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26th July 2016 23:59

Pre-Season Friendly
Mansfield Town 0 - 1 Hull City
Bowen 55.
Attendance: 1585 (142 from Hull)

Date: 19 July 2016

Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill

Mansfield Town played Premier League new boys Hull City at the One Call Stadium this evening. It had been a sweltering day and it was still extremely hot this evening. Hull put out their first team including numerous multi-million pound players and their quality was there for all to see. For the Stags, Adam Murray had set the game up to see how his side would cope against a side that would keep the ball and have that extra quality all over the park. For the large part Mansfield did well and can take a lot from the game. Hull won the game 1-0 and the only goal came on 55 minutes when substitute Jarrod Bowen fired left footed into the top corner from a good ball forward from Shaun Maloney. It would have been more than 1-0 but for three terrific saves from Brian Jensen all of which followed high quality moves from Hull opening the Stags up. Former Stag Sam Clucas played the full 90 minutes for Hull in a central midfield role and was excellent. Mo Diame, who scored Hull’s fabulous winner in the play-off final in May, was also excellent and oozed quality. In the second half, Hull brought on £10 million striker Abel Hernandez to test the Stags even further.

Full report in match centre


Stags bow to Bowen as Tigers win friendly
chad.co.uk report by John Lomas, Tuesday 19 July 2016

Premier League new boys Hull City ended Mansfield Town’s unbeaten pre-season record with a single Jarrod Bowen goal on a boiling hot evening at One Call Stadium tonight.

He struck on 55 minutes after being put away by Shaun Maloney, but the visitors could have been out of sight had home keeper Brian Jensen not made three excellent saves while George Taft kicked another effort off the line.


The first half was an even affair with both sides creating chances in a game very easy on the eye with both side passing well.

But the visitors ended the half forcing Jensen into two good stops in as many minutes.

Once Bowen, who has really livened up the visitors since coming on as a 30th minute substitute, had put Hull ahead, Mansfield never really looked like pulling it back.

The Stags began the game with an unnamed trialist left back in the side and another, a target man, on the bench, who came on after the break.

The full back did very well throughout the game, cool in a variety of difficult moments and looking well worth another look, but the striker had little chance to impress against the Tigers defence.

But it was another great work-out for Adam Murray’s men.

Former Stags star Sam Clucas played a very deep central midfield role and, apart from the odd boo, was largely ignored by the home fans.

The game kicked-off in high temperatures after a day on which the mercury rose over 30 degrees for the hottest day of the year so far.

And Hull boss Steve Bruce began the evening with an on-pitch TV interview after informal talks about taking over the vacant England job.

Despite a handful of injuries, he still named a strong side.

Stags began the game 4-1-4-1 with the impressive Pat Hoban on his own up front and Adam Chapman in the midfield holding role.

Baxendale was on the right of the four, Hurst and Mitch Rose central and CJ Hamilton wide on the left.

Pearce dived in late on Diame on five minutes to offer Hull a central free kick just outside the box, Maloney’s effort deflected just over.

Stags then survived another moment as Robertson curled a loose ball across the face of goal from the left.

It took Stags 16 minutes to fashion a chance as CJ Hamilton squared the ball low from the left and Hoban turned to drill a tame effort that bobbled straight to Kusiak.

Soon after Mitch Rose had a long range effort deflect for a corner, while Pearce headed over from a second corner.

On 24 minutes Huddlestone had a low 20 yard shot deflect narrowly wide for the visitors as the Tigers again sharpened their claws.

Hoban showed more skill on 26 minutes as he flicked a header under pressure to set Hamilton on his way down the left and then took the return pass to drill inches wide.

The injury-hit visitors suffered another blow on the half-hour when skipper Dawson limped off with a knock, home fans sportingly applauding him off the field.

On 35 minutes Diame showed his talent as he sidestepped Rose and Bennett in one move before flashing a shot inches wide.

Jensen then had to grab a dangerous Maloney cross at his near post.

On 38 minutes Bowen lashed a low shot goalwards from 25 yards which Jensen failed to hold but had done enough to take the heat out the shot and was able to stop in going in at the second attempt.

A great run by Bowen won a free kick just outsider the box, but it was wasted by Snodgrass who blazed over to jeers from the home fans.

A loose pass from Davies then offered Hurst the chance to hoist a quick effort goalwards that dropped wide of the far post.

But Hull missed the chance of the game on 44 minutes as Snodgrass slipped Maloney through the centre for a one-on-one with Jensen that saw the keeper manage to push away his low finish.

Jensen then had to push away a rasping Snodgrass snapshot just before the break.

Stags made four changes at the break, Taft, Clements, Hemmings and Green on for Bennett, Chapman, Baxendale and Hamilton.

The big trialist striker took over from Hoban on 53 minutes and almost got a head onto the ball in front of goal which would have been his first touch.

However, on 55 minutes the visitors were ahead. Maloney slipped the ball through to send Bowen clear and he smashed an unstoppable finish past a helpless Jensen.

The usual procession of substitutions then had the usual effect of upsetting the rhythm of the game, though Hemmings wasn’t far away from outside the box on 73 minutes.

Two Stags youngsters plus Corbin Shires all got themselves some minutes on the pitch as the whole outfield was changed by the 71st minute apart from the trialist defender.

