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Season 10/11 Stagsnet Match Report
Blue Square Bet Premier
Mansfield Town  
2 - 5
 Fleetwood Town
Murray 37, Foster 73. Duffy sent off 45+3.
 Vieira 45, 57, 60, Seddon 49, McGuire 62.
Attendance: 1,725 (53 from Fleetwood)
Date: 11 January 2011

Report by eggy at Field Mill

Mansfield slipped to another disappointing defeat in front of just 1725 fans at Field Mill, having seen a lead go and Rob Duffy disgracefullly getting sent of for elbowing an opponent.The only change for today's game at Field Mill was Steven Istead, who came in as a substitute, replacing Gary Mills.

After a minute, Fleetwood had the first chance, the ball breaking loose from a Kyle Nix tackle. It dropped to Sean Clancy, but he could only fire wide. A minute later, Gareth Seddon was caught offside in a dangerous position, clear of the defence.

Stags had the first corner on 3 minutes, but when the ball dropped to Adam Murray he could only hit it wide.

Mansfield were showing problems with getting the ball away, every clearance or pass finding a Fleetwood player inside the Mansfield half. Clancy put in a dangerous cross on 5 minutes, but it could only find the hads of Kevin Pilkington.

At the other end, Fleetwood had no such problems, with both a dangerous free kick on 6 minutes and a ball across the Fleetwood box on 9 minutes being easily cleared. When Mansfield did get a clearance away, it was to far ahead of Keigan Parker, who lost out to the Fleetwood 'keeper in a race to the ball.

On 19 minutes, a cross by Alan Wright gave Clancy another chance, which was again wasted as he headed wide. A minute later Donnelly attempted an audacious lob, before Seddon hit the follow-up wide. A couple of minutes later Naylor and Foster ran into each other, leaving the ball to break to Seddon. Seddon could have had a shot but instead set up Clancy, who again fired wide.

Just before the half-hour, Magno Vieira layed the ball of for a shot, but it was blocked by Silk, giving Fleetwood a corner, which came to nothing as Tom Naylor headed it away.

On 37 minutes, the brakthrough finally came, and (very) luckily it was for Mansfield. Williams played the cross in, it was headed back across goal, and Adam Murray had the easiest of chances, which he dutifully took. Just before half-time, though, Clancy's cross was deflected, giving the visitors a corner. Magno Vieira muscled his way in front of Gary Silk, who was stood between him and Pilkington, and flicked the ball into the net to level the scores.

In injury time, Rob Duffy ruined Mansfield's (admittedly small) chance of winning the game. An Alan Wright tackle earlier on had left him on the floor, apparently needing treatment. When he was off the pitch, he was told by members of the Mansfield coaching staff to "stay calm". How did Duffy respond to this? When he came back on the pitch, he went to challenge Wright for a header. With no intention of going for the ball, he clearly swung an elbow at Wright, earning himself a deserved red card. Although this by no means was an excuse for the goals conceded in the second half, it was certainly a changing point in the game.

HT Mansfield Town 1-1 Fleetwood Town

The second half was nothing but a disaster for Mansfield. Within 5 minutes of the restart Seddon had hit a volley from just outside the 6-yard bow to give Fleetwood a 2-1 lead. Within 10 minutes of this, Magno Vieira scored his second, playing a one-two with Seddon, before hitting it past Kevin Pilkington to make it 3-1 to the visitors.

The stags made two changes after this goal, with Connor replacing Parker as a lone striker and Luke Medley going on the wing as a replacement for Ryan Williams.

Vieira made it a 16 minute hat-trick when Beeley hit the ball into the danger area from the right hand side, making it 4-1 to Fleetwood. Fleetwood finished a 5-minute rout just after the hour when Beeley again hit the ball into the box from the right-hand side, this time to McGuire, who calmly made it 5-1.

Steve Foster got his first of the season after 73 minutes. There were a few ironic cheers from the Stags fans as Mansfield forced a corner, but it was delivered well and Foster rose above the Fleetwood defence to grab a consolation.

5 minutes later, it was 6-2, but Seddon was ruled offside, after McGuire had set him up for another good finish. Fleetwood had most of the chances after this point, with Mansfield rarely venturing out of their own half in the last 15-20 minutes. Kevin Pilkington mad another good ssave late on, and Steven Istead replaced Kyle Nix for the last 5 minutes, but nothing changed.

Boos ringed around the stadium as the final whistle went, with plenty of fans making their feelings know towards Duncan Russell. It was a poor performance by Mansfield, and Rob Duffy's moronic red card capped of a terrible night.

Full-time; Mansfield Town 2-5 Fleetwood Town.

Report by: eggy

Line Up:
Pilkington 6 - Good saves, not at fault for any of the goals.
Silk 6 - Still not playing at his best. At fault for equaliser.
Foster 6 - Well taken goal, not a lot else he could have done to be fair.
Naylor 7 - Solid in defence. Deserved Man of the Match.
Sandwith 4 - Useless. Most of the goals came down his side. What does Stonehouse have to do to get a game?
Cain 7 - Ran his socks off, right up to the final whistle. Some decent crosses.
Murray 6 - No help to defence, still not convinced. Well taken goal.
Nix 6 - No help to defence. Also doesn't look at his best.
Williams 6 - Doesn't seem to be much threat as a winger any more.
Parker 6 - Never going to work as a lone striker, and never helped by having to play alongside Duffy.
Duffy 0 - A useless performance, followed by elbowing an opponent within 30 seconds of being told to calm down by the manager and assistant manager.
Sub Line Up:
Connor (for Parker, 58) 6 - Few chances.
Medley (for Williams, 58) 6 - Not convinced that he's a winger.
Istead (for Nix, 85) - Only on for 5 minutes.
Subs Not Used: Collett, Stonehouse.
Opposition Line Up:
Davies, Beeley, McNulty, Gregan, Wright (Connors 71), Clancy, Vieira (Rowe 81), McGuire, Barry, Seddon, Donnelly. Subs Not Used: Hurst, Pond, Thorpe.
Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) 7 - Let the play flow, including some hard challenges. Spot on with red card.

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