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Season 12/13 Stagsnet Match Report
Blue Square Bet Premier
Ebbsfleet United  
3 - 1
 Mansfield Town
Elder 58, Walsh 60, Enver-Marum (pen) 81.
 
 Briscoe (pen) 42. Green sent off 33.
Attendance: 828 (120 from Mansfield)
 
Date: 8 September 2012

GREEN SENDING-OFF AND DEFENSIVE MISTAKES COST STAGS IN THE HEAT

Martin Shaw at Stonebridge Road

Mansfield Town suffered a big set-back after the run of 4 wins from 5 games, going down 3-1 at Ebbsfleet. In extreme heat, the opening half hour was quiet with no significant chances for either side. The main talking point had been the rough tactics of Ebbsfleet centre half Paul Lorraine, while Matt Rhead had been booked for his first offence, showing inconsistency with the way Lorraine had been treated. A game changing moment came on 33 minutes. Lorraine and Green challenged for a high ball right in front of the Ebbsfleet dugout. Lorraine was all over Green. As the players dropped down, the players were grappling with each other and Green did flick a little elbow at Lorraine. The referee didn’t see it, but the fourth official called the referee over and clearly advised the referee. The referee then spoke with Green before pulling out a red card. The Stags were unhappy that the decision was taken on the view of the fourth official, though I don’t understand why, since the fourth official is allowed to do this. Lorraine should have been booked earlier and was not blameless in the incident. The Stags took the lead on 42 minutes. Meikle did well to control a fine Murray ball to the right wing. Meikle crossed into the middle, it was half cleared by Walsh and Meikle got to the ball just before a defender who brought him down on the edge of the box. A clear penalty. With Green off the field, Briscoe took it and belted it to the left of centre, high into the net. It was the third successive game that the Stags have scored just before the break. The Stags continued to look comfortable despite the man disadvantage, but a moment of bad marking was costly on 58 minutes. Joe Howe crossed from the right, and Nathan Elder was left completely unmarked in the middle to head home from 7 yards. It seemed that Jones had lost his man, and the ball floated just over Jones’ head allowing Elder the free header. Two minutes later and the home side scored again. A corner from the right was headed back across goal by Lorraine, and Phil Walsh, the other centre half, won an initial header. Then as Geohaghon tried to clear the ball he was held away from it by Enver-Marum, allowing Walsh time to lash home the loose ball. Paul Cox made a triple substitution, and one of the subs, Jake Speight, had a chance to equalise on 76 minutes when he cut inside from the right and fired into the side-netting. On 81 minutes, Elder cut down the left and along the byeline, Sutton tried to barge him off the ball without success. Then Sutton barged him off again a yard outside the area, and the referee who was perfectly positioned, gave a penalty. Enver-Marum sent Marriott the wrong way. Cox was sent off for words said to the linesman. The referee sent him to the back of the stand, but later Cox was told by an official that he had to leave the stand so that he could not view the game. So a disappointing result. Defensive mistakes cost the Stags dear, as did the early sending-off of Green especially given that it was a roasting afternoon.

Manager Paul Cox named an unchanged starting eleven and bench from the side that beat Tamworth. The other squad players who were training on the pitch before the game and watched the game from the stand were Tafazolli, Pilkington and Stevenson.

DETAILED REPORT:

On 10 minutes, Paul Lorraine and Green tangled. The Ebbsfleet bench, and Liam Daish in particular, were complaining, and I heard the fourth official tell Daish that he was not happy with the way that he spoke to him. The Stags had a half chance on 12 minutes when Geohaghon knocked down Murray’s corner but Jones didn’t gamble on where the ball was going and the chance was gone. On 16 minutes, Liam Enver-Marum struck a free kick straight into the wall. Then a minute later, a great tackle from Geohaghon after he had initially given the ball away. Then Green and Murray played a neat one-two but the pass back to Green was just out of reach. On 23 minutes, Green nearly got on the end of a good knock down from Rhead.

The main talking point had been the rough tactics of Ebbsfleet centre half Paul Lorraine, while Matt Rhead had been booked for his first offence, showing inconsistency with the way Lorraine had been treated. A game changing moment came on 33 minutes. Lorraine and Green challenged for a high ball right in front of the Ebbsfleet dugout. Lorraine was all over Green. As the players dropped down, the players were grappling with each other and Green did flick a little elbow at Lorraine. The referee didn’t see it, but the fourth official called the referee over and clearly advised the referee. The referee then spoke with Green before pulling out a red card. The Stags were unhappy that the decision was taken on the view of the fourth official, though I don’t understand why, since the fourth official is allowed to do this. Lorraine should have been booked earlier and was not blameless in the incident.

