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30th July 2012 12:58

Wednesday 25 July 2012
Mansfield Town 2-1 Derby County
Green 52, Meikle 59. Robinson pen 34

Att: 2596 (1030 from Derby)

**UPDATE** - it was inititally feared that Lee Stevenson had a fractured leg. Stevenson was taken to hospital last night and it is now confirmed that the leg is not fractured, which is excellent news.
Stevenson confirmed the news on his twitter twitter.com/lee8stevo

Stags: (4-4-1-1): Marriott; Beevers, Pilkington, Jones, Owens; Dyer, Tolley, Clements, Meikle; Stevenson, Green.

46: Howell for Stevenson
55: Thompson for Beevers
74: Briscoe for Meikle
76: Roberts for Clements
78: Rhead for Green
78: Sutton for Owens

Derby first half: Deeney, Naylor, Gjokaj (Trialist), Keogh, Roberts, Doyle, Hendrick, B Davies, Jacobs, Robinson, Ward.

2nd half: Brayford, Morch, Galinski,, Buxton, Jones, Coutts, Hughes, Bryson, Caton, Tyson, Bennett.


post match interview with Paul Cox and George Pilkington from Mansfield 103.2 with Jason Harrison --->



Delighted Stags boss Paul Cox plays down friendly win over Derby County

ALTHOUGH playing it down, Stags boss Paul Cox could barely disguise his delight at last night's unexpected 2-1 friendly win over Championship neighbours Derby County.


Trailing to a Theo Robinson penalty kick, Mansfield hit back with two goals in six minutes after the break through Matt Green and Lindon Meikle and Cox said: “That was a great result.

“I thought the lads worked extremely hard and there were some excellent individual performances.

“More importantly we looked good as a unit, kept our shape and passed the ball well while closing them down in good areas.

“The work we've done on the training ground is coming to fruition.

“It was Derby's first game this season so we may have caught them a bit cold with this result.

“They are a fabulous side and Nigel Clough has done a great job. I am sure they will do really well in the Championship.”

He added: “The result is insignificant, though it does breed confidence. More important is that some good signs came out of it. We can still improve on a lot of things.

“One or two players got through 75 minutes last night and, if I am honest, looked really sharp.

“We are not getting carried away, though I know one or two will be shouting from the rooftops. Expectations here are high and we want to reach those expectations.”

For the second time in a week, Stags midfielder Lee Stevenson ended the night at hospital, this time with a suspected leg fracture.

However, this morning, Stevenson tweeted: “Legs still in one piece, just! Thanks for the messages people.”

Stags have more Championship opposition on Saturday when Nottingham Forest visit the One Call Stadium for a behind-closed-doors friendly.

Stags fear striker Lee Stevenson may have fractured leg in win over Derby County

Mansfield Town are this mnorning waiting on news of midfielder Lee Stevenson who went to hospital after Wednesday night's 2-1 win over Derby with a suspected fractured leg.


Stevenson ended up going to hospital after Friday night's game at Gainsborough after coughing up blood at half-time and last night limped off at the break with what seemed to be nothing more than a kick.

Boss Paul Cox said: Lee seems to have run over a few black cats with the luck he is having.

“I have been told its a suspected fracture but we are hoping it's just bruising.

“I thought it just looked like a nasty tap on the shin or the ankle. But we've sent him as a precautionary I hope he's all right as a love the kid to bits and he's worked hard in training.”


Nigel happy with work-out and praises new trio
Derby Telegraph

NIGEL Clough described last night's opening pre-season game as a "good work-out" for his Derby County squad.


And the Rams manager was also pleased with his three new signings – Richard Keogh, Michael Jacobs and Paul Coutts.

Derby used 22 players in a 2-1 defeat by Blue Square Bet Premier side Mansfield Town at the One Call Stadium.

"Mansfield are probably a bit ahead of us preparation-wise and they had a little bit too much for us, physically, in the second half up against our young lads," said Clough.

"But we had enough opportunities to have scored more than one goal in the first half."

Derby led at the break through Theo Robinson's penalty before the home side hit back in the second half.

"It was nice for Theo to get a goal in our first pre-season game," Clough added.

"I thought him and Jamie Ward looked lively up front and caused problems, as did Michael Jacobs on the left.

"All the new boys did well.

"I thought Richard was a little nervous early on but that is natural when you are starting at a new club. But his competitiveness shone through and he was excellent in the air.

"Paul Coutts did well and Michael Jacobs won us the penalty."

