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Season 21/22 Stagsnet Match Report
Pre-Season Friendly
Hull City  
1 - 2
 Mansfield Town
Magennis 73.
 
 Johnson pen 31, 55
Attendance: 1,862 (250 from Mansfield)
 
Date: 24 July 2021

Martin Shaw at the KCOM Stadium (now known as MKM stadium)

Mansfield Town won 2-1 at Hull City this afternoon in the fifth pre-season friendly of the 2021/22 season. It might only be pre-season but wow what a performance this was from the Stags. Quite stunning.

Hull City had split their squad between this game and a game at Scunthorpe later in the afternoon. But the side for the game against Mansfield was much the stronger and not far from the Hull first team.

It was the first time since February 2020 that fans had been allowed in at the KCOM Stadium and in the meantime Hull had played out a complete season winning League One and earning promotion back to the Championship. With that in mind, I found it quite surprising that only 1,600 home fans turned up.

Mansfield of course play their first game with fans allowed at the One Call Stadium since February 2020 on Tuesday, when Coventry City are the visitors. The last game was a 1-0 win over Newport with a goal from Danny Rose.

The Stags deserved this win at Hull. The Stags took the lead after 31 minutes. Stephen Quinn, playing against his former club and given a great welcome before the game, fired a shot goalwards which was handled by Lewie Coyle for a clear penalty. Danny Johnson stepped up and sent Hull keeper Matt Ingram the wrong way to coolly convert the penalty. And it was the same pair of Stags players who combined to double the lead after 55 minutes. Quinn dinked a magnificent cross in from the byline on the left on to the head of Johnson to head into the net from close range. It was right in front of the travelling Stags fans to give them a wonderful moment. Hull pulled a goal back after 73 minutes when sub Matthew Jacob put in a fine cross from the left for Josh Magennis, the current Northern Ireland international, to head past George Shelvey. The Stags deservedly held on to their lead with Shelvey making a great double save after 88 minutes, saving first from Magennis and then superbly turning a shot from George Moncur, that was fired into the ground and then heading for the top corner, over the bar. Both sides had other chances to score with Johnson being denied in a 1-on-1 with the keeper and Rhys Oates going close on a couple of occasions for the Stags.

Quinn had a great game and showed his absolute class. He must be one of the best players in League Two. By the way, not surprising that Quinn is held in such high regard by the Hull fans. He was a regular in their team that reached the FA Cup final in 2014, finally losing 3-2 to Arsenal in the final.

Plenty of other excellent performances throughout the Stags side. Shelvey made some really good saves. Kellan Gordon was dangerous going forward. Stephen McLaughlin had a fine game at left back. James Perch and Farrend Rawson did well at centre half. Rawson played last night at Alfreton, and was replaced at half time by Jordan Bowery, who played the whole second half at centre half and put in a surprisingly accomplished performance. I only say surprising because I didn’t know he could play there, though we already knew he was very good at defending set pieces. Ollie Clarke and George Maris were very good in midfield, while Oates was dangerous going forward. One ball forward from Clarke which set Oates away with a run at goal was well above the standard of League Two. Oli Hawkins was classy up front with some great turns and lay-offs, and of course Johnson scored twice.

You’ll be able to watch the full match replay of this game with commentary tomorrow on iFollow Stags. If you didn’t travel to the game, you won't want to miss this.

The next game is against Coventry on Tuesday. Again we will not have live coverage on iFollow Stags but the full match replay with commentary will be available on iFollow Stags the following day.

Nigel Clough had split the squad between the game at Alfreton on Friday night and this game at Hull just 15 hours later. It was a more experienced squad here, which looked not far away from arguably Clough’s strongest side with one or two absences.

Elliott Hewitt felt unwell on Saturday morning. As Nigel Clough said after the game, hopefully it’s just a bug and he doesn’t have to isolate for 10 days. He had been due to start. In his absence, Farrend Rawson who played 75 minutes at Alfreton, started the game and played the first half. Considering Rawson had been one of the players self-isolating, this was a very good effort. George Lapslie (sore knee) and Harry Charsley (thigh injury) were also missing as a precaution with slight injuries. Nathan Bishop remained with Manchester United in their pre-season programme. Hopefully he might be available for Tuesday’s game with Coventry.

