Tafazolli misses Hartlepool trip for Stags

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Mansfield Town had central defender Ryan Tafazolli ruled out with a foot injury for tonight’s tough League Two trip to Hartlepool United.

Tafazolli is expected to be fit for the weekend but was tonight replaced by Ritchie Sutton.

Otherwise Paul Cox stuck with the rest of the side that began last weekend’s 0-0 derby draw with Chesterfield.

That meant top scorer Sam Clucas again had to be content with a place on the bench as did Darryl Westlake, available again after a one game ban.

Hartlepool, who had won four and drawn one of their last five home games without conceding a goal, included Stags January transfer target Marlon Harewood up front.

HARTLEPOOL: Flinders, Richards, Collins, Burgess, Holden, Duckworth, Walker, Compton, Barmby, Harewood, James. Subs: Rafferty, Franks, Poole, Sweeney, Rowbotham, Jones, Hawkins.
STAGS: Marriott; Sutton, Dempster, Riley; Beevers, Murray, Howell, McGuire, Jennings; Rhead, Palmer. Subs: Clucas, Clements, Westlake, Meikle, Daniel, Speight, Stevenson.
REFEREE: Gary Sutton of Lincolnshire.