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23rd April 2022 0:05

English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Carlisle United 1 - 0 Mansfield Town
Patrick 56
Attendance: 5,496 (634 from Mansfield)

Date: 18 April 2022


Martin Shaw at Brunton Park

Mansfield Town were beaten 1-0 at Carlisle United this afternoon in a game defined by two critical errors from the same linesman. In the first half, Jamie Murphy’s shot hit the underside of the bar and bounced down over the line and should have been given as a goal, but was not signalled as a goal by the linesman. Then in the second half the winning goal for Carlisle, scored by Omari Patrick, should have been ruled out for offside, but again the offside was missed by the same linesman.

Murphy’s shot bounces down over the line:

Patrick, far left, is offside as the ball is played to him, as he goes on to score:

The defeat was extremely damaging to Mansfield’s chances of promotion, as was Friday’s defeat to Sutton of course. Mansfield drop out of the play-off places, one point behind Tranmere with a game in hand, and one point behind Sutton as well with the same games played. Port Vale lost to Bristol Rovers, so Mansfield remain 6 points behind third place with a game in hand. The Stags have 4 games left, 3 at home, 1 away.

Mansfield made two changes from the side that lost to Sutton as they welcomed back Stephen McLaughlin and Jamie Murphy from injury. McLaughlin had also been ill so could only last 80 minutes. But John-Joe O’Toole was injured and dropped out of the side. Farrend Rawson was dropped after his poor game against Sutton.
George Maris would have started but had also been ill so was on the bench. So Ryan Stirk started again after Clough said he "wasn't brilliant” against Sutton.
George Lapslie served the last of his three game ban. With Rhys Oates still out through injury, Lucas Akins started up front on his own, with Bowery (right), Quinn (middle) and Murphy (left) behind him. Longstaff and Stirk were behind them in front of the back four of Hewitt (right back), McLaughlin (left back), Hawkins and Perch (centre halves).
Nigel Clough said that he hopes Oates will be fit to face Crawley next Saturday: “We hope so, we’ll just see how he is and try and get him out there as soon as we can.” Oates, Mansfield’s best striker, was missed again today.

The Stags took the game to Carlisle in the first half and played some terrific football, creating a host of good chances. After just 65 seconds, Hewitt played a 1-2 with Bowery, got to the edge of the area and pulled the ball across to Quinn whose low shot was just wide of the right post. After 9 minutes, a good move from the Stags culminated in Stirk’s low shot on target but a deflection took the sting out of it and the keeper saved comfortably albeit at full stretch. A minute later, a short corner to Murphy who chipped into the middle and Hawkins headed straight at the keeper.

The Stags were close to taking the lead after 13 minutes. Hewitt crossed low from the right, Bowery, with his back to goal 8 yards out, turned well and smashed a shot towards the roof of the net, but keeper Howard stuck his arms up and saved superbly. A minute after that, a good move on the left, Quinn’s cross was beyond the far post and reached Hewitt who fired into the side netting.

A rare chance for Carlisle at the other end after 15 minutes as Jack Armer chipped the ball from 45 yards into the Stags area. Bishop punched it away as far as Lewis Alessandra on the edge of the box. He headed it forward, Dynel Simeu flicked in on, over Bishop, and McLaughlin did well to clear it off the line.

The chances for the Stags kept on coming. After 21 minutes, Murphy laid a super ball forward for McLaughlin to run on to, McLaughlin got to the edge of the box and with the keeper coming out, tried to chip the ball over him, but he chipped it over the bar as well.

On 25 minutes, good play between Akins and Bowery, Bowery sent in a low shot goalbound, but it was blocked. At the other end two minutes later, Jordan Gibson chipped wide of the right post after a corner from the left came straight back to him.

On 28 minutes, Murphy 30 yards out slid the ball forward for Longstaff but it just evaded him otherwise it would have been a glorious chance. A minute later, a great run by Akins down the left but it didn’t come to anything. Then on 32 minutes, Longstaff fed Bowery on the edge of the area, but he dragged his low shot wide of the right post.

