STAGS BEAT SCUNTHORPE FOR FIRST HOME WIN
English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Mansfield Town 2 - 0 Scunthorpe United
Preston 31, Rose 54
Attendance: 4772 (554 from Scunthorpe)
Date: 7 September 2019
Martin Shaw and Simon Chamberlain at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill
Mansfield Town beat Scunthorpe United 2-0 at the One Call Stadium this afternoon to register the first home win of the season, and the first home win for manager John Dempster. Mansfield’s defence has let them down this season, but today the central defensive threesome of Matt Preston, Krystian Pearce and Ryan Sweeney looked back to their old selves and more like the best defence in League Two from last season. Bottom of the table Scunthorpe were limited to a few efforts off target with goalkeeper Conrad Logan not given a save to make. At the other end, the Stags won it with goals from Preston and Danny Rose. The first goal came after 31 minutes as CJ Hamilton crossed left footed from the right hand side following a corner, and Preston at the far post found himself unmarked to stretch and turn the ball past keeper Rory Watson, who was wrong-footed, with the outside of his right foot from 5 yards. The second and decisive goal came after 54 minutes when Conor Shaughnessy, on his Stags debut, headed the ball forward into the area, Scunthorpe defender Andy Butler tried to head it back to his keeper but didn’t get enough on it, and Rose anticipated well, nipping in to poke it past the keeper from 9 yards, for his sixth goal of an excellent season. The Stags had surrendered a two goal lead at home to Leyton Orient a couple of weeks ago but there was no mistake here as the Stags stayed firm at the back. The Stags move into mid-table, two points outside the play-offs, ahead of the trip to Crawley next Saturday.
Mansfield made two changes from the side that was so poor in defeat at Exeter last Saturday. CJ Hamilton came in at left wing-back for Mal Benning, while Conor Shaughnessy, signed on loan for the rest of the season from Leeds, replaced Will Tomlinson in midfield. The Stags employed a 3-1-4-2 formation, with Shaughnessy in front of the back three, and MacDonald (right) and Mellis (left) behind the front two of Maynard and Rose. Neal Bishop returned from injury to the bench, and was to come on late on. Omari Sterling-James was perhaps unlucky to miss out on the starting XI after good recent performances. New signing Dapo Afolayan, who was on the bench at Exeter, was not in the squad due to a niggle in his knee, but should be fit to train on Monday. Hayden White, who was also on the bench at Exeter, also missed out, with that knock on his leg where it was broken still sore, but he should be fit to train during the week.
Scunthorpe, bottom of the league with just one point from six games, included former Stag Junior Brown at left back.
FULL REPORT IN THE MATCH CENTRE
Mansfield beat struggling Scunthorpe United for first home win of season
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, 7 September 2019
Mansfield Town claimed their first home win of the campaign with a routine 2-0 win over basement boys Scunthorpe United.
Goals from Matt Preston and Danny Rose in either half were enough to wrap up the win.
It wasn’t a vintage display from Stags, who struggled to get into their flow as struggling Scunthorpe enjoyed good spells of first half pressure.
But the visitors lacked the cutting edge to do enough with their possession as they went in search of a first win of the season.
And they paid the price when Preston slotted home, somewhat against the run of play, after getting on the end of CJ Hamilton’s deep cross on 31 minutes to put Mansfield in charge.
Any potential nerves were put to bed early when Rose, who delivered another masterclass in forward play, wrapped up the win on 54 minutes with his sixth of the season.
The on-song front man took full advantage of indecisive defending as Andy Butler and Rory Watson left each other to deal with a long ball over the top.
It was a goal which, in many ways, summed up the match for an Iron side who had looked every bit Mansfield’s equal until the second goal.
Scunthorpe enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges with Abo Eisa smacking a 10th minute free-kick into the wall, before firing over from a tight angle two minutes later.
Eisa was booked on 19 minutes after trying to con a penalty out of referee John Busby when he turned past a defender.
