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Season 07/08 Stagsnet Match Report
Coca-Cola League 2
Mansfield Town  
0 - 0
 Bradford City
M.Boulding missed pen 20
Attendance: 2308 (591 from Bradford)
Date: 5 December 2007

We were not going to have a Stagsnet report by a supporter for the game against Bradford at Field Mill...

However report sent in by Chris Fryatt:

Chris Fryatt at Field Mill

A missed penalty and a general lack of quality confirmed the Stags position at the bottom of Football League 2 after a goalless draw with Bradford City failed to maintain the winning streak at Field Mill.

In a game of huff and puff and little composure Bradford had the better of the first half and Mansfield the better of the second. In truth Mansfield should have won, they should have led through the missed penalty in the first half and had much the better of the possession in the second although hearts were in mouths every time Bradford went forward particularly in the last 2 or 3 minutes when it looked like the Stags might throw the point away.

Manager Dearden stuck with the same team that had steamed past Harrogate Railway on Sunday and the only change to the 16 was the inclusion of Holmes for D’Laryea. This must be injury related because this left no real midfield cover on the bench.

Dearden made only 1 substitution during the game, enforced when Bell limped off to be replaced by Brown. One could ask why no other substitutions were made particularly when Rory Boulding particularly flagged as the second half wore on. The only explanation can be that the leggy McAliskey and the “boy for the future” Holmes were not seen to be as good as the tired Boulding. Says something perhaps about the paucity of our squad and the manager’s decision making.

Bradford included Barry Conlon in their starting line up, they were a big and physical team who passed the ball well particularly in the first half.

First Half – moments of note:

1st minute – Muggleton made a smart save low to his right to deny a Conlon volley the ball going out for a corner.
6th minute – The Bradford keeper Rickets was injured claiming a ball and being challenged by Mickey Boulding. He threw the ball out and received more than 5 minutes attention before the game restarted. The referee who had a decent game saw fit to add on only 2 minutes at the end of the half.
10th minute – Conlon shot high wide and handsome after being presented with a good chance following good work down the Bradford left. He was greeted with predictably unsympathetic calls from the QLE.
19TH minute – A through ball chased by Rory Boulding into the left hand side of the penalty box resulted in him being tripped by the Bradford defender. Mr Singh correctly pointed to the spot. Mickey Boulding shot was weak to the keeper’s right and he saved comfortably and the ball was scrambled away. Teams in our position cannot afford to spurn chances like this.
21st minute – Daley for Bradford from an acute angle hit the near post with a ferocious shot that Muggleton barely saw let alone tried to save.
28th minute – Break by Bradford resulted in a save by Muggleton with his feet.
31st minute – Buxton lucky not to concede a penalty when he climbed all over a Bradford player in the centre of the area clearing a free kick. Buxton fouls almost every time he has to win an important header and has been lucky so far not to be penalised more often.
43rd minute – Daley for Bradford tested the reflexes of the fan sitting in Row Z of the QLE with a shot that may have been more Twickenham than Wembley.

Second Half

The Bradford keeper knelt to say a prayer before the start of the second half, whether they were answered is unclear but he did keep a clean sheet.
45th to 50th minutes – In what was described as the worst start to a half of football in living memory the only relevant or interesting items were 2 balls being kicked over the Bishop Street “Stand” w2ithin 60 seconds of each other.
52nd minute - Mansfield substitution Brown on for Bell.
54th minute – Martin who was being given a torrid time by Daley decided to go for what I believe is described in WWF as a “backside block” – the resultant booking was well deserved. However a voice from the QLE described the decision as a disgrace – Dan’s father was clearly upset!
55th to 60th minutes – Bradford pressing for a goal with little quality and Mansfield breaking forward but as remarked “without the same quality or pace of the class of 2001”.
64th minute – sliding tackle cum save by the Bradford keeper stopped Mickey Boulding collecting a through ball down the Mansfield left.
65th minute – Mansfield score through Rory Boulding only to find his brother ruled offside for his part in the play, some fans disagreed with the decision, difficult to see from the QLE.
68TH minute – Saw a regulation save by Muggleton low to his left and Conlon substituted to cries of “Cheerio” and other positive statements!!
70th minute – brought a cheer from a small but vocal section of the crowd as we were able to record the first positive tackle made by Hamshaw this season. Not to disappoint he made another 2 minutes later, I suspect there may not be many more left in his locker.
75th minute – Brown shoots tamely into the hands of the keeper from a narrow angle.
81st minute – Brown shoots wide after the best passing moves of the game from the Stags. Bradford looked uncomfortable when we played football.
82nd minute – Long run by Hamshaw resulted in a weak shot causing the keeper no difficulty.
2 extra minute played by the referee which for the most part Mansfield had to defend – including a final decent save from Muggleton.

