DOMINANT STAGS PICK UP FIRST WIN
English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Mansfield Town 2 - 0 Forest Green Rovers
Rose 51, Anderson 57
Attendance: 3826 (147 from Forest Green)
Date: 12 August 2017
Martin Shaw and Simon Chamberlain at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill
Mansfield picked up a thoroughly deserved 2-0 win over League new boys Forest Green Rovers at the One Call Stadium with a dominant display capped with second half goals from Danny Rose and Paul Anderson. The Stags had most of the play in the first half but there was a lack of cutting typified by a terrible miss from Lee Angol, who was gifted the ball by former Stag Lee Collins. Angol was through 1-on-1 with the keeper in front of the goal but fired straight at him after 5 minutes. The other best chance for the Stags in the first half was a Paul Digby header from a corner that was deflected and saved by the keeper. Nothing was seen of Forest Green in the first half, and that continued in the second half as Mansfield made their dominance count. The Stags were in front on 51 minutes as Will Atkinson chipped a great cross in from the right and Danny Rose glanced a fine header into the bottom left corner of the net. The Stags nearly increased the lead twice in the next few minutes as the ball came off Paul Anderson and just wide and then Rose was just wide with another header. But the Stags did make it 2-0 on 57 minutes. Byrom clipped a lovely ball forward. Rose sensibly left it as he would have been offside. Anderson ran on to the ball, into the area of the left, his first shot from 12 yards was saved by the keeper, but Anderson knocked the rebound into the empty net.
The Stags could easily have added more goals with Anderson flicking just wide from a terrific Danny Rose cross, and a great move involving Anderson and sub Omari Sterling-James created a chance for Jimmy Spencer who put the ball in the net but the offside flag was up in a tight call. Forest Green never looked like getting back into the game and it wasn’t until the final few minutes that they created their first chance in the entire match. Plenty of good performances from the Stags. Danny Rose deserved his goal with another good header, to add to his goal at Crewe, he also set up a good chance for Anderson with a great cross, and won plenty in the air. Will Atkinson continues to get better, and his outstanding cross set up the first goal. Anderson scored one, could have had another, and looked dangerous down the left. At the back, the Stags defence was always in control, with Hayden White impressing at right back and doing well pushing forward, Zander Diamond dominant at centre half in another good performance, and Krystian Peace did well alongside him, and Benning was very tidy at left back. Forest Green were disappointing and we were expecting more from them, but credit to the Stags for not allowing them into the game.
Steve Evans made two changes to the side that played LAST SATURDAY at Crewe. Pearce came in for Mirfin, and Digby came in for Mellis. Mirfin is out with a sore knee after a clash on Tuesday, though it is just precautionary. Mellis had a bit of a virus earlier in the week so is not quite right, though is on the bench, and Byrom gets the shirt ahead of him. Meanwhile in transfer news pre-match, Steve Evans confirmed that the club record bid for a striker is to a club in the Championship, and their manager is thinking it over.
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