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Season 22/23 Stagsnet Match Report
Papa John’s Trophy (English Football League Trophy)
Mansfield Town  
1 - 1
 Derby County
Mansfield won penalty shoot-out 6-5 for an extra point. Maris 45+3.
 Dobbin 29
Attendance: 3,630 (1685 from Derby)
Date: 4 October 2022


Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill

Mansfield Town put in an impressive performance as they drew 1-1 with Derby County in their final match in the group stages of the Papa John’s Trophy at the One Call Stadium last night. Then the Stags won the penalty shoot-out 6-5 to pick up an extra point. That was Mansfield’s first penalty shoot-out win since November 2012 when the Stags beat Slough Town on penalties on the way to playing Liverpool in the FA Cup. Mansfield had lost six shoot-outs on the trot since 2012.

There are still two matches to play involving the other three sides in the group, so the Stags won’t know for a few weeks whether they have done enough to qualify for the next round (see below for qualification scenarios).

Mansfield made 8 changes from the side that started against Hartlepool on Friday. McLaughlin, Hewitt and Maris were the 3 to start both games. Boateng returned from injury. Gordon was not in the squad, not risked with a sore groin. It was a 4-4-2 formation with Hewitt at right back, while Bowery was up front with Swan.

Derby had a new management team since the Stags played them earlier in the season in the Carabao Cup. Paul Warne had joined as manager from Rotherham, bringing with him Ritchie Barker as assistant head coach, and Matt Hamshaw. All three were former Stags players. While another former Stags player, Jake Buxton has rejoined the club as U18 coach. Derby made 7 changes from their win at Cambridge at the weekend. Mansfield lad Eiran Cashin was in central defence.

Fine play from Boateng inside the opening 35 seconds. He stormed forward and laid off to Swan who was through 1-on-1 with the keeper Loach, but Loach was out quickly to smother.

At the other end after 7 minutes, a fine ball from Max Bird to Lewis Dobbin who fired just wide from 17 yards in a 1-1 with Flinders.

A great run and cross from McLaughlin a minute later, Swan acrobatically tried to turn it in but it just evaded him. Then on 9 minutes, a great break from the Stags, Law found Swan, Swan crossed in with Bowery in space but it was too close to the keeper.

Maris was booked, taking one for the team, after Wallace gave the ball away, after 11 minutes. A reminder that yellows and reds in the competition only count in this competition.

Perch blocked a Bartosz Cybulski shot after 15 minutes.

After 24 minutes, from a Law corner, McLaughlin went down off the ball, but the referee wasn’t interested in a penalty. A minute later at the other end, a good move from Derby on the left, a good cross and Cybulski headed wide. On 27 minutes, a throw-in to Louie Sibley, who volleyed tamely straight at Flinders for an easy save.

Derby took the lead after 29 minutes. Hayden Roberts threaded a nice ball forward down the left for Dobbin, who cut inside Perch and fired across Flinders into the net. A fine goal. Perch could have done better.

Wallace went off on 31 minutes replaced by Clarke. Clough explained after the game: “Kieran Wallace was down to play 90 but came off after 25 minutes, which wasn't ideal. Kieran felt dizzy after a bang on the back of the head which brought on a migraine. He has had that before and we don't take any chances.”
As it was a bang on the head, this was classed as a concussion substitute, which meant both sides could use 6 subs in the game. However it doesn’t necessarily rule Wallace out of Saturday’s game.

A great turn from Law after 35 minutes and he was brought by Cashin, who was booked. The free kick was just outside the area on the left, McLaughlin took it into the area and it was blocked.

Perch blocked a Cybulski shot after 36 minutes.

Great play by Law storming forward and finding Swan, but Swan’s cross-shot was so far wide it nearly hit the corner flag. Then Law found Swan who got into the area but couldn’t get past Cashin after 38 minutes.

Flinders was out quickly to clear after Maris left a backpass a bit short on 42 minutes.

The Stags were so unlucky not to equalise after 43 minutes. Boateng played a neat 1-2 with Bowery, and Boateng curled a wonderful shot from 24 yards against the underside of the bar. As the ball rebounded down and Swan tried to turn the ball into the empty net he was caught from behind by Forsyth. It should have been a penalty, but the referee wasn’t interested.

A shot from Bowery was blocked for a corner after 45+1 minutes.

Mansfield deservedly equalised after 45+3 minutes. The Stags won a corner on the left. Maris took it and his corner curled straight in. Good work from Swan on the line shielding the keeper away from the ball.

