LAMBE HEADER ON 90+10 GIVES STAGS DESERVED VICTORY
Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Yeovil Town 0 - 1 Mansfield Town
Attendance: 2,954 (105 from Mansfield)
Date: 20 October 2015
Martin Shaw at Huish Park
A terrific header from 12 yards from Reggie Lambe deep into stoppage time gave Mansfield a victory that was just about deserved at Yeovil last night. Mainly due to a 6.5 minute stoppage to Yeovil keeper Artur Krysiak, 9 minutes of stoppage time had been indicated, and 9 minutes 40 seconds had already been played when Lambe headed home brilliantly from near the penalty spot after great play from Mitch Rose on the right. Rose picked up a loose ball 25 yards out, on the right touchline, shepherded by two defenders, got to the byline and managed to squeeze in a great cross that picked out Lambe, who had found a yard of space. Lambe was engulfed by the entire Stags team, including keeper Brian Jensen who ran three-quarters of the length of the field to join the celebrations. Moments later, at the final whistle, every Stags player went over to the 105 travelling Stags fans to shake the fans’ hands. It was a great end to the game after the devastating news before the game that Mal Benning would be out for months with a cruciate injury. Murray revealed after the game that the squad had been in shock at the news and that Benning had been in tears at the news. It was so cruel on Benning who was in the form of his life, including the League Two goal of the week two weeks running. Murray moved quickly by bringing in left back Blair Adams on loan from Notts County. Adams is surplus to requirements at Notts County in Ricardo Moniz’s enormous squad of well over 30 players and had been training with Notts County’s reserve team. Adams had a very fine debut, not putting a foot wrong at the back, though he did have an opportunity to emulate Benning 20 yards from goal and totally miscued his shot!!
The first half was even, with Yeovil having the best chance as Jeffers headed wide from inside the 6 yard box. But Mansfield gradually got on top in the second half and were dominant in the final 25 minutes of the game with a succession of chances, the best of which fell to Lambe who really should have scored on 72 minutes when he nicked the ball around the keeper, but from 5 yards he couldn’t beat a brilliant clearance off the line. Lambe more than made up for that miss, and another miss later, when he buried the winner in stoppage time.
Plenty of very good performances for the Stags, Lee Collins was excellent alongside Tafazolli who was again excellent, McGuire had a very solid game in front of the back four, but Blair Adams was my man of the match settling immediately at left back with his faultless defensive display.
For the first time that I have ever known, Mansfield stayed overnight for a midweek game. Exactly the right preparation and it is these “one per cent”s that can make a difference. Well done to the club for sanctioning it. What a contrast to last season when the team weren’t even allowed to stay overnight for a 3pm kick off at Dagenham, which was exactly the wrong preparation.
Mansfield strengthen the position in the top 7: three points above 8th place, two points behind 3rd. Mansfield have the equal best goal difference, while only Plymouth have conceded fewer goals. We are a whacking 16 points above the drop zone.
The Stags had never won at Yeovil before, albeit only having played there twice, both times a decade ago. So, we have now won this season at three places where we had never won before: Stevenage, Dagenham and Yeovil.
Lambe’s goal made him the 11th player to score for Mansfield this season.
FULL REPORT IN THE MATCH CENTRE
Mansfield Town beat Yeovil after Reggie Lambe scores dramatic injury time winner
chad.co.uk report by Sports Reporter, Tuesday 20 October 2015
Reggie Lambe scored a dramatic winner in the tenth minute of injury-time at Yeovil Town to ensure Mansfield Town remained fourth in League Two.
On a night of very few chances, the game was decided with one of the final moments of the match at Huish Park when Lambe applied the finish to Mitchell Rose’s cross.
With defenders Nicky Hunt, Krystian Pearce and Mal Benning all out, it was no surprise to see new loan signing Blair Adams start in defence.
The first real chance of note went Yeovil’s way after 15 minutes when Ryan Bird shot over the bar from the edge of the penalty area.
