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Season 15/16 Stagsnet Match Report
Football League - Sky Bet League Two
York City  
1 - 2
 Mansfield Town
Thompson 6.
 Green 12, 30
Attendance: 3,215 (632 from Mansfield)
Date: 29 August 2015


Martin Shaw and Charlie Slater at Bootham Crescent

Mansfield Town won 2-1 at York City this afternoon thanks to a brace from returning hero Matt Green. They were Green’s first goals for Mansfield since he secured promotion to the Football League with goals against Hereford and Wrexham. York had taken an early lead as they tore into the Stags from the kick-off, but Green equalised on 12 minutes from close range following a clever corner kick routine, that has been tried a few times this season. Lambe pulled the corner back to Chapman who swept the ball goalwards to the awaiting Green who was in the right place at the right time to find the back of the net from 6 yards. Mansfield got on top and took the lead with an outstanding solo goal from Green on 30 minutes. Lambe did well to win the ball in his own half, and eventually Westcarr slid the ball forward into Green’s path. Green had a lot of work to do with three defenders between him and the goal, but he cut inside and fired a great shot into the bottom left corner of the net from 18 yards. Brilliant from Greenie and exactly what we’ve been missing for the past two seasons. In the second half, York rarely looked like equalising despite having plenty of possession as the Stags defence repelled crosses with Tafazolli once again outstanding with headers away and blocks and the rest of the defence and midfield keeping York at bay. It was a terrific performance from Mansfield overall, with some incisive attacking in the first half and stoic defending in the second. There was even a rare touch of the ball from owner John Radford in the second half as he controlled a Ryan Tafazolli clearance in the directors box!

Today was the first time Mansfield have come from behind to win for nearly 18 months, at Hartlepool in March 2014.
The Stags are in 8th place in the table. Wonderful stuff from Murray and his managerial team to have the Stags off to such a good start with a new team.

Mansfield were unchanged from the side that drew with Oxford. The bench was also unchanged. Corbin Shires and Adam Bishop had also travelled with the squad. Bishop was helping Jensen warming up, but there was no keeper on the bench.

Mansfield set up with a 4-1-4-1 formation. Chapman sat in front of the back 4. Green was on his own up front. Westcarr was on the right and Lambe on the left of midfield.

Adam Murray confirmed that James Caton has returned to Shrewsbury and his loan has finished.

York included Vadaine Oliver leading their line. Oliver spent most of last season on loan at Mansfield. John McCombe and Emile Sinclair were on the bench for York.

York were quick out of the blocks and off to a fast start. They took the lead after just 6 minutes. Pearce conceded a free-kick on York’s left, almost level with the edge of the Stags area. Summerfield took the free kick low into a great area, and Thompson got a little touch on it as it went into the back of the Stags net. The Stags had barely been in York’s half.

By contrast, the Stags were slow off the mark. But good play on 12 minutes from Mitch Rose got them going. He cut inside and sent in a shot from 25 yards that was deflected for a corner. From the corner, the Stags were level. Lambe pulled the corner back from the right to Chapman just inside the box who swept the ball goalwards to the awaiting Green who was in the right place at the right time to find the back of the net from 6 yards. A great moment and Green’s first goal for the Stags since that momentous day against Wrexham. Green was of course sent off here in his last appearance, in the play-off semi-final.

On 14 minutes, the Stags should have had a corner when a defender played the ball out, but the linesman indicated it came off Westcarr. Westcarr shouted to the ref: “he’s Stevie Wonder”. The ref saw the funny side, as did the home fans.

On 16 minutes, a Summerfield cross in from the left, and Vadaine Oliver volleyed well wide.

A minute later, Clements was booked for kicking the ball away, after a free-kick was harshly given against him.

On 18 minutes, a good run from Benning, and Lambe swung a low cross-come-shot into the area. It looked like it might creep in at the far post, but just rolled wide, with Green just unable to get a touch.

A good move from the Stags on 21 minutes as Rose nearly put Lambe in. Moments later Westcarr put in a good cross from the right and Green was a whisker away from getting a touch in the middle. .

On 24 minutes, York keeper Flinders handled outside his area on the byline. No yellow card. A free kick was slid in towards Benning but intercepted.