On 34 minutes, Elder headed wide from a free kick.

The Stags took the lead on 42 minutes. Meikle did well to control a fine Murray ball to the right wing. Meikle crossed into the middle, it was half cleared by Walsh and Meikle got to the ball just before a defender who brought him down on the edge of the box. A clear penalty. With Green off the field, Briscoe took it and belted it to the left of centre, high into the net. It was the third successive game that the Stags have scored just before the break.

Half time 0-1

On 47 minutes, Howe fired over for Ebbsfleet. Two minutes later a chance for Rhead as he sent a first time shot wide of the left post from a tight angle.

A moment of bad marking was costly on 58 minutes. Joe Howe crossed from the right, and Nathan Elder was left completely unmarked in the middle to head home from 7 yards. It seemed that Jones had lost his man, and the ball floated just over Jones’ head allowing Elder the free header.

Two minutes later and the home side scored again. A corner from the right was headed back across goal by Lorraine, and Phil Walsh, the other centre half, won an initial header. Then as Geohaghon tried to clear the ball he was held away from it by Enver-Marum, allowing Walsh time to lash home the loose ball.

Paul Cox made a triple substitution on 64 minutes with Roberts, Speight and Wright for Meikle, Briscoe and Rhead.

On 69 minutes, Neil Barrett fired wide for the home side with Marriott flat-footed.

On 76 minutes Luke Jones had a shot blocked, and seconds later, Jake Speight had a chance to equalise when he cut inside from the right and fired into the side-netting.

On 81 minutes, Elder cut down the left and along the byeline, Sutton tried to barge him off the ball without success. Then Sutton barged him off again a yard outside the area, and the referee who was perfectly positioned, gave a penalty. Enver-Marum sent Marriott the wrong way. Cox was sent off for words said to the linesman. The referee sent him to the back of the stand, but later Cox was told by an official that he had to leave the stand so that he could not view the game.

On 87 minutes, Ebbsfleet had a goal disallowed as Enver-Marum fired into the top corner from the edge of the box, but the linesman’s flag was already up for offside as the ball came in from the left.

A chance of a consolation for the Stags on 90+3 minutes as Roberts played a good ball forward into space for Speight who sent a good shot goalwards and the keeper made a good save palming the ball away.

Man of the Match: Adam Murray


Report by: Martin Shaw at Stonebridge Road



Line Up:
Marriott 6 No chance with the 3 goals. Other than that I can’t remember a save he had to make.
Sutton 5.5 Defended ok in general. Stupid barge to concede the penalty though review of the DVD shows it was a yard outside the area.
Jones 5 Defended well in the first half. Review of the DVD suggests that Elder escaped from him to head home the first goal.
Geohaghon 5.5 Good first half including was great tackle. Struggled in the second half.
Daniel 5.5 Ebbsfleet had some joy down their right.
Meikle 6 Some very good tracking back. Contributed nothing going forward.
Murray 6.5 Did some good things.
Howell 6 Did ok.
Briscoe 5 Took his penalty expertly, but contributed very little apart from that. Would have liked to have seen him tracking back more as Meikle did on the other side.
Rhead 6 A couple of good knocked down headers.
Green 5 Under considerable provocation from Paul Lorraine, he did catch Lorraine with his elbow and got a red card. No-one else in the press box, that I spoke to, saw it. The incident is not particularly clear from the DVD. Will now be banned for 3 games.
Sub Line Up:
Speight (for Meikle, 64) 6.5 Looked quite sharp. Could have equalised with a shot into the side netting. Decent effort in stoppage time that brought a good save.
Roberts (for Rhead, 64) 6 Did really influence the game.
Wright (for Briscoe, 64) 5 Poor. Lost every header, and some misplaced passes.
Subs not used: Thompson, Clements.
Opposition Line Up:
Edwards, Blake, Walsh, Lorraine, Ada, Enver-Marum, Marwa (Phipp 73), Howe, Barrett, Bellamy (Folkes HT), Elder (Williams 87). Subs not used: Menz, Aseez.
Referee:
Chris Knowles 4 Outrageously poor. Got so many decisions wrong, and allowing Paul Lorraine to finish the game without a yellow card was ridiculous. The decision to send off Green was in my opinion correct, though Lorraine was not blameless in the incident, however the referee himself didn’t give - it was the fourth official. The Ebbsfleet penalty was a yard outside the area on review of the DVD. Did get the Meikle penalty correct. Had a very very long session with the referee’s assessor after the game.


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