MANSFIELD 0-4 NOTTM FOREST
Mansfield Town 0 - 4 Nottingham Forest
Cummings 26, Walker 70, Vellios 83, 89.
Attendance: 5333 (1449 from Forest)
Date: 22 July 2017
STAGS START WELL BUT THEN DISAPPOINT AGAINST FOREST
Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill
Mansfield Town’s third home pre-season friendly was ultimately disappointing, despite a very promising opening 20 minutes in which the Stags played some terrific football against a strong Nottingham Forest team. In that first half of the first half, Mansfield’s attacking midfield of Jacob Mellis, Alfie Potter and Paul Anderson had looked wonderfully creative. But with no goal to show for it, it was Forest who took the lead after 26 minutes with a fine finish from Jason Cummings, and they got on top for the rest of the half. The Stags changed the team for the second half, and rarely looked like creating chances. Then a calamitous error on 70 minutes by Hayden White gifted Forest a 2nd goal, for Tyler Walker, and after that the Stags looked poor, conceding two more goals, both scored by Apostolos Vellios, to eventually go down 4-0. Not too many players pushed their case for a place in the starting 11 against Crewe. For me the pick today were Mellis, Potter, Anderson, and Digby. None of the strikers had a good game.
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MATCH REPORT: Mansfield Town 0 Nottingham Forest 4
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, Saturday 22 July 2017
Mansfield Town were beaten 4-0 by Championship neighbours Nottingham Forest, despite another encouraging display.
A moment of magic from Jason Cummings gave Forest a slender 1-0 lead at the break. Forest showed their class in the final stages when Tyler Walker doubled the visitors’ lead on 69 minutes, before Apostolos Vellios scored two late goals following clinical counter attacks.
But Stags can take plenty of heart from a performance which saw them give as good as they got for large parts of the game. Steve Evans’ side controlled a good chunk of the first half with Rhys Bennett and Danny Rose both having good chances to fire Stags into the lead during that purple patch. Mansfield again enjoyed plenty of second-half territory and possession, but lacked the guile needed to unlock a well-drilled Forest defence.
And that lack of firepower was cruelly highlighted by a ruthless Forest side, who hit Stags hard on the counter to bag three goals in the final 21 minutes.
Stags had been given a warning of Forest’s counter-attacking skills inside the first minute when Cummings fired wide after Joel Byrom gifted the ball away in midfield. Rhys Bennett missed a great chance to put Mansfield ahead when he headed Byrom’s perfect free-kick straight into the turf on seven minutes. Mustapha Carayol blazed high and wide after a surging run on 10 minutes as Forest continued to threaten down the left. Danny Rose flashed an effort wide when unmarked in the box as Stags began to peg the visitors back.
But the Championship outfit hit the front against the run of play when Cummings rifled a superb strike into the roof of the net on 26 minutes. Forest should have doubled their lead when Carayol blazed a diving header over from close range four minutes later. Ben Brereton had a dangerous effort blocked for a corner on 41 minutes as Mansfield were once again carved open down the left. Zander Diamond had to hack clear with his back to goal in injury time as Forest looked to make the most of a counter-attack on the stroke of half-time.
Stags made eight changes at the break as Steve Evans continued to give his full squad plenty of minutes. Conrad Logan got down low to superbly tip a Brereton effort just past the post on 51 minutes as Forest started brightest after the break. Barrie McKay blazed over on 63 minutes after Tyler Walker’s blocked shot fell nicely into his path.
But Walker wrapped the game up six minutes later when he rolled the ball into an empty net following a defensive mix-up between Logan and Hayden White. Paul Digby fired straight at Dimitar Evtimov on 73 minutes as Mansfield looked for a route back into the game.
And Forest added further icing on the cake with eight minutes to go when Vellios fired into the roof of the net after a great counter-attack.
Vellios bagged his brace with a minute left after Forest once again hit Stags hard on the break.
Mansfield Town: Logan, Bennett, Pearce, Diamond, Hunt, Byrom, Mellis (Thomas 85 mins), Potter, Anderson, Angol, Rose.
Half-time subs on: Benning, Digby, Atkinson, Taft, Spencer, White, Sterling-James, Hamilton. Half-time off: Pearce, Diamond, Hunt, Byrom, Anderson, Potter, Rose, Angol.
Subs not used: Olejnik, Mirfin.
Nottingham Forest: Smith, Mancienne, Traore, Cohen, Osborn (Edser.80 mins), Carayol, Vaughan, Hobbs, Cummings, Worrall, Brereton.
Subs on (60 mins): Evtimov, Mills McKay, Clough, Ward, Lam, Bouchalakis, Walker, Vellios.
Subs off (60 mins): Smith, Mancienne, Hobbs, Traore, Vaughan, Cohen, Carayol, Brereton, Cummings.
Ref: Mark Heywood.
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Apostolos Vellios nets twice as Nottingham Forest beat Mansfield Town 4-0
nottinghampost.com, BY PAUL TAYLOR, 22 JUL 2017
Two late goals Apostolos Vellios helped Nottingham Forest kill off Mansfield Town, as Mark Warburton’s side continued their pre-season preparations with another local derby win.
The 4-0 scoreline was a little harsh on League Two Mansfield, who had created chances of their own in first half that had seen Forest take the lead courtesy of an impressive finish from Jason Cummings.
But a defensive slip allowed Tyler Walker to make it 2-0 after the interval, before Greek international Vellios continued his pre-season form by taking his tally to three goals in two games, with a brace in the final eight minutes.
It was another useful work out for Mark Warburton’s side, who again took the opportunity to utilise every fit member of their squad, making nine changes an hour into the game.
