BRILLIANT STAGS BOW OUT OF LEAGUE CUP TO DERBY
Carabao Cup (English Football League Cup) - Round 1
Mansfield Town 1 - 2 Derby County
Hawkins 56. Bowery sent off 80. Hewitt OG 30, Barkhuizen 69
Attendance: 6,861 (1662 from Derby)
Date: 9 August 2022
Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill
Mansfield Town bowed out of the League Cup last night, beaten 2-1 at home by Derby County. The Stags were disappointed to go out. But what an absolutely riproaring game it was, and a brilliant performance from Mansfield. The Stags certainly deserved to take it to penalties and were unlucky to lose after hitting the underside of the bar twice.
The first half saw plenty of chances for either side. After 22 minutes, George Lapslie swept a beautiful left footed shot from 15 yards against the underside of the bar and it bounced down the wrong side of the line. A minute later, Anthony Hartigan on his first Stags start, and impressing in midfield, sent a free kick from 26 yards just over the bar.
After 29 minutes, Christy Pym was out quickly to make himself big and save very well as Lewis Dobbin was through one-on-one.
But Derby took the lead on 30 minutes as Craig Forsyth slid a nice low cross along the edge of the Stags six yard box, Dobbin tried to turn it goalwards and got a slight deflection on it which took it onto Elliott Hewitt’s shin and it deflected past Pym into the net. Bad luck for Hewitt, who had a fine game. No chance for Pym.
Derby had other chances, including Pym saving brilliantly on his line with his left leg as Dobbin stabbed the ball goalwards from 5 yards following a corner on 37 minutes, before the Stags ended the half strongly as John-Joe O’Toole’s shot from 16 yards was straight at the keeper who was already on the deck having just punched away a Stephen McLaughlin cross, and then great play from Will Swan, who was very lively all night, showed great footwork to get into the area and shot straight at the keeper.
The Stags had a goal disallowed 30 seconds into the second half. Kellan Gordon’s cross from the right, was half-cleared to Ollie Clarke, who took aim with a shot from 22 yards. His shot deflected off defender Kwaku Oduroh and the keeper parried it away. It came to Swan who tucked the rebound into the net. Now, as Clarke shot, Swan was marginally offside, but because the shot deflected off a defender, did that mean that Swan was no longer offside? I’m not sure. A few years ago, it would simply have been offside, but there has been changes regarding defenders getting touches on the ball and I’m not sure.
The Stags then hit the bar for a second time, on 49 minutes. A free kick from George Maris from the right was brilliantly headed from beyond the far post by Oli Hawkins. The ball hit the bar, came down to McLaughlin, who stabbed the rebound wide. Unlucky again for the Stags. Hawkins had switched from centre half to centre forward at half time, with Jordan Bowery going the other way.
The noise from the Stags fans was magnificent, and as if spurred on, the Stags deservedly equalised after 56 minutes. Maris again crossed from the right, it flicked off the head of Eiran Cashin to Hawkins, who took one touch to control it superbly and volleyed past the keeper. I’m giving an assist to Maris in my statistics, other outlets are not doing so because it flicked off the head of Cashin.
On 62 minutes, the Stags went close again. McLaughlin charged down a clearance. The ball span away to Swan. Swan squared the ball to Hawkins whose shot was blocked by a defender with the keeper nowhere. Dreadful officiating as the offside flag went up as Hawkins shot. Yet clearly Hawkins was not offside. Though Swan probably was, but the lineswoman noticeably kept her flag down as Swan collected the ball and then passed it to Hawkins.
The Stags went close again on 68 as Ollie Clarke had two shots blocked in quick succession.
And within seconds Derby were in front. A magnificent run down the right by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and he chipped a wonderful cross to the far post where Tom Barkhuizen headed home. Wonderful quality goal.
The Stags were reduced to ten men after 81 minutes. A long kick forward from the Derby keeper bounced over Bowery, now at centre half, former Luton striker James Collins latched on to it and charged forward towards the edge of the area. Bowery tried to tackle him from behind, didn’t get the ball and brought Collins down. No doubt it was a red card. Bowery will miss one game, Saturday’s game at Leyton Orient.
Collins took the resulting free kick himself, from just outside the area, struck it hard and low and Pym made a superlative save. What a save!
After 85 minutes, the Stags were close to equalising as McLaughlin’s free kick from 35 yards was tipped around the post by the keeper.
A minute later, the Stags went even closer. Maris’s corner from the left was turned goalwards by Hewitt from 5 yards, and somehow Cashin stretched to clear it off the line. It had goal written all over it.
