PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY: VITORIA 1-0 MANSFIELD
Vitoria de Setubal FC 1 - 0 Mansfield Town
Nuno Valente 77
Attendance: app 250 (app 200 from Mansfield), my estimates
Date: 7 July 2018
Martin Shaw at Guia Futebal Clube, Albufeira
Mansfield Town started their pre-season matches with a very useful workout against Portugese top flight side Vitoria de Setubal FC (Vitoria FC) at Guia Futebal Clube in the Algarve this morning. Vitoria, who play their home matches 220km north of Guia, had been on a pre-season training just over the border in Spain and had been due to play a Spanish club, but when that Spanish club pulled out, it was agreed just a few days before the game they would play Mansfield, who themselves had been due to play Dundee. Vitoria, who play Benfica next week in a pre-season tournament, sent their first team, and the quality of some of their football was evident to see. Vitoria played some good stuff in the opening half an hour especially with tricky no.10, Brazilian Eber Bessa causing the Stags all kinds of problems, including hitting the post, and then winning a penalty for a foul by Conrad Logan. Bessa though blotted his copybook firing the resulting spot kick well over the bar to the amusement of Stags fans. Mansfield’s best moment of the first half came when Otis Khan superbly got past two defenders on the left and his low cross was turned goalwards by Craig Davies, only for the Vitoria keeper to make a save from close range at his near post. Mansfield changed their entire eleven at half time while Vitoria made fewer changes. The second half saw Mansfield more in evidence as an attacking threat, and could have been in front when Calum Butcher’s shot from a tight angle was saved by the keeper. Then Lee Angol made a powerful run forward despite having his shirt pulled back, following a nice ball from Jordan Graham, and Angol’s low shot was saved. Good pace and power from Angol nevertheless. Vitoria scored the only goal of the game on 77 minutes. Jacob Mellis gave away a free kick 23 yards from goal. No.3 Nuno Valente, who apparently has a termination clause in his contract worth five million euros, stepped up and curled a superb free kick into the right of the net, with Stags keeper Bobby Olejnik motionless. Mansfield’s best chance to equalise came from Olejnik’s long kick forward which was nearly turned goalwards by young Jordan Graham in the area but he couldn’t quite connect. So it ended 1-0 to Vitoria FC, and a deserved victory for the Portugese side, who were clearly from a higher standard of football. However for Mansfield this was a really useful workout. There were plenty of impressive performances. In the first half, Matt Preston really stood out at the back with a dominant display at centre half. There was also great play by Otis Khan in setting up a good chance for Craig Davies. In the second half, Krystian Pearce and Hayden White did well in the defence, and Omari Sterling-James and Jacob Mellis impressed in midfield. Several youngsters on show for Mansfield, Henri Wilder did not look out of place in defence in the first half, while in the second half Jordan Graham up front showed tremendous power and strength for one so young, and might be one to look out for this season. He was already on the bench last season of course.
1st half team (3-5-2):
Nathan Cameron (on trial), Matt Preston (new signing from Swindon), Henri Wilder (youngster);
Nyle Blake (youngster), Alex MacDonald, Neal Bishop (new signing from Scunthorpe), Otis Khan (new signing from Yeovil), CJ Hamilton;
Tyler Walker (season loan from Forest), Craig Davies (new signing from Oldham).
2nd half team (3-5-2):
Hayden White, Krystian Pearce, Lewis Gibbens (youngster);
Omari Sterling-James, Will Atkinson, Calum Butcher, Jacob Mellis, Mal Benning;
Lee Angol, Jordan Graham (youngster).
On the pre-season training trip but did not play: David Mirfin, Danny Rose (both injured), Paul Anderson (unclear if injured, but at the game).
Not on the pre-season trip: Zander Diamond, Paul Digby (both transfer listed).
FULL REPORT IN THE MATCH CENTRE
Vitoria overcomes Mansfield Town
July 7, 2018 By: VFCeditor
Vitoria Futebol Clube closed the pre-season stage held in Islantilla (Spain) Saturday with a 1-0 victory against the Englishmen of Mansfield Town.
A free-kick from Nuno Valente in the 75th minute sealed the sadists' triumph at the Arsénio Catuna Stadium in the Algarve. to the interval it registered a equality without goals.
Vitoria FC could have gone for a break to win if Eber Bessa had managed to score a penalty for a foul by the English goalkeeper after 29 minutes of play.
Vitoria FC started with the following eleven: Cristiano, Mano, Vasco Fernandes, Pedro Pinto, Nuno Pinto, Semedo, Éber Bessa, Costinha, Alex Freitas, Leandro Resida and Allef
They also played: Artur Jorge, André Pedrosa, Victor Veloso, Valdu Té, Nuno Valente, Ruben Micael, Cascardo, André Sousa and Cortez.
At the end of the game, coach Lito Vidigal was satisfied with the work done by the players, against a very aggressive team.
"It was a good practice. The players matched what they expected at this stage of preparation. when we manage to avoid the shock, we produce good football, but it is not easy to play against teams of this nature that privilege physical contact, "he said.
The coach also said that, more important than the result, is the work that the team is developing.
"It's always good to win, but the most important thing is the work we are doing in order to build a team that can have a good season," he said.
VITORIA DE SETUBAL FC
Mansfield's opponents on Saturday are Vitoria de Setubal FC who play in the top flight of Portugese football alongside Porto, Benfica, and Sporting Lisbon.
official Vitoria website (google translation)
Vitoria against Mansfield Town in Guia, Albufeira
July 5, 2018 By: Mario Faria
Vitoria Futebol Clube will finish its pre-season stage in Islantilla (Spain) with a preparation game in the Algarve against the Englishmen of Mansfield Town, of League Two, of England who are to train in that region.
It was originally scheduled to be played with the Spaniards of Isla Cristina, but the Spanish club eventually cleared the meeting because of scheduling issues, and Vitória FC made efforts to find another opponent, thus meeting the wishes of coach Lito Vidigal who intends to give some competitions to the squad players, before the Sado International Tournament.
The match will take place at 11.15 am next Saturday, July 7, at the Arsénio Catuna Sports Complex in Guia, Albufeira and will have free entry.
Then the team will return to Setúbal to start preparing for the Sado International Tournament, where they will face the Serb of Napredak on July 11 at 9pm at the Estádio do Bonfim, and on July 13 at 8:30 p.m., SL Benfica.