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Season 13/14 Stagsnet Match Report
Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Mansfield Town  
0 - 0
 Exeter City
 
 
Attendance: 3284 (272 from Exeter)
 
Date: 10 August 2013

STAGS DEFENCE IS SOLID IN EVEN CONTEST AGAINST EXETER

Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill

Mansfield Town’s first game at Field Mill back in the Football League ended in a 0-0 draw against Exeter City this afternoon. In an entertaining game with plenty of chances for each side, the Stags were solid at the back, after having given away sloppy goals in the away games against Scunthorpe and Tranmere. Stags boss Paul Cox sprung a surprise by playing three central defenders, Sutton, Dempster and Riley, all of whom played well, with Sutton particularly impressive in a man of the match performance, building on his fine display as substitute at Tranmere. Either side of the central defenders, Beevers and Jennings played in more advanced roles than usual. While behind them, Marriott was back at his best with a commanding performance in goal making several good saves and showing super handling. Howell had a fine game in midfield, making at least three superb tackles in the first half alone. Jamie McGuire was hard-working alongside Howell and nearly marked his Stags league debut with a goal on 84 minutes as his fine shot was brilliantly tipped over by the Exeter keeper. Sam Clucas played in a free role behind strikers Calvin Andrew and Ollie Palmer. Clucas was denied a goal on 57 minutes when he was through on goal but the Exeter keeper made a fabulous one-handed save. Palmer looked good early on, winning headers, and was unlucky when his flick over the keeper landed in the side netting in the first half, but he faded as the game went on. Andrew looked strong and came close in the first half when his header from a corner was cleared off the line; he also missed a chance earlier when he had time in the box but wasted it. Exeter had plenty of chances and were wasteful on occasion, such as when O’Flynn shot wide from 3 yards at the end of the first half, while Marriott saved well on other occasions. All in all, a fair result between two decent sides, and something for the Stags to build on.

The Stags had the first chance on 5 minutes. Great play by Ollie Palmer on the left and his cross found Calvin Andrew in the middle, with time in the box, but Andrew could only fire into the ground and up into keeper Krysiak’s arms.

Exeter’s first chance came on 7 minutes when O’Flynn headed wide from a cross from the right.

A good effort from Jennings on 18 minutes as he sent a shot from 20 yards over the bar. Two minutes later, Marriott had to be alert to put a cross out for a corner after the cross had deflected up.

The Stags were nearly in front on 23 minutes. A corner from Jennings from the right was flicked on by Clucas and Andrew attacked it superbly, powering a header goalwards which was cleared off the line. From the resulting corner, this time from the left, Andrew headed wide.

Wheeler had a long range shot for Exeter on 27 minutes which was straight at Marriott. A minute later, Davies was allowed a run and a shot from 25 yards which was well wide. Marriott berated his defenders for allowing the shot. On 32 minutes, Marriott saved well, low down to his right from a shot by Sercombe from 30 yards. From the resulting corner, Sercombe’s shot was blocked by his own player. On 34 minutes, Sercombe made it 3 efforts in 2 minutes as his free kick was tipped over by Marriott. Marriott also did well to tip away the resulting corner. Then O’Flynn had a shot blocked by Sutton for a corner. A good spell by Exeter who could easily have taken the lead.

The Stags were close to the lead on 39 minutes. Clucas’s ball forward down the left found Palmer who flicked the ball over the advancing keeper and into the side-netting. It would have been a fine goal from Palmer.

On 40 minutes, Wheeler’s snap shot hit one of his team mates and deflected on to the roof of Marriott’s net. Two minutes before the break, a golden chance for Exeter to take the lead as O’Flynn beat Beevers to the ball at the far post on the left but shot wide of the right post from 3 yards.

Half time 0-0

A minute into the second half, O’Flynn’s free kick was a daisycutter straight at Marriott from 20 yards. A minute later, Palmer’s turn and shot was deflected for a corner. From the resulting corner, Andrew rose highest but headed over. On 51 minutes, a free kick from Jennings to the far post was taken off the head of Palmer by defender Coles. From the resulting corner, Dempster rose highest and thundered a header just over. On 54 minutes, Exeter fans’ cries for a penalty for handball against Riley, but it clearly came off his chest. There was brilliant defending from Sutton a minute later as Wheeler crossed from the right and O’Flynn appeared to be about to tap the ball home until there was a great challenge from Sutton.

The Stags had a great chance to take the lead on 57 minutes. Clucas was through on goal and he tried to chip the ball past the keeper to give himself a free shot at goal, but keeper Krysiak made an incredible one-handed save. The ball came back to Palmer whose shot was deflected just wide.

There was bad defending from the Stags on 61 minutes as a short throw from Woodman found Davies unmarked in the box but he shot wide of the right post. Clucas did well to cut out a dangerous cross from Sercombe on 66 minutes. The dangerous Sercombe had two shots blocked on 68 minutes.

On 69 minutes, the Stags made their first change as Stevenson replaced Palmer. Clucas went up front alongside Andrew, with Stevenson playing just behind them.

Murray replaced Beevers on 79 minutes, as the Stags went to 4 at the back and 3 in midfield.

A possible handball and penalty for the Stags on 80 minutes as Jennings’ corner looked as though it may have hit an Exeter hand but the referee correctly continued play.

On 81 minutes, Rhead replaced Andrew.

The Stags were so nearly in front on 84 minutes. A short throw found McGuire unmarked and McGuire’s looping shot seemed destined for the roof of the net before keeper Krysiak brilliantly tipped it over.

On 87 minutes, Jennings sent a free kick from 22 yards over the bar. Two minutes into stoppage time there was a scare for the Stags when Exeter were awarded a free kick from a yard outside the box but Reid sent it straight at Marriott.

Man of the match: Ritchie Sutton


Report by: Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill



Line Up:
Marriott 8 Commanding performance, making several good saves and showing super handling.
Dempster 7 Played well in a three man central defence.
Sutton 8.5 Particularly impressive in a man of the match performance, building on his fine display as substitute at Tranmere.
Riley 7 Played well.
Beevers 6 Played in more advanced roles than usual
Jennings 6 Played in more advanced roles than usual. Some good corners.
McGuire 6.5 Hard-working and nearly marked his Stags league debut with a goal on 84 minutes as his fine shot was brilliantly tipped over by the Exeter keeper.
Howell 7.5 Had a fine game in midfield, making at least three superb tackles in the first half alone.
Clucas 6.5 Played in a free role behind strikers. Should have scored when through one-on-one.
Palmer 6.5 Looked good early on, winning headers, and was unlucky when his flick over the keeper landed in the side netting in the first half, but he faded as the game went on.
Andrew 6.5 Looked strong and came close in the first half when his header from a corner was cleared off the line; he also missed a chance earlier when he had time in the box but wasted it.
Sub Line Up:
Stevenson (for Palmer, 69) -
Murray (for Beevers, 79) -
Rhead (for Andrew, 81) -
Subs not used: Tafazolli, Briscoe, Meikle, Speight.
Opposition Line Up:
Krusiak; Moore-Taylor (Dawson 13), Baldwin, Coles, Woodman; Wheeler, Sercombe, Bennett (Doherty 86), Davies; O’Flynn (Reid 86), Parkin. Substitutes (not used): Pym (gk), Anderson, Gosling, Keohane.
Referee:
Scott Mathieson 7 Did ok though seemed to want to be centre of attention a few times.


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