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1st November 2011 11:44

FACup 4th Qualifying Round
Dyer 70. Jamie Milligan 43.
Att: 1725 (134 from Fleetwood)

Text commentary:
5 Fleetwood free kick goes in the net, but offside flag is up
8 First corner of the game, and Dyer's goalbound header is deflected away for another corner
11 Meikle has a half-chance in the box after a slip by the defence, but cant get a shot away
12 Terrific take by Marriott from a cross
15 Shot from Seddon comes off the outside of the Stags post
Even game in the opening 15 minutes - both teams giving it everything.
18 Murray smashes a shot over the bar, with a deflection off a Fleetwood player, after a terrific header from Dyer.
19 Stags corner flashes straight across the goalline
Martin Riley having a much better game than last week
May be lucky to be 2000 in the ground
Marriott in pink shirt
25 Good move from Fleetwood, and Seddon's cross hits Brodie and goes wide
5 corners for the Stags to 0 for Fleetwood
100 approx from Fleetwood
Opening 32 minutes very even on possession and chances
36 Brilliant run by Howell, but instead of shooting he tries to tee up Green, but keeper smothers ball from Green
Brodie spending all his time moaning at the ref
Ref loses patience with Brodie and produces yellow card for back-chat
43 0-1 Jamie Milligan free kick from just outside the box
HT 0-1 Good game. Very even.
HT Hayes 1 Cambridge 2
Brodie taken off at HT, before he's sent off. Replaced by Magno Viera
50 Low cross from Bolland but only 2 Stags players in the box against 4 defenders
52 Good Stags move and finally Howell tries to slide in Green, but Green didn't read it
54 Awful shot from O'Neill hits the SSA tunnel
Green is the Stags biggest threat. Dyer offering little. Moult for Dyer would be an obvious change.
57 Cross-shot from Meikle beats keeper but just sails wide with Green trying to get a boot on it.
Corner count is now Stags 5 Fleetwood 4
Adam Murray has drifted out of the game. Meanwhile Moult looks like he's coming on
60 Tame shot from Viera is flopped on by Marriott
62 Moult for Bolland. Bolland get decent round of applause. Dyer moves to the right, and shakes his head indicating he is not happy with it.
67 Great tackle from Futcher. At the other end frustration as a Moult surge forward is halted as the ref says he fouled his man
70 1-1 Dyer with a good finish at the back post
71 Fleetwood hit the crossbar with a header from Pond
Att: 1725 (134 from Fleetwood)
74 Good save from Marriott from Vardy
75 Futcher heads wide from O'Neill corner
Stags now look the better side, for the first time in the game
82 Good take by Marriott from a cross
83 Fleetwood free kick 25 yards out as Sutton is booked. Cox fuming. Mulligan free kick off the wall and goes wide with Marriott beaten.
Sponsors MOM Futcher
85 Vardy misses sitter as it hits Marriott. Fleetwood now on top.
86 McGuire shaves the post from outside the box
88 Viera shoots wide, awful effort from route one move
3 mins time added on
90+2 Howell cross lands on top of the net. So close
FT 1-1
Fair result.
Replay on Tuesday. Cambridge game gets moved from Thursday to Saturday.


report from mansfieldtown.net

This FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifyer will need a replay at Highbury Stadium after a hard fought 1-1 draw at Field Mill this afternoon.


Ross Dyer's 70th minute strike cancelled out Jamie Milligan's goal three minutes before the break to set up the replay this Tuesday.

It means that Stags' league match at home to Cambridge, scheduled for next Thursday, is now likely to be played next Saturday with a 3pm kick off, although both the Stags and United are awaiting confirmation from the Foiotball Conference.

Fleetwood thought they had made the breakthrough as early as the fifth minute when Jamie Milligan's left-sided free kick eluded everyone in the area and flew into the bottom corner of the net. But The Cod Army's joy was short lived by the sight of a linesman's flag.

Stags then enjoyed their first spell of pressure which saw them win three corners in succession - all expertly taken by right back Luke O'Neill, but Fleetwood managed to clear.

Anthony Howell should have tested the visiting keeper on ten minutes when he latched on to Matt Green's pass inside the area, but the midfielder took too much time on the ball and the chance went begging.