Striker Steve Davies sat out last night's game and Championship rivals Ipswich Town remain favourites to sign him.


Stags 2-1 Derby
Andrew Webb reports for mansfieldtown.net from One Call Stadium

Magnificent Mansfield Town came from behind to record an impressive pre-season win over Derby County at One Call Stadium.


Theo Robinson put the visitors ahead from the spot on 34 minutes, but the Stags hit back with second-half goals from Lindon Meikle and Matt Green.

On a mild evening in Nottinghamshire, the visitors began in dominant fashion and could have opened the scoring within 20 seconds when Ben Davies whistled an effort inches wide of Alan Marriott's posts after a lay-off from strike-partner Robinson.

Andy Owens enjoyed the Stags first chance on six minutes. The former Southport full-back cut inside from the left channel but was unable to trouble Saul Deeney with an effort that sailed over the woodwork.

Ross Dyer put Green through on goal a minute later, but under pressure from Rams captain Richard Keogh, the talisman failed to find the target with a strike from the edge of the box.

Both Robinson and Jamie Ward then whistled separate attempts high over the bar from distance at the other end, before Marriott parried away a powerful shot from Robinson at the midway point in the first half, following an intricate through ball from Ward.

Mansfield then enjoyed two chances in quick succession as Dyer fired wide from the right-angle of the area, moments prior to Lee Stevenson coming even closer with a low 20-yard shot that went only inches wide of Deeney's right-hand post.

On the half hour mark, Derby created their best chance when an exceptional dummy from Ward set Robinson clear on goal.

However, defensive duo George Pilkington and Lee Beevers did enough to distract the former Millwall striker, who failed to find the target after advancing into the area.

Nevertheless, Robinson soon grabbed the first goal of the evening, which brought to an end the Stags' 394 minutes of pre-season action without conceding.

Michael Jacobs' exquisite movement on the left flank was too much for Beevers, who felled the Derby winger inside the area, allowing Robinson to step up and send Marriott the wrong way with the resulting penalty in order to put the Rams ahead.

The Stags hit back with a flurry of chances before the break, yet somehow still trailed at the interval.

Luke Jones forced Jeff Hendrick to clear from the line with a powerful header, but found the net from the resulting corner after Jacobs had initially cleared another effort from the line, only to see his effort chalked off by referee Andy Woolmer who had spotted a foul.

Dyer then cushioned a header the wrong side of the post as Mansfield ended the half on top.

Typical of many pre-season friendlies, the Championship visitors emerged for the second period with an entirely different eleven, whilst Anthony Howell for Stevenson was the only half-time change for Paul Cox's side.

Mansfield deservedly grabbed an equaliser on 52 minutes. Meikle passed to Green, who bustled his way down the left flank and then into the area, before tapping into an empty goal from close range after a mix-up between goalkeeper Mats Morch and central-defender Stef Galinski.

Nathan Tyson soon whistled an effort over the woodwork at the other end, before Meikle turned from provider to goalscorer on the hour mark.

Green again showed strength to hold off his marker and played a simple ball to Meikle, who raced into the box and then fired into the roof of the net from 12 yards to send the One Call Stadium crowd into celebration.

Derby struggled in their attempts to find a route back into the game and could have fallen further behind on 70 minutes when Chris Clements long pass almost picked out Green.

Chris Jones tame left-foot shot was comfortably saved by Marriott two minutes later as the Rams enjoyed a rare foray into the Stags half, before a more powerful attempt from Craig Bryson was also comfortably gathered by Marriott.

The Stags then made a series of substitutions and comfortably saw out the closing stages to record an impressive pre-season victory.

Mansfield Town: Marriott, Beevers (Thompson 55), Pilkington, Jones, Owens (Sutton 78), Tolley, Clements (Roberts 77), Stevenson (Howell 46), Dyer, Green (Rhead 78), Meikle (Briscoe 75).

Derby County: (First Half XI): Deeney, Naylor, Roberts, Hendrick, Gjokaj, Keogh, Doyle, Davies, Robinson, Ward, Jacobs. (Second Half XI): Morch, Brayford, Galinski, Buxton, Jones, Coutts, Hughes, Bryson, Caton, Tyson, Bennett.

Attendance: 2,596 (1,030 away supporters).


Mansfield Town defeat Derby County in pre-season friendly
chad.co.uk report by John Lomas

MANSFIELD Town continued their unbeaten pre-season by coming from behind to produce an eye-catching 2-1 victory over Championship neighbours Derby County at the One Call Stadium tonight.


