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4th September 2023 23:02

Carabao Cup (English Football League Cup) - Round 2
Sheffield Wednesday 1 - 1 Mansfield Town Mansfield won 5-4 on penalties
Musaba 28. Oates 85
Attendance: 10,724 (approx 1800 from Mansfield)

Date: 29 August 2023


By Martin Shaw at Hillsborough

Mansfield Town are through to the League Cup third round for the first time since 2005 after a penalty shoot-out win against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough last night. It was a great night for the 1800 travelling Stags fans, and even though the Stags probably didn't deserve to win, there was some justice as the Stags clearly deserved to win here in the FA Cup last season and ended up losing that game.

Mansfield remain unbeaten this season. Sheffield Wednesday, promoted to the Championship in May, had lost all 4 league games this season, and had got past Stockport in Round 1 on penalties. So desperate for a win were Wednesday, that star player Barry Bannan, who hadn't expected to play, played the full 90 minutes.

The Owls were the better side in the first half and deservedly led at the break, as Josh Windass crossed from the right, Callum Paterson headed back across goal, and Anthony Musaba headed down and past Pym from 6 yards after 28 minutes. They could have been further ahead as Windass smashed a great shot against the bar from 25 yards. The Stags had a couple of chances as Aden Flint headed a free kick across goal and Lucas Akins headed straight at the keeper, and then Davis Keillor-Dunn sent a shot from 20 yards just over the bar.

Into the second half, and Christy Pym made a couple of superb saves in the opening 5 minutes, firstly a fabulous save from a Michael Ihiekwe header, and then from a Windass shot from 20 yards.

The Stags stayed in the game. Jordan Bowery made a great run forward after 58 minutes past a defender and sending a left footed shot just wide. Rhys Oates replaced Akins after 62 minutes and was straight into the action, through 1-on-1 with the keeper but firing wide. Bizarrely the linesman put his flag up for offside fully 5-10 seconds after the ball had gone out for a goal kick.

The Stags were right in the game now but the Owls hit the woodwork again after 79 minutes as Michael Smith chipped in a good cross from the right and Juan Delgado headed against the left post. I'm not sure if Pym got a touch to push it onto the post.
UPDATE: from a video from the opposite side, it’s clear that Pym did indeed push the header on to the post. Good save.

Mansfield equalised with an incredible goal 5 minutes from time. In the post match interview, Christy Pym joked that the move started 10 minutes from time! He wasn't far out, as Mansfield put together a move of 32 passes before Oates cut in from the left touchline and curled a superb shot from 20 yards into the bottom right corner of the net. What an incredible goal.

Only 3 minutes of additional time was added on as the game went straight to a penalty shoot-out. The Stags' record in penalty shoot-outs isn't great but this side is made of sterner stuff, full of bottle and quality.

On the toss of the referee's coin, the penalties were at the opposite end from the Stags fans.

The Stags went first. Bowery, Maris and Keillor-Dunn buried their penalties, as Michael Smith, Windass and Bannan did the same for the Owls. Will Swan then had his penalty saved, but Pym then saved brilliantly, diving at full stretch to his right to save from Will Vaulks.

It was now sudden death. Oates scored, then Lee Gregory drew it level at 4-4. Flint stepped up to boos from many home fans, and sent the keeper the wrong way.

Liam Palmer had to score for Wednesday, but Pym made another brilliant save, diving to his left to push it away. The Stags were through. The fans celebrated. The players were probably too exhausted for wild celebrations.

Pym was clearly man of the match, a 10 out of 10 performance for multiple superb saves in normal time, and then two saves in the shoot-out. Lewis Brunt looked so comfortable on the ball on his first start. Flint was dominant in the air against the side he helped get promoted last season. Full backs Bowery and Macdonald were very good. Clarke was excellent in midfield, tough in the tackle and getting up to speed now. Akins didn't have his best game up front. Swan is getting up to speed after missing pre-season but still has a way to go. Oates was really lively when he came on and gave the home defence problems.

The draw for the third round is at 10.15 on Wednesday night. Nigel Clough said he wanted a home tie. I'd like a big Premier League club, the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, (not Luton), away, or at home.

The next game is on Saturday, against Bradford at the One Call Stadium. The game should be approaching a full house. It should be a great atmosphere.



Carabao Cup: Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Mansfield Town (4-5 on pens) - Stags reach third round
Musaba (28'minutes)
Oates (85'minutes)
Paterson (28'minutes)
Reed (85'minutes)


Christy Pym was the Mansfield Town hero as they pulled off a Carabao Cup penalty shootout win against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

The Stags keeper made a series of saves in normal time to keep the League Two side in contention after Anthony Musaba headed Wednesday ahead.

