VARIOUS REPORTS, REACTION, PHOTOS OF 3 GOALS
Argyle assistant manager Kevin Summerfield: "Seven could have been a fairer score for them". - more below.
Watkiss reaction - below.
Audio match highlights - below.
Links to photos/celebrations of 3 Stags goals - below.
Post-match reaction from Stuart Watkiss (cut and paste link)
BBC Radio 5 live report (biased in favour of Argyle!) (cut and paste link)
BBC Radio Nottingham match highlights (worth a listen) (cut and paste link)
Mansfield Town had to come from a goal down to beat Plymouth and win the battle of last season's promoted teams.
Micky Evans put Plymouth into the lead when he rose to head a Brian McGlinchey corner in off the underside of the bar.
But the visitors' lead lasted just eight minutes with Andy White latching onto Lee Williamson's cross to head home the equaliser.
Two goals inside five minutes early in the second half put Mansfield firmly in command at 3-1.
Craig Disley nodded home on 51 minutes before debut striker Colin Larkin raced clear onto Scott Sellars' through ball to score the third.
White scored his second with a solo effort on 67 minutes when he fired home from six yards.
Plymouth made the score respectable with two late goals.
David Friio scored before and substitute Nathan Lowndes added another with the last kick of the game.
Mansfield Town came from behind to beat Plymouth 4-3 in the opening day battle of two promoted teams.
Argyle went ahead through Micky Evans, who rose to head a Brian McGlinchey corner in off the underside of the bar.
The lead lasted just eight minutes, with Andy White latching onto Lee Williamson's cross to head home the equaliser.
Two goals inside five minutes early in the second half put Mansfield firmly in command. Craig Disley nodded home on 51 minutes before debut striker Colin Larkin raced clear onto Scott Sellars' through ball to score the third.
White scored a solo effort on 67 minutes to secure the points, firing home from six yards.
Plymouth made the score respectable with two late goals, firstly from David Friio and then from substitute Nathan Lowndes with the last kick of the game.
Stags make brilliant start in Division Two
Mansfield Town saw off Third Division champions Plymouth Argyle 4-3 to ge their Second Division campaign off to a flier at Field Mill.
Forget the scoreline- it doesn't tell the whole truth about just how one-sided this contest became in the second half.
Plymouth, who did the double over Stags in two close games last year, had even grabbed a 24th minute lead through Mickey Evans.
But, despite being down to the club's last 16 fit players, Stags stormed back to level within eight minutes through an Andy White header.
And they took complete control after the break to go 4-1 up through a Craig Disley header (51 minutes, a thunderbolt from new signing Colin Larkin (56mins) and a superb solo run and finish from White (67mins).
The only surprise was that they didn't score more as poor finishing and bad luck plus great goalkeeping from Romain Larrieu held them at bay.
Then, as Stags queued up to score near the end, Dave Friio was allowed to pull back a consolation on 85 minutes before Nathan Lowndes bagged one with the last kick of the game.
"For 85 minutes were were great and, although those two late goals took some of the gloss of the win, we would have settled for it before kick-off," said Stags manager Stuart Watkiss.
"Some of the stuff we played was excellent and the fans certainly got their money's worth as it was a great game to watch."
Argyle official website (pafc.co.uk):
Argyle assistant manager Kevin Summerfield: "Seven could have been a fairer score for them".
Argyle lost 4-3 to Mansfield town in an exciting game at Field Mill.
Argyle had dominated the first half an hour and deservedly took the lead on 23 minutes when Evans headed off the inside of the bar from a McGlinchey corner.
Argyle at that time look good but then just after tha half hour Williamson got in behind McGlinchey and crossed for the 6'4" Andy White to nod home, more or less unchallenged.
This gave the home team heart and Argyle rocked as Mansfield pushed forward. Argyle withstood the pressure and came back just before half time. Stonebridge did well to make space to shoot but his shot hit Moore on both hands and ran back towards the striker, who was too busy appealing the hand ball than to take advantage.
The second half Argyle came out and looked good - but a break on 50 minutes and unnnecessary foul by Bent saw a free kick sent into the area. Coughlan, fighting injury to play, headed goalward! Larrieu produced and instinctive save but could only leave it to Disley to put Mansfield into the lead.
Argyle were then in tatters - Mansfield ran riot as Disley was released by Sellars to race into the area and dink tha ball over Larrieu.
As Argyle reeled from that they looked at sixes and sevens and a good ball to White saw Coughlan on his heels.
The defender got himself between the ball and the player but then White, inadvertently caught the defenders heels and he went down. White then raced into the box to beat Wotton and then Larrieu to seemingly end the game.
Argyle gradually came back into the game, with the Mansfield defence always looking shakey, but with Argyle not testing them enough.
In the final few minutes Argyle did get at them and good goals from Friio and substitute Lowndes put an unjust respectability on the scoreline.
After the game Kevin Summerfield, filling in for the ill Paul Sturrock, said:
"Seven could have been a fairer score for them. We were poor and got what we deserved. I didn't say anything to the players, I do not need to, they know."
Photos by JohnWalton/Empics
Disley celebrates his goal (cut and paste link)
Larkin scores and celebrates (cut and paste link)
White scores the fourth (cut and paste link)
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