Fleetwood struck the woodwork with 15 minutes played when Jamie Vardy assisted Gareth Seddon on the right, who cut inside to let fly, only to see his effort strike the bottom of the post.

Adam Murray then stung the fingertips of Scott Davies, the Fleetwood goalkeeper, when Alan Goddall's poor clearance found its way to Murray who rifled a shot goalwards which was tipped over the bar.

Fleetwood striker Richard Brodie, another of the Cod Army's big summer signings, was almost in the clear after showing Martin Riley a clean set of heels, but the Stags' defender recovered superbly to stop Brodie in his tracks by way of a last ditch challenge.

The visitors eventually took the lead three minutes before half time. Jamie Milligan struck sweetly from 20 yards - his shot floating over the wall, leaving Alan Marriott rooted to the spot.

The second half saw fewer chances, but Stags should have been on level terms shortly before the hour when Lindon Meikle did well to deliver from the left - but the cross was just too high for Green, who was heading in at the back post.

Stags' leveller came on 70 minutes, set up by Luke O'Neill, arguably Mansfield's man of the match. His telling left-wing cross was flicked on by Louis Moult, and Ross Dyer was in the right place at the right time to slam home at the back post.

Fleetwood then enjoyed a succession of chances to snatch the tie.

A minute after conceding, Nathan Pond's header clipped the bar following Milligan's chip into the box. Vardy wasted two chances as his effort was saved by Marriott on 73 and then fired over 12 minutes later. Jamie McGuire hit the woodwork from 25 yards and Magno Viera then dragged his shot wide with two minutes left as an evenly-matched contest ended 1-1.

STAGS: Marriott; Sutton, Riley, Futcher, O'Neill; Bolland (Moult 62), Murray, Howell; Dyer, Green, Meikle.
Subs: Somes, Redmond, Connor, Bell, Todd, Day.

FLEETWOOD: Davies; Beeley, McNulty, Pond, Brown (Goodall 15); Vardy, McGuire, Milligan; Mangan (Clancy 81), Brodie (Vieira HT), Seddon.
Subs: Louis-Hamilton, Briggs, Cox, Brown.

ATTENDANCE: 1,725 (134 away).


Mansfield Town 1-1 Fleetwood Town, FA Cup, Saturday 29th October
chad.co.uk report

ROSS Dyer's equaliser earned Mansfield Town a Tuesday night FA Cup replay at big-spending Fleetwood Town after today's tense fourth qualifying round tie ended 1-1 at Field Mill today.


In a tight first half, the Cod Army had a sixth minute Richard Brodie effort chalked off for offside while Gareth Seddon also hit the bar before Jamie Milligan's free kick found the back of the net two minutes from the break.

But, with their first on-target effort of the game, Dyer put Stags level on 70 minutes, touching home as Stoke loanee Louis Moult drilled a shot across the face of goal.

The high-flying visitors looked the more likely to snatch it as Nathan Pond headed against the bar, Jamie McGuire clipped the angle, and Alan Marriott pulled off a brilliant save to deny Jamie Vardy.

The draw means Thursday's scheduled televised visit by Cambridge will be moved back to next Saturday.

The visitors thought they had snatched a sixth minute lead as Brodie turned home a Milligan free kick from the left in the middle of a crowded six yard box, but Mansfield were relieved to see a raised offside flag.

That stunned Stags into attacking action and they won three successive corners.

Then, breaking forward, Green drew two defenders before cueing up Howell, who should have shot first time, but delayed and was quickly crowded out.

Soon after, Sutton crossed from the left, a defender slipped and Meikle was in front of goal alone only to miscontrol the ball on his chest and his eventual low ball in saw keeper Davies there ahead of the sliding Green's outstretched leg.

Brown, who had been limping from an earlier challenge, was replaced by Goodall on 15 minutes.

Fleetwood broke on 16 minutes, ending with Seddon dragging a low shot at goal which, although it lacked real venom, still beat Marriott and clipped the outside of the post.

Murray's 18 yard drive deflected narrowly over for a corner on 19 minutes.

Brodie went on a powerful run and threatened to get goalside of Riley. But Riley stuck to his task and stayed with him, Brodie eventually tumbling in the box and furious not to get anything.

Howell then made a great interception just inside the Fleetwood half and raced on, squaring the ball to Green at the last minute only to see Davies there first to gather before Green could shoot.

