|Nationwide League Division Three|
|21st October 2000|
Steve Hartshorn at Ninian Park
Stags slumped to their second defeat of the week as they failed even to register a single shot on target at Ninian Park on Saturday. Big spending Cardiff had not won for 4 games, but it mattered not for the Stags, starting with Chris Greenarce as lone forward, did everything possible to give City an easy ride towards the three points. City dominated the game from start to finish, the only surprise it taking so long before Earnshaw scored the Bluebirds first on 52 minutes. Mimms, who had for so long in the game been the main reason why the teams were level, suffered a rare moment of bad judgement and Earnshaw brilliantly put City ahead. Any hope the Stags fans, 98 by accounts, had of a come-back were dashed as manager Billy Dearden continued to stick to his starting formation. City were creating chance after chance, whilst the white shirted Stags failed to put anymore than 4 passes together. The only highlight of the second half came when a Bobby Hassell header sailed past the post, by some distance... It was really that bad. The Embarrassment continued and you were left wondering if the Stags players had any self belief that they could get at the Bluebirds, who despite all the hype, still looked nothing special.
The killing goal came on 85 minutes when AGAIN poor marking by the Stags back line gave Brayson the space to fire City deservedly towards the three points. If there were any plus points for the Stags, then I'm damned if I can thing of any. They were poor to say the least and in truth deserved a heavier defeat than what they actually got. Not good news from the Valley's, here's hoping that the trip to Devon will bare more fruit. If not, then we could be in for a seriously worrying time.
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