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Season 21/22 Stagsnet Match Report
English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Leyton Orient  
0 - 0
 Mansfield Town
 
 Sinclair sent off 85
Attendance: 5,252 (347 from Mansfield)
 
Date: 25 September 2021

STAGS EARN FIRST CLEAN SHEET WITH SOLID DEFENSIVE DISPLAY

Martin Shaw at Brisbane Road (Breyer Group Stadium)

Mansfield Town earned a first clean sheet of the season with a very solid defensive display in a 0-0 draw at second placed Leyton Orient this afternoon. It was a huge improvement on the some of the dreadful defensive displays in recent weeks such as against Walsall and Harrogate. With the absence of so many defenders through injury, Nigel Clough moved Oli Hawkins back to centre half to partner Farrend Rawson, and with Elliott Hewitt and Stephen McLaughlin at full back, they provided a solid back line, which hopefully will provide a good base to build on in the coming weeks.

The Stags created a chance in the opening 50 seconds as McLaughlin fired wide from 25 yards. Then after 18 minutes, a good opportunity for the Stags as Hewitt’s free kick into the box was headed down by Rawson to Jordan Bowery whose first touch took him away from goal, but he recycled the ball to Hawkins whose cross in was deflected out to Rawson who hit a first time shot from 10 yards which was saved by Orient keeper Lawrence Vigouroux above his head. Orient sent plenty of long throws into the Stags box, and from one of the long throws from Shad Ogie, Harry Smith flicked on to Aaron Drinan who fired on target but McLaughlin got his body in the way to block it over the bar.

A competitive first half, with the Stags playing well and looking good at the back. Orient had two flimsy appeals for penalties, one for a handball by Hewitt when he chested it down, and one a handball by Bowery when the ball was blasted at his arm from about a yard away with his arm down by his side.

After 49 minutes, a Stags corner was cleared, Orient broke and Drinan got clear of the Stags defence but Nathan Bishop was out to make himself big and Drinan fired well wide. Theo Archibald sent a left footed shot across Bishop and wide after 61 minutes, and then Tom James fired straight at Bishop from 14 yards after 63 minutes.

The home fans were frothing at the mouth at every decision that went against their side, even the most blatant decisions that were rightly in Mansfield’s favour. They screamed for another penalty after 73 minutes as Smith went down in the box, again clearly not a penalty. Archibald’s powerful 30 yard shot was parried away by Bishop after 82 minutes.

The Stags had brought on Tyrese Sinclair to win free kicks and try and get a goal on the break. After 85 minutes, he did what he was brought on to do, and won a free kick a few yards from the corner flag on the right. But in a moment of ill-discipline, having been awarded the free kick, he kicked out at Archibald who had brought him down and landed on him. It was three yards in front of the linesman who had a perfect view, and the referee was left with no choice but to send Sinclair off. He will miss the next three games, as well as leaving his teammate’s a man down here for the final 5 minutes plus what turned out to be 7 minutes of stoppage time. I hope he will learn from his mistake. He’s a hugely talented player.

After 87 minutes, the home fans were screaming for another penalty as James went down in the area. He was correctly booked for diving. After the game, Orient boss Kenny Jackett conceded that probably none of his side’s four appeals for a penalty actually should have been given.

Orient were unlucky on the stroke of 90 minutes, as Smith headed down Ogie’s ball forward into the area, and sub Ruel Sotiriou headed against the outside of the right post.

Into the 7 minutes of stoppage time and an opportunity for the Stags as Lapslie broke forward nicking the ball off Beckles but he just lost control on the edge of the box.

And 5 minutes into stoppage time, Bishop made an absolutely wonderful save to preserve the point as Archibald volleyed goalwards from 12 yards and Bishop got down to push it away. Bishop has shown us this season that he is a very good keeper, and that was probably his best save so far.

That was the last chance for Orient who really pinned the Stags back after Sinclair was sent off.