Rhys Oates produced a superb equaliser with five minutes left to send the game to spot kicks.

Pym saved from Will Vaulks but Cameron Dawson also produced a stop from Will Swan to take it to sudden death.

After Aden Flint scored against his former club, Pym produced another terrific save to deny Liam Palmer and put Mansfield in the third round.

Wednesday are yet to win a game in conventional fashion this season, having scraped through the first round in this competition in a penalty shootout against Stockport and they have lost all four league games in the Championship in a poor start under Xisco Munoz.

For most of this game it looked like that run would end after Josh Windass crossed, Callum Patterson headed across goal, and Musaba applied the finish.

Windass then hit the bar and Pym produced fine saves to deny Michael Ihiekwe, Windass and Juan Delgado to keep the Stags alive.

Oates cut in from the left and curled in the equaliser and Mansfield kept their nerve in the shootout to progress into the third round.

Match Stats
Home Team Sheff Wed Away Team Mansfield
Possession Home 51% Away 49%
Shots Home 22 Away 8
Shots on Target Home 8 Away 3
Corners Home 8 Away 5
Fouls Home 9 Away 7


Cup glory as Mansfield Town win on penalties at Sheffield Wednesday
chad.co.uk, Tues 29 Aug 2023

Christy Pym was the hero as Mansfield Town stunned Championship Sheffield Wednesday 5-4 in a dramatic penalty shoot out in the second round of the EFL Cup.

Pym’s heroics in normal time paid dividends as substitute Rhys Oates sent the game to penalties with five minutes to go by cancelling out Anthony Musaba’s opener.

Pym kept out both spot kicks from Will Vaulks and Liam Palmer to secure a third-round spot as the Owls’ horror start to the season continued while Stags remain unbeaten.

It was the first time Mansfield had made round three of the competition since 2005.


Boss Nigel Clough made a trio of changes to the side which beat Stockport County on Saturday afternoon.

Ollie Clarke, Will Swan and Lewis Brunt, making his full debut for the club, were included in the absence of George Williams, Stephen Quinn and Oates.

The Stags had an early penalty shout waved away after Clarke went down inside the box as he tried to get on the end of Jordan Bowery’s teasing cross.

But Yorkshire’s Owls took the lead in the 28th minute as Musaba headed home Callum Paterson’s ball back across goal.

Mansfield could have restored parity within minutes as Lucas Akins nodded Aden Flint’s cross straight into the hands of stopper Cameron Dawson.

Then Davis Keillor-Dunn squandered a decent chance as he blasted over the bar in search of an equaliser before Louis Reed dragged wide of the mark.

Stags got lucky in first-half stoppage time as Josh Windass saw his powerful strike rattle the crossbar in the 47th minute.

The visitors needed stopper Pym to keep then in the game shortly after the restart.

First, he kept out Michael Ihiekwe with a stunning stop before he palmed Windass’ fiercely-struck 20-yard effort away from danger.

Mansfield saw a great chance go begging as Bowery fired wide of the mark on the hour.

Down the other end, Dominic Iorfa nodded over the bar after meeting Barry Bannan’s dangerous delivery.

Sent on after 62 minutes, Oates livened things up and seemingly took advantage of Akin Famewo’s slip at the back before the defender recovered well with a last-gasp challenge.

Pym produced a brilliant stop to tip Juan Delgado’s header onto the post to keep the visitors in the game with 10 minutes to go.

But Oates’ levelled late on with a fine strike from the edge of the box after bullying his way through a number of hosts’ challenges to force the dramatic shoot-out.

The first five penalties saw Jordan Bowery, George Maris, Keillor-Dunn and Oates net their kicks with Will Swan having his saved and Pym denying Vaulks.

Former Wednesday star Aden Flint stepped up to put Stags 5-4 ahead before Pym provided the crucial stop to send Stags’ travelling army of fans into hige celebrations.

WEDNESDAY: Dawson, Iorfa, Ihiekwe, Famewo, Valentin (Palmer, 81), Bakinson (Vaulks, 81), Bannan, Paterson (Delgado, 65), Windass, Fletcher (Smith, 71), Musaba (Gregory, 71). SUBS NOT USED: Gassama, Bernard, James, Vasquez.

STAGS: Pym, Bowery, Flint, Brunt, MacDonald, Reed, Clarke, Maris, Keillor-Dunn, Swan, Akins (Oates, 62). SUBS NOT USED: Flinders, Cooper, Williams, Abdullah, Carter, Wauchope, Kruszynski, Turner.