So the game watched by 2,301 (including 591 from the away team) ended goalless. Mansfield should have won but played too much long aimless ball for almost an hour. In the last 30 minutes the game was there to be won but a combination of a lack of quality, composure and the manager’s lack of substitutions meant we failed to move off the bottom of the table.

Report by: Chris Fryatt

Line Up:
Ratings by Tim Morriss of the CHAD :
Muggleton 7 – Stood firm under pressure, excellent at punching away crosses and got his body behind several fierce shots.
Mullins 6 Quiet, but determined in the tackle. Poor distribution let him down at times.
Buxton 8 – Immense performance against a powerful and pacy attack – one header virtually off the goalline and a late clearance typified display - after defence rode their luck in opening minutes
John-Baptiste – 7 Equally strong at the heart of the back four, several timely interceptions and vital hook away from danger in the last few seconds
Martin 7 – After struggling in opening 20 minutes against the pace of Daley, recovered well to put in solid tackles. Perhaps lucky not to be red carded for one reckless challenge on Daley, but later made great tackle when it could have been easier to concede a penalty
Hamshaw 6 – Grew in influence as the game wore on and a few clever second half passes put the Bouldings clear, but Stags lacked creativity and 'final pass' too often..
Dawson 6 – Tireless work in the midfield and just short of reaching two or three crosses to grab what would have been a vital goal.
Bell 6 – Struggled in the opening 20 minutes as the Stags looked vulnerable to pace and the counter attack, unlucky then to limp off just after half-time.
Jelleyman 7 – Coped well in unfamiliar centre midfield role when switching for the injured Bell for most of the second half, one memorable charging run and tackle to win possession.
Rory Boulding 7 – His first half running and confidence in an end-to-end opening 45 minutes was perhaps his best display so far. Faded a little in the second half, although did put the ball in net after linesman had flagged for offside.
Michael Boulding 5 – His first half penalty was far too tame as the keeper guessed the right way. And struggled to make any real impact.
Brown (53mins sub for Bell) 6 – Ironically the Bell injury gave Stags more of an attacking edge and options as Brown’s pace and direct running caused a few problems, but wasted his only two chances and then faded.
Ratings by Chris Fryatt:
Muggleton 7 – Good saves in both halves and a clean sheet – probably man of the match
Mullins 6
Baptiste 6
Buxton 6 – Will need to be careful of his technique for headers
Martin 4 – Poor game both in defence and in passing (sorry meant hoofing)
Jellyman 5 – Endeavour but a full back playing in midfield!
Dawson 6
Bell 7 - Before he went off...
Hamshaw 6 – Worth a 6 for his 2 tackles if nothing else – still disappointing
Boulding R 5 – Needs to build up his strength and looked tired
Boulding M 5 – Missed penalty and 1 on 1- worked hard
Sub Line Up:
Brown (for Bell, 53) 6 – looked reasonably sharp when he came on to the right wing
Subs Not Used: White, McIntosh, McAliskey, Holmes.
Opposition Line Up:
Ricketts, Williams, Heckingbottom, Wetherall, Clarke, Daley, Phelan (Paul Evans 85), Nix, Law , Conlon (Thorne 68), Ndumbu-Nsungu. Subs Not Used: Waite, Ainge, Penford.
Jarnail Singh - 7 had a decent game

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