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22nd April 2016 0:21

Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Mansfield Town 5 - 0 Notts County
Green 6, 60, Chapman 57, Lambe 67, Rose 83.
Attendance: 6357 (1741 from Notts County)

Date: 16 April 2016

Martin Shaw and Simon Chamberlain at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill

Mansfield Town produced a stunning second half performance to completely blow away Notts County with four goals in 26 minutes as the Stags cruised to a 5-0 win. The second half probably was the best 45 minutes since Mansfield returned to the Football League three years ago. The Stags led 1-0 at half time thanks to a fine Matt Green strike, but it was the second half onslaught that will have the Stags fans talking about this game for a long time. Adam Chapman made it 2-0 on 57 minutes with a free kick that travelled like an exocet missile into the top right corner, and brought back memories of his goals in the Conference-winning season. Matt Green scored his second just 3 minutes later capitalising on a defensive mix-up to fire under the keeper. Then, perhaps the best of the lot, as Matty Blair embarked on a sensational run from his own half down the right and his cross put the goal on a plate for Reggie Lambe who swept home from close range. The fans wanted five and they got it on 83 minutes as Mitch Rose scored from close range after Matty Blair’s shot had been parried by the keeper. The full time whistle brought a reception the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the Stags won the Conference. This win was the biggest win in 44 league and cup games against Notts County, and the first time the Stags have done the double over Notts County since 2004/05. The attendance of 6,357 was the biggest at the One Call Stadium since that Conference-winning day against Wrexham in April 2013 when 6,394 were packed in. This was a great day to be a Mansfield Town fan.

The Stags gained ground on the teams from 8th downwards, but 7th placed Wimbledon’s late winner kept them 6 points ahead of the Stags.



Match report: Mansfield Town 5 Notts County 0
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, Saturday 16 April 2016

Mansfield Town kept their play-off dream alive with a pulsating 5-0 derby win over Notts County.

Stags ripped County apart in the second half as they built on a fragile 1-0 half-time lead to do the double over their neighbours.

Mansfield faded after a bright opening and had dined out with Lady Luck with County, and Izale McLeod in particular, guilty of some very wasteful finishing.

But Stags showed their visitors no charity as they clinically ripped the Notts rearguard to shreds to wrap up three potentially vital points.

Read more: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/mansfield-town-news/match-report-mansfield-town-5-notts-county-0-1-7857032#ixzz461wgJLg7

Matt Green got the rout underway with his 15th goal of the season after six minutes to put Stags ahead.

County should have levelled during a dominant first half with Izale McLeod, Thierry Audel, Liam Noble and Jon Stead all wasting chances.

They proved costly misses as Mansfield doubled their lead on 57 minutes when Adam Chapman hit home a scorching free-kick from the edge of the box.

It got even better for the home side three minutes later when Matt Green bagged a brace after getting goal-side and slotting cooly past Scott Loach.

Reggie Lambe made it 4-0 on 67 minutes after a super run and cross from Matty Blair down the right flank gave him a simple tap-in.

Mansfield rubbed further salt in the wounds with seven minutes to go when Mitchell Rose tapped home after Scott Loach spilled a shot into his path.

The defeat was Mark Cooper’s first since taking charge of Notts County.

Mansfield got off to the perfect start when Matt Green rifled home his 15th goal of the season after just six minutes.

It was the perfect reward for a confident start by the home side, which saw Stags push County on to the back foot.

Thierry Audel failed to connect with a header before Jon Stead lashed a wild effort into the Quarry Lane stand five minutes later.

Izale McLeod fired straight at Scott Shearer on 21 minutes as County responded well to falling behind.

Stags, at times, were their own worst enemy as they continued to squander possession too often and too easily.

Mcleod should have done better when he headed Liam Nobles cross over after he had beaten his marker on 34 minutes.

Liam Noble shot just wide after bursting into the box after Daniel Alfei gifted possession to County.

Mansfield started better in the second half with Matty Blair drawing a save from Scott Loach on 50 minutes after Green and Mani Dieseruvwe caused bother in the box.

Mal Benning flicked the ball to safety from his own goal line after Stead’s trickery created the opening.

Seconds later McLeod again headed wide when he should have hit the target as Notts upped the pressure once more.

But Mansfield doubled their lead when Adam Chapman hit a scorching free-kick into the top corner from the edge of the box on 57 minutes.

