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Season 06/07 Stagsnet Match Report
Coca-Cola League 2
Mansfield Town  
3 - 2
 Wycombe Wanderers
Mullins 21, Gritton 36, D'Laryea 87.
 McGleish 26, 37.
Attendance: 2711 (308 from Wycombe)
Date: 24 February 2007


Martin Shaw at Field Mill

Mansfield pulled off a tremendous 3-2 victory against high flying Wycombe Wanderers at Field Mill this afternoon. In a thrilling yet strange encounter, the Stags twice took the lead in the first half only to be quickly pegged back both times by Scott McGleish, but the Stags stepped up a gear in the second half and Jon D'Laryea's 18 yard bullet was too hot for the Wycombe keeper to handle in the 87th minute and his first ever senior goal proved a worthy winner.

The Stags made one change from the side that had drawn at MK Dons with loan signing Bryan Hodge replacing the ill Michael Boulding. Hodge played in a left-sided midfield position though was often more centrally placed, while Brown was pushed further forward in a 4-3-3 formation. Wycombe had Scott McGleish (who always scores against us) and Tommy Mooney up front, and Jermaine Easter on the bench - a sign of how powerful they are.

To hear Stagsworld commentary of the winning goal, by Nigel Pinnick and Martin Shaw, click here

The first chance of the game fell to the Stags as a looping cross took a deflection and a back header from Brown from 6 yards was at the keeper. A minute later the dangerous Mooney got in a fine header which was well saved by White. On 7 minutes, dreadful defending by Jelleyman allowed Ainsworth to charge into the box, but White made a terrific save with his boot. The Stags defending was poor in the opening 20 minutes, but on 21 minutes the Stags took an undeserved lead. Brown sent in a powerful corner from the right and Mullins met it with his head, unmarked from 4 yards out. The keeper got a hand on it but couldn't keep the ball out. It was Mullins first goal for the Stags, after so many near misses.

But only 5 minutes later the visitors were level in bizarre fashion. D'Laryea lost out in a tackle and the ball cannoned to McGleish, 25 yards from goal, he turned and sent an instant shot past White into the left corner of the net. A fabulous finish. One day I would love McGleish to play for us, rather than dreading every time the ball goes near him.

On 35 minutes Jelleyman, having a truly awful first half, lost the ball on a forward run, and the Stags were lucky that Palmer blasted a free shot over the bar.

However a minute later, Jelleyman made a brilliant run forward, cut inside and played a ball for Gritton who flicked a first time shot into the right corner of the net to make it 2-1.

Incredibly the lead lasted only a minute. Mooney won the ball for Wycombe, and crossed from the left for that man McGleish to head home from close range.

Soon afterwards, Hodge put in a good cross from the left and Gritton flicked the ball just wide. Then on 43 minutes Buxton played a good ball forward, and Gritton got in front of his marker and tried to slide the ball past the keeper who just stopped the shot which would otherwise have gone in. On the stroke of half time, Brown clipped a shot from a tight angle onto the top of the goal.

It was a pulsating first half. Wycombe were very impressive going forward but at the same time the Stags defence was very very poor.

Half time 2-2

On 57 minutes Brown went down in the box. The referee waved away appeals for a penalty, though you've seen them given. On 64 minutes a loose ball fell to Mullins' left foot on the edge of the box. Mullins fired first time but it was straight at the keeper when a chip over the keeper may have resulted in a goal.

On 68 minutes, Arnold replaced Conlon and moved to the right with Brown moving to the centre up front. Four minutes after that, Easter replaced McGleish, to cheers from the StagsWorld commentary box.

The Stags were now on top and were much more impressive than the first half.

On 77 minutes Gritton shot at the Wycombe keeper, then White saved when Palmer's shot was straight at him.

On 80 minutes came a crucial moment of the match when White brilliantly saved from Mooney's shot from six yards. On 84 minutes Reet replaced Gritton, and a minute later Reet put in Arnold whose shot from 25 yards was at the keeper.

But on 87 minutes came the winning goal. Reet did well to cut back from the bye-line and shot left footed against the keeper's legs when it looked like it would go between his legs. But the ball came out to D'Laryea whose left footed piledriver was at the keeper who got two firm hands to the it, but the ball somehow still ended up going behind him into the net.

That was the last meaningful action and the Stags easily hung on for a terrific victory.

Man of the match: Bryan Hodge

Report by: Martin Shaw at Field Mill

Line Up:
White 7 Fantastic second half save from Mooney was crucial. Good game.
Mullins 7 His first goal, at last. Should have scored another in the second half.
Buxton 6 Did ok.
Baptiste 6 Not at his best, in a generally poor day for the defence.
Jelleyman 5 Very poor, but was apparently feeling ill.
Brown 7 Better than recently.
D'Laryea 7 At fault for the Wycombe first goal, but made up for it with a good display and the crucial winner.
Dawson 7 Quiet first half; must have a rocket at the break, as he drove the team forward superbly in the second half.
Hodge 7 Didn't quite seem to know whether to play wide left or in the centre, but showed a cultured left foot. Comfortable on the ball - impressive debut.
Gritton 7 Took his goal well and unlucky with one other chance.
Conlon 6 Won some good headers, but otherwise didn't do much.
Sub Line Up:
Arnold (for Conlon, 68) 7 Lively, and the team played better after he came on.
Reet (for Gritton, 84) - Put himself about and nearly cut the keeper in two on a couple of occasions. Unlucky with a shot on the turn, that eventually led to the winner.
Subs Not Used: Muggleton, Hjelde, Charlton.
Opposition Line Up:
Young, Golbourne, Crooks, Williamson (Christon 87), Martin, Palmer, Grant (Torres 65), Bloomfield, Ainsworth, Mooney, McGleish (Easter 75). Subs Not Used: Gregory, Onibuje.
A Penn (W Midlands).

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