The Stags were close again on 90 minutes. Clarke played a great crossfield pass for Swan to run on to on the left. Swan’s first touch was brilliant as he took the ball into the area, but as he was about to enter the area himself he was cynically brought down by Oduroh. It was a clear goalscoring opportunity as his first touch had been so good, but the referee only gave Oduroh a yellow card. Presumably the referee’s thinking was that Swan was coming in from the left rather than down the middle (as per Collins), and there were defenders coming back. However it seemed to me that Swan would have got a shot away with just the keeper to beat. Arguably the red card would not have helped the Stags much anyway being so late on, and Swan was a bit unlucky that he was just outside the area and not earning a penalty.
So, Derby progressed to round two. This was a wonderful game of football. One of the most entertaining I can recall for a long time. Both sides played their part. After the game interim Derby manager Liam Rosenior said: "First of all I thought it was an outstanding cup tie. I thought Mansfield more than played their part. Nigel has a really good team and is building here, but I am delighted with the character and application of the players.”
A word on the attendance: this was the Stags’ biggest home League Cup gate since Leeds in 1994-95, thanks to Paul Taylor for that stat.
The Stags are away to Leyton Orient on Saturday. The weather forecast is for extreme heat.
DETAILED REPORT IN THE MATCH CENTRE
TUE 09 AUG 2022, EFL CUP
Mansfield Town 1-2 Derby County
Hawkins (56'minutes), Bowery (Dismissed at80'minutes)
Hewitt (30'minutes og), Barkhuizen (69'minutes)
Match report supplied by PA Media.
Mansfield Town pushed Derby County all the way before losing 2-1 in a Carabao Cup first-round thriller.
In an exciting first half, the Rams went ahead on the half hour after Lewis Dobbin had turned a low cross from the left at goal which went in off defender Elliott Hewitt from close range.
Home keeper Christy Pym had already had to make two excellent saves to deny Louie Sibley and Dobbin, who had been put through one on one.
But Nigel Clough's Stags had their moments against his old club and Stephen Quinn set up George Lapslie on 22 minutes only to see his effort crash against the bar.
Within a minute of the restart Will Swan had a goal disallowed for offside and three minutes later Oli Hawkins headed against the bar at the far post from a George Maris free-kick.
League Two Mansfield were finally level on 56 minutes when Hawkins controlled a Kellan Gordon cross to bury a 12-yard finish.
But on 69 minutes Derby were ahead again when two subs combined seven minutes after coming on, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing going down the right and crossing to the far post for Tom Barkhuizen to head in from close range.
Mansfield had Jordan Bowery sent off with 10 minutes left for bringing down James Collins, who had gone clear.
On 88 minutes Eiran Cashin kicked a Hewitt effort off the line, while at the other end Collins had an effort disallowed for offside.
Home Team Mansfield Away Team Derby
Possession Home 49% Away 51%
Shots Home 18 Away 13
Shots on Target Home 7 Away 8
Corners Home 3 Away 5
Fouls Home 9 Away 11
Battling 10-men Mansfield Town push neighbours Derby County all the way in thrilling Carabao Cup exit
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Tuesday 9th August 2022
Mansfield Town made illustrious League One neighbours Derby County fight all the way for their 2-1 Carabao Cup first round victory tonight.
The Stags also ended up with 10 men after the late dismissal of Jordan Bowery.
But they were applauded from the field for their gutsy display against a powerful Rams outfit in a game that saw a wealth of chances and Stags twice hit the bar, have an effort cleared off the line and both clubs have goals disallowed for offside.
An exciting end to end first half saw Derby ahead through a close range o own goal by a helpless Elliot Hewitt on the half hour.
But Stags had twice hit the bar and had a goal chalked off for offside before Oli Hawkins, pushed up from at the break, headed Mansfield level on 56 minutes.
But it was then two Derby subs who combined for Tom Barkuizen to head them back in front on 69 minutes.
Stags then had Jordan Bowery sent off 10 minutes from time for bringing down the last man before a nailbiitng finish with chances at both ends.
It was the clubs' first meeting in 20 years, also in the League Cup.
Stags made five changes with Rhys Oates and Hiram Boateng not risked to start after picking up injuries on Saturday, though were still named among the substitutes, while Oli Hawkins, who also picked up a knock was declared fit enough.
Kellan Gordon, Elliott Hewitt, George Lapslie, Will Swan and new signing from AFC Wimbledon making his debut in the centre of the midfield trio Anthony Hartigan, all came into the starting line up.
Stags named just eight of their nine permitted subs.
And they suffered another blow pre-match when Lucas Akins had to be replaced by Jordan Bowery at the last minute.