Brodie was continuing to complain to the official and there were huge cheers when he was finally booked on 42 minutes.

But the visitors were all smiles a minute later as the deadlock was broken.

Vardy won a free kick on the edge of the box, just right of centre and, with Marriott across towards his right post, Milligan stepped up to curl the ball over the wall and inside the keeper's left post.

Beeley rolled around as if he had been shot right on half-time but was up quickly and running well once he knew he wasn't going to get anything.

The half-time whistle then saw him pulled away from the referee as they left the field.

It was one hot shot for another at the break as Brodie was replaced by Brazilian ace Vieira for the Cod Army.

O'Neill blazed wildly over for the home side after his long throw was cleared back to him.

Then Vardy was wide from 25 yards with a powerful low effort at the other end.

Meikle produced a moment of magic on 59 minutes as he tricked his way between two opponents on the left and cut in to curl the ball inches wide of the far post with Green just unable to turn it home.

With Stags showing little threat, Paul Cox switched things round on 62 minutes, sending on forward Moult for midfielder Bolland and going 4-4-2.

And within six minutes the sides were level.

O'Neill pumped the ball long from the left towards the far post where Moult tried to turn it home across goal. The ball was going wide but Dyer raced in to sweep home from close range.

It was almost a short-lived parity as two minutes later Pond got up to meet a Milligan free kick and saw his header clip the top of the bar.

Then Vardy got into a dangerous position inside the right hand side of the box and tried a low shot that Marriott blocked with his knees.

Futcher twice came close to a home winner, first just inches away from getting his head on an O'Neill cross and then, from Meikle's ball in, flicking a back header just wide.

Sutton was warned for dissent after a foul was given against Murray, one of several contentious decisions by the man in the middle, and when O'Neill was booked for what barely looked a foul soon after, Sutton was also yellow-carded for adding his comments.

Milligan saw a free kick deflect wide with Marriot wrong-footed.

Then Marriott saved Stags with four minutes left as Vardy went past Futcher top go one-on-one down the centre only to see the keeper get a hand to his vicious finish and manage to get it over the bar.

Fleetwood were looking to win this at the first time of asking and won three corners near the end, then from Vieira's pass, McGuire's finish clipped the angle.

Vieira dragged another effort wide of the far post as we entered the final minute of normal time.

STAGS: Marriott; Sutton, Riley, Futcher, O'Neill; Bolland (Moult 62), Murray, Howell; Dyer, Green, Meikle. Subs: Somes, Redmond, Connor, Bell, Todd, Day.

FLEETWOOD: Davies; Beeley, McNulty, Pond, Brown (Goodall 15); Vardy, McGuire, Milligan; Mangan (Clancy 81), Brodie (Vieira HT), Seddon. Subs: Louis-Hamilton, Briggs, Cox, Brown.

REFEREE: Martin Smedley of Staffordshire.

ATTENDANCE: 1,725 (134 away).

GOALSCORERS: Stags – Dyer 70mins. Fleetwood – Mulligan 43mins.

CAUTIONS: Stags – O'Neill 84mins, Sutton 84mins. Fleetwood – Brodie 42mins.



Full-time: Mansfield Town 1 Fleetwood 1
Nottingham Post report

A FOURTH goal of the season for Ross Dyer earned Mansfield Town a Tuesday night replay at Fleetwood Town as they fought back to earn a draw in this afternoon's FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie.


After a first half of little goalmouth incident, the big-spending visitors had stole in front on the stroke of half-time when Jamie Milligan scored from a free-kick.

But Mansfield were not done and took the take the game back to the Highbury when Dyer pounced 20 minutes into the second period.

Fleetwood had the ball in the net as early as the sixth minute, but Richard Brodie's tap-in, from Jamie Milligan's free-kick, was ruled offside.

Soon after, Matt Green teed up Anthony Howell, who should have shot first time, but he delayed and the chance was gone.

Then Ritchie Sutton crossed from the right but Lindon Meikle mis-controlled at the vital moment after a Fleetwood defender had slipped.

Fleetwood fired a warning in the 16th minute when Gareth Seddon drilled against the right-hand post after a misplaced pass by Paul Bolland.

The Stags upped the ante and Adam Murray was left frustrated when his drive from just outside the box was deflected over.