O’Toole had received a cut on the head immediately before that corner, and was off the field getting attention as the corner was taken.

Level at the break. The Stags had roared back from going a goal down and were deservedly level.

Half time 1-1

Akins replaced Bowery, and Hawkins replaced O’Toole at the break.
Clough explained after the game: “Jordan Bowery was down to play 90 but felt ill at half-time and John-Joe O'Toole was down to play 90 but he got a nasty gash on his eyebrow. It sort of threw our plans a little bit. John-Joe has had quite a few stitches - it was quite a deep, wide cut. We will have to see how he is as it is about him heading the ball obviously.”

After 48 minutes, McLaughlin crossed from the left and Akins headed well wide.

Then after 51 minutes, Law crossed from the right, Forsyth tried to head away and missed it, and Swan’s first time shot was just wide of the right post.

A really strong start to the second half from the Stags.

After 54 minutes, Roberts tried to curl in a cross from the left, got it completely wrong, but it was heading for the top right corner before Flinders turned it against the woodwork. A brilliant save to prevent a fluke goal.

Moments later, Hawkins miscued a clearance from a cross by Roberts straight to Cybulski, who took a touch before firing against the outside the left post from 20 yards. A great effort.

A good flick-on by Akins to Swan, who showed great strength and got into the box, but keeper Loach was out to block, after 56 minutes.

Harbottle replaced McLaughlin after 57 minutes. Harbottle went in at right back, Hewitt switched to left back.

Excellent defending by Maris against Sibley after 58 minutes.

Swan got to the byline and played a ball across to Law who couldn’t get a shot away.

This was cracking entertainment.

Gale and Lapslie replaced Boateng and Maris after 62 minutes.
Gale and Akins were up front, with Swan just behind.

Harbottle’s long throw came out to Law, whose low shot was deflected just wide after 63 minutes. A minute later, fine play and strength from Gale to win a corner.

The Stags were nearly in front after 66 minutes. Harbottle crossed into the area, Lapslie headed down to Swan. Swan swung a boot, and miscued it straight to Akins, who took a touch and fired in a great strike. Keeper Loach parried, a defender then cleared, it rebounded off Gale and went just wide. So close.

The Stags were much the better team.

Clarke was booked for a late tackle after 74 minutes.

Flinders made a good save after 79 minutes. Mendez-Laing got away from Hawkins, and played inside to Cybulski, but his shot was saved by Flinders with his legs, making himself big. Great stuff from Flinders.

So close for the Stags after 81 minutes. Gale played forward to Akins, who fired in a cross-shot and Swan was so close to turning it in.

Mendez-Laing wanted a penalty after 82 minutes, but was booked for a clear dive.

Gale was proving a handful and won a free kick after 84 minutes. The free kick came out to Lapslie, whose shot hit his own man Swan.

The Stags went even closer after 86 minutes. Law played forward to Swan on the edge of the area. Swan made a yard for a shot which he curled in from 18 yards. Keeper Loach parried the shot to Lapslie who sent the rebound wide from 5 yards.

A minute later, Harbottle won a free kick. Law’s free kick was headed back by Gale, and a header from Hawkins was saved by the keeper.

Then Gale did brilliantly to win the ball, force his way into the area, and eventually his shot was wide of the right post.

This was superb from the Stags.

On 90 minutes, a Hewitt long throw came out to Clarke, who miscued a shot well wide.

Hewitt was booked for a foul on Oduroh after 90+3 minutes. The resulting free kick was flashed across the goal.

A great performance from the Stags, which deserved a win in 90 minutes, but it ended 1-1.

And so a point each for a draw, and on to a penalty shoot-out for an extra point.

Here’s how the penalty shoot-out unfolded, at the Quarry Lane End:
0-0 Akins, to the right, saved by Loach
0-0 Mendez-Laing, low, saved by Flinders
1-0 Swan, sends Loach the wrong way
1-1 Knight, sends Flinders the wrong way
2-1 Lapslie, sends Loach the wrong way
2-2 Thompson, into the top right corner, Flinders went the right way, but no chance
3-2 Hewitt, sends Loach the wrong way
3-2 Forsyth, hits the bar
3-2 Law, with a chance to win it, has his penalty saved by Loach. Not a good penalty
3-3 Cybulski, sends Flinders the wrong way, to level things up
4-3 Gale, into bottom left corner. Loach got a touch, but it snuck in
4-4 Roberts, sends Flinders the wrong way
5-4 Clarke, sends Loach the wrong way
5-5 Oduroh, sends Flinders the wrong way
6-5 Hawkins into right corner. Great penalty
6-5 Stearman fires over the bar and Mansfield have won the shoot-out

The Stags fans enjoyed the penalty shoot-out win, and there was a sense of justice as Mansfield deserved to win in 90 minutes.