The Stags deserved the point in my opinion for a good defensive display, with plenty of headers away and putting their bodies on the line, and that wonderful save from Bishop.

Another word for the Stags travelling support, who again provided outstanding vocal backing for their side throughout the game, and helped the players grind out the draw in those 7 long minutes of stoppage time. Superb effort.

DETAILED REPORT:

The Stags made one change from the side that drew with Rochdale. Kellan Gordon was out with injury, Nigel Clough explaining that he “opened his knee up in a tackle late on in the Rochdale game, and he’ll be out for a couple of weeks.” Danny Johnson came into the starting XI at his former club. Hawkins moved back into central defence, and Hewitt switched to right back. Ryan Stirk was absent from the bench also due to injury, Clough saying “he’s got ankle ligament damage from a tackle late in the Rochdale game” and he thinks he’ll be out for “a few weeks at least.”
In total, the Stags have defenders James Perch (out for the season), Richard Nartey (out for 6-8 weeks), Will Forrester (out until October), and Gordon (out for 2 weeks) out. In addition, midfielders Stirk (out for a few weeks) and Quinn (suspended for 6 games of which he has now missed the first 3 of those), (and now Sinclair who will be suspended for 3 games) are also out.
James Clarke and Keaton Ward came onto the bench.
The Stags lined up in a 4-4-2 formation, with Lapslie on the right and Bowery on the left of midfield, Maris and Ollie Clarke in the centre of midfield, and Oates and Johnson up front.

Speaking of injuries, Maris was forced off here after 54 minutes, but Clough was hopeful he will be fit for next week, saying “he got a bang on the side of his temple. It’s not concussion or anything like that, he just couldn’t see out of his eye as it was closing up.”

While Mansfield had stopped the rot last week with a draw following 4 straight defeats, Orient’s form was in stark contrast, with 3 wins and a draw in their last 4 league games propelling them up to second in the table, and as second top scorers in the league. Orient made one chance from their last game, bringing in Shad Ogie in defence for Dan Happe. Up front they had Harry Smith, very dangerous in the air, who was equal top scorer in the league with 6 goals.

The good weather was continuing and it was a pleasant day in East London.

The Stags created a chance in the opening 50 seconds as McLaughlin fired wide from 25 yards.

After 6 minutes, the referee made what turned out to be a rare mistake in the game when Mitchell lifted a backpass back to his keeper under pressure from Oates, and keeper Vigouroux caught it. The referee may have mistakenly thought that Oates played the ball.

After 15 minutes, Craig Clay shot from 20 yards and it was an easy save for Bishop.

After 18 minutes, a good opportunity for the Stags as Hewitt’s free kick into the box was headed down by Rawson to Jordan Bowery whose first touch took him away from goal, but he recycled the ball to Hawkins whose cross in was deflected out to Rawson who hit a first time shot from 10 yards which was saved by Vigouroux above his head.

At the other end, James crossed in after 22 minutes and Smith headed wide. Good pressure from the Stags defence on Smith to make sure he didn’t have a free header.

Orient had their first appeal for a penalty after 26 minutes, as Hewitt chested the ball down. The linesman immediately pointed to his chest.

Rawson blocked a 30 yard shot from Wood after 30 minutes.

Orient had their second flimsy appeal for a penalty after 33 minutes, for a handball by Bowery when the ball was blasted at his arm from about a yard away by Pratley with his arm down by his side.

Good pace by Bowery down the left hand side to win a corner after 37 minutes. From the resulting corner, Hawkins ended up on the deck and claimed that he had been pulled down. I couldn’t tell if he had.

Orient sent plenty of long throws into the Stags box, and from one of the long throws from Shad Ogie after 41 minutes, Harry Smith flicked on to Aaron Drinan who fired on target but McLaughlin got his body in the way to block it over the bar.

A competitive first half, with the Stags playing well and looking good at the back.

Half time 0-0

After 48 minutes, the Stags got into the Orient box but didn’t get a shot away though did win a corner. Nigel Clough said after the game: "A few situations where we're not getting shots off, might be a lack of confidence I don't know, but it's driving us mad."