The team that started the game was:
George Shelvey;
Kellan Gordon, Farrend Rawson, James Perch, Stephen McLaughlin;
George Maris, Ollie Clarke, Stephen Quinn, Rhys Oates (front of the midfield diamond);
Oli Hawkins, Danny Johnson.

Substitutes:
Jordan Bowery (for Rawson, HT)
Tyrese Sinclair (for Oates, 88 mins)
Ryan Burke (for McLaughlin, 88 mins)
Nathan Caine (for Johnson, 90+1)
James Clarke (for Gordon, 90+1)
Sub not used: Marek Stech

Hull’s starting line-up was strong. They included new signing Randell Williams, who has played against the Stags numerous times for Exeter City, and has just signed for the Tigers.

The Stags had the first chance of the game when Stephen Quinn was on target from 25 yards, but it was straight at keeper Ingram.

Good defending from Rawson to clear after 11 minutes. A minute later, the impressive Keane Lewis-Potter dinked a cross from the byline on the left to Magennis, and his trademark header was straight at Shelvey. After 15 minutes, a well-worked move on the left from the Tigers as Lewis-Potter found Randell Williams who fired over the bar from 14 yards. A minute after that, more good play down the left as Lewis-Potter found Brandon Fleming and his low shot was saved by Shelvey. Moments after that, George Moncur curled a shot wide of the top right corner of the net. Lewis-Potter and Fleming were really looking good for Hull down the left.

After 21 minutes, Ollie Clarke found Hawkins just outside the box with his back to goal. Hawkins laid off nicely to Johnson who shot low and straight at the keeper from 22 yards.

Good defending from Perch on 25 minutes, sweeping up at the back against Magennis.

The Stags took the lead after 31 minutes. McLaughlin broke into the area on the left. His initial attempt to find Quinn came back to him off a defender. McLaughlin then did find Quinn 17 yards from goal. Quinn fired a shot goalwards which was handled by Lewie Coyle for a clear penalty. Coyle’s arm was outstretched and clearly stopping a goalbound shot. Danny Johnson stepped up and sent Hull keeper Ingram the wrong way to coolly convert the penalty.

After 33 minutes, Rhys Oates made a surging run forward from just inside the Hull half into the area on the left and his shot from an angle was pushed into the side netting by the keeper, though it may have already been going wide. Good positive play from Oates.

Three minutes after that, Oates received a throw-in from Kellan Gordon on the edge of the area on the right, turned nicely, and smashed a shot just over the bar. More positive play.

A glorious chance for the Stags to extend the lead after 39 minutes. Shelvey’s clearance forward reached Hawkins, who headed down for Johnson who did well to get past the last defender Jacob Greaves and bear down on goal 1-on-1 with the keeper, but Johnson’s low shot from 20 yards was superbly saved one-handed by Ingram.

Moments later, a cross-shot from Oates was turned behind for a corner.

Great defending from McLaughlin after 40 minutes on the halfway line. Good keeping from Shelvey a minute later as he dived to claim a cross from the right by Coyle. A minute after that, Coyle curled a shot high and wide from distance. On 42 minutes, Lewis-Potter got away from Gordon who slipped, got into the area, but Perch did well to clear.

An impressive first half from the Stags against Championship opposition. They were ahead thanks to Johnson’s penalty. Johnson also had a 1-on-1 with the keeper while Oates had a couple of good attempts, while Hull had chances at the other end. This felt very much like a competitive game, rather than more of a training exercise that perhaps we’ve seen in earlier friendlies.

Half time 0-1

Bowery replaced Rawson at half time. Rawson had played 75 minutes at Alfreton last night. Nigel Clough could have moved Hawkins back to centre half, a position he has played regularly in his career. But he wanted to continue with the Johnson-Hawkins partnership, so instead Bowery went into central defence. I asked Clough after the game if Bowery had played there before and Clough said Bowery “said he had”.

On 48 minutes, a great cross from Gordon nearly found Johnson.

A minute later, Gordon’s cross reached Quinn, who had another shot on target, deflected for a corner.

A great break from Ollie Clarke into the area on 52 minutes, he found Oates on the left, and Oates’s goalbound shot was deflected for a corner.