It got even better three minutes later when Matt Green bagged a brace after getting goal-side and slotting cooly past Loach.

Reggie Lambe made it 4-0 on 67 minutes after a super run and cross from Matty Blair gave him a simple tap-in.

It was a perfect lesson in clinical finishing as Mansfield exploited gaps at the back to rip the shell-shocked visitors open.

Reggie Lambe made it 4-0 on 67 minutes after a super run and cross from Matty Blair gave him a simple tap-in.

It was a perfect lesson in clinical finishing as Mansfield exploited gaps at the back to rip the shell-shocked visitors open.

Mansfield rubbed further salt in the wounds with seven minutes to go when Mitchell Rose tapped home after Scott Loach spilt a shot into his path.

Mansfield Town (4-4-2): Shearer 5, Benning 7, Collins 7, Tafazolli 7, Alfei 6, Lambe 6 (McGuire 78 5), Blair 7, Chapman 7, Thomas 6 (Baxendale 84 5) , Dieseruvwe 6 (Rose 54 5), Green 8.

Subs not used: Jensen, Rose, Beardsley, Daniel, Yussuf.

Entertainment value: 4 out of 5

Notts County (4-1-2-1-2): Loach 5, Audel 6, Hollis 7, Edwards 6 (Amevor 68), Hewitt 6, Aborah 7, Noble 7, Valencic 6, Atkinson 5, McLeod 5 (Gibson 63 6), Stead 5 (Campbell 63 5).

Subs not used: Carroll, Smith, Sarpong, Wildin.

Entertainment value 2 out of 5

Referee: Geoff Eltringham.

Attendance: 6,357.

Man of the match: Matt Green.


Mansfield Town 5 Notts County 0: Stags claim league double with thumping derby win
nottinghampost.com, By Leigh_Curtis, April 16, 2016

Mansfield Town secured a league double over fierce rivals Notts County as they thrashed the Magpies in a one-sided derby at the One Call Stadium.

Adam Murray's side flew out of the blocks and were ahead in the sixth minute when Mal Benning's cross was swept home by Matt Green (below).

Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Notts-County-s-players-derserve-10-says-Leigh/story-29122597-detail/story.html#ixzz4650Muqi3

Notts were in danger of coming apart, but they settled quickly and set about the task of finding an equaliser.

Jon Stead should have done better with a volley at the back post, before an acrobatic clearance from Ryan Tafazolli stopped Wes Atkinson from latching on to a Liam Noble cross.

Izale McLeod then received a pass from Elliott Hewitt but side-footed straight at Scott Shearer when he should have done much better.

Noble, playing in an advanced role, also drilled a low shot wide of the post as Mark Cooper's side tried to restore parity.

Valencic and Noble allowed their tempers to boil over with each other at the half-time whistle in what was a sign of their frustration at being unable to find an equaliser.

Cooper switched to 3-5-2 at half-time in a bid to get back into the game, but it was Mansfield who made the next breakthrough.

Atkinson was punished for a foul on the corner of the box, and Adam Chapman smashed in a terrific strike (below) into the top corner from the free-kick.

Before Notts could even regain their senses, they found themselves 3-0 down when Green waltzed into the area and slipped a cool finish beyond Scott Loach.

It was to get much worse for Notts as a counter attack saw Matty Blair outstrip Stanley Aborah for pace and cross to the back post for Reggie Lambe to convert with ease.

And in what was Notts' heaviest defeat of the season, Mitchell Rose made it five with a tap in at the back post.

That was cue for the away end to empty as the Stags celebrated doing the double over their rivals having won in the league back in August.

Mansfield: Shearer, Benning, Collins, Chapman, Green, Tafazolli, Dieseruvwe (Rose 54), Blair, Lambe, Thomas (Baxendale 84), Alfei. Subs: Jensen, Beardsley, Daniel, Yussuf, McGuire,

Notts County: Loach, Hollis, Noble, Hewitt, Valencic, Atkinson, Stead (Gibson 63), Audel, Aborah, Edwards (Amevor 73), McLeod (Campbell 63). Subs not used: Carroll, Smith, Sarpong, Wilding

Attendance: 6,357 (1,741 visitors)

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Notts County's players all derserve only one out of 10, says Leigh Curtis
nottinghampost.com, By Leigh_Curtis, April 16, 2016

Notts County boss Mark Cooper said it was "unacceptable" for his side to lose 5-0 away to Mansfield Town. In his player ratings this week, reporter Leigh Curtis says none of the players deserves better than one out of 10...