That Stags corner was cleared, Orient broke and Drinan got clear of the Stags defence but Nathan Bishop was out to make himself big and Drinan fired well wide.

After 54 minutes, Maris had to go off with a head injury and was replaced by Charsley. Clough was hopeful he will be fit for next week, saying “he got a bang on the side of his temple. It’s not concussion or anything like that, he just couldn’t see out of his eye as it was closing up.”

Hewitt was booked after 57 minutes. He chested the ball down, it ran away from him, and he brought his man down. The resulting free kick was 23 yards out, but James sent his kick miles over the bar.

Ollie Clarke got in a shot after 61 minutes, switching the ball from his left foot to his right foot and firing straight at the keeper from 22 yards.

Moments later at the other end, Theo Archibald sent a left footed shot across Bishop and wide. Then Tom James fired straight at Bishop from 14 yards after 63 minutes, after a good move from Orient as Smith sent Drinan away on the right and his low cross found James.

Tyrese Sinclair replaced Danny Johnson after 67 minutes. The home fans chanted “you’re f’ing s**t” at the striker who scored 20 goals for them last season. Sinclair went on to the right up front with Oates to his left.

After 72 minutes, following a James corner from the left, Rawson blocked a shot from Wood, and then Charsley blocked the follow-up shot also from Wood.

The home fans screamed for another penalty after 73 minutes as Smith went down in the box, again clearly not a penalty.

Great play from Ollie Clarke tracking back and winning the ball after 76 minutes. A minute later, Hewitt did well to clear a low cross as Archibald lurked in the middle.

The Stags took long throws from Sinclair on the left and Hewitt on the right, but didn’t send Hawkins or Rawson forward. If we were going to take a long throw, I would have sent one of them forward and left someone else back to counteract an Orient break.

A blatant foul on Bowery was correctly given as a free-kick by the referee after 80 minutes. The home fans were hurling more bile at the referee. There’s supporting your team and being biased, but this was just ridiculous.

Archibald’s powerful 30 yard shot was parried away by Bishop after 82 minutes. After the game, Bishop said "It was wobbling everywhere so to see that go somewhere else apart from the goal and hit my hand was lovely.”

The Stags had brought on Tyrese Sinclair to win free kicks and try and get a goal on the break. After 85 minutes, he did what he was brought on to do, and won a free kick a few yards from the corner flag on the right. But in a moment of ill-discipline, having been awarded the free kick, he kicked out at Archibald who had brought him down and landed on him. It was three yards in front of the linesman who had a perfect view, and the referee was left with no choice but to send Sinclair off. He will miss the next three games, as well as leaving his teammate’s a man down here for the final 5 minutes plus what turned out to be 7 minutes of stoppage time. I hope he will learn from his mistake. He’s a hugely talented player.

Oates was also booked in the aftermath, as well Mitchell for Orient. But not Archibald, who should have been.

Nigel Clough’s verdict afterwards on the sending off was: "The sending off was a real game-changer because we brought him on to try and win the game. To do exactly what he did and win free kicks and be a threat with his pace down the right. He gets fouled, it should be a booking for the player. In the end, he gets in a tangle, kicks out, similar to Stephen Quinn, and he ends up probably getting a three game ban. Very very naive. We don't get anybody else (in the opposition) sent off. The lad's fouled him and grabbed him, but, well, you get on with it. You don't kick out, just like Stephen Quinn. That has to improve. When you're already without six players, that's seven now, and you see how young the bench was today, Harry Charsley was the most experienced at 24, so it's going to be a tough few weeks."

After 87 minutes, the home fans were screaming for another penalty as James went down in the area. He was correctly booked for diving. After the game, Orient boss Kenny Jackett conceded that probably none of his side’s four appeals for a penalty actually should have been given.

Ryan Burke replaced Oates after 88 minutes.

Great defending inside his own area from McLaughlin after 89 minutes.

