Three Stags changes for crunch game with Tranmere

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Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray made three changes to his side for tonight’s big relegation clash with Tranmere Rovers at One Call Stadium.

Lee Beevers and Martin Riley were ruled out with knocks picked up on Saturday while Rakish Bingham was dropped to the bench.

Ritchie Sutton shook off a hip injury picked up in Saturday’s pre-match warm-up to replace Beevers at right back, Michael Raynes came into the centre of defence to replace Riley and Junior Brown, back from a four-game ban, took over from Bingham on the wing in a 4-1-2-3 formation.

Experienced keeper Lenny Pidgeley still has a slight hamstring problem, so Sasha Studer retained his place between the posts, but Pidgeley was on the bench as back-up.

Both sides began the night without a win in five with Rovers, six points behind Mansfield in the bottom two with only four games to play, the more desperate to take all three points on the night. Stags had lost all five previous games while Rovers had picked up a couple of draws.

The visitors included former Stags winger Rob Taylor.

STAGS: Studer; Sutton, Raynes, Tafazolli, Elder; McGuire, Clements, Thomas; Lambe, Oliver, Brown. Subs: Pidgeley, Rhead, Hearn, Bingham, Ravenhill, Marsden, Hawkridge.

TRANMERE: Fon Williams, Holmes, Power, Ihiekwe, Green, Donacien, Stockton, Taylor, Jennings, Donnelly, Myrie-Williams. Subs: Brezovan, Koumas, Odejayi, Laird, Hill, Thompson, Hume.

REFEREE: Darren Drysdale of Lincolnshire.