Scott Loach: May have done better for Rose's goal as he couldn't keep hold of a shot which allowed him a tap-in. 1/10

Elliott Hewitt: A couple of crosses came in from his side in the first half, the first of which led to Matt Green's opener. 1/10

Mike Edwards: Had to be replaced in the second half and didn't look entirely comfortable in a back three. An afternoon he will have absolutely hated. 1/10

Read more: Notts County's day off cancelled after being thrashed at Mansfield Town

Haydn Hollis: Part of a defence that conceded five goals so it's hard to give anybody any credit. Struggled as the game got stretched. 1/10

Thierry Audel: Didn't look up for the physical battle. An afternoon to forget for the Frenchman who has been decent of late. 1/10

Liam Noble: Needed to get on the ball more because he does pack plenty of ability. Struggled to impose himself. 1/10

Stanley Aborah: Got beaten to the punch by Matty Blair for Reggie Lambe's goal. Quality of first half didn't match the second. 1/10

Wes Atkinson: Struggles for consistency. Effort was there, but the quality was lacking against a physically imposing Mansfield. 1/10

Filip Valencic: Hard to recall him threatening at all in the entire game. Notts needed far more from him on the left. 1/10

Jon Stead: Ball didn't stick and Mansfield's defence coped with him very comfortably. Was withdrawn in the second half. 1/10

Izale McLeod: Had a couple of efforts at goal, but was totally anonymous in the second half and was promptly withdrawn. 1/10


Montel Gibson (for Stead, 63): Came on, and at least tried to unsettle the Mansfield defence. 1/10

Adam Campbell (for McLeod, 63): Pace gives midfield an option to hit and he did try to make an impact. 1/10

Mawouna Amevor (for Edwards, 73): Couldn't stop the tide of Mansfield attacks in the last 20 minutes. 1/10

Not used: Smith, Carroll, Sarpong, Wildin

Five things we learned from Notts County losing 5-0 at Mansfield Town
nottinghampost.com, By Leigh_Curtis, April 16, 2016

Notts County lost 5-0 away to Mansfield Town at One Call Stadium in the derby in League two as the Stags completed the league double over the Magpies. Here Leigh Curtis lists the five things we learned about Notts in the defeat.

1) Liam Noble and Stanley Aborah are the best passers in the squad

Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/things-learned-Notts-County-losing-5-0-Mansfield/story-29122241-detail/story.html#ixzz46BN7ReiH

Both Noble and Aborah have proven to be the most adept passers in the team which underlines their importance to the cause.

Notts' best moves came through the duo and it is essential going forward they are given the ball at every opportunity.

Aborah makes Notts play from the back, Noble certainly has the ability and vision to pick a pass proven by the fact he is the club's leading creator.

2) Noble and Valencic scuffle shows they care

Usually when two players of the same team collide it can be seen as a negative, but at least it showed the duo care.

Fans often wonder if their players feel it as much as they do on the terraces, so as Valencic and Noble came together, and Stanley Aborah acted as peacemaker, it proved they had the desire to do much better.

There is nothing wrong with that as long as they shake hands at the end of it all.

3) Mansfield Town must build a fourth stand

Mansfield's ground is not too bad, but surely they cannot continue with the shed that is opposite the main stand. It looks a real eyesore and ruins what is actually not a bad little ground.

Read more: All the latest Mansfield Town news

They must have lost so many footballs over the back of it, that the cost of replacing them could have probably paid for a new stand anyway.

Maybe John Radford will make it one of his ambitions as Mansfield chairman and owner.

4) Izale McLeod is lacking confidence

Having paid £100,000 for Izale McLeod last summer, Notts fans would have hoped the striker would recreate the quality which saw him bag 21 for Crawley last season.

He does have 10 goals for the campaign which is not a bad return, but it could have been much better.

Read more: All the latest Notts County news

He is yet to score away from home and looks devoid of belief when striking a ball at the moment. He needs a break from somewhere.

5) Notts must address lack of pace in the summer

For all of the money spent on the squad last summer, there is a chronic lack of pace in the Notts team which makes it incredibly difficult for Notts to stretch opposing defenders.

Adam Campbell is the quickest player in the squad, but has now been confined to a place on the substitutes' bench.



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