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Frankie To Have Forwards Back Available For Mansfield

9 August 2021

Frankie McAvoy will have Sean Maguire and Scott Sinclair available for selection again for tomorrow’s Carabao Cup tie against Mansfield Town.

The forwards missed the weekend’s season opener against Hull City due to isolation, but they will be in contention to play in the first round tie on Tuesday evening.

Frankie told iFollow PNE: “Scott Sinclair and Sean Maguire will both be back in today so we'll welcome them back and they’ll be available for selection tomorrow night.

“It’s the same as we were on Saturday, we’ve got a full squad now with Seani and Scotty back in to select from, and that’s what we’ll do. We’ll try and pick the best team to go and try and win the game.

“For me, every game, no matter what it is, is a game that we should go and try and win. That’s what we’re paid to do and we’ll try and do that tomorrow night.”

One man who won’t be ready to play against Mansfield is goalkeeper Declan Rudd, who was forced off on Saturday with concussion.

He took a knock just a couple of minutes into the game and the circumstances of the injury is something which has frustrated Frankie, with the Hull forward involved in the collision coming from an offside position.

He said: “He’s back in this morning but obviously Declan’s got a bit of concussion so obviously there’s clear protocols in place that we need to follow, so I think it’s a minimum of seven, maximum of ten days so we just need to make sure that we carry the protocols out to the letter of the law.

“It’s one of the instances that happens in football, one of the rules which I have a personal disliking to. When somebody’s clearly offside, attempts to go for the ball, you wait five or ten seconds sometimes after it to see what happens before the flag goes up and unfortunately it culminates in Declan getting himself injured.

“But I don’t make the rules, we just need to go by them and do the best we can. But I would say that anybody, any player on the pitch, whether you’re in goal or outfield, that when you see the ball coming towards your goal you’re going to try and do anything that you can within your power to try and stop it going towards the goal.

“Declan did that, unfortunately he got injured and it was due to an offside decision where I felt he probably could have blown the whistle earlier and the linesman put his flag up earlier.”

Looking ahead to the match on Tuesday evening, Frankie and his team will come up against a Mansfield side widely tipped for promotion.

They had a positive pre-season period, beating sides in divisions higher than themselves, before then starting the League Two season with a victory at the weekend.

“It’ll be a very tough game," added Frankie. "They play a diamond, the system we changed it to on Saturday. They’re very energetic, I don’t think it’s going to be an easy game by any means at all.

“They’ve done extremely well, they’re fancied to go up from League Two. They have a good manager in Nigel Clough who I know, very experienced, he’s been about the block, and his teams are always very, very difficult to play against.

“We’ve watched them, we’ve seen that they beat Hull 2-1 at Hull [in pre-season] and they beat Coventry as well, so this will be an extremely difficult game and we need to be at full tilt to go and try and win the game and that’s what we’ll try and do.”

Watch Frankie's full interview at the top of the page.

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