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Season 05/06 Stagsnet Match Report
Coca-Cola League 2
Mansfield Town  
2 - 1
 Grimsby Town
Barker 19, Coke 40. Jelleyman sent off 73
 Woodhouse 79
Attendance: 3053 (737 from Grimsby)
Date: 14 February 2006

The Stags made three changes from the side that drew 2-2 at Wycombe on Saturday. In came Baptiste for Jacobs, Dawson for Uhlenbeek and Wilson for Rundle. For the Mariners, former Stags striker Junior Mendes was in the starting eleven with former Notts County keeper Mildnehall in goal, a man who has previously scored at Field Mill.

The Stags began quietly and the visitors dominated the early possession without ever really threatening Pressman's goal. It was the Stags who created the first real chance of the game, a fine move which involved Wilson and Dawson saw Barker run free of the defence and hit a powerful left foot shot which Mildenhall superbly tipped away. But the Stags were not to be denied five minutes later when top scorer Richie Barker put the home side ahead. Newey slipped on the left which allowed Dawson some space, he did brilliantly to work some space near the bye-line before cutting the ball back to Barker to slam home his 17th of the season. Grimsby responded almost immediately, the Stags failing to clear a corner but Buxton was on hand to head away a very dangerous cross. However, it was the Stags who were carving out the best chances and Reet should have put the Stags further ahead. He latched onto a Coke ball and Mildenhall was caught in no-mans land, however, rather than lob the keeper, Reet tried to place it and Mildenhall was able to deflect the ball away for a corner - it was a great chance. Pressman was at last forced into action just past the half hour, diving well to his left to palm away a Cohen header from a left wing corner. On 40 minutes a major howler from Mildehall gave the Stags a priceless second goal. Coke drifted towards the area with the ball and with many fans (myself included) imploring him to release Wilson on the left he decided to shoot, it was a fairly week effort but somehow it squirmed under Mildenhall's body and crept about a yard over the line before the embarassed keeper could reclaim the ball. Much of the talk at half time centred around the Stags giving away a two goal half time lead at Wycombe at the weekend, such is the pessimism of Stags fans these days!!

Half Time: 2-0

The expected onslaught from Grimsby didn't really materialise. Despite their long ball game and playing with the wind, the Stags defence managed to do a good job protecting Pressman, indeed, vice-versa as the Stags keeper used his experience to marshall his back four well. There were rather pathetic shouts for a penalty as Mendes went down under a challenge from Baptiste, for once the referee, who generally got most decisions wrong, made a correct decision. Indeed, the first of his wrong decisions was when he yellow carded Jelleyman, the Stags defender quite clearly won the ball in a challenge with Cohen and not surprsingly Barker and a few other Stags players argued with the referee first over the free kick decision and then over the yellow card - this was to prove a crucial decision later on in the game. The free kick was whipped in dangerously where Barker headed towards his own goal but Pressman gathered safely. A couple more bookings followed, Coke for dissent after another odd decision from the referee and then Croft who could have little complaint after a late lunge on the excellent Dawson. On 70 minutes Jelleyman and Reddy collided, it may have been a free kick, but the referee decided to issue a second yellow card and send off the Stags left back. The two yellow cards Jelleyman received were described a "disgrace" by the Stags boss after the game, it is hard to argue with him when far worse challenges on both sides went unpunished. From then on it was backs to the wall. Lloyd replaced the ineffective Reet whilst the Mariners put on several big players and went even longer ball!! Buxton and Hjelde handled the onslaught well, both showing admirable bravery, indeed this was a trait shared by all the players in the last 15 minutes or so. Despite the pressure, the Stags almost scored a third, Wilson hitting a powerful low shot which beat Mildenhall but thudded against the post. However, on 80 minutes the visitors pulled a goal back, after a long cross wasn't cleared Woodhouse hit a powerful shot past Pressman into the bottom left corner. From then on it was very nervy, but Pressman only had one save of note to make, palming away a header from a left wing corner. The final whistle was greeted with understandable relief from the home fans, given we were unfortunate to lose at Grimsby, over the two games three points each is a fair reflection and clearly the sending off made this game closer than it perhaps would have been had it been 11 v 11.

Some fine, gutsy performances from the Stags. Pressman was exemplary throughout, Barker scored again, gave his absolute all and lead the line superbly and defensively both Hjelde and Buxton coped well with the long, high balls Grimsby continued to throw at them. However, man of the match was Stephen Dawson, he was excellent on the right, gave real bite to the Stags midfield and created the vital opening goal.

Man of the Match: Stephen Dawson

Report by: Rob Wheldon at Field Mill

Line Up:
Pressman 8 Faultless display
Baptiste 7 Usual stuff from Alex, even at right back he looks a class act
Hjelde 7 After an ordinary 1st half, really showed his metal in the 2nd
Buxton 7 Like Hjelde, stood up extremely well to the aerial bombardment
Jelleyman 6 Unlucky to be sent off
Dawson 8 Real fiesty, tough tackling display
D'Laryea 7 Excellent in the holding role
Coke 7 Occasionally dwelt on the ball, but overall had a good game
Wilson 7 Shone in patches, very unlucky not to score with a great shot
Barker 8 Once again, played his heart out, 17 goals now for Captain Fantastic
Reet 6 Disappointing, missed a great chance and his first touch was generally poor
Sub Line Up:
Lloyd (for Reet, 76) 6 Did well in a defensive role
Subs not used: White, Uhlenbeek, Rundle, Arnold.
Opposition Line Up:
S Mildenhall, T Newey, R Jones, B Futcher, G Croft (77 J Kamudimba) , A Parkinson (67 G Jones) , C Woodhouse, P Bolland, G Cohen, J Mendes (85 C Toner) , M Reddy.
Subs not used: G Downey, T Barwick.
C Webster 4 Lost control and poor throughout

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