The first huge moment of controversy came after 41 minutes. Hewitt’s long throw down the line was missed by Jon Mellish. Akins picked up the ball, pushed forward to about the edge of the area on the right, level with the penalty spot, and slid a precision ball across to Murphy who escaped his marker Simeu to thunder a shot against the underside of the bar. The ball bounced down over the line and then out. Murphy and Akins celebrated the goal. The hapless linesman didn’t give it. Carlisle couldn’t believe their luck. After the game, Carlisle boss Paul Simpson conceded “we got away with one, it was over the line.”
Great play from Akins and Murphy. It should have been Murphy’s first goal for Mansfield and Akins’ second assist.

McLaughlin did well to block a Gibson shot on 45 minutes, then Hewitt did well to clear.

A sickening feeling at half time that the Stags had been robbed of a goal. The second time this season, after Sinclair’s shot at Swindon that was also over the line and not given. Some fine football from Mansfield in that first half, and plenty more chances went begging. Nigel Clough said to me after the game that Jordan Bowery could have had a hat-trick in the first half. Lucas Akins had a very good first half, as did Stephen McLaughlin, and others too in an impressive performance that had the home media commenting what a good side Mansfield are.

Half time 0-0

The Stags started the second half as they played most of the first half, creating more good chances. After 46 minutes, great control from Akins, Hewitt got in a shot, and then McLaughlin dragged his shot wide. Three times though in quick succession, crossing let the Stags down as Quinn’s cross was too close to the keeper, then McLaughlin, and then Murphy’s cross was ahead of Akins.

Another awful decision from the same linesman after 51 minutes as the ball had clearly gone out for a Stags goalkick before Patrick pulled it back against Hawkins and out again. The hapless linesman gave a corner. Quick shocking. Brennan Dickenson wasted the corner.

The Stags went close again after 54 minutes. Longstaff’s corner from the right was cleared to Quinn on the edge of the area. His shot was deflected to Murphy who sent in a piledriver from 12 yards that was magnificently saved by Howard. A fantastic shot and a fantastic save.

It had been a dominant performance from Mansfield for 54 minutes. 12 shots to Carlisle’s 2. But nothing to show for it.

And the game then changed again with another terrible decision from the linesman as Carlisle took the lead. Danny Devine chipped the ball from the halfway line out to Patrick on the left. Patrick was standing in an offside position but it was missed by the linesman. Patrick collected the ball, surged into the area on the left, and as he shot from about 8 yards, Hewitt slid in with a challenge that deflected it. Bishop got a hand on it but couldn’t keep it out of the net. Initially I said in commentary that Bishop could have done better. Given that it took a deflection, which was not obvious from my angle, but was more obvious from a camera on the other side, it might be a little harsh to blame Bishop. Whether it would have gone in without the deflection is hard to say. However, it should have been ruled out for offside anyway.

From that moment, the game completely changed. The Stags had played good football and dominated. But the goal gave Carlisle huge confidence and completely changed the momentum of the game.

Devine volleyed wide for Carlisle after 58 minutes. A minute later, a wonderful run from Joe Riley and a goal-saving block from Perch. Brilliant defending. What a run from Riley too. From the resulting corner from the right, Morgan Feeney flicked it towards the roof of the net, and Bishop made a magnificent save turning it onto the bar. The rebound came out for Simeu who headed over the bar. On 62 minutes, a long throw came out to Gibson who volleyed wide from 25 yards. Three minutes after that, a great ball out to Riley on the right, he got to the byline, crossed in and Gibson headed over the bar.

Kieran Wallace replaced Stirk after 68 minutes.

Chances kept coming for Carlisle. It was incredible how the game had changed. Good play from Patrick after 72 minutes, he played inside to Gibson whose shot was deflected wide. From the resulting corner from the right, Simeu headed against the left post, having got away from his marker Perch.

A ridiculous mistake from Hawkins after 74 minutes, losing the ball and he was rescued by a great tackle from Hewitt.

Danny Johnson replaced Bowery after 75 minutes. The Stags were now three at the back, Perch, Hawkins and McLaughlin. With Hewitt and Quinn as wing-backs.

A brilliant tackle from Perch after 77 minutes for a corner. The corner from the left was missed by Bishop, giving Mellish a free header at the far post. He headed it goalwards, and Hewitt did superbly to stretch and get his toe on it to turn it against the post and out into Bishop’s grateful arms. Poor goalkeeping from Bishop.

