WATKISS - WE WERE OUTSTANDING
Blank holiday for the stags
Mansfield Town's Bank Holiday misery continued with a 2-0 defeat at Stockport County this afternoon.
But, unlike the tame 2-0 local derby surrender at home to Chesterfield on Saturday, this was a superb Stags away performance and to come away with nothing to show for it was a bitter pill for Stuart Watkiss' men to swallow.
Stockport were made to look very ordinary by a Stags side that dominated possession but could not turn it into goals.
And they were made to pay when Keith Briggs (39mins) and Luke Beckett (55mins), with an acrobatic finish, somehow squeezed in impossible finishes when overhit crosses looked to be going out.
"I thought we were oustanding and I was very proud of them," said manager Stuart Watkiss.
"With due respect to Stockport we were miles in front of them with our passing and movement. They were chasing shadows.
"We were robbed and if we play like that for the rest of the season we will win far more than we lose."
Mansfield did have the perfect chance to get straight back into it a minute after Beckett struck when Carlton Palmer upended Neil MacKenzie in the box.
But, in keeping with the rest of the afternoon, Wayne Corden's poor initial kick was saved by Lee Jones and Liam Lawrence guided the loose ball wide of goal.
County keeper Jones had pulled off a brilliant save on 27 minutes to keep out Neil Moore's powerful header.
And he also denied Moore a second time later on tipped over a Neil MacKenzie free kick as County desperately clung on to what they had.
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