Yeovil threatened again soon after when Connor Roberts crossed for Shaun Jeffers but he was unable to apply the finish and headed wide.
Mansfield’s best chance in the opening hour came when Jamie McGuire missed the target from 25-yards.
The first effort of the second half went Mansfield’s way when Lambe forced a save from Glovers’ goalkeeper Artur Krysiak from Chapman’s corner.
And the visitors had the first shot on target after 65 minutes. Adi Yussuf forced Krysiak into a good stop.
Lambe came close to opening the scoring on 72 minutes when he went past Krysiak but his shot was cleared off the line by Roberts. A head injury to Krysiak caused a long delay in the game.
Yussuf posed a threat once more in the final ten minutes and at the other end Roberts’ cross reached Yeovil captain Ryan Dickson and his shot went into the side-netting.
The second half had seen much more goalmouth action but it appeared the teams would have to settle for a share of the spoils.
However, Rose crossed into the box in the tenth minute of injury time and Lambe headed well past Krysiak to snatch all three points at the death.
REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V MANSFIELD TOWN
ytfc.net, 20th October 2015
A goal in the 100th minute from Reggie Lambe snatched all three points for Mansfield in a scrappy encounter against Yeovil at Huish Park tonight.
The Bermudan's header came right at the end of a lengthy period of stoppage time due to a head injury to Glovers keeper Artur Krysiak and was a bitter pill to swallow for a Yeovil side that had battled but often came up short on quality. The defeat, combined with a win for Newport at Wycombe and a point for Dagenham & Redbridge at York means the Glovers sit level with the Welsh side on goal difference alone.
Read more at http://www.ytfc.net/news/article/report-yeovil-town-v-mansfield-town-2755032.aspx#yZvMsTLIpfkJcVxT.99
Manager Paul Sturrock made two changes to the side that lost to Notts County at the weekend. Midfielders Wes Fogden and Matt Dolan dropped to the bench with Marc Laird and striker Shaun Jeffers replacing them, e latter going up top with Ryan Bird as the Scot reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.
Mansfield themselves, although sitting pretty in fourth place, had problems of their own with the heart of their defence ripped out after Saturday's loss at home to Bristol Rovers. Krystian Pearce and Nicky Hunt were serving bans from dismissals in that game and Malvind Benning's crucial element injury ruled him out long term as well.
It was a defender that came closest to opening the scoring on eleven minutes when Mitch Rose, brother of Tottenham star Danny, looped a cross in that nearly drifted in at the far post. Yeovil replied quickly with BIrd firing a fierce shot just over the crossbar from Harry Cornick's pass.
Blair Adams, signed on loan from Notts County today, earned himself a place in ref Charles Breakspear's notebook with a late challenge on Connor Roberts on eighteen minutes. A minute later, Yeovil had the clearest chance of the game yo take the lead but Jeffers header was off target from a superb cross by Roberts.
The game couldn't get going with constant stoppages for fouls and the quality of the game suffered as a result. Marc Laird and Jeffers were off target wi right footed efforts as the half closed.
As the second half opened, Krysiak bravely blocked Lambe's effort from point blank range with his chest as Mansfield, who made three substitutions in the first fifteen minutes after the break, started to get on top. One of the replacements, Chris Clements had a decent effort that was deflected for a corner and Roberts cleared another one off the line as the Stags seemed certain to take the lead before the Welshmen's intervention.
On seventy minutes came the incident that was to later prove decisive. Artur Krysiak sustained a nasty looking head injury which required lengthy treatment from Physio Mike Micciche and a shirt change too. Late on, Lambe burst through the Yeovil defence but fired wide before the late drama that sent Yeovil to a cruel late defeat.
Rose found some space down the right flank and crossed from near the corner flag; his cross found the unmarked Lambe in the box and he glanced home past Krysiak to send the 105 Mansfield fans into ecstasy. The time on the clock read 99 minutes 45 seconds and just a minute later, ref Breakspear called time on what was a bad night for Sturrocks Glovers.
