Murphy 35, Ormerod 88    Greenacre 2 (pen), 47

The Stags visited Bloomfield Road without several injured players.  Central defenders Stuart Hicks and Adam Barrett were missing, along with the suspended Mark Blake.  In came on loan central defender Stuart Reddington who joined the Stags a day earlier from Chelsea.  Left on the bench were wingers Wayne Corden and Lee Williams as the Stags switched to the young players to halt a run of three successive defeats.  Lee Williamson played on the right in a 4-5-1 formation with the exciting Liam Lawrence playing just behind striker Chris Greenacre.  The average age of the Stags starting line-up was just 23, which dropped to just 20 if the experienced Mimms and Robinson were taken out of the calculation.  Steve McMahon's side included experienced midfield duo Paul Simpson and Mike Milligan, both were excellent in the Seasiders 1-0 win at Field Mill earlier in the season.  

The Stags started brightly and took a deserved lead on three minutes.  Lee Williamson picked the ball up in midfield from a Lawrence pass and threaded a superb pass to Craig Disley who was just about to shoot on goal when he was tripped by Daniel Shittu, onGreenacre fires the Stags ahead from the spot loan at Blackpool from Charlton.  The referee awarded the penalty but somewhat surprisingly took no action against the Pool defender who had clearly denied a goal scoring opportunity for Disley.  Top scorer Chris Greenacre clinically fired home the spot kick.  The Stags youngsters were playing some very neat football, with Craig Disley very prominent in almost every attacking move.  Several times Disley broke free on the right but on each occasion had his attempted cross blocked.  On 20 minutes Lawrence neatly found Greenacre inside the area but sadly the Stags striker first touch was a poor one and he lost possession, he fouled Shittu in his attempt to regain possession and despite putting the ball in the net the free kick was awarded to the home side.  Blackpool rarely threatened and the young Stags defenders, especially Dave Jervis handled things well.  Stuart Reddington was having a decent debut but was probably at fault when Blackpool grabbed an undeserved equaliser just before half time.  The ball was swung in from the left by Paul Simpson and Murphy rose above Reddington to head past Mimms.  The Stags were unfortunate not to go in ahead at half time.

Stags again started the new half brightly and again were rewarded with a goal, once more it was the lethal Greenacre who scored.  Williamson's clever corner found Lawrence on the edge of the box, his first time shot flew into the area where Greenacre pounced on a deflection to poke the ball past Barnes in the Blackpool goal.  The young Stags side were again well on top and trickery from Lawrence, outstanding again, almost gave the Stags a third, this time he fired just wide.  The Stags midfield were winning every loose ball and Clarke and Jervis were combining well down the Stags left and Hassell was prominent in his defensive midfield Greenacre makes it two role.  Blackpool's frustration boiled over with just over five minutes to go when Pool skipper Reid grabbed Disley by the neck after the young midfielder had hold of the ball.  Incredibly, Disley was booked for being strangled whilst Reid was fortunate that he only received a yellow card for his behaviour.  It looked as though the Stags were going to hold out for a deserved victory as Blackpool switched to a more direct style of play.  However, with just three minutes remaining the Stags were undone by a long Barnes goal kick was headed on by John Murphy and Brett Ormerod fired past the helpless Mimms to grab a point for the home side.

Man of the Match:  Craig Disley

Attendance:  5, 241

Blackpool: Barnes , Coid , Reid , Shittu , Jaszczun , Collins , Wellens (Bushell 59) , Milligan (Walker 72) , Simpson , Murphy J , Ormerod.  Subs not used:  Kennedy , Hughes , Clarkson

Mansfield Town: Mimms, Asher, Hassell, Robinson, Reddington, Clarke, Disley, Greenacre, Jervis, Williamson, Lawrence.  Subs not used:  Andrews , Williams , Corden , Boulding , Pilkington

Referee:  R Beeby (Northampton)