STAGS MISS PENALTY AND 1-ON-1’s AND LOSE TO ORIENT
English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Leyton Orient 1 - 0 Mansfield Town
Kelman 63 McLaughlin missed pen 2
Attendance: 6,328 (536 from Mansfield)
Date: 13 August 2022
Martin Shaw at Brisbane Road
Mansfield Town were beaten 1-0 at Leyton Orient this afternoon despite a good performance. This was as frustrating a defeat as they come because the Stags should have been out of sight at half time with at least a three goal lead having played some fine football but missed a penalty and a host of glorious chances. The chances kept on coming at the start of the second half, before Orient had their first near miss after 60 minutes as Christy Pym made a good save. Orient then scored after 63 minutes and Mansfield were unable to find an equaliser, despite more chances.
On an afternoon of extreme heat, possibly the hottest many of these players will have played in, apart from maybe the pre-season game against Sheffield United, the Stags got off to the best possible start which immediately turned into the worst possible start. McLaughlin found Quinn on the halfway line on the left. Quinn slid a fabulous ball forward for Oates to run on to on the left side of the area. Oates got his toe to the ball just before keeper Lawrence Vigouroux who came out to try to gather. Oates went down. It was a clear penalty. 12 seconds gone. I cannot recall an earlier penalty award for the Stags in the club’s history. McLaughlin, yet to miss a penalty for Mansfield, stepped up and fired towards the bottom left corner of the net, but Vigouroux redeemed himself with a superlative save, getting down low to turn it wide. Sometimes you can say a penalty was a good height for a keeper, or it was too close to the keeper, but from studying the replay, the penalty was pretty low down, and virtually in the corner. What a boost for Vigouroux and for the home fans, and a downer for the Stags. It set the scene for an outstanding performance from Vigouroux who was single-handedly to keep the Stags at bay.
A half chance for Orient after 8 minutes as Charlie Kelman shot from 12 yards which was blocked by Hewitt as Kelman cut inside from the right.
But then it was a catalogue of near misses for the Stags. On 15 minutes, Oates got past Dan Happe into the area on the right and Vigouroux was out quickly to save at his feet as he tried to shoot. Then on 28 minutes, a free kick from the right from Hartigan, Swan glanced a header goalwards and Vigouroux saved on his line. Then after 38 minutes, Hewitt lifted a super ball into the area for Oates who got goalside of the defence, Oates controlled it beautifully and shot on the turn but Vigouroux again made a magnificent save with his left foot. And on 42 minutes another 1-on-1 for Oates. Harbottle brought the ball forward from his own half, slid a ball forward for Quinn, who beautifully flicked the ball into the path of Oates. Oates was through 1-on-1 with Vigouroux and fired powerfully goalwards, but the keeper again saved magnificently with his left leg. Massive frustration for Oates and for Mansfield.
No exaggeration to say the Stags should be three goals ahead at the break, and were all over Orient. Orient resorted to long balls forward, and a few long throws from James, but had nothing else, while the Stags played some incisive football going forward.
Into the second half. After 48 minutes, Oates broke forward but with options either side of him he overhit a pass to the advancing Gordon, playing on the right wing, taking him far too wide. Gordon crossed in towards Lapslie but it was put behind for a corner. Following the corner, McLaughlin headed wide at the far post from Gordon’s cross.
On 48 minutes, Lapslie won the ball and played inside towards Swan, but it was just in front of Swan, completely unmarked, who would have been 1-on-1 with the keeper if he could have got the ball.
After 51 minutes, clever play on the left by the Stags, Quinn played forward to Oates who chested down to Swan, who returned the ball to Oates, Oates cut inside Happe, but his shot was blocked by Happe.
Another good break by the Stags after 59 minutes, as McLaughlin steamed forward into the Orient half, his ball into Oates was just behind Oates but as Lapslie was about to shoot from 18 yards, Hunt blocked him off.
The Stags had simply been all over Orient for 60 minutes.
Orient created their first decent chance of the game on the hour as George Moncur cut inside Hewitt on the edge of the area, and fired towards the top right corner of the net. Pym made a superb save tipping it over. From the resulting corner, Happe got away from O’Toole to head just wide. O’Toole felt he had been fouled but no foul was given.
And on 63 minutes, Leyton Orient took the lead. Idris El Mizouni, on his debut on loan from Ipswich, played a one-two with Paul Smyth, skipped past O’Toole, who on a yellow card had to be careful not to bring him down, got to the edge of the area and laid the ball off to Kelman, who had escaped from Harbottle and was unmarked to fire past Pym from 16 yards. Harbottle had a good game but lost his man there. O’Toole and indeed Hewitt could also have done better to prevent the goal.