Theo Robinson had finally become the first player to pierce the Stags rearguard in the fifth friendly of Mansfield's summer when he tucked away a 34th minute penalty in an even first half in which Derby just had the edge.

But, with the Rans changing their whole XI for the second half, it was the home side who had the best of it and won the night with two goals in six minutes.

Matt Green, last season's 30-goal hero levelled matters on 52 minutes before a superb piece of solo skill from England C international Lindon Meikle provided what proved to be the winner.

Stags began the night with a 4-3-3 line-up with Stevenson, fit again after his nasty knock at Gainsborough on Friday, playing in his favoured position just behind the strikers.

The Rams brought a full squad, mixing up youth and experience into two 11s.

Third choice keeper, former Notts County man Saul Deeney, was back from a long injury between the posts with two keepers above him in the pecking order injured.

Ex-Stag Tom Naylor began the game with former Mansfield captain Jake Buxton playing the second half.

Derby also paraded Swiss trialist Gjokaj.

Robinson cued up Davies for a well-struck 20 yard effort in the opening seconds that wasn't too far wide.

Jones nodded comfortably wide from a long Owens free kick as Stags went into the Derby half for the first time.

Pilkington then spread a high ball wide to Owens, who controlled on his chest before bursting between two opponents and rifling over.

Dyer's pass then sent Green on a run which ended with a low shot wide as Stags made a confident start.

A neat Rams move down the centre ended with Robinson turning and lashing a quickly-taken shot over the bar.

On 16 minutes Ward wasn't far over from a similar distance.

Marriott came to Stags' rescue on 23 minutes as Ward slipped the ball through a square Stags defence to Robinson, who was onside only to see Marriott block his finish.

Stags responded with low shots from Dyer and, even closer Stevenson, but both passed wide.

Ward and Robinson combined again to wreak more havoc on 28 minutes as Ward's dummy let the ball run through his legs to released Robinson who should have hit the target but fired low and wide.

Clements cut out a poor pass from Gjokaj and tried to send Green away, Deeney out his box quickly to get there first.

Stags finally shipped their first goal in pre-season after 34 minutes.

Jacobs was twisting and turning as he ran at Beevers, who stuck out a leg and left him on the turf.

Robinson, cool as a cucumber, sent Marriott the wrong way to pass a low finish into the bottom left corner.

Stags hit back with a good spell of pressure and three corners. From the last of these Jones got in a goalbound header which Hendrick cleared off the line.

Another corner saw Jacobs clear off the line and Jones put the follow-up into the net, but the effort disallowed after the referee spotted an infringement.

Pilkington also headed just wide as Mansfield ended the half impressively.

Stevenson had picked up a knock and limped off at the break and was replaced by Howell for the second half against a completely new Derby XI including local lad Mason Bennett.

Immediately Bennett beat Pilkington to a header which sent Tyson clear only for his touch to let him down.

Bolton trialist Caton went on a fine run down the left but took the ball into touch before he could cross.

Owens did well to grab possession and run into the box but skied his finish.

However, Stags were level on 52, Meikle sending Green on his way down the left. Green did ell to show some muscle to keep possession and beat Galinski to get in a shot which was blocked but rolled back to him, allowing him to sweep the ball into the net from close range.

Dyer, under pressure, sent a far post header wide as the home side began to step up the pressure.

Tyson wasn't far wide in reply for the Rams.

But Stags were ahead on 58 minutes. Green was being fouled as he tried to get away from his marker, but the referee allowed play to continue as Meikle raced on into the box and, despite having three defenders around him, tricked his way into enough space to crash the ball high into the net from 12 yards.

Keeper Morch did well to drop at Green's feet to stop him putting a finishing touch to Clements' through ball.

Marriott had not had much to do this half but was well placed to keep our Bryson's shot on the turn on 75 minutes. Then Hughes fired just over as Derby hunted for an equaliser.

But, despite making regular changes, Stags were comfortably in control and a spell of home possession saw every touch cheered by the home fans.

Just to crown the night for Stags' success-starved fans, it was announced all hot food post-match was reduced to £1!

STAGS: Marriott, Beevers (Thompson 55), Pilkington, Jones, Owens (Sutton 78); Tolley, Clements (Roberts 76); Stevenson (Howell HT); Dyer, Green (Rhead 78), Meikle (Briscoe 75).