Orient were unlucky on the stroke of 90 minutes, as Smith headed down Ogie’s ball forward into the area, and sub Ruel Sotiriou headed against the outside of the right post.

Into the 7 minutes of stoppage time and an opportunity for the Stags after 90+4 as Lapslie broke forward nicking the ball off Beckles but he just lost control on the edge of the box.

And 5 minutes into stoppage time, Bishop made an absolutely wonderful save to preserve the point as Archibald volleyed goalwards from 12 yards and Bishop got down to push it away. Bishop has shown us this season that he is a very good keeper, and that was probably his best save so far.

That was the last chance for Orient who really pinned the Stags back after Sinclair was sent off.

After the game, Nigel Clough said "It feels good (to get a clean sheet), but for it to come in the last week of September doesn't feel so good!"

It was a classic Kenny Jackett performance this. Orient getting long throws and set pieces into the Stags box as quickly as possible, and a reliance on the keeper smashing the ball straight down the middle as far as he could as often as possible. But the Stags dug deep and defended resolutely.

No midweek game this week. The Stags are at home to Barrow next Saturday. Barrow will present a completely different problem to Orient, as they play tippy tappy car park football (as Keith Curle used to call it). The following Tuesday an EFL Trophy (Papa John’s Trophy) game against Sheffield Wednesday, also at home, (when Quinn and Sinclair will be eligible to play despite their league bans), and then a third home game in a week as Oldham visit. The midweek game against Sheffield Wednesday will be available to view on iFollow Stags with a match pass, as will the Oldham game (as it falls on an international weekend).

Man of the match: Nathan Bishop/Oli Hawkins


Report by: Martin Shaw at Brisbane Road (Breyer Group Stadium)



Line Up:
(4-4-2)
Bishop 9 Wonderful save in stoppage time to preserve the point getting down to push away Archibald’s volley. Also did well to parry away Archibald’s powerful 30 yard shot. Made himself big when Drinan got clear of the defence. Some poor kicking.
Hewitt 7.5 Solid at right back. One good clearance in front of goal. One mistake when he chested the ball down, it ran away from him, and he brought his man down for a free kick in a dangerous position.
Rawson 7.5 Solid alongside Hawkins. Blocked a couple of shots.
Hawkins 9 Tremendous game, making a huge impact in steadying the defence. Plenty of headers away.
McLaughlin 7.5 Some very good defending, including one block.
Lapslie 7 Right side of midfield is not his best position, but he did well. Had an opportunity to break forward in stoppage time but lost control on the edge of the box.
Maris 7 Did well. Had to go off with a head injury. Clough was hopeful he will be fit for next week.
O.Clarke 7.5 Some good defensive work.
Bowery 7 Did well on the left. One half-chance when his first touch took him away from goal, but he did at least keep possession. Good pace to win a corner on one occasion.
Oates 6 Did ok but not particularly effective.
Johnson 6 Quiet game at his former club, but he needs more service.
Sub Line Up:
Charsley (for Maris, 54 mins) - Did well on the right of midfield. One good block.
Sinclair (for Johnson, 67 mins) - Ill-discipline for his sending off, leaving his teammate’s a man down. Later apologised and said he’ll “learn from it and move forward”.
Burke (for Oates, 88 mins) - Appeared to be sleeping allowing Sotiriou the free header against the post on the stroke of 90 minutes.
Subs not used: Shelvey, J.Clarke, Ward, Law.
Opposition Line Up:
(3-4-3): Vigouroux; Mitchell, Beckles, Ogie; James, Pratley, Clay (Kyprianou, 56), Wood; Drinan (Sotiriou, 72), Smith, Archibald. Subs not used: Papadopoulos, Happe, Byrne, Omotoye, Kemp.
Referee:
Benjamin Speedie 8 Very good game. Stood up to the pressure from the home fans, correctly turning down four penalty appeals. The Stags could not complain about the red card for Sinclair, though he ought to have booked Archibald for the same incident.


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