There was no immediate debut for Daryl Murphy following confirmation of his £2m switch from Newcastle United on Friday evening, but the 34-year-old was on hand to offer his support to his new teammates at the One Call Stadium.
Having utilised a three-man central defence against Notts County in midweek, the Reds adopted their more familiar 4-2-3-1 approach as they faced a Mansfield Town side with serious League Two promotion ambitions.
Jason Cummings again began the game as the striker down the centre, with Muzzy Carayol and Ben Brereton on either side of him and Ben Osborn playing in the number 10 role.
David Vaughan and Chris Cohen made their first appearances of pre-season in the two holding midfield positions, ahead of a back four that had Michael Mancienne at right back, Joe Worrall and Jack Hobbs in the centre and Armand Traore at left back, with Jordan Smith retaining his place in goal.
Cummings was an immediate threat, coming close to a goal within seconds of kick-off, lashing a powerful shot across goal and a few feet wide of the post.
A mix-up in the Forest defence between Smith and Traore almost allowed Mansfield an opening, with Forest again looking dangerous going forward, but a little uncertain at the back in the opening stages.
Traore had a dangerous moment when he pushed forward with ambition down the left side, right into the penalty area, before Zander Diamond made a last ditch tackle that robbed the left back of the ball - and left him needing treatment before he was able to continue.
Rhys Bennett should have put Stags ahead when he found himself with a free header just a few yards from goal, following a well worked free-kick - but he simply failed to connect at the vital moment.
Carayol again looked in the mood to torment the opposition defence but, after beating two men on a run that carried him half the length of the pitch and into the penalty area, he lost his head at the vital moment and sent a wild shot over the bar.
Good work from former Forest man Paul Anderson saw him intercept a pass meant for Brereton, before bending a cross into the box to carve out a chance for Danny Rose, who should have done better with a weak shot, in a good position.
Carayol seemed to have carried the ball out of play when he pushed down the left, but play was allowed to continue and Cummings had a shot charged down in the centre.
Forest took the lead in the 26 minute after Osborn had worked hard to win possession on the right, before feeding Vaughan. Vaughan’s pass was typically precise, slotted right into the path of Cummings, who drove an emphatic finish high into the back of the net from just inside the box.
Worrall had to make a tremendous tackle to deny Rose, who was angling in on goal before the defender slid in to snatch the ball off his toes.
Forest should have made it 2-0 when Osborn gave Mancienne the room to cross from the right, looping the ball to the far post where Carayol was arriving to bravely attack a diving header. But his effort was well off target and he took a whack for his trouble, needing treatment before he was able to continue.
Hunt then conjured up a fine challenge of his own to deny Brereton, as he looked briefly as though he would dart through on goal.
Mancienne did well to beat the tall figure of Lee Angol to a cross, but the defender’s header forced a smart save from Smith as it looped towards the top corner.
Traore was as ambitious as ever, taking another opportunity to push forward down the left side to deliver a peach of a cross that found Brereton, but his shot was deflected wide of the post.
The second half saw Stags make eight changes to their side, while Forest stuck with their same starting XI.
Cohen lashed a shot wide in the early exchanges, while Brereton came close to a second Forest goal when his low shot was pushed around the foot of the post as Conrad Logan pulled off an alert save, diving low to his left.
Traore was encouraged by the Forest fans behind the goal to have a crack from 20 yards and he responded with a low shot that was charged down.
Forest made nine changes on the hour mark, with Dimi Evtimov, Matt Mills, Barrie McKay, Zach Clough, Jamie Ward, Thomas Lam, Andreas Bouchalakis, Walker and Vellios all introduced. Only Joe Worrall and Ben Osborn, from the original starting XI, remained on the pitch.
A nicely constructed Forest attack down the right ended up with the ball finding McKay inside the box on the left, he hit his shot sweetly, but it cleared the bar by two feet.
It was not long before Forest did double their lead however, with a defensive mix-up between Hayden White and keeper Logan allowing the alert Walker to pounce on the ball and dart into the box, before slotting into an empty net.
Evtimov did well to push away a crisp shot from Paul Digby, as Mansfield worked hard to pull a goal back.
But, perhaps because both sides had made a host of changes, the game was becoming an increasingly bitty, scrappy affair.
When Worrall brought down Spencer on the edge of the box it would have earned a card in a Championship fixture. Omari Sterling-James did almost provide some punishment with a beautifully struck free-kick that Evtimov pushed away brilliantly. The lively substitute then lashed another shot narrowly wide.
But it was Forest who were to kill off the game in the 82 minute, as a flowing move led to Ward finding the space on the right to fire in a low cross, with Vellios sweeping home confidently from eight yards.
With Stags deflated, McKay came close with a shot that looped wide after hitting a Mansfield defender.
Vellios was to cap off a lively performance off the bench with a second goal, after being fed the ball from the right side by Ward, he conjured up another sharp finish, this time to send a low shot under the body of the advancing Logan, in the final minute.
Stags : Logan, Bennett, Pearce (Benning 45), Diamond (Digby 45), Mellis (Thomas 85), Angol (Atkinson 45), Anderson (Taft 45), Potter (Spencer 45), Hunt (White 45), Byrom (Sterling James 45), Rose (Hamilton 45). Subs: Olejnik, Mirfin.
Forest : Smith (Evtimov 60), Mancienne (Mills 60), Worrall, Hobbs (Lam 60), Traore (McKay 60), Vaughan (Bouchalakis 60), Cohen (Clough 60), Cummings (Vellios 60), Osborn (Edser 81), Carayol (Ward 60), Brereton (Walker 60).
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