STAGS JOY WITH LATE WALKER WINNER
English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Mansfield Town 1 - 0 Crawley Town
Attendance: 3730 (24 from Crawley)
Date: 15 January 2019
Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill
Mansfield Town got back to winning ways after consecutive defeats to Carlisle and Yeovil with a much-needed victory over Crawley Town at the One Call Stadium last night. And on the day that it was confirmed that Tyler Walker would be remaining with the club for the rest of the season, it was fitting that Walker scored the only goal of the game just two minutes from time with a neat finish from close range after great work on the right by Hayden White. White was actually on his backside having been tripped when the ball ricocheted into space next to him on the right, level with the edge of the penalty area. White got to his feet and delivered a super low cross which Walker swept into the bottom right corner of the net from 8 yards. The roof came off the One Call Stadium through a mixture of joy and relief. Mansfield were indebted to two fine saves from new loan keeper Jordan Smith, in just his second game for the club. Just two minutes before the winning goal, Smith pulled off a great save to deny former Stag Ollie Palmer, and 15 minutes before that he pulled off an ever better save tipping away a shot from Dominic Poleon that was heading for the top corner. Walker had looked Mansfield’s most likely matchwinner and fired just wide after a great turn and shot on 75 minutes. And on 53 minutes, his fabulous cross from the right put a chance on a plate for Nicky Ajose, on his debut on loan from Charlton for the rest of the season, but Ajose fired over the bar. In the first half, Crawley were unfortunate not to take the lead when Mark Connolly headed against the post from Josh Payne’s free kick. It was a disappointing performance from Mansfield in that first half, rarely looking like scoring.
So a massive boost for the Stags, who return to the top three in the table ahead of a very big game at Colchester on Saturday. Late winners are always a bit special and this one was thoroughly enjoyed. Overall I think a draw would have been a fair result but it’s so vital to win games when you’re not at your best. Tyler Walker was my man of the match with a good all round performance and that clinical finish that proved to be the different between the sides. Jorge Grant, on his debut on loan from Nottingham Forest for the rest of the season, had a decent debut, particularly in the first half, and Jordan Smith’s two super saves were vital in the second half. Nicky Ajose, the other debutant, missed a good chance in the second half, but he did put in one good cross in the first half to provide a chance for Grant.
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MATCH REPORT: Tyler Walker the late hero as Mansfield Town go into the top three with win over Crawley Town
CHAD.CO.UK, BY JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 15 January 2019
Tyler Walker fired a relieved Mansfield Town back into the top three with a crucial 88th minute winner in tonight’s hard-earned 1-0 victory over Crawley Town. After two defeats in a row it seemed like the night was going to end up in frustration, despite an improved performance. But top scorer Walker popped up at the vital moment to turn home Hayden White’s cross and it was huge relief all round for David Flitcroft’s men against a dogged opposition. Stags gave debuts to new boys Ajose and Jorge Grant, who both signed yesterday, while Neal Bishop returned from suspension. Out of the side went the suspended Matt Preston plus Will Atkinson and Otis Khan, who both dropped to the bench. Also on the bench was Omari Sterling-James. But Timi Elsnik dropped out of the 18 as the one loan player too many with just five permitted under EFL rules. Stags made a positive start and in the second minute Mellis’ pass released Ajose into the left of the box where he forced Morris to block his low finish at the near post. But the home side were given a scare on 12 minutes as Payne’s long free kick picked out Connolly whose header came back off the right post. On 17 minutes CJ Hamilton’s attempted cross was foiled, so he pulled back a low pass into the path of Bishop whose low first time shot was saved by Morris. Palmer did have the ball in the back of his former side’s net a minute later, but only after a blatant shove in the back of White. Stags were then unlucky as a low Hamilton cross was cleverly back-heeled right across the face of goal by Grant. There was a worrying spell for the home side as they had to solider on with 10 men as White went off for treatment to a cut eye, but they survived without calamity. Soon after Bishop also suffered a bang to the head with Pearce furious about the challenge of Connolly. Martin O’Neill officially named new Nottingham Forest manager On the half-hour the nimble Hamilton knocked the ball past a helpless Dallison who cynically took both his legs away in full flight to take a booking. Two minutes later Grant lifted a delightful pass over a defender into the path of Hamilton but, under pressure, his lob ended on roof of the net. Young, annoyed no foul was given against Benning for his challenge on him, hacked down the defender for yellow card number two. A neat succession of home passes ended with Grant drilling a tame low shot at Morris, but the football drew deserved applause. Grant’s late tackle on Connolly earned the home side’s first booking of the night on 42 minutes. On 45 minutes a low ball in from the right saw Grant reach the ball a couple of yards from goal, but the keeper was right on him and able to block. Morais then fired a tame shot from distance at Smith in four added minutes while Stags also survived a scare after a loose pass from Sweeney. Payne was booked in the fourth added minute for bringing down Walker as the half ended scoreless. Morris had to be quick to beat Hamilton to a fine Grant through ball on 52 minutes, and seconds later Walker picked out Ajose just five yards out at the far post with a low cross only to see him somehow sky it over the bar. Bizarrely, a yellow card was shown to Crawley assistant head coach Nathan for dissent on the hour. On 62 minutes Mellis forced Morris to tip over his dipping finish from 20 yards. Bishop was then booked for a late tackle on Maguire on 64 minutes. Home keeper Smith finally had serious work to do after a clever pass from Morais gave Poleon sight of goal and the keeper clawed away his curling finish. Rose replaced Ajose for the final 18 minutes as Stags continued to hunt for the breakthrough. Connolly was added to the book on 74 minutes for a foul, the free kick worked to Walker, whose low shot flashed inches wide. Just four minutes from time, with Stags pushing hard, Palmer almost caught out the home side on a breakaway only to see Smith make another vital save. But on 88 minutes hero Walker made the big breakthrough, smashing home Hayden White’s low cross from the right form close range, and Stags were suddenly back in the top three ahead of Saturday’s big six-pointer at Colchester.