Desperate Yeovil Town are silenced by Lambe as they plummet into relegation zone
Western Morning News, By TOM SEYMOUR at Huish Park
YEOVIL TOWN 0 MANSFIELD TOWN 1
Yeovil Town went down to a last-gasp defeat to Mansfield Town at Huish Park on Tuesday which sent them into the League Two relegation zone.
Read more: http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Desperate-Yeovil-Town-silenced-Lambe-plummet/story-28023359-detail/story.html#ixzz3pCqmPsWO
The pressure is well and truly mounting on Yeovil manager Paul Sturrock as his new-look side struggle to make any impact. After defeat to Notts County at the weekend, the Scot made two changes to his starting XI and reverted back to a 4-4-2 formation.
Out went midfield duo Matty Dolan and Wes Fogden and in came Marc Laird and Shaun Jeffers, with the latter playing up front alongside Ryan Bird.
Mansfield have had a good season so far but they were also on the end of a defeat last Saturday, losing their first home game of 2015-16 to Bristol Rovers.
Mansfield had the better of first ten minutes, although Yeovil had a half-chance when Ryan Dickson played Jeffers in one-on-one, who despite shooting was clearly offside.
Dickson and Mitchell Rose were battling early on in an intriguing battle down the left flank, but it was actually through Harry Cornick that the first genuine chance came. The AFC Bournemouth loanee cut inside from the right, drove forward and laid it into Bird, whose shot from the edge of the box fizzed just over the bar.
It was apparent that Yeovil were committing more men forward and looking to have more impetus in attack.
Blair Adams was then lucky not to be sent off for a studs-up tackle on Connor Roberts and straight after the hosts had another chance. Cornick was again the provider as he sent a cross in that Jeffers stretched to reach but headed wide from a matter of yards.
The visitors' somewhat makeshift defence were giving the home side chances, but the Glovers were struggling to make anything significant out of it and disjointed play all round crept in as game went a little flat going into half-time.
It was a frantic start to the second half and Mansfield's Reggie Lambe had the best chance yet not long after the break. A long Adam Chapman corner was headed back into the mix by Lee Collins and Artur Krysiak did well to block Lambe's close-range shot.
The home team had chances of their own, with Cornick and Roberts linking up well down the right and Dickson forcing a save out of Brian Jensen.
Visiting boss Adam Murray clearly was not happy with what he was seeing from his team as he made all three of his substitutions by the hour mark, and the new personnel and system immediately clicked.
The pressure almost told as well as Lambe rounded the onrushing Krysiak - who took a heavy blow in the move that required treatment - and hit a decent shot at goal which Roberts did brilliantly to clear off the line. There was a long delay as the Pole had his head bandaged, but the 26-year-old was fine to continue - unlike Stephen Arthurworrey, who was worryingly replaced by Alex Lacey after noticeably struggling with an injury.
The game was stretched as it came to a close with counter-attack after counter-attack and with a whopping nine minutes added on there was plenty of extra time for one side to seize the advantage. And in the 100th minute Lambe made it count, heading past Krysiak moments after seeing a long-range effort drift wide.
Yeovil Town (4-4-2): Krysiak; Roberts, Sokolik, Arthurworrey (Lacey 78), Smith; Cornick, Laird, Sheehan, Dickson; Bird, Jeffers (Allen 78). Substitutes (not used): Dolan, Weale (gk), Fogden, Bassett.
Mansfield Town (4-4-2): Jensen; Rose, Collins, Tafazolli, Adams; McGuire, Chapman (Clements 60), J Thomas (Blair 51), Westcarr (Yussuf 54); Green, Lambe. Substitutes (not used): Shearer, Marsden, Beardsley, N Thomas.
Goal: Lambe 90.
Bookings: Adams, Green, Clements, McGuire.
Referee: C Breakspear (Surrey).
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