On 79 minutes Jensen again did well, tipping a rising Olley drive onto the bar and out for a corner.

Hull wasted more chances to seal the win as Odemwingie struck a great chance against the near post when clear on 84 minutes and Taft did superbly well to clear Luer’s follow-up off the line.

STAGS: Jensen, Bennett (Taft HT), Collins (Healey 59), Pearce (Shires 66), Chapman (Clements HT), Hoban (Trialist 53), Baxendale (Green HT), Hurst (McGuire 67), Mitch Rose (Bloor 71), CJ Hamilton (Hemmings HT), Trialist.

HULL: Kuciak (Jakupovic HT), Robertson, Davies, Huddlestone (Tymon HT), Snodgrass (Hernandez 75), Clucas, Maloney (Odemwingie 63), Diame (Olley 71), Dawson (Bowan 30), Luer, Elmohamdey.

REFEREE: Darren England.

ATTENDANCE: 1,585 (142 away).


Bowen Goal Secures Mansfield Win
hullcitytigers.com, 19th July 2016

Jarrod Bowen’s second half strike saw the Tigers register a 1-0 pre-season win away at Mansfield Town.

Bowen scored the only goal of the game ten minutes after the restart, collecting Shaun Maloney’s defence-splitting pass before producing a lovely finish to fire an unstoppable effort past Mansfield keeper Brian Jensen.

The Tigers could and perhaps should have won by a more emphatic margin, though. Shaun Maloney was denied by close range at the end of the first half, whilst Greg Olley and trialist Peter Odemwingie were both denied by the woodwork in the closing stages.

Read more at http://www.hullcitytigers.com/news/article/2016-17/bowen-goal-secures-mansfield-win-3195028.aspx#y7VHuWfpBj4AK3ok.99

The first notable chance for either side came with the game just five minutes old after the referee blew for a foul by Mansfield’s Krystian Pearce on Mo Diamé for a block on the edge of the area.

Shaun Maloney and Robert Snodgrass lined up behind the ball before the ex-Wigan man hit went for goal, only to see his effort clip the Stags’ defensive wall before going behind for a corner, which was comfortably dealt with by the home side.

At the other end of the pitch, Dawson had to be alert in order to block Pay Hoban’s well-struck effort from the edge of the box, before CJ Hamilton laid the ball off for Pat Hoban to shoot tamely at Dušan Kuciak.

Tom Huddlestone came within inches of breaking the deadlock midway through the first half when his low drive flashed narrowly wide via their of a deflection, before Hoban again stretched the Tigers’ backline, drilling a low strike wide of the target.

In the build-up to the that chance for the hosts, Dawson picked up a knock that would bring his evening’s work to an early end and was replaced by Jarrod Bowen after 28 minutes.

The switch saw Bowen play in a wide right role, with Robert Snodgrass moving in the middle of midfield to fill the void left by Huddlestone, who had become Curtis Davies’ partner at the heart of the Tigers’ defence.

The Tigers continued to probe the home defence as Diamé curled a sublime strike just wide, before the energetic and impressive Bowen stung the palms of veteran keeper Brian Jensen with a shot from distance.

Bruce’s men began to find a rhythm in the latter stages of the first 45 minutes, carving out two excellent opportunities. Snodgrass managed to break the Stags’ steely defence with a poke through to Maloney, though Jensen was a match for the Irishman’s effort just ahead of the interval, making a great save from just eight yards out.

Jensen was again on hand to thwart the Tigers moments later when Snodgrass’ powerful drive from inside the Stags’ box was beaten away by the veteran Dane.

The Tigers made two changes at the break with Eldin Jakupovic replacing Kuciak between the posts, and youngster Josh Tymon coming on in place of Huddlestone.

The only goal of the game came ten minutes after the restart when Maloney’s perfectly weighted pass into the danger area allowed the youngster to finish emphatically in front of the Tigers’ 142 travelling supporters. It was no less than the 19-year-old deserved after an impressive contribution following his introduction from the bench.

A raft of substitutions - from both teams - halted the flow of the game as Bruce gave trialist Peter Odemwingie the chance to impress when replacing Maloney just past the hour mark, whilst Olley came on for Diamé 19 minutes from time.

The best chances continued to fall to the team dressed in black. Olley was unlucky to see an effort clip the top of the crossbar after a good save from Jensen, before the frame of the goal also denied Odemwingie when his low strike cannoned back of the foot of the post.

The rebound fell kindly to Greg Luer, only for the youngster’s effort to be somehow blocked on the line by George Taft in what was the final action of the evening.

Mansfield: Jensen, Bennett (Taft 46), Collins (Healey 58), Pearce (Shires 64), Chapman (Clements 46), Hoban (Trialist 2 62), Baxendale (Hemmings 46), Hurst (McGuire 67), M. Rose (Bloor 69), Hamilton (Green 46), Trialist 1.
Subs Not Used: Shearer (GK), D. Rose.

The Tigers: Kuciak (Jakupovic 46), Robertson, Davies, Huddlestone (Tymon 46), Snodgrass (Hernández 75), Clucas, Maloney (Odemwingie 63), Diamé (Olley 71), Dawson (Bowen 28), Luer, Elmohamady.



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