MANSFIELD: J. Smith; Sweeney, Pearce, White; Hamilton, Mellis, Grant, Bishop, Benning; Ajose (Rose 72), Walker. Subs: Logan, Atkinson, Khan, Sterling-James, A. Smith, Graham.
CRAWLEY: Morris, Young (Sesay 82), Payne, Connolly, Palmer, Poleon, (Grego-Cox 90+1) Gambin (Camara 67), Francomb, Maguire, Dallison, Morais. Subs: Mersin, Nathaniel-George, Bulman.
REFEREE: Martin Coy of Durham. ATTENDANCE: 3,739 (24 away). CHAD STAGS MAN OF THE MATCH: Tyler Walker.
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Mansfield Town 1 Crawley Town 0: Late goal brings another away defeat
wscountytimes.co.uk, by GRAHAM CARTER, Tuesday 15 January 2019
Crawley Town suffered a late defeat at Mansfield Town, decided by an 88th minute goal by Tyler Walker.
Head coach Gabriele Cioffi made three changes to the line-up which lost at Stevenage with new signing Tom Dallison making his first start of his second spell in the Town defence.
Filipe Morais started for the first time after returning from a finger injury which saw him sidelined for eight matches.
Lewis Young also returned to the starting line-up following injury.
David Sesay and Panutche Camara were on the bench while Josh Doherty was left out of the squad.
Mansfield made four changes with new signings Nicky Ajose, a former Crawley loanee, making his debut on loan from Charlton and midfielder Jorge Grant who is also on loan from Nottingham Forest also starting.
Crawley enjoyed a good first half with Mark Connolly going closest to scoring in the 12th minute when he headed a free-kick by Josh Payne against a post.
Mansfield had shots by Ajose and CJ Hamilton, saved by Reds ‘keeper Glenn Morris, including a save with his legs to deny the Charlton loanee.
Hamilton later lifted a chance onto the roof of the net after Morris narrowed the angle.
Dallison was booked after 30 minutes for taking down Hayden White who was racing down the right flank.
Just before half-time Hamilton drilled the ball across the face of goal while George Francomb made a fantastic block to deny Grant.
At the other end Morais blasted a shot from 20 yards straight to Stags’ ‘keeper Jordan Smith.
Dominic Poleon was penalised for handball just as he was about to shoot in the six-yard box.
Ajose should have scored early in the second half when from the six-yard box he lifted a pass well over the bar.
Poloen tried to take advantage of a mistake but struck his shot from the edge of the area wide.
Assistant coach Nathan Rooney was booked for protesting at Poleon being penalised.
Morris tipped over a chance by Jacob Mellis as Mansfield searched for the opening goal.
The referee waved on when the home fans called for a penalty following a jostle by Connolly and Krystian Pearce.
Reds should have taken the lead with four minutes to go when substitute Camara saw a shot deflected over the bar after an initial attempt by Ollie Palmer came out off Smith.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 88th minute when a cross came in from White to Walker who got the better of Connolly to strike past Morris.
Crawley Town: Morris, Young, Francomb, Connolly, Dallison, Maguire, Morais (capt), Payne, Gambin, Poleon, Palmer
Subs: Mersin, Sesay, Bulman, Grego-Cox, Camara, Nathaniel-George
Mansfield Town: J.Smith, White, Benning, Pearce (capt), Bishop, Mellis, Sweeney, Walker, Ajose, Hamilton, Grant
Subs: Logan, Khan, Atkinson, Sterling-James, Graham, A.Smith, D.Rose
Attendance: 3,739 (24 away)
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