There are still two matches to play involving the other three sides in the group, so the Stags won’t know for a few weeks whether we have done enough to qualify for the next round. Mansfield have 5 points from 3 games, Derby have 4 points from 2 games, Grimsby have 3 points from 2 games, Man City U21 have 0 points from 1 game. The top two teams qualify. Here are the qualification scenarios (by Pete Wright):
Derby vs Man City U21 is on 18 Oct.
Grimsby vs Man City U21 is on 8 Nov.
If Man City U21 beat Derby in 90 mins, Mansfield are through.
If Man City U21 draw with Derby then win on penalties then we need Man City U21 to beat Grimsby on penalties only.
If Derby win in 90 minutes then we need Man City U21 to beat Grimsby either on penalties or in 90 mins.
If Derby draw & win on penalties then we need Man City U21 to beat Grimsby either on penalties or in 90 mins.

Man of the match: Scott Flinders

Here’s a running tally of various stats this season:

Goals (league and cup): Lapslie 4, Akins, Harbottle, Hawkins, Maris, Swan 3, Clarke 2, Gale, Oates 1.

Assists (league and cup): Lapslie 5, Maris 3, Gordon, Hartigan 2, Akins, Boateng, Bowery, Clarke, Hewitt, Law, McLaughlin, Wallace 1
(notes on assists: in the case of a penalty, the player who earns the penalty gets an assist, such as Lapslie against AFC Wimbledon. In the case of a solo goal, such as Maris against Newport at home last season, nobody gets an assist. In the case of the scorer scoring from the rebound after a shot is saved or blocked, the player who had the shot saved gets an assist, such as Lapslie against Stockport. In the case of an own goal, the player who caused the own goal gets an assist, for example McLaughlin against Newport away last season where his shot was deflected in for an own goal. In the case of a cross that is headed away before the goal is scored, such as Clarke’s goal at Doncaster, nobody gets an assist.)

Report by: Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill

Line Up:
Flinders 8 Two great saves in normal time, and a save in the penalty shoot-out.
Hewitt 7 Had a decent game at full back, right and then left. Converted his penalty.
O’Toole 7 Had to go off with a deep cut on his head.
Perch 6 Could have done better for the goal. A couple of good blocks.
McLaughlin 7 Got forward well on a few occasions.
Boateng 8 A very good hour on his return from injury. Very unlucky to hit the underside of the bar.
Maris 7.5 Scored his third goal of the season, direct from a corner, to add to his three assists. Good game.
Wallace - Went off after half an hour with a bang on the back of the head which brought on a migraine.
Law 8 Very good game. Blotted his copybook slightly missing his penalty.
Bowery 6 Neat one-two with Boateng to set up a chance. Felt ill at half-time and was subbed.
Swan 7 Heavily involved. Had plenty of chances, denied by a couple of good saves and some wayward finishing. Converted his penalty.
Sub Line Up:
Clarke (for Wallace, 31 mins) 6.5 Did ok. Converted his penalty.
Akins (for Bowery, 46 mins) 6.5 One great strike saved the keeper. Missed his penalty, his second miss in three attempts this season.
Hawkins (for O’Toole, 46 mins) 6 Great penalty, into the corner.
Harbottle (for McLaughlin, 57 mins) - Slotted in ok at right back.
Gale (for Boateng, 62 mins) - Did very well and was a handful. His penalty just about crept in.
Lapslie (for Maris, 62 mins) - Converted his penalty.
Sub not used: Pym.
Opposition Line Up:
(3-5-2): Loach; Cashin (46’ Robinson), Stearman, Forsyth; Barkhuizen (46’ Mendez-Laing), Sibley (76’ Aghatise), Thompson, Bird (46’ Knight), Roberts; Dobbin (67’ Oduroh), Cybulski. Substitutes not used: Wildsmith (GK), Haigh.
Ben Toner 7 Had a good game. Might have given the Stags a penalty for a foul on Swan after Boateng hit the bar.

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