STAGS STOP THE ROT IN DRAW WITH ROCHDALE
English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Mansfield Town 1 - 1 Rochdale
Johnson 72. Cashman 50.
Attendance: 4,366 (381 from Rochdale)
Date: 18 September 2021
Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill
Mansfield Town stopped the rot of four consecutive defeats in the league with a 1-1 draw against Rochdale at the One Call Stadium. The Stags were behind after 50 minutes and it was yet another defensive howler as Kellan Gordon attempted to dribble the ball out from the back, was dispossessed by Matt Done, and Danny Cashman turned home Done’s low cross. But the Stags equalised after 72 minutes after good play on the left by Jordan Bowery, and Ollie Clarke got to the byline on the left before pulling back to Danny Johnson who stabbed the ball into the net from 8 yards. Johnson’s goal came just two minutes after he came on as substitute, and was his second goal in consecutive games having come off the bench.
The first half was goalless with few clearcut chances for either side. Mansfield were better defensively than they had been in recent games, apart from one occasion when Aaron Morley crossed from the right, Elliott Hewitt missed it, Farrend Rawson left it, and Jake Beesley knocked it wide unmarked at the far post.
In the second half, after Rochdale took the lead, Jordan Bowery, restored to the starting line-up and having a good game, curled a shot wide from 20 yards.
After the Stags equalised on 72 minutes, both sides had a very good chance to win the game. After 75 minutes, George Lapslie, who also had a good game, made a brilliant last ditch tackle on Matt Done as he was about to shoot from inside the area. A goal-saving tackle.
And on the stroke of 90 minutes, Ollie Clarke drove into the area and as he was about to shoot from 10 yards, sub Harry Charsley took the ball off his boot and smashed a left-footed shot goalwards, only for keeper Joel Coleman to save brilliantly above his head.
In the end, a draw was a fair result. Still no clean sheet this season though. It was an important point for the Stags who have been rocked by one piece of bad news after another recently. James Perch has been ruled out for the season with a skull fracture, desperately bad news for him, and for the club. Richard Nartey has been ruled out with injury for 6-8 weeks. And Will Forrester, signed on loan from Stoke on deadline day, is out through injury until October. Three central defenders injured, leaving just Farrend Rawson and Elliott Hewitt as fit central defenders, albeit other players such as Hawkins, Bowery and McLaughlin could fill in there. On top of that, Stephen Quinn is banned for 6 games, with another 3 games being added on top of the initial 3 games, with the FA’s independent panel deciding that an alleged headbutt on Harrogate’s Falkingham (not seen by the match officials) warranted an additional 3 game ban on top of the 3 game ban for kicking out at Pattison (which was seen by the linesman). And all that on top of four consecutive league defeats, and five games without a win, games littered with dreadful defending and two or three critical refereeing howlers.
The Stags will look to build on this point at Leyton Orient next Saturday.
Mansfield made three changes to the side that lost at Walsall. Richard Nartey has been ruled out for 6-8 weeks through injury, and was replaced by Farrend Rawson. Nigel Clough explained after the game: “He got a whack in the Harrogate game and played with it last week. He had a scan and he’s got some sort of problem with the bone around his shin area.” The injury may have partially explained his dreadful performance at Walsall. Meanwhile, Ollie Clarke returned from suspension to replace Ryan Stirk. And finally Jordan Bowery replaced Tyrese Sinclair on the left up front. It was a 4-3-3 formation. Maris was just in front of the back four in midfield, with Ollie Clarke and Lapslie either side just in front. Up front, Hawkins was in the middle, with Oates and Bowery either side, just behind.
Hewitt kept his place in the starting eleven after his very poor performance at Walsall. He had to play, unless Clough was prepared to move Hawkins, Bowery or McLaughlin from their positions. Danny Johnson was on the bench despite scoring and playing well off the bench at Walsall. I would have started Johnson actually, but he was a very effective substitute here. Surely he will start at his former club Leyton Orient next week.
With only two fit central defenders for the next few weeks, Nigel Clough might reconsider going into the market to sign a non-contract player. Last week, Clough said “We have had a look at free agents but we don't really see anybody out there who will massively improve the situation.” However he may have to reconsider now with the injury situation deteriorating. As for the situation in January, I wonder if Clough might recall Rollin Menayese, who has been playing well for Walsall this season. Clough told Dean Foulkes and me last week that he would not have sent Menayese out on loan if he'd known how it would pan out with injuries. Menayese is out on loan for the season, but Clough has previously said that he always inserts a recall clause in loan moves.
