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Stags Draw Port Vale In Their First Fourth Round Carabao Cup Clash In Close To 50 Years

After Mansfield Town were once again successful in a penalty shootout, knocking out League One Peterborough United in the Third Round, the Stags will now take on another League One side in Port Vale.

Nigel Clough’s Stags are one step closer to a successful cup run in the Carabao Cup as they target the Quarter-Finals with Port Vale the opponents in Round Four.

The Valiants, who defeated Mansfield Town 3-0 in the League Two Play-Off Final at Wembley in 2022, will also look to make it as far as possible and reach the Quarter-Finals for the first time in the club’s history.

Vale and Mansfield are two of the lowest-ranked sides left in the competition and have the chance to face a major top-tier giant in the next round and a great chance of creating a fairytale underdog story.

In Round Three, the Stags who beat Sheffield Wednesday on penalties in the previous round, replicated their feat as they beat Peterborough United 3-1 on penalties.

After taking the lead through Will Swan, Jonson Clarke-Harris’ double saw the Stags 2-1 and with a lot of work to do. The Stags were awarded an amazing chance in added time of the second-half as they were awarded another penalty which Lucas Akins dispatched.

The penalty shootout went as planned for the amber and blues as Akins and Jordan Bowery put the hosts 2-0 in front.

Clarke-Harris and Ronnie Edwards had their penalties saved by Christy Pym, however, Aden Flint and Ollie Clarke failed to capitalise on this and Ephron Mason-Clark reduced the deficit for the Posh.

Josh Knight missed his penalty to put Peterborough level and Davis Keillor-Dunn slotted his penalty to send the Stags into Round Four.

For Port Vale, they faced Sutton United at Vale Park in Round Three as the Valiants were the favourites in this tie.

The hosts took the lead in the 49th minute as Joshua Thomas’ effort hit the back of the net and Vale took a strong foothold of the tie.

However, Hisham Kasimu’s goal with 20 minutes to go saw the lowest-ranked side level the game up at 1-1.

Funso Ojo restored Vale’s lead in the 83rd minute as the Valiants booked their place in the Fourth Round.

The Carabao Cup Fourth Round ties will be played the week commencing 30th October as 16 teams will go down to eight.

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