ACCRINGTON STEAL IT AT THE DEATH
English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Accrington Stanley 2 - 1 Mansfield Town
Jackson 10, Kee 90+1. Angol 25
Attendance: 1,645 (481 from Mansfield)
Date: 19 August 2017
STAGS DOMINATE POSSESSION BUT ACCRINGTON STEAL IT AT THE DEATH
Martin Shaw at the Wham Stadium, Crown Ground
Mansfield Town dominated possession at Accrington Stanley this afternoon without producing enough quality especially in the final third, and allowed Accrington to steal an undeserved victory in stoppage time. It was a bitter pill for the Stags to swallow in a game which neither side deserved to win. The Stags started the game right on top but Accrington took the lead on 10 minutes with their first attack. A high ball into the box from Donacien was beautifully controlled by the talented Kayden Jackson, who then turned, leaving Krystian Pearce and Zander Diamond standing, before firing under Conrad Logan. It was a goal of great skill, but both Stags central defenders would be hoping to do better there. The Stags were deservedly level on 25 minutes. A long ball forward from Conrad Logan was superbly headed on by Danny Rose, leaping high above his marker Hughes. The keeper and Lee Angol seemed to get to the ball at exactly the same time with Angol’s boot nicking the ball away as it hit the keeper’s gloves. The ball fell kindly for Angol to roll it into the empty net. Excellent work by Angol nipping in quickly, but the keeper was not happy. From the video, the keeper did not have the ball under control despite getting his gloves on it and the referee made the correct decision. The remainder of the first half was feisty, and the Stags were the better side as well as having chances to take the lead. The second half saw the Stags dominate possession again but with little quality going forward, and creating almost no chances. Accrington had little of the play but in the last 10 minutes started to look more dangerous going forward, and won the game in stoppage time from a corner. McConville’s corner from the left was headed down by Ben Richards-Everton, fortuitously bounced off Hughes, and Billy Kee was quickest to react in a scramble hooking the ball home from close range. Kee showing those fox-in-the-box reactions that he sadly failed to demonstrate when he was a Stags player, though he had done it previously at Burton, and subsequently at Accrington. It was a sickener for the Stags, and the dreadful run against Accrington now extends to league 13 games in which Mansfield have failed to beat them since Accrington reformed and returned to the Football League.
There was tragic news at lunchtime that former manager Duncan Russell had passed away after a short battle with cancer. Russell had led the Stags to the FA Trophy final at Wembley in 2011. He was genuinely a lovely bloke. Deepest condolences to his family. RIP Russ.
Mansfield made one change from the side that beat Forest Green, with CJ Hamilton coming in for Joel Byrom. Atkinson moved to the middle of midfield, and Anderson to the right. No place for Jacob Mellis, who I noted in pre-season should be the first name on the team sheet in my opinion to provide that much-needed creativity. Mellis had had a bit of a virus nearly two weeks ago which kept him out of the Forest Green game, but he was available to start here. MacDonald and Potter were not available due to returning from injury and a slight calf strain respectively.
Accrington included Billy Kee, after a story emerged this morning that he has been charged with grievous bodily harm, to appear in court on September 18.
FULL REPORT IN THE MATCH CENTRE
chad.co.uk MATCH REPORT: Stanley jinx goes on for Stags as Kee wins it
chad.co.uk, by SPORTS REPORTER, Saturday 19 August 2017
Mansfield Town were beaten 2-1 at ‘bogey club’ Accrington Stanley thanks to a 91st-minute winner from former Stgs loanee striker Billy Kee.
Just when it looked like the Stags were set to preserved their unbeaten Sky Bet League Two record after three games, Kee - potentially in trouble with the police after it was revealed that he had been being charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent - bundled home at the far post as a host of players charged in to meet Seam McConville’s deep cross.
The Stags had been punished after too many chances went begging against John Coleman’s battlers.
Read more at: http://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/match-report-stanley-jinx-goes-on-for-stags-as-kee-wins-it-1-8711760
It was an end-to-end opening 45 minutes at the Wham Stadium. The Stags enjoyed the better of the opening 10 minutes, before then falling behind against the run of play. Lee Angol and Paul Anderson had both gone close before Stanley broke the deadlock.
Kayden Jackson struck for the hosts, leaving Krystian Pearce trailing in his wake before beating Conrad Logan from an acute angle.
The Stags rallied well, however. Jordan Clark almost levelled when his well-struck effort was confidently saved by Aaron Chapman.
The visitors did equalise in the 25th minute when ‘keeper Chapman spilled Danny Rose’s clipped cross, leaving Angol to tap home joyfully into an empty net.
After that the Stags looked the more likely to go ahead before the interval. Zander Diamond planted a couple of headers narrowly wide, while Paul Digby fluffed a great chance. The central midfielder charged into the Stanley box before scuffing a shot wide from 15 yards.
There appeared to be urgency shown by the Stags in the opening stages of the second period.
On the front foot from the start, CJ Hamilton and Angol both saw shots blocked. Hayden White was also denied by the Stanley rearguard.
The hosts finally clawed themselves back into the game, and centre-back Mark Hughes nodded narrowly over the top. Diamond was then forced to hack a Sean McConville effort off the line as Stanley now pressed for a second goal, which they dramatically grabbed in stoppage time.
It is now 11 years and 12 games since Stags beat Accrington in the league so the hoodoo goes on.
ACCRINGTON: Chapman, Hughes, Donacien, Richards-Everton, Nolan, Clark, Jackson, McConville, Beckles, Kee, Conneely. SUBS NOT USED: Brown, Edwards, McLeod, Jorgensen, Sykes, Dallison, Ogle.
STAGS: Logan, White, Diamond ©, Pearce, Benning, Digby, Atkinson, Anderson, Hamilton (Sterling-James 74), Rose (Spencer 77), Angol (Mellis 86). SUBS NOT USED: Olejnik (GK), Bennett, Mirfin, Byrom.
REFEREE: Darren Bond of Lancashire.
ATTENDANCE: 1,645 (481 away).
Stanley 2 Mansfield 1 19/08/2017
Billy Kee struck a stoppage time winner as Accrington Stanley beat Mansfield Town 2-1 in a fiery encounter.
Stanley took the lead in the 10th minute through Kayden Jackson, the forward’s fourth goal in three games.
That lead was soon cancelled out by Lee Angol who bundled home from a Danny Rose flick-on.
Just as it appeared both sides would have to settle for a point, Kee popped up inside the area to secure John Coleman’s side another late victory.
Stanley’s first chance of the game led to the opening goal, Jackson turning sharply inside the area before firing a low shot beyond Conrad Logan.
In the 25 minute, following a good spell of pressure, Mansfield found an equaliser in bizarre fashion. Rose flicked a ball on inside the area before Angol beat Aaron Chapman to the ball to stab home into an empty net.
The game opened up into an end-to-end battle with Zander Diamond twice going close with free headers before referee Darren Bond waved away furious Stanley protests when Jackson was hauled down inside the area by Hayden White.
Following a breathless first-half, the second period began slowly with both sides battling to impose themselves on proceedings.
The first real chance of the half came in the 66th minute when Krystian Pearce found himself free at the back post but the defender could only head Mal Benning’s corner wide of the post.
Stanley’s first opportunity of the half came ten minutes from time when Billy Kee flicked a header into the path of Jackson, with Logan stranded the striker’s shot was goal bound, until a crucial interception from Benning hooked the ball behind for a corner.
Just as the match appeared to be heading for stalement, Kee popped up inside the area in to bundle home Sean McConville’s corner, sparking huge celebrations at the Wham Stadium.
Attendance: 1645 (481 Mansfield)
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