So much frustration for Mansfield to be behind. That was it for Orient who had no further chances in the game. The Stags had more chances though none of them as good as earlier. After 68 minutes, Oates found sub Ollie Clarke whose shot was straight at the keeper. After 83 minutes, Oates was tripped 30 yards from goal, and McLaughlin’s shot from the free kick was just wide of the left post. After 85 minutes, great play from Clarke to find Gordon but his shot was high and wide. McLaughlin’s corner on 90+2 minutes was headed wide by Lapslie at the near post. Then in the final minute of stoppage time, from a Hewitt long throw, Ollie Clarke completely missed his kick to sum up Mansfield’s afternoon.
If you don’t take your chances, you won't win football matches, and that’s what happened here.
The Stags were missing Hawkins, Akins and Bowery today through injury and suspension. Nevertheless, scoring just one goal in 3 league games having created a lot of chances does I think highlight that the Stags could do with another quality striker in the squad. Nigel Clough clarified just over a week ago when asked about signings: "Ideally we'd like another forward player. The owners put in a couple of substantial bids for strikers. We weren't successful."
Clough then added on Tuesday that “ideally we are trying to get one player in” (without specifying the position). I do think the Stags could benefit enormously over the course of the season from a quality striker coming in. However it’s another matter finding a striker of sufficient quality. The transfer window closes at the end of August.
Leyton Orient boss Richie Wellens admitted that his team conceded too many chances today. An understatement. His side however are top of the league, with 3 wins out of 3. On today’s showing, the Stags are a much better side than Orient, but Orient had two matchwinners in keeper Vigouroux who produced brilliant save after brilliant save, and Kelman, who was the only player on the pitch who could put the ball in the net.
The Stags are at home to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night. I expect the Stags to continue the excellent results at home and beat Wimbledon. If you can’t make it to the game, you can buy a match pass to watch the game with us on iFollow Stags.
Mansfield made four changes from the last league game, the win over Tranmere: Hewitt came in for Hawkins in central defence (Hawkins felt his hamstring in training on Friday so was not risked). Gordon came in for Bowery (suspended for one game). Hartigan came in for Maris. Swan came in for Akins (groin injury). To make up the numbers on the bench, it was great to see Perch and Wallace in the squad for the first time this season after their injuries. Neither is fit to start.
The Stags started with a 3-5-2 formation with Gordon at right wing back. However during the first half, and for the rest of the game, Gordon moved into a more advanced right wing position, as the Stags switched to four at the back, with Hewitt at right back.
DETAILED REPORT IN THE MATCH CENTRE
SAT 13 AUG 2022, LEAGUE TWO
Leyton Orient 1-0 Mansfield Town
El Mizouni (63'minutes)
Match report supplied by PA Media.
Charlie Kelman was on target as Leyton Orient made it three league wins out of three with a 1-0 win over Mansfield to go top of League Two.
The Stags were left to rue a number of spurned first-half chances including a missed penalty in the first minute by Stephen McLaughlin.
Rhys Oates was felled by O's keeper Lawrence Vigouroux after 16 seconds play but the shot-stopper redeemed himself turning the spot-kick around the post.
Oates was denied three times by the reflexes of Vigouroux before the break but Orient increased the tempo after the interval, and George Moncur drew a fine save from Christy Pym before they went ahead on 63 minutes.
Debutant midfielder Idris El Mizouni, on a season-long loan from Ipswich, swept past two defenders before laying the ball off for Kelman to net from 15 yards.
That strike settled the O's nerves who protected their slender advantage with a resilient defensive display as The Stags struggled to pose an incisive threat.
Home Team Leyton Orient Away Team Mansfield
Possession Home 57% Away 43%
Shots Home 6 Away 16
Shots on Target Home 3 Away 7
Corners Home 4 Away 9
Fouls Home 10 Away 7
Mansfield Town made to pay for missed chances as they lose at Leyton Orient
chad.co.uk, Saturday 13th August 2022
Wasteful Mansfield Town were pipped 1-0 at Leyton Orient on a sweltering hot London afternoon today.
A smartly-taken second-half strike from Orient’s Charlie Kelman condemned Stags to a second defeat of the League Two season, but O’s ‘keeper Lawrence Vigouroux was man of the match with some fine goalkeeping to frustrate the visitors, who deserved to come out of the game with something but failed to put their chances away.
The O’s sealed their third straight league success out of three without conceding on a day when the Stags were left to rue a very early penalty miss that could have set up a very different afternoon.
There was drama inside the first minute at Brisbane Road as the Stags fluffed a terrific penalty chance.
Vigouroux tripped Rhys Oates as he danced into the box just 14 seconds after the kick-off, only for the home stopper to redeem himself as he superbly saved Stephen McLaughlin’s spot-kick, diving low to his right.
The hosts appeared buoyed by their goalkeeper’s early heroics, and soon after Kelman went close.
