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Season 11/12 Stagsnet Match Report
FA Cup 4th qualifying round
Mansfield Town  
1 - 1
 Fleetwood Town
Dyer 70.
 Milligan 43.
Attendance: 1725 (134 from Fleetwood)
Date: 29 October 2011

by Daniel Egginton at Field Mill

Mansfield earned a replay after a poor match at Field Mill, with Ross Dyer's 70th minute close-range finish cancelling out a first-half Jamie Milligan free kick.

Mansfield lined up in a 4-5-1 formation. Ben Futcher came into defence in place of Kendrick, playing at centre-half alongside Martin Riley. Luke O'Neill switched to left-back and Ritchie Sutton played at right-back. Anthony Howell was back in the squad in place of Paul Connor, who was dropped to the bench, and played as part of a midfield three with Adam Murray and Paul Bolland. Lindon Meikle and Ross Dyer played out wide, and Matt Green completed the squad as a lone striker.

Shane Redmond, Rhys Day and Andy Todd remained on the bench from last week, and were joined by Matt Bell, who replaced Joe Kendrick, Paul Connor, youngster Adam Somes and loan signing Louis Moult.

Fleetwood had the ball in the net after 5 minutes with a Milligan free kick, but an offside Fleetwood attacker was adjudged to have interfered with the ball, which beat everyone on its way into the goal.

The first half was very even, with neither side having many chances until just before half-time. A soft free kick was awarded on the edge of the Mansfield box, and Milligan's shot went straight up and over the wall, which didn't even attempt to block the ball. Marriott was wrong footed and Fleetwood went into the break as 1-0 leaders.

Mansfield nearly had an leveller on 57 minutes, Meikle with the cross/shot from the left wing and Green being inches away from getting his toe to the ball. Louis Moult, replacing Paul Bolland, came on four minutes later to try and liven things up. On 70 minutes, he had an assist. Luke O'Neill cut inside from the left-wing and jinked past a defender before crossing the ball. Moult slid in and played the ball back across the box to Dyer, who finished a splendid move from the edge of the six-yard box.

Mansfield were now on top and pushing forwards to try and find a winner, but this left them looking very frail at the back at times. The Stags could have had a second goal five minutes later, when O'Neill put a pin-point cross into the box, only for Futcher to miss the ball completely at the back post.

With less than ten minutes left, Sutton was harshly given the Stags only booking of the match, and Ben Futcher was announced as the sponsor's MOM.

Jamie Vardy should have won the match for the visitors with 5 minutes left. Having ran past Riley and Futcher with ease, his shot appeared to go straight over the bar, although a corner was given. Magno Vieira had a shot wide 3 minutes later.

Anthony Howell nearly fluked a winner in stoppage time, his sliced cross beating the keeper but landing on the roof of the net.

It proved to be the last chance of the game, which finished 1-1. It was a fair result in a poor game, although both sides could have won it, and will be hoping for a better result on Tuesday night. For now, ball 56 in tomorrow's draw will represent both Fleetwood and Mansfield.


Text commentary:
5 Fleetwood free kick goes in the net, but offside flag is up
8 First corner of the game, and Dyer's goalbound header is deflected away for another corner
11 Meikle has a half-chance in the box after a slip by the defence, but cant get a shot away
12 Terrific take by Marriott from a cross
15 Shot from Seddon comes off the outside of the Stags post
Even game in the opening 15 minutes - both teams giving it everything.
18 Murray smashes a shot over the bar, with a deflection off a Fleetwood player, after a terrific header from Dyer.
19 Stags corner flashes straight across the goalline
Martin Riley having a much better game than last week
May be lucky to be 2000 in the ground
Marriott in pink shirt
25 Good move from Fleetwood, and Seddon's cross hits Brodie and goes wide
5 corners for the Stags to 0 for Fleetwood
100 approx from Fleetwood
Opening 32 minutes very even on possession and chances
36 Brilliant run by Howell, but instead of shooting he tries to tee up Green, but keeper smothers ball from Green
Brodie spending all his time moaning at the ref
Ref loses patience with Brodie and produces yellow card for back-chat
43 0-1 Jamie Milligan free kick from just outside the box
HT 0-1 Good game. Very even.
HT Hayes 1 Cambridge 2
Brodie taken off at HT, before he's sent off. Replaced by Magno Viera
50 Low cross from Bolland but only 2 Stags players in the box against 4 defenders
52 Good Stags move and finally Howell tries to slide in Green, but Green didn't read it
54 Awful shot from O'Neill hits the SSA tunnel
Green is the Stags biggest threat. Dyer offering little. Moult for Dyer would be an obvious change.
57 Cross-shot from Meikle beats keeper but just sails wide with Green trying to get a boot on it.
Corner count is now Stags 5 Fleetwood 4
Adam Murray has drifted out of the game. Meanwhile Moult looks like he's coming on
60 Tame shot from Viera is flopped on by Marriott
62 Moult for Bolland. Bolland get decent round of applause. Dyer moves to the right, and shakes his head indicating he is not happy with it.
67 Great tackle from Futcher. At the other end frustration as a Moult surge forward is halted as the ref says he fouled his man
70 1-1 Dyer with a good finish at the back post
71 Fleetwood hit the crossbar with a header from Pond
Att: 1725 (134 from Fleetwood)
74 Good save from Marriott from Vardy
75 Futcher heads wide from O'Neill corner
Stags now look the better side, for the first time in the game
82 Good take by Marriott from a cross
83 Fleetwood free kick 25 yards out as Sutton is booked. Cox fuming. Mulligan free kick off the wall and goes wide with Marriott beaten.
Sponsors MOM Futcher
85 Vardy misses sitter as it hits Marriott. Fleetwood now on top.
86 McGuire shaves the post from outside the box
88 Viera shoots wide, awful effort from route one move
3 mins time added on
90+2 Howell cross lands on top of the net. So close
FT 1-1


Report by: Daniel Egginton at Field Mill

Line Up:
Marriott - 6.5 - Couple of good saves and well-caught crosses. Couldn't do a lot about the free kick.
Sutton - 6 - Offered an attacking option at times, but suspect in defence.
Riley - 6 - Better performance, but still not great.
Futcher - 6 - Surprise sponsor's MOM, for a big guy not brilliant at heading.
O'Neill - 7 - OK in defence, created a couple of good chances, including one that lead to the goal.
Dyer - 6 - Took his goal well, but still isn't a right-winger.
Bolland - 7 - Stuck his foot in, and offered a threat in attack.
Murray - 6 - Never got into the game, playing too deep.
Howell - 7 - Nearly scored a fluke, but looked scared to shoot when he had the ball in attack. Needs to go back to a more defensive role, as he was better at that today.
Meikle - 6 - Wasn't really in the game.
Green - 5.5 - Poor game, lost the ball too many times.
Sub Line Up:
Moult (for Bolland, 62) - 6.5 - Put some life into the game when he came on.
Subs not used: Redmond, Bell, Day, Todd, Somes, Connor.
Opposition Line Up:
Davies; Beeley, McNulty, Pond, Brown (Goodall 15); Vardy, McGuire, Milligan; Mangan (Clancy 81), Brodie (Vieira HT), Seddon. Subs: Louis-Hamilton, Briggs, Cox, Brown.

Martin Smedley (Staffordshire) - 5 - Killed the game with too many soft fouls given, including the free kick that lead to Fleetwood's goal.

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