after putting pen to paper on a short-term rolling contract, with Craig Dawson named in the XI for the first time this season.

Moore also handed starts to goalscorers Leko and Edwards after impressive cameos in Round One against Luton Town.

The matchwinner that night, Oliver Burke, led the line for the Baggies with 16-year-old striker Morgan Rogers named on the bench for the first time.

But it was Mansfield who were first to threaten on a wet and windy Tuesday evening. Craig Davies spurned a gilt-edged opportunity to open the scoring for the visitors, blazing a half-volley wide of Boaz Myhill's goal from five yards.

A front three of Leko, Edwards and Burke looked lively in the opening stages, with the former crafting a neat opening for the latter via a delicate through-ball.

Dawson was spared blushes thanks to a fine reaction stop from Myhill after the Baggies defender's volleyed backpass went astray. But our experienced centre-half recovered to make a goal-saving block in a hectic Stags attack.

It paid dividends, as just five minutes later Albion took the lead. And it was that front three who combined yet again to great effect.

Edwards' clever outside-of-the-foot pass to Burke split the Mansfield defence before the Scotland international squared to Leko who slotted home into an empty net.

It could have been two before the half-hour mark, Burke again causing problems. But he could only fire straight at keeper Robert Olejnik when put through one-on-one by Gareth Barry.

Chances came and went for Albion in the second half; Dawson, Edwards and Leko failing to find the decisive touch.

And, after surviving a scare from visitors' substitute Danny Rose, they were made to pay with 70 minutes on the clock, Neal Bishop curling a sumptuous effort into the top corner from 25 yards.

Kyle Howkins was introduced for his Baggies bow, and he saw fellow academy graduate Edwards slam his side into an ultimately decisive lead just five minutes later.

Albion again owed a debt of gratitude to Myhill who pulled off a crucial stop from Rose in the final stages, before Krystian Pearce missed the opportunity to force a penalty shootout with practically the last kick of the game.

ALBION: Myhill; Mears, Adarabioyo, Dawson (Howkins 72), Field, Townsend; Edwards (Barnes 76), Harper, Barry (c), Leko (Gayle 76); Burke.

Subs: Bond, Livermore, Brunt, Rogers.

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