At the other end, Oates was looking particularly lively, and he forced a fine save out of that man Vigouroux.
Just before the half-hour mark there was a scare for the Stags when Daniel Happe headed straight at keeper Christy Pym with a header from point-blank range.
The Stags went on to enjoy the better of the final stages of the opening half.
Riley Harbottle fired an effort just off target, while Oates was again thwarted by the impressive Vigouroux - the lively Stags striker could have ended the half with a hat-trick.
Minutes after the restart the Stags went mighty close again when Anthony Hartigan headed a whisker wide from Kellan Gordon’s cross.
Two impressive teams were going toe-to-toe in the searing heat of the capital, but neither could force that all-important breakthrough.
The temperature looked to be taking its toll as the game moved towards its final quarter.
It took an hour before the O's forced a serious save out of Pym.
But on 63 minuts the O’s found the opening as Kelman was perfectly placed to convert Idris El Mizouni’s low cross after a swift break down the centre.
That was a big blow for the Stags, and it was now time to respond with time running out.
Sub Ollie Clarke forced a decent stop from Vigouroux, but the O’s defence continued to stand firm as George Lapslie also went close.
Six added minutes turned into eight as the home side continues to waste as much time as possible and were able to hang on to what they had in the end.
ORIENT: Vigouroux, James (Thompson 83), Happe, Beckles, Hunt, Pratley, Moncur (Sotiriouat 76), El Mizouni, Archibald, Kelman (Smith 83), Smyth (Brown 73). SUBS NOT USED: Sargeant, Ogie, Sweeney.
STAGS: Pym, O'Toole, Hewitt, Harbottle, Gordon (Perch 86), Boateng (Lapslie 45), Hartigan (Maris 64), Quinn (Clarke 64), McLaughlin, Swan (Gale 86), Oates. SUBS NOT USED: Flinders, Wallace.
REFEREE: Leigh Doughty.
Kelman's first goal lifts Leyton Orient to third straight win
newhamrecorder.co.uk, by Lee Power
Leyton Orient made it three wins from three in League Two as Charlie Kelman opened his account for the club and Lawrence Vigouroux impressed in goal.
Head coach Richie Wellens included new recruit Idris El Mizouni in his starting line-up, having signed him on a season-long loan from Ipswich Town on Friday.
Paul Smyth was also recalled to the side, but O's saw Mansfield awarded a penalty in the first minute when Vigouroux brought down Rhys Oates.
Stephen McLaughlin's spot-kick was saved low down to his right by the O's keeper, though, and the hosts were awarded a free-kick in a decent position when QPR loanee Kelman was fouled at the other end.
Nothing came of the set-piece, but George Moncur then beat three defenders and found Tom James, whose through ball was just too heavy for Rob Hunt.
Kelman had a shot deflected behind after cutting inside to create space, but Vigouroux had to make an important save to deny Oates as he burst into the box on the quarter-hour mark.
And play was then confined to midfield areas for a short while, with neither side about to create any significant attempts at goal before John-Joe O'Toole was booked for fouling Kelman.
Dan Happe headed straight at Christy Pym from Darren Pratley's cross on 26 minutes, with Hunt booked for fouling Kellan Gordon moments later and Will Swan heading straight at Vigouroux from the free-kick.
Vigouroux produced another excellent save to keep out Oates at close range seven minutes before the break, then denied the same player with his feet when Oates went through on goal and looked set to break the deadlock on 42 minutes.
El Mizouni had to flick Gordon's cross away from danger soon after the restart, while James saw a delivery of his own put behind for an O's corner on 55 minutes.
And the hosts went close just before the hour when Theo Archibald picked out Moncur and his shot was tipped over by Pym, with Happe heading wide from the corner.
The only goal of the game arrived on 63 minutes, though, as El Mizouni produced a driving run through the middle and laid the ball off to Kelman, whose powerful finish beat Pym.
But El Mizouni was shown a yellow card for a foul on Ollie Clarke before the second-half water break as the home fans in a crowd of 6,328 created a party atmosphere.
Wellens sent Jordan Brown and Ruel Sotiriou on for Smyth and Moncur a few minutes apart, but Brown was booked for a foul on George Lapslie moments after his arrival.
Adam Thompson and Harry Smith replaced James and Kelman for the final six minutes of normal time and the additional six of stoppage time, with McLaughlin booked for lashing out at Archibald as O's banked three more points.
Leyton Orient: Vigouroux, James (Thompson 84), Happe, Smyth (Brown 73), Archibald, Moncur (Sotiriou 77), El Mizouni, Pratley, Beckles, Kelman (Smith 84), Hunt. Unused subs: Sargeant, Ogie, Sweeney.
Attendance: 6,328 (including 536 Mansfield fans).
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