A minute later at the other end, good defending by Perch. A break from Hull, Moncur got into the area, and Perch brilliantly blocked the cross.

Quinn and Johnson combined to double the lead after 55 minutes. Quinn chipped a magnificent cross from the byline on the left on to the head of Johnson to head into the net from close range. It was right in front of the travelling Stags fans to give them a wonderful moment.

After 58 minutes, Gordon got in the way of a Fleming shot from 25 yards to deflect it over the bar. Three minutes later, Moncur found Fleming on the left and his cross-shot was wide of the right post.

After 63 minutes, Fleming found Lewis-Potter who twisted and turned and his shot was parried up in the air by Shelvey onto the top of the crossbar and behind for a corner. Bowery headed away the corner, then smashed away another clearance.

A brilliant turn from Hawkins after 66 minutes and his curling pass so nearly set Johnson away on another 1-on-1 with the keeper.

Two minutes later, a low ball from Johnson into Oates and he nearly found Hawkins who was unmarked in the area. Super creativity.

Oates was booked after 69 minutes for a very late challenge on Fleming.

Another great turn from Hawkins who squared to Ollie Clarke after 71 minutes, and Clarke was just wide from 28 yards.

Hull pulled a goal back after 73 minutes when sub Matthew Jacob put in a fine cross from the left for Magennis to head past Shelvey. The sort of cross that Magennis has thrived on throughout his career.

Lewis-Potter fired over the bar from 28 yards after 75 minutes.

An important header away by Bowery after 78 minutes as Williams crossed in towards Magennis. Two minutes later, Coyle curled a shot straight at Shelvey from 16 yards.

Bowery was booked after 81 minutes for a foul on Magennis. Shelvey punched away the resulting free kick.

Ollie Clarke played a brilliant ball forward which set Oates away with a run at goal after 84 minutes. The pass was well above the standard of League Two.

A great block from Bowery after 87 minutes from Williams. Then Bowery cleared again. This was great stuff from the makeshift centre half.

Shelvey made a super double save after 88 minutes, after Gordon gave the ball away in a dangerous position, saving first from Magennis’s shot from 16 yards, and then superbly turning a shot from Moncur, that was fired into the ground and then heading for the top corner, over the bar. Great stuff from the on-loan Nottingham Forest keeper.

A double change for the Stags after 88 minutes as Sinclair and Burke replaces Oates and McLaughlin.

After 89 minutes, Shelvey made another save, parrying away a shot from Olly Green (not Olly Clarke as I erroneously said in commentary).

Another double change for the Stags after 90+1 minutes as Caine and James Clarke replaced Johnson and Gordon. Gordon limped off but Nigel Clough told me afterwards he did not think that was a serious injury.

Three minutes of stoppage time was added on, and on 90+4 minutes Moncur fired over the bar from 35 yards.

The Stags had deservedly held on to their lead, and enjoyed taking the applause from the 250 travelling Stags fans who appreciated the stunning performance against opposition of this quality.

It was only a pre-season friendly, and it was mostly about getting fitness, but there was no doubting that the Stags looked good.

It should be a great night on Tuesday when Stags fans finally get to see their side inside the One Call Stadium again against Coventry City. Don’t miss out on getting your tickets at https://www.stagstickets.co.uk/


Report by: Martin Shaw at the KCOM Stadium (now known as MKM stadium)



Line Up:
George Shelvey;
Kellan Gordon, Farrend Rawson, James Perch, Stephen McLaughlin;
George Maris, Ollie Clarke, Stephen Quinn, Rhys Oates (front of the midfield diamond);
Oli Hawkins, Danny Johnson.
Sub Line Up:
Jordan Bowery (for Rawson, HT)
Tyrese Sinclair (for Oates, 88 mins)
Ryan Burke (for McLaughlin, 88 mins)
Nathan Caine (for Johnson, 90+1)
James Clarke (for Gordon, 90+1)
Sub not used: Marek Stech
Opposition Line Up:
Ingram; Coyle, Jones (Smith 45’), Greaves, Fleming (Jacob 71’); Smallwood, Docherty (Green 45’), Moncur; Williams, Magennis, Lewis-Potter.
Referee:
James Oldham


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