Watson beat away a long range Nicky Maynard effort on 22 minutes after Jordan Clarke carelessly gave the ball away.
Stags found the breakthrough on 31 minutes when Preston poked home at the back post.
It was nearly all square four minutes before the break when Jamie Proctor sent an 18 yard free-kick inches wide with Conrad Logan beaten all ends up.
But Stags took firm control on 54 minutes when Rose took full advantage of some woeful defending.
Andy Butler attempted to block off Rose’s run for keeper Watson to come and claim the ball, but they got it badly wrong as Rose nipped in to slot home.
Proctor headed just wide from Kevin Van Veen’s cross on 74 minutes, before Kellan Gordon drilled a half volley just wide as Stags saw the game out with ease.
Mansfield Town: Logan, Preston, Pearce, Sweeney, Gordon, MacDonald, Shaughnessy, Hamilton, Mellis (Bishop 59), Rose, Maynard (Benning 79).
Subs: Benning, Khan, Tomlinson, Sterling-James, Smith, Stone.
Scunthorpe United: Watson, Clarke, McGahey, Butler, Brown, Lund, Songo’o, Eisa, Slater (Colclough 45), Proctor, Miller (Van Veen 45).
Subs:Gilliead, McArdle, Eastwood, Bedeau, McAtee.
Chad MOM: Danny Rose
Report: Mansfield Town 2-0 Iron
7 September 2019, by Oliver Jaques
The Iron fell to defeat against Mansfield Town at the One Call Stadium, after a goal either side of the break for the Stags.
The game got off to a steady start, as both sides looked to get a foot-hold early on, but it was the Iron who had the first opportunity in the 12th minute. Abo Eisa stood over a free-kick 25-yards from goal, in a good position but his effort struck the wall, and was cleared by the home side.
Just a minute later, Yann Songo’o found Eisa out wide on the left with a low driven pass. The latter checked inside onto his right foot, and rifled a shot over the crossbar.
In the 22nd minute, Nicky Maynard forced Rory Watson into his first save of the match. After picking up a loose ball in the Iron half, Maynard charged forward and curled an effort goal-bound, but Watson was there to palm away to his left.
Shortly after Maynard’s strike, Jordan Clarke was on hand to head clear a dangerous cross from the right, with two yellow shirts lurking at the far post.
Mansfield then broke the deadlock in the 31st minute through defender Matt Preston. He found himself at the back post to slide the ball past Watson, following a cross from the right.
Ten minutes later, the Iron had a great chance to find the equaliser. Eisa carried the ball past multiple Mansfield shirts, before being fouled on the edge of the box. Debutant Jamie Proctor stood over the free kick, and his low drive crept just the wrong side of the post.
In added time at the end of the first half, Regan Slater delivered a pinpoint corner into the box, which Proctor leapt to meet, but the striker couldn’t quite keep his header down, as it flew narrowly over the bar.
Paul Hurst brought Ryan Colclough and Kevin van Veen on at half-time, in a bid to change the course of the game for the Iron.
Five minutes into the second period, the Iron had a corner from the right, thanks to some good wing play by Colclough, he delivered the corner which was met by Butler, but the centre-back’s header was gathered well by home ‘keeper Logan.
On the 54th minute, the hosts doubled their lead through Danny Rose. The striker was on hand to poke the ball beyond Iron ‘keeper Watson near the penalty spot.
Soon after, the Stags looked to inflict more damage after a sweeping move ended with CJ Hamilton cutting inside from the left flank, and firing an effort into the side netting, with Watson covering the near post.
With 64 minutes on the clock, Colclough looked to make a difference down the right wing, gaining a yard on his marker before whipping a cross towards the back post. Eisa was arriving, but the wide man couldn’t quite meet the delivery. Moments later, it was Lund this time on the right side sending the ball into the box, van Veen met his cross with a deft flick, but the ball shot wide of the left post.