A determined run from Howell saw him surge into the box and try to pick out Green, but Scott Davies was quickly off his line to smother the danger.

But it was Fleetwood who went in front two minutes from half-time.

Jamie Vardy was brought down on the edge of the box and Jamie Milligan curled over the wall and into the right-hand corner.

After a slow start to the second half, both Luke O'Neill and Vardy were well off target with shots from distance.

Meikle's persistence almost produced an equaliser for Mansfield when he shook off several challenges to cross to the far post, just beyond the reach of Green.

Just after the hour mark, manager Paul Cox threw on loan signing Louis Moult in place of Bolland.

And the young striker played a part in Mansfield's 70th minute equaliser when he diverted O'Neill's left-wing cross into the path of Ross Dyer, who swept into an unguarded goal from close range.

Fleetwood almost went straight back in front when Milligan's free-kick was headed against the bar by Nathan Pond with Alan Marriott beaten.

The keeper then had to produce a smart block to deny Vardy after he had broken free on the right side of the box.

At the other end, Meikle's dangerous centre was flicked on by Ben Futcher but just beyond the far post.

Marriott pulled off a superb stop to ensure parity was retained after Vardy looked destined to score as he ghosted into the area onto substitute Magno Vieira's pass.

And Jamie McGuire was unlucky when his long range shot struck the angle of post and bar.

In the closing stages, Vieira found space in the area but dragged wide of the left-hand post


Dyer keeps his cool as Stags show resistance to earn FA Cup replay
Nottingham Post considered report

EVEN a dig from the manager over his dress sense could not wipe the smile off Ross Dyer's face.


"What's your granddad wearing today then?" joked Paul Cox as the striker was leaving Field Mill on Saturday evening, nodding in the direction of his jumper.

But Dyer was unruffled, didn't rise to the bait, smirked and kept on walking – just as coolly as he had been an hour previously in keeping his side's FA Cup hopes alive.

The former Hednesford player could hardly miss when substitute Louis Moult's 70th minute attempted shot broke kindly into his path, allowing him to sweep home from close range.

But even so it was a welcome reward for a player whose hard-working ethos is typical of this Mansfield side – and is why they have, on the whole, proven difficult to beat this season.

Big-spending Fleetwood travelled south bubbling with confidence, having thumped Alfreton and Bath City 4-1 in their previous two matches and having gone six unbeaten on their travels.

Yet they met with staunch resistance in north Nottinghamshire, with Mansfield, like at Wrexham, raising their game against one of the Blue Square Bet Premier's best sides.

Cox said the game would provide a guide, a yardstick, as to how far the Stags have come during his short tenure.

And while they are far from the finished article as yet, he must be pleased they were able to compete with the Cod Army, who are reputed to have the biggest playing budget in the league.

Just one look at the Fleetwood forwards on the team sheet would have been enough to send a shiver down the spine of Mansfield's defenders. Jamie Vardy, Richard Brodie, Andy Mangan, Magno Vieira and Gareth Seddon would all be coveted by every other team in the division.

Yet for the majority of the game, they were kept pretty quiet, allowing Mansfield to grab a share of the spoils.

At one stage, just after Dyer had squared things up midway through the second half, it looked as if the momentum was with the hosts and a winning goal could follow.

That was not to be, but a draw was a fair reflection of a game where neither side managed to dominate.

With both Joe Kendrick (back) and Matt Bell (knee) unavailable, Mansfield had to totally reshuffle their back four. Luke O'Neill switched flanks to left-back, Ritchie Sutton moved across to the right and Ben Futcher returned from a calf injury to partner Martin Riley in the middle.

Certainly the return of Futcher added aerial strength and organisation, but just as important was the recall of Anthony Howell, who was at his best just in front of the defence breaking up Cod Army attacks.

They played as part of a 4-3-3 formation that Mansfield had been working on in training all week. It worked in terms of stifling their opponents, if, at the same time, also limiting their attacking prowess.

It was only in the last half hour when the Stags threw on Moult – back in a Stags shirt for a second spell on loan from Stoke having spent time at Field Mill last season – and reverted back to 4-4-2 that they looked more of a threat going forward.