George Maris replaced McLaughlin after 80 minutes. Wallace dropped back to the left side centre half in the back three.

After 81 minutes, Quinn crossed in, Longstaff steadied himself but shot well wide.

The Stags were leaving gaps at the back now, throwing bodies forward. After 82 minutes, Carlisle broke and sub Mitch Roberts shot well wide.

Murphy had a shot blocked after 85 minutes with the Stags pouring bodies forward.

Carlisle had a goal disallowed after 87 minutes. The ball was slid forward for Patrick, but the video from the camera on the other side showed he was just offside as the ball was played. Patrick slotted the ball into the net with the offside flag already up. The first tight decision that the linesman actually got right.

5 minutes of stoppage time was added on. After 90+1 minutes, a low shot from Maris from 20 yards gave the keeper an easy save. Bishop nearly got himself into a mess after 90+4 minutes but got away with it. Then on 90+5 minutes, Quinn crossed in and the keeper made a great catch.

Enormous frustration for Mansfield. With correct decisions from the linesman, the Stags might well have won the game. In my opinion, they would have done, but of course we’ll never know.

The Stags were dominant and played really well for 54 minutes. 12 shots to Carlisle’s 2 in that time, including of course that goal that didn’t stand. But after Carlisle took the lead, Carlisle played very well, buoyed by the goal, they hit the woodwork twice and could have won by more goals. It was an extraordinary change in the game after the goal.

Mansfield will also rue those missed chances, along with too much poor crossing from good positions both from open play and from set pieces. And the performance after Carlisle took the lead was disappointing. Akins for example who was very good in the first half, was poor in the second half, and the Stags rather fell away.

A bitter pill to swallow. Four games left, the Stags need to bounce back and beat Crawley on Saturday at the One Call Stadium. Get yourself to the game if you can and get behind the side. As it is on a Saturday afternoon, the game will not be available to watch for UK viewers on iFollow Stags.


Carlisle United 1-0 Mansfield Town
Patrick (56'minutes)
Devine (56'minutes)

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Omari Patrick's second-half goal sealed Carlisle's safety in League Two as they defeated Mansfield 1-0.

The Stags' automatic promotion hopes were dented again following a third defeat in four matches.

Mansfield bossed the early stages, with Ollie Hawkins and Jordan Bowery being thwarted by smart saves from Mark Howard.

At the other end, Mansfield's Stephen McLaughlin produced a breath-taking goal-line clearance to deny Dynel Simeu.

Bowery went close for Mansfield again when he drilled a crisp shot inches off target.

Shortly before the break, a super strike from Mansfield's Jamie Murphy bounced down off the crossbar before the ball was cleared to safety.

Mansfield players and staff appeared convinced the ball had crossed the line but the referee waved appeals away.

However, Carlisle struck 11 minutes after the restart.

Daniel Devine played in Patrick and he controlled well before driving an angled shot high into the net.

Morgan Feeney almost made it two when his shot was tipped onto the crossbar by Nathan Bishop and Simeu headed against a post as Carlisle were denied again.

Match Stats
Home Team Carlisle Away Team Mansfield
Possession Home 37% Away 63%
Shots Home 15 Away 17
Shots on Target Home 4 Away 5
Corners Home 8 Away 8
Fouls Home 5 Away 6


Controversy as furious Mansfield Town lose at Carlisle United
chad.co.uk, Monday 18th April 2022

Mansfield Town's automatic promotion hopes were further dented as they slid to a controversial 1-0 defeat at Carlisle United this afternoon.

Omari Patrick’s second-half winner sealed the hosts’ safety as the Stags, who slipped down to eighth in the League Two table, suffered a third defeat in four matches.

But Mansfield were convinced they had been robbed of a first half goal as a Jamie Murphy shot came down off the underside of the bar on 41 minutes and appeared to cross the line only for play to be waved on.

Stags' only consolation was that automatic promotion rivals Port Vale also lost, 3-1 at home to Bristol Rovers, and Stags still have a game in hand on them, though the win for Rovers as well as a win for Northampton Town have boosted those clubs’ hopes of grabbing third spot as well in what looks a fascinating finale to the season.


