STAGS LOSE TO OLLIE PALMER GOAL IN LAST AWAY GAME
Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Leyton Orient 1 - 0 Mansfield Town
Attendance: 4257 (358 from Mansfield)
Date: 30 April 2016
Martin Shaw at Brisbane Road
Mansfield Town were beaten 1-0 at Leyton Orient in the final away game of the season, at Brisbane Road this afternoon. In a game that had a real end of season feel to it, the only goal of the game came from Ollie Palmer who got above the Stags defence to head home on 48 minutes. It was a deserved goal for Palmer who had the better of the Stags defence all afternoon. Palmer seemed to be fired up by chanting aimed at him from the Stags fans, and celebrated by putting his finger to his lips looking at the Stags fans. Palmer said to me after the game with a wry smile on his face: “Are you going to give me a rating higher than 4 ?” Palmer was one of the few players to get the better overall of Ryan Tafazolli, his good friend of course, this season and deserved a rating of 8 today.
Real frustration for Mansfield in losing the game. The Stags created more chances than Orient with Lambe hitting the bar, Dieseruvwe heading wide from a good position and a Chapman free kick somehow being kept out. The Stags also had the ball in the net three times, but ruled out. The first of those was ruled out for offside against Mani Dieseruvwe but video evidence shows that it was onside. The Stags had the majority of possession in the second half but lacked quality in the final third. Overall this was very disappointing.
The Stags drop to 13th. And so on to the final game of the season at home to Cambridge. Cambridge missed out on the chance for the final play-off place this afternoon. The Stags meanwhile can finish anywhere between 9th and 14th depending on results next Saturday.
The Stags therefore finished the season away from home with 10 wins. Fewer than when winning the Conference of course in 2012/13 when the Stags won 13 away games (http://stagsnet.net/vintage/records/records01.html) but only one short of the club’s record in the Football League of 11 away wins, set in the promotion seasons of 1974/75 and 1976/77 (stat pointed out to me by Paul Taylor). And the Stags finished just one point short of the club record for number of away points in a season in the Football League under the 3 points for a win, which is 34, set during the promotion seasons of 1985-86 and 1991-92 (stat also pointed out to me by Paul Taylor).
Meanwhile huge congratulations to the Stags youth team who won the Football League Youth Alliance North East Division this morning, a fantastic achievement.
FULL REPORT IN THE MATCH CENTRE
REPORT: Leyton Orient 1-0 Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk report by Sportsbeat (Agency), Saturday 30 April 2016
Mansfield suffered their first defeat in five games as former Stag Ollie Palmer’s eighth goal of the season saw Leyton Orient squeeze out a narrow victory at Brisbane Road.
Read more: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/mansfield-town-news/report-leyton-orient-1-0-mansfield-town-1-7886276#ixzz47LSaQSqh
After a goalless first half Palmer headed home shortly after the restart, meaning Mansfield will be looking to finish their campaign on a high at home to Cambridge next Saturday.
Though the match was played at the sedate tempo of an end-of-season encounter between two sides with little to play for, both teams fashioned chances in the first half.
Orient’s Blair Turgott pounced on a hashed clearance by Ryan Tafazolli and his low shot brought a smart save from Mansfield goalkeeper Scott Shearer in the eighth minute.
Targetman Palmer then missed a sitter that really ought to have put Orient ahead. The former Mansfield striker rounded Shearer but the ball got caught under his feet, allowing Malvind Benning to recover and clear.
Mansfield were going for a club record 11th league away win of the season and carved out opportunities of their own.
Just before the half-hour mark, Reggie Lambe’s deep cross from found Emmanuel Dieseruvwe whose glancing header beat an onrushing Alex Cisak in the Orient goal, but bounced just wide.
Lee Chapman almost put the Stags in front after 35 minutes with a left-footed free-kick, but Cisak got down sharply to save at his near post.
Three minutes into the second half, Palmer atoned for his earlier miss in emphatic fashion.
Having stuck the post moments earlier, Palmer’s persistence was rewarded as he planted home a header from a Lloyd James free-kick.
Mansfield went close to an equaliser on 56 minutes as Lambe pounced on a loose second ball from a Mansfield corner, but his right-footed shot smacked the bar.
Orient skipper James went close to putting clear daylight between the teams with a curling free-kick that drifted just wide with 14 minutes remaining as Mansfield failed to find a leveller.
REPORT: Leyton Orient 1-0 Mansfield Town
by Charlie Long
Ollie Palmer came back to haunt his former side as his header early in the second half handed Leyton Orient a 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town.
Read more at http://www.leytonorient.com/news/article/os-v-stags-report-3086941.aspx#MfOXdlRGTqzZFkRM.99
The striker scored the only goal of the with a close range header on the 49th minute, as Orient signed off their home campaign with a victory on an afternoon which saw youngsters Aron Pollock, Sandro Semedo and Josh Koroma all make their home debuts.
