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11th September 2002 6:50

Mansfield Town 1 Derby County 3
Moore 8. Morris 10, MChristie 70, Evatt 78.
Att 5,788

Stags: Pilkington , JClarke , Reddington , Moore , PClark , MacKenzie, Lawrence , Williamson , Disley , Corden , IChristie.
Subs: AWhite (for Reddington, 72 mins), Bacon (for IChristie, 84 mins), Mark Hurst (debut, for Corden, 90 mins).
Subs not used: JWhite , Holyoak.
Sent off: Lee Williamson (90 seconds).

Derby: Poom , Barton , Higginbotham , Riggott , O'Neil , Bolder , Lee , Boertien , Morris , Strupar , MChristie.
Subs: Grant , Evatt , Kinkladze , Hunt , Twigg.

In a fantastic game at Field Mill in front of a passionate crowd, the Stags produced a superb performance against Derby County, before going down to a 3-1 defeat.
With Paul Danson as referee, it was predictable that there would be controversy. And it started early as Lee Williamson was sensationally sent off after 90 seconds. Williamson went in with a high challenge, but could have expected just a yellow card for the first challenge of the game. Amazingly the Stags took the lead after just 7 minutes. It was a first ever Stags goal for Neil Moore as he crashed his shot into the roof of the net, after Iyseden Christie had headed down Wayne Corden's cross. But Derby levelled just 2 minutes later in a crazy opening 10 minutes, with a goal by Lee Morris. Despite being down to 10 men, and playing a 4-4-1 formation, Stags gave Derby problems at the back though Derby had plenty of chances of their own. Stags appeared to have a cast-iron certain pernalty mid-way through the second half when Iyseden Christie was hacked down, but Danson played on, much to the fury of Stags boss Stuart Watkiss. Derby went in front on 70 minutes when Malcolm Christie scored with a deft touch to guide the ball into the corner of the net. On 78 minutes it was 3-1 when Derby sub Evatt's first effort was saved by Pilkington, but the Stags keeper couldn't hold onto the ball and Evatt put in the rebound. There was a debut in injury time for youth team striker Mark Hurst.
Stags received a rapturous reception from the home fans at the final whistle in recognition of a great display, but it wasn't enough as Derby progressed to Round 2.
Report from Teamtalk:
Late goals defeat Stags
Late goals from Malcolm Christie and Ian Evatt earned Derby a 3-1 win over ten-man Mansfield in the first round of the Worthington Cup.
After Lee Williamson's early dismissal, Neil Moore put Mansfield in front after eight minutes, only for Lee Morris to draw Derby level just 50 seconds later.
Christie put the Rams in front with 20 minutes remaining and Evatt guaranteed the win when he slotted home with just five minutes to go.
Mansfield, who had conceded 14 goals in their last three games, were reduced to ten men after just 90 seconds when Williamson saw red for a two-footed lunge on Adam Bolder.
But, despite Williamson's dismissal, the Stags then took a shock lead when Moore fired a close-range volley into the root of the net to grab his first goal for the club after good work on the wing by Wayne Corden.
Mansfield's joy was short-lived, however, when Derby levelled the tie just a minute later when Morris slotted home Malcolm Christie's cross from the left.
Branko Strupar and Bolder both came close to increasing Derby's advantage before Christie deservedly put the Rams in front from an acute angle.
As Mansfield pushed forward, Evatt then grabbed his first senior goal for Derby with a few minutes remaining to secure the Rams' place in the second round of the competition, the draw for which takes place on Saturday at 2:30pm.
CHAD website report:
A goal at last, but Stags lose cup thriller
BRAVE 10-man Mansfield regained much lost pride after pushing illustrious First Division neighbours Derby all the way, before losing out 3-1 to two late second half goals in their Worthington Cup tie at Field Mill tonight.
BRAVE 10-man Mansfield regained much lost pride after pushing illustrious First Division neighbours Derby all the way, before losing out 3-1 to two late second half goals in their Worthington Cup tie at Field Mill tonight.
The beleaguered Stags, beaten 5-0 and 4-0 in their last two home games, couldn't have made a worst start when captain Lee Williamson was sent off inside 90 seconds.
But Neil Moore's first goal for the club in the eighth minute shocked the Rams, who were level within two minutes through Lee Morris.
Stags then defended doggedly to frustrate the visitors before Malcolm Christie (71) and Ian Evatt (78) broke their resistance.
Despite the early cup exit, the gutsy performance will give manager Stuart Watkiss a real tonic ahead of Saturday's tough trip to Oldham.
There were three changes from the side that lost 4-0 to QPR on Saturday, with Neil MacKenzie, Stuart Reddington and Jamie Clarke replacing the injured Bobby Hassell; short-term signings Damien Delaney and Lee Glover who did not play to avoid being cup-tied, and Andy White, who dropped to the bench as Watkiss opted to start with five in midfield and just one striker.