Mansfield Town believe this 'goal' was over the line at Carlisle.

But for now Stags are even out of the play-off spots after the most miserable of Easters.

Ahead of the clash at Brunton Park, Stags boss Nigel Clough made a couple of alterations to his starting line-up following the Good Friday home loss to Sutton.

John-Joe O’Toole and Farrend Rawson were left on the bench for this one, with Stephen McLaughlin and Murphy stepping back in after injury.

The visitors made a terrific start to the game.

Stephen Quinn was found by Elliott Hewitt on the edge of the Carlisle box, but his crisp strike took a deflection before drifting narrowly wide.

Ryan Stirk then hit an equally impressive shot which was heading for the bottom until impressive Carlisle keeper Mark Howard dived full length to parry.

Ollie Hawkins and Jordan Bowery were also denied by Howard as the Stags dominated, though at the other end McLaughlin was forced into a terrific goal-line clearance to thwart Dynel Simeu.

Shortly before the break a cracking strike from Murphy bounced down off the crossbar before the ball was cleared to safety and, with the linesman not up with play, Stags were denied to the fury of their fans at that end.

Despite that setback, McLaughlin fired just off target as the Stags picked up their impressive momentum soon after the restart.

Clough’s men remained firmly on top, but it was the Cumbrians who struck in the 56th minute.

Daniel Devine played in Patrick on the left, and he controlled well before driving an angled shot high into the net past Nathan Bishop.

It was soon almost two, but this time Bishop tipped Morgan Feeney’s shot onto the crossbar.

The woodwork later came to the Stags’ rescue again when Simeu headed against a post.

Stags threw everything forward, surviving several Carlisle breaks when outnumbered, but the home side stood firm to seal a first win in five that ensured they have another season of League Two football to look forward to.

Stags now need to regroup ahead of two season-defining home games in four days next weekend.

CARLISLE: Howard, Riley, Simeu, Feeney, Mellish, Armer (Roberts, 71), Gibson, Devine, Dickenson, Patrick, Alessandra (Sho-Silva, 86). SUBS NOT USED: Norman, Mellor, McDonald, Omotoye, Dennis.

STAGS: Bishop, Hewitt, Perch, Hawkins, McLaughlin (Maris, 80), Stirk (Wallace, 68), Longstaff, Quinn, Murphy, Bowery (Johnson, 75), Akins. SUBS NOT USED: Stech, Rawson, Law, O’Toole.

REFEREE: Ross Joyce.

ATTENDANCE: 5,496 (634 away).


Carlisle United 1-0 Mansfield Town: Blues secure survival after Patrick strike sinks Mansfield

Carlisle United 1 Mansfield Town 0: Omari Patrick's second-half goal saw Carlisle United to League Two safety in an eventful clash with Mansfield at Brunton Park.

The frontman's 56th minute was enough to take the Blues out of reach of their fellow strugglers with three games to go.

It was a seventh win in 12 games under Paul Simpson and saw United complete the survival job after a revival under the Cumbrian manager.

It came in a barnstrorming and controversial contest against the promotion-chasing Stags, who had what appeared a legitimate goal ruled out late in the first half.

Nigel Clough's men had the better of the opening 45 minutes, with keeper Mark Howard coming to the rescue for United - but Carlisle could have scored a hatful in a much better second half display.

United's mathematical safety is a matter of great relief after an often dire campaign until Simpson's arrival.

And the focus will now turn to the manager's future now he has steered his home-city club away from the risk of relegation to non-league.

Simpson rang the changes for the penultimate home game of the season - making four.

They included a first outing since early February for frontman Lewis Alessandra, along with recalls for Joe Riley, Danny Devine and Jack Armer.

Onto the bench went Kelvin Mellor, Rod McDonald, Tyrese Omotoye and Kristian Dennis.

There was good news, meanwhile, in defence with Morgan Feeney passed fit to play despite the heart palpitations that saw him substituted on Friday.

Mansfield boss Clough, meanwhile, made two changes, recalling Stephen McLaughlin and Jamie Murphy at the expense of Farrend Rawson and John-Joe O'Toole.

Mansfield were quick onto the attack and could have gone ahead inside two minutes, as Elliott Hewitt sped down the right after a misplaced Jon Mellish pass.