Derby County made seven changes from the weekend but were stil able to name a strong side.
Lewis Dobbin, Kwaku Oduroh and Jake Rooney all made full debuts and Louie Sibley started after impressing from the bench in the Rams' last two outings.
New boy Hartigan looked impressive on the ball in the early stages on a very warm evening while Wildsmith had to make an important catch from a teasing Gordon cross.
The first shot in anger came after nine minutes as Quinn threaded a pass to Swan who turned and lashed a dipping 25-yarder over the bar.
On 10 minutes Hawkins gave the ball away with a very loose pass and Hewitt had to bring Dobbin down to stop him going in on goal and was duly booked.
Sibley then saw his 20 yard free kick deflect wide off the wall.
Dobbin scuffed an 18 yard shot straight to Pym soon afterwards.
Stags had a let-off on 17 minutes when Hartigan lost the ball to Sibley, who danced into the right of the box and fired a powerful shot from six yards that Pym blocked.
Knight also had a follow-up blocked in the ensuing scramble before the ball was cleared.
The action went up the other end as Swan had a powerful shot blocked by Cashin and went straight back downfield as Dobbin just failed to reach Sibley's low far post cross.
The thrills continued on 22 minutes as McLaughlin squared a low ball to Lapslie who saw his 20 yard effort come back off the crossbar.
A minute later Hartigan was just too high with a dipping 25 yard free kick.
Hewitt did well to beat Dobbin to another Sibley cross after the Rams man had dragged Hawkins out of position.
Stags had a big let-off on 29 minutes when Smith slid a superb through ball that cut Stags wide open and Dobbin was in one-on-one on Pym, who made a superb block.
But Derby were ahead a minute later from a low left wing cros that Dobbin turned goalwards and seemed to find the net off Hewitt.
Taking no chances on 33 minutes, Wildsmith punched a McLaughlin cross over his near angle.
McLaughlin's poor corner was too long and Derby broke through Sibley, who raced past McLaughlin but was halted by a superb last ditch tackle from Lapslie.
Pym was then unable to grab a Derby corner and, after a scramble, Knight whipped the loose ball over the inviting goal.
Derby were now on top and Stags survived another scramble.
O'Toole was booked for fouling the lively Sibley on 41 minutes.
Two minutes later O'Toole might have levelled matters as a half-cleared Quinn cross reached him just outside the box. But his powerful low shot was straight to Wildsmith.
On 45 minute Swan tried to go it alone down the middle and got past three opponents in a mazy run, but again the finish was poked at Wildsmith.
Stags made two changes at half-time with Clarke and Maris on for Quinn and Hartigan. Bowery switched into defence and Hawkins was pushed up front.
And within a minute Clarke's deflected shot was saved by Wildsmith and Swan was there to bury the follow-up only to be denied by an offside flag.
On 49 minutes Hawkins headed a Maris free kick against the bar at the far post and McLaughlin was wide with the follow-up.
Rattled, Derby began time wasting and Wildsmith was booked on 51 minutes for delaying a free kick.
However, on 56 minutes the home side were deservedly level. Gordon put the ball in from the right and Hawkins controlled before smashing a 12 yard volley past a helpless Wildsmith.
Derby made two changes as the home side piled on the pressure, Clarke having two shots blocked in succession.
But, against the run of play, Derby retook the lead on 69 minutes.
Mendez-Lang got to the right by-lined and sent a perfect ball to the far post where Barkhuizen buried a close range header - the two subs combining just seven minutes after coming on.
With 10 minutes to go Bowery misjudged a high ball and saw Collins race past him, Bringing him down as he raced clear, Bowery knew he would be shown a red card. But Pym made a fine one-handed save to deny Collins from the free kick.
On 85 minutes Wildsmith got down to tip a 35 yard free kick by McLaughlin round the post.
Cashin made a goalline clearance to deny Hewitt and Derby broke well only for Maris to slide in and deny Collins.
Soon after Collins was lurking to turn home a shot Pym could only parry but was deemed offside.
In the final minute of the 90 Oduroh was booked for bringing down Swan in full flight, but the Rams held on for a narrow hard-earned victory.
STAGS: Pym, Gordon, O'Toole, Hawkins (Oates 73), Hewitt, McLaughlin (Gale 88), Hartigan (Maris), Quinn (Clarke), Lapslie, Bowery, Swan. SUBS NOT USED: Flinders, Harbottle, Boateng..
DERBY: Wildsmith, Forsyth, Cashin, Smith, Thompson, Sibley (Barkhuizen 62), Dobbin (Collins 73), Stearman, Oduroh, Rooney (Mendez-Lang 62), Knight (Hourihane 88). SUBS NOT USED: Loach, Bird, Roberts, Robinson, Oghatise
REFEREE: Andrew Kitchen.