Having seen any chances of making the Play-Offs brought to an end in their defeat at AFC Wimbledon last weekend, Leyton Orient made four changes for the visit of Mansfield Town.
Second-year scholar Aron Pollock was handed his professional debut, in place of injured captain Mathieu Baudry, while winger Sandro Semedo made his full debut having come on as a late substitute at Kingsmeadow last Saturday.
The O’s were also boosted by the return of Jay Simpson and Nigel Atangana, though defender Nicky Hunt missed out through illness.
As a result of Mathieu Baudry’s absence midfielder Lloyd James captained the side for the final home game of the season, and following an encouraging start the hosts almost took the lead when Blair Turgott saw his shot parried by Scott Shearer after closing down Ryan Tafazolli’s clearance.
With the 10 minute mark approaching Sandro Semedo delivered a brilliant ball towards the far post which was headed down by Ollie Palmer, though Jay Simpson was unable to beat Shearer to the loose ball.
Palmer was coming up his former side having joined Orient from the Stags last summer, and had a wonderful chance to break the deadlock when he muscled off Tafazolli to reach Nigel Atangana’s through ball into the box. The forward then rounded Shearer but with the angle tight took too many touches which ultimately allowed the Mansfield goalkeeper to recover and claim the ball.
Mansfield had rarely threatened throughout the opening exchanges, but with 21 minutes gone should really have taken the lead when Emmanuel Dieseruvwe managed to get in between Peter Ramage and Alex Cisak but could only direct his header wide of the far post.
With neither side having anything to play for the match was far from scintillating, and with just under 15 minutes of the half to play a brilliant long ball forward by Semedo was met by Simpson who tried his luck from distance but could only fire wide.
Soon after Mansfield’s Adam Chapman looked to catch out Cisak with a free-kick towards the near post, but the O’s number one got down well to his right to parry the effort before smothering the ball at the feet of Tafazolli for what was to prove the final chance of the half.
Following the interval Orient made one change ahead of the second half as Sammy Moore replaced Atangana, and within a minute of the restart the O’s were denied by the woodwork when Palmer controlled well in the box before seeing a low strike come back off the post.
Three minutes later the forward was not to be denied however as he opened the scoring with a close range header from a James free-kick to put the O’s ahead and claim his eighth goal of the season.
In response to falling behind Mansfield then suffered the fate of being denied by the frame of the goal on the 57th minute when Reggie Lambe’s effort struck the crossbar following a corner.
Moments later Palmer went in search of his second goal of the afternoon, producing a neat turn to leave two Stags defenders in his wake before powering a shot wide.
With 72 minutes played the O’s then made their final change of the afternoon and handed Josh Koroma his home debut, with the first-year scholar coming on for Semedo who had impressed throughout the afternoon along with Aron Pollock and justifiably received a warm round of applause for his efforts.
Keen to increase the hosts advantage, James almost added a second when his free-kick from 20-yards had Shearer at full-stretch before curling the wrong side of the post.
As full time approached Mansfield were finding it difficult to trouble Cisak and the O's goal, with the defensive pairing of Shaun Brisley and debutant Pollock continuously thwarting their efforts.
Orient were then able to see out five minutes stoppage time comfortably to end their home campaign with three points and move up to 9th in League Two ahead of their final fixture at Yeovil next weekend.
ORIENT: Cisak, Clohessy, Pollock, Brisley, Ramage (Binnom-Williams 58), Turgott, James (C), Atangana (Moore HT), Semedo (Koroma 72), Palmer, Simpson
SUBS: Sargeant, Payne, Kashket, Gnanduillet
GOALS: Palmer (49)
BOOKED: James (78)
MANSFIELD: Shearer, Collins (C), Pearce, Tafazolli, Benning, Chapman, Rose (Baxendale 71), Blair, Lambe (Yussuff 76), Dieseruvwe (Clements 58), Green
SUBS: Jensen, McGuire, Shires, Law
BOOKED: Baxendale (90+5)
REFEREE: Gavin Ward
ATTENDANCE: 4,257 (350)
Ollie Palmer wins it for Leyton Orient against old club Mansfield Town
by George Sessions at Brisbane Road, eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk
Sky Bet League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Mansfield Town 0
Ollie Palmer scored the only goal of the game for Leyton Orient against his former club Mansfield Town to ensure they ended their home campaign with a win.
The forward found the net at the start of the second half for O’s at Brisbane Road who gave a number of youngsters an opportunity.
Aron Pollock in particular made a huge impression and played his part as the east Londoners kept an 11th clean sheet of the League Two season.
Pollock was handed his professional debut for the visit of Mansfield and partnered Shaun Brisley at the heart of the O’s defence.
Captain Mathieu Baudry missed out through injury and it allowed the 18-year-old to make his first appearances for the east Londoners.
It was one of four changes made by the hosts following last weekend’s disappointing 1-0 defeat at AFC Wimbledon.
