The Opposition: Morecambe v Mansfield

Adam Murray.
Adam Murray.

Morecambe welcome play-off chasing Mansfield to the Globe Arena on Boxing Day.

Manager

Adam Murray

The 34-year-old became the youngest manager in the top four divisions when he took over at Field Mill 12 months ago.

Midfielder, who also played for Carlisle, Derby and Oxford amongst others, is unlikely to play again but is registered should he be needed.

Key Man

Chris Clements

Midfielder can produce the pass to unlock any defence and is capable of running a game.

The 25-year-old former Hednesford Town man has been with the Stags since the summer of 2012.

Elsewhere, the spine is very good from experienced former Burnley ‘keeper Brian Jensen, through centre half Krystian Pearce to goal ace Matt Green up front.

Form

Stags have lost just one of their last five in League 2, a 2-0 defeat at home to Exeter at the end of November.

Murray’s men have drawn their last two games 1-1, Adam Chapman’s free-kick giving them the lead at Cambridge on Saturday before Ryan Donaldson levelled things up for the hosts.

Result means Mansfield sit eighth just two points outside the play-off places.

History

Morecambe have had the better of six League 2 meetings between the sides, winning four games to Mansfield’s two.

Last season in the corresponding fixture in February The Shrimps were 2-1 winners having earlier lost 1-0 at Field Mill, with Paul Mullin and Kevin Ellison on target.

Possible line-up

Jensen, Hunt, Pearce, Tafazolli, Adams, Rose, Clements, Chapman, Lambe, Westcarr, Green.

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