ATTENDANCE: 6,861 (1,662 away).
Liam Rosenior decision vindicated as welcome Derby County problem surfaces
derbytelegraph.co.uk, By Leigh Curtis, 9 AUG 2022
Derby County secured their place in the second round of the Carabao Cup last night with a 2-1 win over Mansfield at the One Call Stadium.
The Rams were given a scare when George Lapslie hit the bar, but Liam Rosenior's side took the lead through Elliott Hewitt's own goal.
Stags boss Nigel Clough sent on George Maris and Ollie Clarke at half-time as he searched for an equaliser as Will Swan had a goal ruled out for offside while Oli Hawkins hit the bar. Hawkins eventually hauled Mansfield level in a pulsating cup tie with a thunderous finish but Tom Barkhuizen put Derby in front when he combined with fellow sub Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.
Mansfield pushed hard at the end, but they were reduced to 10 men when Jordan Bowery was sent off for a professional foul on substitute James Collins. The Derby striker then saw his free-kick saved superbly by Christy Pym before having a goal ruled out for offside after he turned in from close range after Korey Smith's shot had been saved.
When the team news emerged an hour before kick-off, some fans wondered whether Derby would pay the price for resting their big hitters.
Conor Hourihane, James Collins, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Tom Barkhuizen were all on the bench. Curtis Davies, who travelled with the team, was not even in the squad. The truth is that a Carabao Cup run does not feature high on the list of priorities this season, particularly as the club chase a quick return to the Championship.
With that in mind, it was easy to understand why Rosenior opted to keep his senior players on the bench, opting for a team that consisted of seven players players under 21. Not only did it show the remarkable stock of young talent he has in the armoury at Pride Park, but it also demonstrated they will be around the first-team picture this season.
You wondered how they would cope with the intensity of a Mansfield side that have ambitions of promotion amid a fizzing atmosphere at the One Call Stadium. But it was an examination they navigated with distinction on a night that proved to be a fine education for Kwaku Oduroh, Jake Rooney and Liam Thompson in particular.
There was a need to summon Barkhuizen and Mendez-Laing to help turn the game back in Derby's favour in the second half when Mansfield turned the screw for 20 minutes. But the young players all dug in, there were no injuries and a place in the second round of the Carabao Cup was secured. It certainly justified Rosenior's decision to give his established stars a break.
Rosenior spoke very eloquently about Jake Rooney's performance having stressed that he had earned his move to Pride Park through hard work rather than being a relative to Wayne.
But as far as debuts go, the former Burnley defender could not have asked for a better introduction having been deployed in a holding midfield role. Rooney had shown flashes of his ability in that position during a pre-season friendly against Alfreton which was backed up here in a composed performance.
He started the game magnificently. He spotted danger early and it led to him picking the pocket of Mansfield's midfield on several occasions. The role of a holding midfield player is easy to understand, but difficult to master. You are there purely to protect and serve which Rooney did well for the 60-odd minutes he was on the pitch.
He sat at the base of the diamond and while he started his career at centre-back, he proved last night that his calling may well be a role sitting in front of the back four. He is only 18 so he will need to be afforded patience, but on first impressions, he looks like another smart bit of recruitment. As Rosenior said last night, he deserves to be known by his first name rather than the famous surname that adorns the back of his shirt.
The goals will come
He has hit the woodwork, he has seen a goal ruled out for offside, he's had an effort cleared off the line and the goalkeepers have also got in the way.
James Collins may well wonder how on earth he has not scored in Derby's opening three games this season, but the good news is the chances are coming. In the 20 minutes, he came off the bench last night, he showcased all the qualities that made him the club's top target for the number nine position.
He was excellent with his back to goal, his movement was exceptional and it was a cameo that certainly warranted his first goal for the club. When you consider that he has scored more than 170 goals in his career, it is just a question of when not if, he will get off the mark.
A welcome problem
Louie Sibley has had to make do with a place on the bench for the opening two league games, but his performances as a substitute have been excellent.
Last night he was given his first start of the season and did not disappoint. His first-half performance was of extremely high-calibre. Skill was matched with an impressive work rate and he was undoubtedly the most effective of the attacking players in the opening 45 minutes.
It has served as yet another reminder of his qualities from a player who, at the age of 20, is yet to reach his peak. His performances are giving Rosenior a difficult job when it comes to naming his team to face Barnsley at the weekend. But as any manager will tell you, it is a welcome problem to have which is a credit to Sibley's professionalism.
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