The task ahead of Mansfield was huge and became a mountain within 90 seconds of the kick-off when Derby-born Stags' skipper Lee Williamson was red carded.
He dived in studs showing for an awful tackle on Bolder and, as the pair squared up, the referee pointed him to the tunnel.
Shell-shocked Stags had to quickly defend as Morris tried to find a way through the middle, but youngster Clarke came up with a vital toe-end to win the ball.
O'Neill headed over from a deep right wing cross a minute later.
But beleaguered Stags stunned Derby and brought the stadium to life with a goal on eight minutes their first in 372 minutes of football.
When the Rams failed to clear Mansfield's first corner, Iyseden Christie put the ball back in from the right and Moore found the net off the underside of the bar from six yards.
The thrills continued two minutes later as Derby stung the home side with a quick equaliser.
Malcolm Christie reached the left byeline and squared low to Morris on the near post, who was allowed to tuck away a simple finish from five yards.
Pilkington got down well to gather Strupar's firm downward header from O'Neill's cross in the 18th minute.
Moore then got in a good block on Riggott's low shot, while Pilkington smothered Morris' dangerous low cross in front of goal.
The frenetic action calmed a little as Derby enjoyed a spell of possession football as the extra man began to tell.
Mansfield were fortunate when O'Neill's shot ricocheted off a defender towards Malcolm Christie, but he sliced his finish wide.
Bolder was on his own 20 yards from goal to meet a Morris cross with a powerful header, but it sailed just over.
Evatt also nodded over a Barton cross, but overall the Stags' 10-men were defending comfortably as half-time approached.
Derby produced the first danger of the second half when Christie was allowed space to run and eventually shot just wide with a low effort from 20 yards.
Clark then went on a superb forward run for the Stags, beating several opponents before running out of steam and space as he got into the opposition penalty area.
Derby continued to press and Malcolm Christie twice went close, while Bolder dipped a drive narrowly over from 25 yards as the 10 men remained defiant.
The visitors created more half chances, though on a rare break forward the Stags appealed for a penalty when Riggott appeared to block Iyseden Christie's run in the box.
However, the 10-men's brave resistance was finally broken by two goals in seven minutes.
Morris crossed low from the left in the 71st minute and Christie was on hand in front of goal to turn home an expert finish.
Shortly afterwards Morris hoisted another ball in from the left which Evatt met with a close range header that Pilkington got a hand to, but could not prevent from crossing the line.
The keeper redeemed himself with a fine full length dive to deny Evatt's low shot seven minutes from time.
BBC.co.uk report:
Ten-man Mansfield made First Division neighbours Derby fight all the way before the Rams finally booked their passage into the second round of the Worthington Cup.
Mansfield, beaten in their previous four games, were left with a mountain to climb after young skipper Lee Williamson, once on Derby's books, was sent off for a two-footed tackle on Adam Bolder inside the first 90 seconds.
However, Mansfield stunned Derby six minutes later with their first goal in 372 minutes of football.
The Rams failed to clear Mansfield's first corner and Iyseden Christie turned the ball back in for Neil Moore to find the net off the underside of the bar for his first goal for the club.
The celebrations were silenced within two minutes as Lee Morris was left unmarked at the near post to turn in a low Malcolm Christie cross from four yards for the equaliser.
Mansfield keeper Kevin Pilkington did have to save a header from Branko Strupar, the Belgian striker limping off shortly after.
But, otherwise the keeper was rarely tested in the first half as Mansfield defended comfortably.
Derby began the second half in confident fashion but on a rare Mansfield attack, Derby's defence held their breath as Chris Riggott appeared to bring down Iyseden Christie in the box with the ball nowhere near.
But Mr Danson was unimpressed and waved play on.
Mansfield's brave resistance was finally ended when they were pierced by Christie 19 minutes from time.
Paul Boertien's low cross from the left found Christie who was on hand to expertly steer his finish home.
And they grabbed a third as added insurance just seven minutes later as a high Morris cross was met by substitute Ian Evatt's head right in front of goal.
Pilkington got a hand to it but couldn't prevent it crossing the line.


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