Seven minutes later, the Iron countered at speed, winning themselves a corner in the process. Colclough delivered the ball which was temporarily cleared, before referee John Busby stopped play due to a clash of heads.
In the 74th minute, the Iron had arguably their best chance of the game. Van Veen curled a pinpoint cross onto the head of Proctor at the far post, but the latter’s header flew just past the top corner.
Three minutes later, the ball sat up nicely on the edge of the box for the home side, and Kellan Gordon lashed an outside of the boot strike high and wide of the target.
Soon after, the Iron were up the other end through Colclough, the substitute drifted in-field - after picking it up on the right - and drilled a shot into the Mansfield side-netting.
In the 87th minute, as a result of Colclough and van Veen’s high pressing, Logan is forced into a mistake, but luckily for the home ‘keeper, his defenders were on hand to clear any danger.
MANSFIELD: Logan, Preston, Pearce, MacDonald, Mellis (Bishop 68’), Maynard (Benning 79’), Shaughnessy, Sweeney, Gordon, Hamilton, Rose.
MANSFIELD UNUSED SUBS: Stone, Khan, Tomlinson, Sterling-James, Smith.
IRON: Watson, Clarke, Lund, Songo’o, Butler, McGahey, Slater (Colclough 45’), Brown, Miller (van Veen 45’), Eisa, Proctor.
IRON UNUSED SUBS: Eastwood, Gilliead, McArdle, Bedeau, McAtee.
ATTENDANCE: 4,772 (554 away).
Mansfield Town 2 Scunthorpe United 0 report - defensive errors haunt Iron yet again
By Charlie Wilson, 7 SEP 2019
Scunthorpe United were beaten once again as Mansfield Town scored a goal in either half to secure the victory.
The Iron had their moments, but lacked a cutting edge in the final third with defensive errors leading to two Mansfield goals.
Paul Hurst made just two changes to his side with Harrison McGahey and debutant Jamie Proctor coming in.
It was the Iron who started the stronger, with Abo Eisa constantly looking a threat down the left wing.
However, the next 20 minutes but be largely sloppy with both teams playing long balls over the top and struggling to maintain possession.
Jamie Proctor made a bright start to the game, holding the ball up well for Songo'o to pass out wide to the aforementioned Eisa. But the winger's final ball into the box flattered to deceive - and would do throughout the first half.
Eisa thought he should have had a penalty when he was brought down by Sweeney, but he was adjudged to have dived and was shown yellow.
For all the Iron's pressure, it would be the home side who would take the lead.
Scunthorpe cleared a corner but it found its way back out to Hamilton, who whipped a ball towards the back post beating everyone but Preston who was able to prod the ball into the back of the net catching Watson flat-footed.
Eisa continued to look dangerous and did excellently to win a free-kick just outside the box. Proctor took ownership, but his effort went wide.
Proctor and Miller looked to link-up but struggled to create anything substansial.
With the Iron always looking dangerous out wide, Hurst decided to introduce Ryan Colclough for Slater, whilst bringing on van Veen for Miller in the second-half.
Scunthorpe looked to get the ball quickly to Colclough who had the beating of Hamilton, but Mansfield defended well.
Moments later, disaster struck for the Iron.
A looping ball over the top was met but Butler who went to head back to Watson, but his backpass was poor and Danny Rose was able to nick in ahead of them both and lifted the ball past Watson to double the Stags' advantage.
The second goal seemed to kill any Scunthorpe momentum with Colclough and van Veen struggling to make any sort of impact.
Van Veen's first touch have the half came as a genuine chance when Clarke found him in the box, but he could not direct his header on target.
The former then created a big chance for the Iron with an excellent ball into the box finding Proctor, but he could only head the ball wide of the post.
The hosts then had a goal disallowed for offside as Bishop played in Hamilton, who then curled the ball into the back of the net. Watson was then called into action again soon after, saving an effort from Rose, who shot from the left.