What Mansfield did do better than in recent home games was keep possession. Yes, there were times when they should have got the ball forward quicker with striker Matt Green haring into space, but at least it prevented Fleetwood from ever building up a head of steam. What helped was the pressure being off. No league points were at stake and, unlike against Alfreton the week before, there was no expectation of a landslide victory from those on the terraces.

Fleetwood made the brighter start and Mansfield had a moment of fortune when Brodie had the ball in the net following Jamie Milligan's free-kick, only to have the effort ruled out for offside.

Mansfield raised their game as Howell passed when he should have shot and Lindon Meikle mis-controlled at the vital moment.

But after Seddon's drive from the edge of the box had skimmed the outside of the right-hand post, the Cod Army drew first blood two minutes from the break.

Jamie Vardy was upended right on the edge of the box and Milligan took advantage of a big gap left by Alan Marriott to curl over the wall and into the right corner.

After the restart, Meikle's skill and determination saw him wriggle down the left and send over a cross that was just too far in front of Green lurking at the far post.

When Mansfield's equaliser arrived, it came from that same flank as O'Neill swung over an inviting cross that Moult miscued in going for goal.

But the young forward did get enough on the ball to divert it into the path of Dyer, who had no problems in applying the finishing touch.

As Mansfield went for the jugular, Futcher flicked a header just wide of the upright following Meikle's delivery from out wide.

But it was the visitors who went closest to finding a winner as Nathan Pond headed against the bar, Jamie McGuire blasted against the angle and Vardy was superbly denied by Marriott, who rushed off his line to make a smart block.

Come full-time, Mansfield's supporters were a great deal happier than of late, even if their side had not been victorious. There was reason to be encouraged.

Of course, whether the Stags can go one better and win tomorrow night's replay is another thing.

If they can, then it won't just be Dyer walking out of the dressing room with a smile on his face


Match facts: Mansfield v Fleetwood
Nottingham Post

Mansfield: Marriott, Sutton, Riley, Futcher, O'Neill, Bolland (Moult 62), Murray, Howell, Dyer, Green, Meikle, Subs not used: Redmond, Connor, Bell, Todd, Day, Somes.


Fleetwood: Davies, Beeley, McNulty, Pond, J Brown (Goodall 15), Vardy, Milligan, McGuire, Mangan (Clancy 81), Brodie (Vieira 46), Seddon. Subs not used: St Louis-Hamilton, Briggs, Cox, S Brown.

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffs).

Attendance: 1,725 (134 visitors).

Goals: Mansfield (Dyer 70). Fleetwood: Milligan (43).

Shots on target: Mansfield 1 Fleetwood 4.

Shots off target: Mansfield 4 Fleetwood 6.

Fouls: Mansfield 20 Fleetwood 7.

Corners: Mansfield 5 Fleetwood 7.

Offsides: Mansfield 1 Fleetwood 3.

Bookings: Mansfield 2 (Sutton 84, dissent' O'Neill, 84, dissent) Fleetwood 1 (Brodie 42, dissent).

Sendings off: Mansfield 0 Fleetwood 0.

Mansfield's man of the match: Anthony Howell. Made an excellent return to the side following his recent suspension by adding some much-needed steel to the Mansfield midfield. He provided the presence that the Stags have been missing and made it hard for Fleetwood to expose the hosts' back four


Stags fan view: Ashley Langrick, of Mansfield
Nottingham Post

ALTHOUGH a Tuesday night replay at Fleetwood is a daunting prospect, I still think Mansfield have a fighting chance of winning up there if Saturday's game is anything to go by.


When you look at they players Fleetwood have at their disposal, then you have to say it was no mean feat for the Stags to come out of this game with a draw.

On the face if it, Mansfield seemed to play a bit like they have done in other home games recently. They looked edgy and nervous, especially in the first half.

At times they tried to overplay and pass the ball too much in trying to compensate for going too long and direct in previous games.

But they stepped it up in the second half and considering the quality of player they were up against, they did pretty well.

The five-minute spell leading up to the equalising goal was Mansfield at their best and I was pleased to see Louis Moult have a hand in it. It's good to see him back at Field Mill on loan from Stoke because I thought he did pretty well for us the last time he was here.

As in the last few home games I struggled to pick out a man of the match with no one really standing out.

The good news is that we seem to play better away from home at the moment, so maybe we can win through tomorrow night, even though no one will fancy us to do it



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