Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans expecting to be on the touchline against Notts County despite midweek dismissal


Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans is expecting to be on the touchline for their derby against Notts County following his midweek dismissal at Cheltenham.

The Scot was sent to the stands during the 3-0 defeat at Whaddon Road after becoming incensed by the match officials.

It has led to speculation whether Evans would face a ban which would lead him to be absent from the dugout.

But the Stags boss says he is expecting a visit to Wembley for a disciplinary hearing instead.

“I have heard nothing yet, but one million percent I will be down there on the bench on Saturday,” he said.

Manager of the Stags Steve Evans

“What will happen is I will get a letter from the Football Association – it won’t be talking about my caps as I never got any – and it will another little visit down to Wembley Stadium in due course.

“We will go there and we will have an opinion.

“The fourth official had an opinion – not backed up by anyone else. So it’s probably two or three from our bench versus the fourth official.

“We won’t endorse but we will respect the views and I am sure I will get a full, fair hearing when that letter eventually comes.”

The Stags dropped to eighth in the table as a result of Tuesday’s defeat to the Robins which was a surprise given they were expected to be among the frontrunners given the quality of their squad.

But they do have some injury problems with defender Zander Diamond and midfielder Joel Byrom expected to miss out on Saturday.

Mansfield’s right-back Hayden White, a former Notts loanee, does have a chance of being available.

“Hayden has got a chance to be fit. We will ask him to train at his maximum,” said Evans.

“Zander and Joel will miss out and we have one or two other knocks in the camp.

“I think the other two will both be about 10 days or so if they have no setbacks. They’re both fighting hard to be fit.

“We have a reasonably sized squad to deal with three or four injuries. It has to be said if we get one or two more we will be down to having kids on the bench.

“This nonsense I hear around the country about Mansfield has got a big squad. I look at the back of programmes and I shake my head as, take the kids out, we are probably one of the smaller squads.”



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