Rochdale made two changes from their side that started in their win over Tranmere Rovers. Corey O’Keeffe, on loan from Mansfield, was not allowed to play against his parent club. The iFollow Rochdale commentators told me that he has been excellent this season at right wing-back. (As an aside, he is undoubtedly better in that position than at right back, where he might have played had he stayed at Mansfield). O’Keeffe was replaced in the Rochdale side by Matt Done. And Danny Cashman replaced Abraham Odoh up front. Cashman had scored Rochdale’s winner over Tranmere last week, off the bench.
Rochdale came into the game with 3 wins and 1 draw in their last 4 league games, in stark contrast to Mansfield’s 4 defeats.
DETAILED REPORT IN THE MATCH CENTRE
SAT 18 SEPT 2021, LEAGUE TWO
Mansfield Town 1-1 Rochdale
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Mansfield snapped a five-game losing streak after coming back to draw 1-1 with Rochdale.
Substitute Danny Johnson scored less than three minutes after entering the pitch to cancel out Danny Cashman's 50th-minute opener.
The visitors had enjoyed the better of the limited first-half chances with Jake Beesley twice going close in the opening 25 minutes.
At the other end, Rochdale goalkeeper Joel Coleman comfortably saved a long-range Stephen McLaughlin with chances at a premium.
Mansfield had a chance to snatch the lead on the stroke of half-time but Rhys Oates was just unable to tap home a Jordan Bowery cross at the back post.
Dale threatened again at the start of the second half when Max Taylor headed a corner over from just three yards out three minutes after the restart.
However, they did not have to wait long to take the lead as Cashman fired Rochdale ahead after Matty Done took full advantage of a blunder by Kellan Gordon to pick him out.
Bowery curled wide before George Maris had a powerful shot blocked as Mansfield pushed for an equaliser.
And they got the response they were looking for when replacement Johnson slotted home from close range in the 73rd minute from Ollie Clarke's cutback.
The hosts then almost snatched it at the end but Coleman made a great reaction save from Harry Charsley on the stroke of full-time.
Home Team Mansfield Away Team Rochdale
Possession Home 42% Away 58%
Shots Home 10 Away 11
Shots on Target Home 5 Away 3
Corners Home 2 Away 9
Fouls Home 13 Away 10
Super sub Danny Johnson rescues draw for Mansfield Town against Rochdale
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Saturday 18th September 2021
Supersub Danny Johnson scored just minutes after coming on to rescue a 1-1 draw for Stags at home to Rochdale.
It looked like Mansfield were slipping to a sixth straight defeat after Danny Cashman put Rochdale ahead five minutes into the second half.
It was yet another defensive goal to forget after a blunder from Kellan Gordon allowed the visitors in.
But Johnson made the perfect impact as sub when he slotted home from Ollie Clarke’s cutback on 73 minutes - less than three minutes after entering the pitch.
It was a match in which Stags started brightly, harrying their opponents and coming out top in the 50/50 exchanges.
But they failed to create any clear cut opportunities during a first half of few clear openings.
It seemed to be heading to an inevitable, and all too familiar outcome, when Cashman put the visitors in charge.
But Stags showed character when needed to battle back and crucially end the increasing winless run.
Rhys Oates had a long range shot blocked by Aaron Morley on eight minutes as Stags enjoyed an encouraging start.
Jake Beesley looped a header just over from Morley’s cross on 14 minutes.
Farrend Rawson did well to clear a dangerous cross from Jeriel Dorsett after he beat his man to the byline
Beesley failed to turn a Morley cross after he beat the offside trap on 22 minutes
Stephen McLaughlin forced the keeper into an easy save with a long range effort three minutes later.
George Lapslie tracked back well on 29 minutes to prevent Beesley getting through on goal.
The game then went through a disjointed spell with injuries and offsides disrupting the rhythm.
Oates was just unable to get on the end of a Jordan Bowery cross in stoppage time at the back post.
Max Taylor headed a corner over from just three yards out three minutes into the second half.
Danny Cashman fired Rochdale ahead on 50 minutes after Matty Dunn took full advantage of a blunder by Kellan Gordon to pick him out.