Mansfield set back and looked to defend their two goal advantage with Proctor and van Veen looking dangerous. Colclough went close as he received the ball on the right, drifted inside before powering an effort into the sidenetting.
Scunthorpe moved the ball around well in midfield but could not break through the Stags' defence and fell to their fourth defeat in a row.
Mansfield Town: Logan, Sweeney, Pearce, Preston, Hamilton, Mellis (Bishop, 69), Shaugnessy, Macdonald, Gordon, Rose, Maynard (Benning, 79)
Subs not used: Stone, Benning, Kahn, Tomlinson, Sterling-Jones, Smith
Scunthorpe United : Watson, Clarke, McGahey, Butler, Brown, Lund, Songo'o, Slater (Colclough, 45), Eisa, Proctor, Miller (van Veen, 45)
Subs not used: Eastwood, McArdle, Bedeau, Gilliead, McAtee
Attendance: 4,772 (554 away)
Scunthorpe United player ratings after League Two defeat at Mansfield Town
By Charlie Wilson, 7 SEP 2019
Scunthorpe United were the architects of their own downfall as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Mansfield Town.
A goal each half from Matt Preston and Danny Rose secured the Iron's fate.
While they created chances, Scunthorpe were wasteful in the final third and cannot afford to allow these errors to continue at both ends of the pitch.
Scunthorpe Live's Charlie Wilson gives his player ratings from today's loss...
Rory Watson - A day to forget for Scunthorpe's number one. Watson was wrong-footed for the Iron's first goal and may have been at fault for the second. Butler's back-pass did not reach him which allowed Rose to nip in between them both before lifting the ball over him to kill the game off - 4
Jordan Clarke - Lapses of concentration throughout the game from Clarke, one of which leading to the home sides first goal. He was careless in possession throughout the first-half, slightly improved in the second - 5
Harrison McGahey - Probably the pick of the defenders, as he dealt with Nicky Maynard and Danny Rose well enough. Made a few crucial blocks and played the ball out of the back well - 6
Andy Butler - Not a good day for the skipper. Was beaten in the air a few times and looked nervous in possession which was evident for the Stags' second goal. Whilst Watson should have come out quicker, his back-pass was poor and allowed Rose to get in front of him to score. Should have done better shielding the man - 4
Junior Brown - Defended well, clearing away dangerous crosses and dealt with a lot of pressure well. Some nice crosses into the box, too. Needs more game time - 6
Regan Slater - Did not look comfortable on the right-wing, the decision to play him there looked baffling. Still worked hard and looked to link play, it just didn't happen for him. Was brought off at half-time - 5
Matthew Lund - Battled well in the centre of midfield and always looked to drive forward. Won the majority of his challenges and helped out defensively. Impressive performance - 7
Yann Songo'o - Was impressive with his defensive performance. Playing against a three-man midfield, he and Lund did well and were not overrun. Didn't offer much going forward, that's not his game. Some good challenges and moved the ball quickly to the wingers - 7
Abo Eisa - A promising but frustrating performance from Eisa. He got in some great positions and looked like he had the beating of his man all day long. But his final product was really poor. Could have had two goals and created for others, just didn't happen - 6
Jamie Proctor - A near dominant performance from the debutant. He won absolutely everything, held the ball up well which created plenty of Iron attacks. Nearly scored from two headers from tough angles. A promising start. He'll benefit from having Colclough and Eisa on the wings. If there was any criticism towards his performance, he needed to move the ball quicker once getting it under control - 7 STAR MAN
George Miller - Tenacious, but flattered to deceive. He looks like he really needs a goal to get going. Just didn't happen for him and was brought off for van Veen at half-time - 5
Kevin van Veen - Worked tirelessly to make things happen and did well from a cross from the right which he nearly diverted towards goal. Besides that, working from scraps and never had many opportunities to make an impact. His workrate was impressive - 6
Ryan Colclough - Didn't have the impact he would have liked coming on at half-time. Whilst he had his moments, he's a much better player than what he showed today - 6