Manager Nigel Clough hoping to avoid using Oli Hawkins at centre half as Mansfield Town try to stop the rot.
Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough will try to avoid pulling giant forward Oli Hawkins back to centre half in a bid to solve their defensive frailties ahead of Saturday's visit of Rochdale. Stags have lost five games in a row and not had a clean sheet all season and Clough admitted: “Oli is probably as good as we've got at centre half, though we have not actually seen him play there yet.
Mansfield Town striker Oli Hawkins had mixed feelings after netting two superb goals only to see his side pipped 3-2 in a thriller with visiting Bradford City. “I am happy that I got two goals for myself but disappointed they did not contribute to three points,” he said.
Joey Barton shared his frustration with reporters after Bristol Rovers' 2-1 defeat to Mansfield Town on the opening day Joey Barton believes "two big calls" from referee Joshua Smith cost 10-man Bristol Rovers a point at Mansfield Town on Saturday. Oli Hawkins headed the hosts into the lead at Field Mill on the verge of half time, catching Anssi Jaakkola off his line, but Cian Harries scored a wonderful equaliser – volleying home from 25 yards – just after the hour.
Stags boss Nigel Clough believes his side deserved their 2-1 opening day win over Bristol Rovers. Oli Hawkins headed the hosts in front on 44 minutes from Kellan Gordon’s corner. Rovers levelled after Cian Harries smashed a brilliant first-time volley past Nathan Bishop on 61 minutes.
Fuming Bristol Rovers boss Joey Burton blasted referee Josh Smith after their 2-1 defeat at Mansfield Town. Oli Hawkins headed the hosts in front on 44 minutes from Kellan Gordon’s corner. Rovers levelled after Cian Harries smashed a brilliant first-time volley past Nathan Bishop on 61 minutes.
Danny Johnson scored a penalty in the sixth minute of stoppage time as Mansfield Town beat Bristol Rovers 2-1. A brilliant individual goal from Cian Harries looked to have rescued a 1-1 draw for Rovers. But debutant Johnson kept his cool to send the keeper the wrong way after Oli Hawkins had been tugged in the box by Jack Baldwin
The player ratings as Bristol Rovers suffered a last-gasp defeat at Mansfield Town Anssi Jaakkola - 5 Came to collect McLaughlin's cross, but got nowhere near it after getting stuck in traffic, allowing Oli Hawkins to head into an empty net. Beaten by a clinical penalty.
Live coverage as Bristol Rovers travel to the One Call Stadium to face Mansfield Town on the opening day of the League Two season Bristol Rovers' start to life in League Two ended in the most miserable fashion with Danny Johnson scoring a 96th-minute winner for Mansfield Town. Ten-man Rovers were beaten 2-1 at Field Mill, with Cian Harries sensational equaliser going unrewarded.
Mansfield boss Nigel Clough has decisions to make ahead of Saturday’s League Two opener against relegated Bristol Rovers. The Stags boss has overhauled his squad during the closed-season with keepers Nathan Bishop and George Shelvey, defenders Ryan Burke and Elliott Hewitt and midfielders Ryan Stirk and, after a successful loan spell from Burton last season, Stephen Quinn among the new arrivals.
Four more of Mansfield Town's self-isolated players returned to the fold for yesterday's 1-0 pre-season friendly home defeat by Grimsby Town. The game was played behind closed doors at the RH Academy and was won by a low Eric Sousa finish on 66 minutes. But Nigel Clough will have been relieved to welcome back defenders James Perch and Farrend Rawson, midfielder George Maris and striker Jordan Bowery from their enforced lay-offs.
With three new strikers signed this summer, Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough is looking forward to seeing how partnerships develop between them. New signings Danny Johnson (2) and Oli Hawkins (1) bagged three in their first hour together in Tuesday's 9-1 friendly win at Retford Town and Clough said: “It doesn't matter who it's against, for strikers to score in their first game is always good and they will gain confidence from it.
Mansfield Town have today sold striker Jamie Reid to Sky Bet League Two rivals Stevenage for an undisclosed fee. The 26-year-old made 45 appearances for the Stags in 2020/21, scoring seven times after a prolific spell with Torquay United in the National League. A Stags statement said: “The club would like to place on record its thanks to Jamie for his endeavours and wishes him well for his future career.”
His name was pencilled in on Pompey's summer shopping list this time a year ago. But given the fee Bristol Rovers have been forced to pay for Brandon Hanlan, the Blues will now feel even more vindicated they didn't pursue a move. With Brett Pitman and Oli Hawkins both released after Pompey's penalty shootout defeat to Oxford in the play-off semi-finals, former boss Kenny Jackett was on the lookout for an additional striker.
Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook reportedly sends a number of senior players to start pre-season with under-23s
A whole host of senior players look set to begin pre-season training at Ipswich Town later this week with the club's under-23s. Manager Paul Cook, who was appointed in March of this year, has made no secret of the fact that he intends to make sweeping changes to his squad this summer.
Oli Hawkins has left Ipswich Town after just one season, joining League Two side Mansfield Town. Andy Warren looks back at his short career at Portman Road. Town story And with that, Ipswich Town’s class of 2020 is gone. Oli Hawkins’ exit for Mansfield means every player recruited by Paul Lambert for his final season in charge of Ipswich has moved on after less than 12 months.
Ipswich Town have sold striker Oli Hawkins to League Two club Mansfield Town for an undisclosed fee. The 29-year-old joined Ipswich on a free transfer last summer but failed to nail down a regular first team place. Hawkins scored one goal in 20 appearances for Town last season.
Oli Hawkins says he moved to League Two club Mansfield after Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook had made it clear he was not part of his plans. Hawkins, 29, arrived on a free transfer from Portsmouth last summer and scored just one goal in 10 starts and 13 substitute appearances for a Blues side that finished ninth in League One.
So Mansfield Town have gone and grabbed themselves a giant target man. But Oli Hawkins, who was signed for an undisclosed fee from League One Ipswich Town on Monday, insists he is not just a Plan B hulk. A big Plan B man is something Stags have lacked since Matt Rhead and, when you're under pressure, the last thing you want is the ball constantly coming back at you.
Ex-Portsmouth striker declares Championship ambitions - despite leaving Ipswich to drop to League Two
Former Pompey striker Oli Hawkins insists he still has ambitions to play in the Championship – despite dropping from League One to the Football League's basement division. Hawkins has departed Ipswich just a year after moving to Portman Road from the Blues to join League Two outfit Mansfield.
Giant new Mansfield Town striker Oli Hawkins has promised to cause havoc in opposition boxes and says he has dropped down to League Two Mansfield Town as he believes they can be promoted. The 6ft 6ins frontman, who signed yesterday from League One Ipswich Town, described himself as an old-fashioned type of centre forward but not a 'head on a stick'.