On 26 minutes, McCoy got past Benning on the right, and his cross-come-shot floated wide of the left post.

Mansfield took the lead with an outstanding solo goal from Green on 30 minutes. Lambe did well to win the ball in his own half, and eventually Westcarr slid the ball forward into Green’s path. Green had a lot of work to do with three defenders between him and the goal, but he cut inside and fired a great shot into the bottom left corner of the net from 18 yards. Brilliant from Greenie and exactly what we’ve been missing for the past two seasons.

On 31 minutes, a great tackle by Rose on the edge of his own area.

Tutonda made a fantastic run down the left on 35 minutes and sent a dangerous low cross in, Oliver got there but fired over the bar from eight yards.

On 38 minutes, a York corner was slid in to Summerfield on the edge of the area and his shot was blocked by Hunt. Straight to the other end, Lambe made a good run down the left, cut inside and fired well over the bar.

A minute later a real chance for York. McCoy crossed in from the right, Chapman was supposed to be marking Penn, but Penn lost him for a free header which he sent wide. Bad marking and a bad miss. A real let off.

On 41 minutes, a cross from left and Tafazolli did well to head away, he also dribbled the ball out of defence but ran the ball into touch.

On 44 minutes, Clements played the ball forward for Green, but the keeper just got there first on the edge of the box. Green had his head in his hands, it was so close.

On 45 minutes, a brilliant cross from Tutonda from the left, was straight through everyone in the middle. Straight to the other end, Lambe broke forward into the area on the left, but was muscled out of it.

Two minutes later, Clements squared to Westcarr, who played the ball forward to Rose in the area, Rose went down but there was no appeal for a penalty from Rose.

A very entertaining first half. York started very fast and scored early, but Mansfield came back superbly with two goals from Green to deservedly lead at the break.

Half time 1-2

Inside the first 20 seconds of the second half, Westcarr was fouled on the right. Benning’s free kick was headed away. Moments later Benning shot from 30 yards and the keeper fumbled for a corner.

On 48 minutes, Chapman picked out Westcarr with a great crossfield ball, Westcarr played the ball into Green, but Green was just offside.

On 53 minutes, Rose tried to get past a defender into the area on the right, but stumbled over. No penalty.

On 55 minutes, a rare touch of the ball from owner John Radford as he controlled a Ryan Tafazolli clearance in the directors box!

On 57 minutes, a Stags free-kick into the box from the halfway line. Tafazolli nodded down, Westcarr appeared to be pushed over off the ball. Seconds later, a great tackle from Clements at the other end.

York took a long throw into the Stags box on 59 minutes and there was half a chance of a shot at goal, but not taken.

Jack Thomas replaced Rose on 60 minutes.

On 63 minutes, Tutonda got past Hunt and crossed from the left. Oliver headed goalwards and Tafazolli blocked it as it looked on target. A good chance for York.

A terrible back-pass by Chapman on 65 minutes, Berrett picked up the loose ball, and fired across Jensen and wide of the far post.

Former Stag Emile Sinclair came on for York on 65 minutes.

On 67 minutes, a corner from the left by Berrett, and Ilesanmi headed just wide of the left post. York were now putting the Stags under a bit of pressure.

On 73 minutes, Sinclair got away down the right and put in a low cross. Tafazolli did well to put behind for a corner. Tafazolli then headed the resulting corner and then cleared away another cross moments later.

On 75 minutes, Green was brought down trying to break into the area on the right. Benning curled the resulting free-kick straight at the keeper.

Straight to the other end and a long throw was headed away by Tafazolli. He seemed to be getting on the end of everything!

Lee Collins replaced Lambe on 77 minutes. Collins slotted in at right back, Hunt moved to right midfield, Westcarr moved to left midfield. It was still a 4-1-4-1 formation.

York went close on 80 minutes. A corner was taken quickly, and a cross came in from the left, and Ilesanmi headed over the bar as Jensen came out to punch and didn’t get there. Jensen seemed to get a piece of the man (actually from the DVD it seems he did not get the man).

On 82 minutes, a good run forward by Westcarr, he squared to Jack Thomas, who passed forward to Green in the area but Green was offside.

A minute later at the other end, a great challenge by Clements in his own half.