REFEREE: Sunny Gill

ATTENDANCE: 10,724 (1,800 away approx).


Owls beaten by Mansfield on penalties

Wednesday were knocked out of the Carabao Cup 5-4 on penalties after being held by Mansfield in normal time at Hillsborough.

A late leveller from substitute Rhys Oates took the tie to spot-kicks following Anthony Musaba’s first goal in Wednesday colours.

And but for a splendid performance by Christy Pym in the Stags goal, the hosts would have been out of sight.

Pym pulled off a string of fine saves to keep Mansfield in the contest before denying Liam Palmer in the shootout to cap a memorable night between the sticks.


Earlier, it was all Wednesday from the off, with Callum Paterson, Josh Windass and Ashley Fletcher each calling Pym into action.

Barry Bannan thumped over from distance as the visitors were overrun all over the pitch and the skipper was typically influential in the opening goal on 28 minutes.

Bannan played a delightful ball over the top for Windass, whose cross was nodded back across goal by Paterson to Musaba and the Dutchman headed home from close range.

Mansfield were pinned into their own half and only a lick of paint prevented Wednesday taking a 2-0 lead into the break.

Great work down the right by Pol Valentin - impressive throughout - saw the new recruit tee up Windass and the latter unleased a thunderous hit that crashed against the crossbar.

The Owls went close again straight after the restart when Pym somehow kept out Michael Ihiekwe’s glancing header before the keeper beat out a Windass drive moments later.

The visitors, though, started to show signs of recovery, evidenced by nimble footwork and a blistering shot from Jordan Bowery that flew over the crossbar.

The Stags certainly upped the ante compared to their first half display, enjoying plenty of the ball, albeit without troubling Cameron Dawson.

Xisco threw on Michael Smith and Lee Gregory and the move almost paid dividends in the closing stages.

Gregory found Smith down the right, the cross to the back stick was perfect for the onrushing Juan Delgado, whose firm header was expertly palmed onto the post by Pym.

And that proved a foundation for the equaliser with five minutes to go. Oates took possession 25 yards out on the angle and advanced to drill a fine effort into the far corner to stun the Owls.

So to penalties the tie went and when Dawson saved from Will Swift, it was advantage Wednesday.

But Pym stopped Will Vaulks, leading to sudden death. Ex-Owl Aden Flint netted, Pym kept out Palmer and Mansfield advanced to round three.

Wednesday: Dawson, Valentin (Palmer 80), Iorfa, Ihiekwe, Famewo, Paterson (Delgado 64), Bannan, Bakinson (Vaulks 80), Musaba (Gregory 71) , Windass, Fletcher (Smith 71)


Beleaguered Sheffield Wednesday’s torrid start continues as Mansfield Town complete smash-and-grab at Hillsborough
thestar.co.uk, By Joe Crann

Sheffield Wednesday crashed out of the Carabao Cup to League Two Mansfield Town after a penalty shootout defeat at Hillsborough on Tuesday night.

Wednesday’s first half was a strong one, and within 10 minutes they’d already had five shots had tested Christy Pym on a couple of occasions. It was clear from his selection, once again picking Barry Bannan, that Xisco wanted to win this one - and his players came out with the sort of intensity that has been lacking so often this season.

Yes it was a League Two side, but the Owls were looking slick and driven, Pol Valentin stretched his legs up and down the right side while Callum Paterson did the same down the left, and Tyreeq Bakinson used the ball well sat in front of a back three of Akin Famewo, Michael Ihiekwe and Dominic Iorfa. Cameron Dawson was back in goal, too.

Josh Windass, playing behind Ashley Fletcher, was a constant thorn in the Stags’ side, and Anthony Musaba’s quick feet gave the visitors all sorts of problems as the hosts completely dominated the opening stages of the encounter.


It wasn’t his feet that did the damage in the end, though, the young attacker finding himself in the right place in front of goal to get on the end and nod home a lovely cushioned header into the mixer by Paterson after he’d been found by Windass from out wide. The Owls lead, and they certainly deserved it.

They wouldn’t be resting on their lead at Hillsborough, and as Bannan buzzed around and ran things from the middle of the park Bakinson proved to be a good outlet in terms of controlling the game. Xisco’s men were well on top going into half time, and would’ve been even more so if Windass’ rocket from range hadn’t come cannoning back off the post before the whistle was blown. He was desperately unlucky not to get off the mark.

It was much of the same as the second stanza got underway as well, the Owls not making any changes as they sought to finish the job early doors, but after a couple of early attacks - Pym stopping both Ihiekwe and Windass with fine stops - the game did start to shift the way of Nigel Clough’s side around the hour mark.