DERBY 1st half: Deeney, Naylor, Roberts, Hendrick, Gjokaj, Keogh, Doyle, Davies, Robinson, Ward, Jacobs. 2nd half: Brayford, Morch, Galinski,, Buxton, Jones, Coutts, Hughes, Bryson, Caton, Tyson, Bennett.

REFEREE: Andy Woolmer of Northampton.

ATTENDANCE: 2,596 (1,030).


Mansfield Town 2-1 Derby County
report from dcfc.co.uk

Theo Robinson's 34th minute penalty was cancelled out by two second-half goals, as Derby County went down 2-1 to Mansfield Town in the side's opening pre-season friendly.

Robinson's coolly converted spot-kick put the Rams a goal ahead shortly after the half-an-hour mark, before the Stags fought back with quickfire goals from Matt Green and Lindon Meikle to turn the game on its head.


It was almost the perfect start for Nigel Clough's side, as in the opening 25 seconds of the game, former Northampton Town winger Michael Jacobs fed Robinson on the edge of the penalty area. The 23-year-old cut the ball back for Jeff Hendrick, who sent a curling 25-yard effort wide of Alan Marriott's far post.

The home side's first real effort of the game came in the seventh minute when Green escaped the advances of the Rams' defenders, but the former Cardiff City forward flashed his effort wide of goal.

The Rams, who were sporting their new away kit for the forthcoming 2012/13 season, began to take control of the game as Robinson and Jamie Ward both saw long-range drives fly over the crossbar.

Robinson's pace continued to cause the home side's back-line plenty of problems, and the former Milwall striker had two golden opportunities to open the scoring inside the opening half-an-hour.

Some neat interplay between Ben Davies and Ward culminated in the latter releasing Robinson clean-through on goal, but the striker's low effort was thwarted by the onrushing Marriott.

Moments later Robinson once again beat the home side's offside track, but this time the forward thrashed his effort into the side netting.

However, in the 34th minute Robinson was handed the chance to redeem himself, after Jacobs turned Lee Beevers one way and then the other, before the former Lincoln City defender sent the winger tumbling in the penalty area.

Robinson stepped up confidently, and rolled the penalty into the bottom corner, sending goalkeeper Marriott the wrong way.

Before the half was up the Stags reminded the visitor's they were still well in the game, as George Pilkington and Lee Stevenson saw header's cleared off the goal-line by Jeff Hendrick and Michael Jacobs respectively.

In the second-half, Rams boss Nigel Clough fielded a completely different XI - a line-up that included Paul Coutts, who, like Richard Keogh and Jacobs in the opening 45 minutes, was making his first appearance in a Derby County shirt.

The changes seemed to disrupt the Rams' rhythm, as just six minutes into the second half, the home side were back on level terms.

Mansfield's Green powered past substitute Stefan Galinski down the left and delivered a low cross. The forward's pull-back caused havoc in the Rams' penalty area, before Green was on hand to turn in the loose ball from close-range.

Moments later, Mansfield's Ross Dyer flashed a header into the side netting, whilst at the other end, Nathan Tyson fashioned a chance out of nothing, as he sent a 20-yard curling effort narrowly wide of goal.

However, in the 59th minute the home side completed the turnaround. Meikle ghosted past two Rams defenders on the edge of the penalty area, and blasted the ball past Mats Morch into the roof of the net.

The Rams came close to an equaliser in the final 15 minutes when trialist James Caton fed Academy graduate Will Hughes. The 17-year-old midfielder dribbled into the box, but could only stab an effort over the crossbar.

Chances were limited late on, as Mansfield held on despite a late spell of pressure by Nigel Clough's side.

Derby County First Half: Deeney (GK); Naylor, Gjokaj, Keogh, Roberts; Doyle, Hendrick, B. Davies, Jacobs; Robinson, Ward.

Derby County Second Half: Morch (GK); Brayford, Galinski, Buxton, Jones; Coutts, HughHHughes, Bryson, Caton; Tyson, Bennett.

Subs Not Used: Richards.

Mansfield Town: Marriott (GK); Beevers (Thompson 55), Pilkington, Jones, Owens (Sutton 77), Tolley, Clements (Roberts 76), Stevenson (Howell 45), Dyer, Green (Rhead 77), Meikle (Briscoe 74).

Subs Not Used: Redmond (GK), Dempster, Wright, Hand, Poku, Todd, Hutchinson.

Attendance: 2,596 (1030 visiting supporters).



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