Bowery curled a shot wide after a Mansfield counter-attack on 54 minutes.
It was a rare moment of response from Stags with the goal appearing to knock the stuffing out of them.
Maris had a powerful shot blocked by O’Connell on 65 minutes as Mansfield looked to fire some momentum.
And they found the perfect response when sub Johnson slotted home from close range on 73 minutes from Clarke’s cutback.
Bowery was unable to hit the target with an 88th minute header.
Coleman made a brilliant reaction save from Clarke a minute later as Stags were denied a late win.
Mansfield Town: Bishop, Gordon, Hewitt, Rawson, McLaughlin, Maris (Stirk 70), Oates (Johnson 70), O Clarke, Lapslie (Charsley 86), Hawkins, Bowery.
Subs not used: Shelvey, Burke, Sinclair, Law.
Rochdale: Coleman, Taylor, O'Connell (White 79), Dorsett (McNulty 45), Keohane, Morley, Dooley, Done, Newby (Odoh 57), Beesley, Cashman.
Subs not used: Lynch, Broadbent, Andrews, Kelly.
Ref: Carl Boyeson.
Match Report - Mansfield Town 1-1 Rochdale
Rochdale secured a point on the road on Saturday from a 1-1 draw away Mansfield Town.
Danny Cashman put Dale ahead five minutes into the second half at the One Call Stadium, before the Stags’ Danny Johnson levelled in the 72nd minute.
There were two changes to the side that lined up against Tranmere Rovers last weekend, as the on loan Mansfield Town full-back Corey O’Keeffe, who was ineligible for the match, was replaced by Matty Done. Meanwhile, goal scorer Cashman came in for Abraham Odoh.
Early on, Aaron Morley sent the first corner of the game into the area and Done got a shot away, but the Stags defended resolutely and they blocked the effort.
A short while later after a good spell of pressure, Jake Beesley headed narrowly over from a Max Taylor cross.
Up the other end, Joel Coleman came to punch away Ollie Clarke’s delivery, as a Mansfield Town player lurked at the back post.
Jeriel Dorsett showed a great turn of pace to get down the right at speed and take the ball past Stephen McLaughlin before sending the ball low across the face of goal, but again the Stags stood firm to rebuff the danger and Farrend Rawson stepped out to defend away.
Sixty seconds later, Morley put a sublime ball to the back post for Beesley, but he could only take it down on his thigh and look on as it bounced inches wide.
With 25 minutes on the click, Coleman was equal to McLaughlin’s shot from range, after he’d stuck at goal from a free-kick, with the ‘keeper getting down to hold the strike through a packed box.
McLaughlin then turned a low ball into feet wide, after the hosts had got up the left.
Before the half was out, Done defended superbly well to block off Oli Hawkins at the back post, as he attempted to get on the end of a dangerous ball in, and the teams went in level at the break.
HT - MANSFIELD TOWN 0-0 ROCHDALE
There was one change for the start of the second half as Jim McNulty replaced Dorsett who had received treatment shortly before half-time.
Moments into the second half, Taylor headed narrowly over from Morley’s great ball to the back post.
And Dale went ahead five minutes after the restart through Cashman. There was a great interception by Done who then drove up the left before squaring for Cashman who coolly finished first time beyond Nathan Bishop.
Soon after, the ‘keeper was forced to tip Morley's corner up and over the bar.
A second Rochdale substitution followed in the 57th minute, when Alex Newby made way for Odoh.
Done then sent a brilliant ball to the back post and Beesley, who got on the end of it, was denied by Bishop as he got a superb hand to it to turn it away from goal.
From Done’s free-kick, which swung into the area, Beesley won the flick on but McNulty, who came racing in, couldn’t get a connection on it and it went narrowly wide of the upright.
Dale had been on top during the second half but the Stags levelled in the 73rd minute, when Johnson poked the ball into the corner from a low ball across goal.
A couple of minutes later up the other end there was a great challenge on Done to prevent him from getting his shot away after he got in on goal.
A short while later, Done swung in a corner which was met by McNulty who turned it over the bar. Morley then also struck over, before Rochdale’s final substitution followed, with Aidy White coming on for Done.
In the closing stages, there were two chances for the opposition, but Coleman kept them out.
He firstly denied Harry Charsley’s strike with a great save, before holding Hawkins’ header from a corner.
FT - MANSFIELD TOWN 1-1 ROCHDALE
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