On 86 minutes, Benning broke forward down the left, played inside to Green, Green squared to Clements, who took a first touch, then half volleyed towards the left side of the net and it clipped the outside of the post. Great effort.

Moments later, Jack Thomas won the ball halfway inside the York half and was then fouled. The referee gave a foul against Jack Thomas. The Stags bench were furious.

On 88 minutes, Hunt played a ball over the top for Green to run on to, but it just ran through to the keeper.

Beardsley replaced Westcarr on 89 minutes.

On 90 minutes, Beardsley did well to bring a foul level with the edge of the York area on the left. But the Stags wasted possession from the free-kick.

An incredible 7 minutes of time was added on. I thought it should have been 5, possibly 6 at most. The Stags bench looked aghast.

On 90+4 a York corner was headed away by Beardsley.

Benning was booked for time-wasting on 90+8. But the Stags had done well to see out the closing minutes without any clearcut chances and the final whistle brought good celebrations.

On to Tuesday and a JPT game at Notts County. Murray has previously explained that the league is a clear priority this season, and so I’d expect to see most of Yussuf, Beardsley, Jack Thomas, Nathan Thomas, McGuire, Collins, Shires and Marsden feature, though this is purely my guess, with Murray quite rightly keeping his cards close to his chest.

Man of the match: Matt Green

Report by: Martin Shaw and Charlie Slater at Bootham Crescent

Line Up:
Jensen 7 Had a surprisingly quiet afternoon after the early goal which was testament to a very good defence. Was left in tricky situation with the goal with the free-kick into such a good area. Missed one punch in the second half as a cross was headed over. He looks a reassuring presence at the back, and his kicking was good.
Hunt 7.5 Didn’t put a foot wrong. Captained the team to a disciplined defensive performance. Moved into right midfield when Collins came on at right back.
Pearce 8 Won everything, kept Vadaine Oliver very quiet and in areas of the field where he couldn’t affect the game. Conceded the free-kick that led to the goal.
Tafazolli 8.5 Outstanding at the back with headers away from corners and crosses, and vital block from Vadaine Oliver header.
Benning 7.5 Some good moments going forward. Generally solid at the back.
Chapman 7 Assist for the first goal. Bad backpass led to a York shot wide of the post. Lost his man Penn who sent a free header wide in the first half. One great crossfield pass.
Clements 8 Very good all round performance. Plenty of good tracking back and tackling. Some good incisive balls forward. Good effort with a half-volley from 20 yards that clipped the outside of the post. Silly booking for kicking the ball away, when we’ve had so many yellow cards before this game and had a referee in to talk to the players in midweek.
Rose 7.5 Powerful performance. Shot from 25 yards deflected for a corner from which we scored on 12 minutes was the catalyst to get the team going. A couple of good tackles.
Westcarr 8. Ball forward for Green’s wonderful solo goal. Good cross from the right that Green nearly got on the end of. Some other good play going forward. Drew amusement from the crowd for the telling the ref that the linesman was Stevie Wonder after a decision went against Mansfield. The ref saw the funny side.
Lambe 7.5 Corner which led to the first goal. Won the ball in the build-up to the second goal. Cross-come-shot missed by a whisker. Good run and did well to cut inside to create a chance for himself but fired well over.
Green 9 Right place at the right time for the first goal showing a finisher’s instinct. Vintage Matt Green for the second goal, creating something out of nothing and everything the Stags have been missing.
Sub Line Up:
J.Thomas (for Rose, 60) - One good piece of play when he won the ball but was bizarrely penalised by the ref.
Collins (for Lambe, 77) - Slotted in at right back.
Beardsley (for Westcarr, 89) - Good header away from a corner. Won a couple of free-kicks to wind the click down.
Subs not used: Marsden, McGuire, N.Thomas, Yussuf.
Opposition Line Up:
(3-5-2) Flinders; Lowe, Winfield, Ilesanmi; McCoy (Sinclair, 65), Penn, Summerfield (Godfrey, 46), Berrett, Tutonda; Oliver, Thompson (Carson, 76). Subs not used: Ingham, Rzonca, McCombe, Nolan.
Tony Harrington 6 Didn’t have any huge decisions but made some strange ones.

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