It was around then that the Owls boss decided to act, taking off Paterson to a big round of applause as Juan Delgado entered the field. ‘Pato’s ovation from the South Stand was testament to another strong shift in Wednesday colours. The change killed Mansfield’s momentum somewhat, but Famewo did have to make a fantastic recovery challenge moments later to mop up a chance of his own making.

Michael Smith and Lee Gregory took to the field in an attempt to push for a second, goalscorer Musaba getting an ovation of his own as he and Fletcher took their leave - the tricky Dutchman had won over a few fans more who had the trip to S6 for this one.

Delgado nearly made it two with 79 minutes gone, Pym making yet another strong save to tip his header onto the post, and Gregory couldn’t quite force it home as the visitors managed to eventually get it clear before Will Vaulks and Liam Palmer entered the fray in place of Valentin and Bakinson. They too got the plaudits they deserved from the Hillsborough crowd.

But how often are teams made to rue their missed chances in football? The Pym saves, the efforts against the woodwork. And Wednesday’s defence had hardly been steadfast this season. So going into the the final 10 minutes of course there were concerns, especially with the flood of changes.

And so it came to pass, Xisco’s wait for a clean sheet as Wednesday boss will continue. Rhys Oates was given the freedom of Hillsborough as he worked his way closer to the edge of the Owls box, and while his finish was exquisite there will be frustrations at how he was allowed to even have one in the first place.

It was so late in the day, and so against the general run of play, but Clough won’t have cared. The near-on 2,000 Stags supporters erupted and they knew that it was going to go to penalties. All of the changes seemed to disrupt Wednesday, and the visitors had their tails up as Sunny Singh Gill blew the final whistle. Penalties again.

The shootout started well as Smith, Windass and Bannan all scored, and when Dawson kept out Will Swan it looked like it it would be Wednesday’s night after all. There was to be no shootout joy this time around though as Vaulks and Palmer both saw their efforts saved in front of an empty Kop. The Owls are out of the Carabao Cup, Xisco’s wait for a win continues, and that trip to Leeds United and Elland Road is looking very daunting this weekend.


Sheffield Wednesday player ratings as Windass and Paterson stand out in Mansfield cup loss
Yorkshire Live, By Ricky Charlesworth


Cameron Dawson 7

Had precious little to do in truth, in his first appearance since the season opener against Southampton. Touched it plenty of times though, given Wednesday's willingness to work it from the back. Pulled off a good save in the shoot-out.

Pol Valentin 6

Impressed much more on this outing than in his previous showing against Stockport. Got forward and was diligent defensively. Still a bit of ring rust but promising.

Dominic Iorfa 7

Composed showing from arguably Wednesday's best defender since Xisco Munoz's arrival. Got forward with his big strides when he could but was solid defensively, first and foremost.

Michael Ihiekwe 6

Went close with a header just after the restart. Will be a morale-boosting performance after his last involvement saw him have a shocker at Hull. Chipped in with plenty of clearances sitting in the centre of the back three.

Akin Famewo 7

Back in a more familiar position of left-sided centre-half. One moment second half where he looked to have made a huge error as he slipped inside his own half but recovered expertly. Looks more at home in the centre than out wide.

Callum Paterson 7

Was really impressive first half, cajoling others and was disciplined in his left wing-back role. Provided the assist for Musaba with an intelligent header and won more than his fair share of aerial duels.

Barry Bannan 7

Perhaps a surprise starter, Bannan didn't let up with the intensity here. Sprayed some gorgeous passes and was at the heart of everything good. Made four key passes, the joint-highest total.

Tyreeq Bakinson 7

Tidy display from the midfielder who kept things ticking over at the base of midfield. Always looking around for the best pass available to him. Encouraging.

Josh Windass 7

A performance where he was hungry to impress. Fired off no fewer than seven shots with three drawing good saves from the visiting stopper. He showed real drive in his position just behind the front man.

Anthony Musaba 7

In the right place at the right time for the opener, which will give him the world of confidence. Not everything he tried came off but can be pleased with his night's work.

Ashley Fletcher 5

Handed only his second start and linked up well at times first half but struggled to fashion much by way of scoring opportunities with one tame effort that was easily kept out by Stags' stopper Pym.


Juan Delgado (For Paterson, 65) 6

Lee Gregory (For Musaba, 70) N/A

Michael Smith (For Fletcher, 70) N/A

Will Vaulks (For Bakinson, 81) N/A

Missed his penalty in the shoot-out.

Liam Palmer (For Valentin, 81) N/A

Saw the crucial spot-kick saved to send Mansfield through.

Subs unused: Vasquez, Bernard, James, Gassama.