Stephen Quinn, though, shot wide from the edge of the box.

Simpson had Jon Mellish back in defence as he reverted to 5-3-2, but Carlisle were very much on the defensive to start with, and Howard had to be alert to parry a Ryan Stirk shot on nine minutes.

Ollie Hawkins was next to see a header blocked, and Howard then excelled with a fine reaction save to keep out Jordan Bowery's shot as the Stags man turned and shot at the near post.

Another Mansfield cross gave Hewitt just too much to do and it took until the 16th minute for United to make any real inroads.

Their first opportunity, though, almost brought a goal as keeper Nathan Bishop's punch from an Armer cross fell to Alessandra, whose back-header was nodded towards goal by Dynel Simeu, only for McLaughlin to clear off the line.

Jamie Murphy then got his measurements wrong when trying to chip Howard midway through the first half.

United got to the pace of the game better as things went on, but struggled to make serious attacking headway, and had some sloppy moments in possession.

Their survival prospects, though, were boosted nonetheless in the first half with news that Oldham were two down at Forest Green.

And they remained level after the half's major flashpoint on 41 minutes.

Mansfield thought they'd scored when Murphy met a cross and his shot hit the underside of the crossbar before appearing to cross the line.

Assistant referee Chris Isherwood, though, kept his flag down and the Stags were denied a goal which replay footage appeared to confirm should have been given.

That gave the visitors and their fans a strong sense of injustice as United reached the interval on level terms.

Mansfield again threatened early in the second half and Howard again came to the rescue with a smart stop from Murphy.

And then the Stags' frustrations deepened when the Cumbrians went in front.

The 56th-minute opener was all about Patrick as he went past his man to the left and sent a shot high into the net past Bishop.

It was a ninth goal since January for the speedy frontman.

And the Cumbrians then came very close to increasing their lead in a sudden wave of pressure.

First, a Gibson free-kick sent airborne by Patrick dropped fo Devine, whose volley went narrowly wide.

A superb solo run by Riley then took him from deep in his own half and eventually clean through before a last-ditch challenge by James Perch denied him a memorable goal.

From the resulting Dickenson corner, Feeney sent a header towards goal only for Bishop to turn it against the bar, Dynel Simeu unable to find the target with his follow-up attempt.

Next, Feeney sent Riley down the right but Gibson couldn't keep his header down from the wing-back's cross.

Further good work by Patrick on the left saw Gibson supplied for a shot which deflected just wide.

Then, from Dickenson's corner, Simeu arrived at the back post but headed against the upright.

It was a much more potent second half display for the Cumbrians, who repeatedly broke at Mansfield's defence, Patrick put through but denied by Bishop.

Feeney then hit the woodwork a second time when his effort from a Gibson corner was touched onto the post by Hewitt.

Mansfield struggled to get back on top, a Matty Longstaff shot into the Warwick a rare attempt by this stage, with Carlisle wasting another promising break when Gibson's pass was intercepted and sub Mitch Roberts fired wide, when Riley had been well placed for a pass to Gibson's right.

The offside flag then denied Patrick another when he slotted home from a break led by Riley and Gibson.

Mansfield, somehow still just one goal adrift, kept looking for a way back, sub George Maris denied in added time by Howard, and United seeing through their victory to banish any lingering fears of the drop in front of 5,496 fans.

Even a defeat would have seen United safe, with second-bottom Oldham's 2-0 defeat at Forest Green leaving John Sheridan's Latics unable to catch the Cumbrians, who are now 17th.

United: Howard, Simeu, Feeney, Mellish, Armer (Roberts 71), Riley, Devine, Dickenson, Gibson, Patrick, Alessandra (Sho-Silva 86). Not used: Norman, Mellor, McDonald, Omotoye, Dennis.

Goal: Patrick 56.

Booked: Armer, Simeu, Patrick, Dickenson.

Mansfield: Bishop, Stirk (Wallace 68), Perch, McLaughlin (Maris 80), Hawkins, Hewitt, Murphy, Quinn, Longstaff, Bowery (Johnson 75), Akins. Not used: Stech, Rawson, Law, O’Toole.

Ref: Ross Joyce.

Crowd: 5,496 (634 Mansfield fans)



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