Sandro Semedo was given his full debut on the left of midfield and replaced Sammy Moore - who dropped to the substitutes bench.
Armand Gnanduillet was also among the replacements this time with Jay Simpson returning following a back problem and Nigel Atangana starting.
Nicky Hunt missed out against his former club due to illness and it resulted in Sean Clohessy dropping back to right-back.
Mansfield got play underway and had the ball in the net after four minutes through Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, but it was ruled out for offside.
Pollock and Semedo both had early touches and looked composed before Blair Turgott made the most of a mistake from Ryan Tafazolli and run through on goal.
The former West Ham United winger fired towards goal, but from a tight angle Scott Shearer saved well.
Semedo was involved again in the ninth minute and got the ball out of his feet and picked out Palmer, but his knock down was gathered by Stags goalkeeper with Simpson ready to pounce.
Orient’s talented winger was involved again a minute later and played the ball into Palmer who bundled his way past Tafazolli.
The former Mansfield striker then rounded Shearer, but couldn’t get the ball out of his feet quick enough and was crowded out.
It was a fantastic opportunity for Palmer and he really should have given Orient a 1-0 lead at Brisbane Road.
Pollock tested Shearer moments later as his long ball forward nearly lopped in and the away custodian had to tip it over the crossbar.
The Stags then should have taken the lead in the 21st minute after good play by Malvind Benning.
Mansfield’s left-back crossed into the box, Alex Cisak come for the cross, but couldn’t get there. Fortunately for Orient, though, Dieseruvwe headed off target with the goal wide open.
Both Pollock and Semedo had looked good in the opening half an hour and it was the latter who created O’s next chance.
Semedo won the ball near his own corner flag and smashed it forward where Simpson plucked it out the air, worked a yard of space, but could only fire wide from 25-yards.
A minute late and the visitors come close to opening the scoring again as Dieseruvew’s low cross was hit towards goal by Reggie Lambe, but an Orient defender blocked it to prevent the ball finding the net.
Cisak was called into action nine minutes before half time and it was a vital contribution from the Australian.
Adam Chapman’s free kick was heading towards the bottom corner before O’s goalkeeper got down low to save and the follow up from Tafazolli was blocked as well to ensure it remained goalless.
The rest of the half was played out at a slow pace with it clear neither side had anything but pride to play for.
During the break the Orient fans got a chance to pay their respects to the under-18 team that recently won their Merit League One title as they were paraded around the pitch.
Moore was introduced for the start of the second half with Atangana making way and O’s created a good opportunity straight after the restart.
Palmer brought the ball down, cut inside smartly, but his low strike hit the post and another chance went begging.
The former Stags striker was involved again in the 48th minute, holding the ball up well before passing out wide to Clohessy.
He tried to dribble past his opponent, but was blocked and Orient were awarded a free kick right on the edge of the away area.
Skipper Lloyd James stood over it and his curled cross was powered home at the back post by Palmer against his ex-club.
The forward wheeled off to celebrate in the 49th minute and ran towards the Mansfield fans after they’d been given him some stick throughout the match.
After the opener the visitors pressed for an equaliser and came close in the 57th minute when the hosts couldn’t clear a corner.
Lambe controlled on the penalty spot and smashed an effort that hit the crossbar before O’s survived.
Jerome Binnom-Williams replaced Peter Ramage moments after that chance while Dieseruvwe was taken off by Mansfield with Chris Clements coming on in his place.
Palmer was again trying to do damage in the 63rd minute and burst past an opponent before drilling a shot wide of goal.
Cisak needed to be alert six minutes later as Clements tried to pick out Matt Green in the area, but the Australian tipped away from goal.
Orient then made their final sub of the afternoon with Semedo going off and being replaced by Josh Koroma - who was making his second appearance for the club and first at home.
James curled a free kick wide 16 minutes from time before Stags slowly upped the ante as they looked to take a point from their penultimate game of the season.
Although they put a number of balls into the O’s box, the east Londonders defended brilliantly and despite five minutes of stoppage time, they held on for the points.
It moves them ninth in the table ahead of their final match of the season at Yeovil Town next weekend and gave a glimpse of the future.
Pollock impressed while Semedo and Koroma both again showed their potential and the hope is that they’ll get more chances next year.
Leyton Orient: Cisak, Clohessy, Pollock, Brisley, Ramage (Binnom-Williams 58), Turgott, Atangana (Moore 46), James, Semedo (Koroma 72), Simpson, Palmer.
Unused substitutes: Sargeant, Payne, Kashket, Gnanduillet.
Mansfield Town: Shearer, Collins, Pearce, Tafazolli, Benning, Blair, Rose (Baxendale 71), Chapman, Lambe (Yussuff 76), Dieseruvwe (Clements 58), Green.
Unused substitutes: Jensen, McGuire, Shires, Law.
Attendance: 4,257 (358 Mansfield Town supporters).
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