STAGS RECOVER FROM GOAL DOWN BUT ARE HELD BY YORK
Football League - Sky Bet League Two
York City 1 - 1 Mansfield Town
De Girolamo 20. Carr 62
Attendance: 3370 (579 from Mansfield)
Date: 25 October 2014
Martin Shaw at Bootham Crescent
Mansfield Town and York City played out an entertaining draw at Bootham Crescent this afternoon. The Stags began brightly and created more excitement in the opening 15 minutes than in the entire game at Tranmere on Tuesday. Rakish Bingham had two efforts at goal in the opening 5 minutes and then on 15 minutes the Stags were within a whisker of a deserved lead as a great ball from McGuire put Bingham away on the right, he made progress into the area and fired across goal with debut loan striker Vadaine Oliver just missing it at the far post. But the Stags gifted York a lead out of the blue on 20 minutes as Sascha Studer’s terrible clearance found Penn who crossed to De Girolamo, who turned and mishit a soft shot under Studer. Poor from Studer. The goal changed the momentum of the game and York had the better of the rest of the half as Lindon Meikle played very well against his former team. The Stags came out strongly in the second half and were unlucky on 57 minutes when Rob Taylor’s drive from the edge of the box struck the post on 57 minutes after good work by McGuire. But the deserved equaliser came on 62 minutes as Murray’s cross was headed back by Vadaine Oliver to Danny Carr, who fired home left footed on the volley from 8 yards, for his first Stags goal, in his first start for the club. Studer partially redeemed himself with a terrific save from De Girolamo in a 1-on-1 on 66 minutes and Coulson also went close went his deflected shot went just wide, and Studer also made a good low save from a Coulson free kick. But it was the Stags who had the better of the last 20 minutes and were pushing for the winner with York penned back in their own half. Despite a number of chances the winner wouldn’t come though and the Stags were left frustrated at the final whistle. Overall a pretty good performance from the Stags who would have deserved victory if they could have forced it. The four man defence generally coped well although Beevers was given a bit of a runaround by Meikle in the first half but recovered well in the second. Good performances throughout the team but it was Bingham, and new boys Oliver and Carr, that caught the eye the most and caused York plenty of headaches.
So a fourth successive draw for Mansfield who are four points behind the play-offs and eight points above the relegation zone. But this was much better offensively than the Tranmere and Cambridge games.
Adam Murray told me after the game that the Stags were playing into the wind in the first half and found that difficult, but that it dropped in the second half, as the Stags took a grip of the game.
The Stags were without Dempster, Tafazolli, Jones, Hearn, Rhead, Freeman, Fisher, Heslop (after playing through pain with two injections against Tranmere), and Riley (suffering a back spasm, but should be fit for next week) through injury. Clements and Palmer were returning from injury and not 100% ready but named on the bench. Murray returned from suspension. Danny Carr made his first start on loan from Huddersfield, and Vadaine Oliver made his debut on loan from Crewe Alexandra (he has played against the Stags before for Lincoln). The Stags therefore had four loanees in the squad (you are allowed five in any 18 man squad, and allowed twelve during a season). With Riley’s injury, the Stags switched from three central defenders to a 4-4-2 formation for the first time at the start of a game this season. Marsden returned to the side at right back, Beevers was at left back. Carr and Taylor were on the right and left of midfield as conventional wingers, Murray joined McGuire in central midfield, and Oliver and Bingham were up front. At the start of the second half, Carr and Bingham switched places. In total there were five changes from the side at Tranmere (four of them enforced).
York included former Stags John McCombe and Lindon Meikle. Meikle had told the York press during the week that he was fired up to perform well: “I don’t really know if I’m out to prove a point to him (Cox), but there were a lot of people that doubted me at Mansfield, including a lot of the fans. Football’s all about proving people wrong and that’s how I like to live my life.” For the second game running, the Stags were coming up against a team with a new manager (Russ Wilcox, who led Scunthorpe to 28 games unbeaten and promotion last season), and thus had to contend with players extra fired-up to impress their new manager.
FULL REPORT IN THE MATCH CENTRE
Saturday, 25th October 2014: York City 1, Mansfield Town 1
chad.co.uk report by John Lomas
A full debut goal for Daniel Carr earned injury-hit Mansfield Town a fourth successive draw with a 1-1 draw at struggling York City this afternoon.
The Minstermen, yet to win at home this season, led at the break through a Diego De Girolamo goal, which punished a poor kick out by Sascha Studer on 20 minutes.
But Huddersfield loanee Carr levelled it on 62 minutes with shot-shy Stags’ first goal in 331 minutes of football.
Studer then went on to redeem himself with a couple of crucial saves before the visitors got a second wind and dominated the closing stages, just unable to produce a winner.
Mansfield suffered yet more injury misery before a ball had been kicked when in-form centre half Martin Riley was ruled out with a back spasm.
But there was a debut for on-loan Huddersfield Town striker Vadaine Oliver as Stags went looking to end a spell of only one goal in five games.
With no more central defenders available as manager Paul Cox contended with an injury list that now numbers nine first team players, he decided to go 4-4-2.
Riley, Simon Heslop, Fergus Bell and injured duo Alex Fisher and Keiron Freeman were missing from the side held 0-0 at Tranmere on Tuesday.
Oliver came in up front with skipper Adam Murray back from a three-game suspension in central midfield, Rob Taylor playing to his left.
Carr came in to play wide right of midfield and Liam Marsden returned to the defence at right back.
Ollie Palmer, though not fully fit after an ankle injury, took a place on the six-man bench.
York, with only one win to their name all season, welcomed Russ Wilcox last week as Nigel Worthington’s replacement and, for his first home game as boss, he gave an outing to ex-Stags winger Lindon Meikle as well as former Mansfield defender John McCombe.
Brunt did well to close down Studer in the opening minute after the Stags keeper wanted a touch before clearing and managed to block his clearance for a throw to applause from the home fans.
Within the second minute Stags had that familiar sight of one of their players laying injured, but Sutton was up again soon after and back in the action.
Having failed to carve out a shot on target all night at Tranmere, Stags produced one after only three minutes as Beevers headed a long Murray free kick back across goal where Bingham forced Cisak to clutch his header to his right.
Two minutes later Taylor drove down the left and played a low, square pass to Bingham, who pulled a hurried, low shot wide.
With Sutton off to have blood wiped away, York won a free kick which was squared to Penn, who warmed Studer’s hands from 30 yards.
On seven minutes Coulson curled a free kick well over the angle after a foul by Beevers 20 yards out.
Murray headed away Meikle’s opening corner on nine minutes and, when it was put back across by the ex-Stags man, the ball was met by a head in a crowd of players and Studer collected.
Home fans were unhappy when a York clearance struck the referee and rolled invitingly for McGuire 20 yards out, who pulled a tame, low shot wide to the relief of Mr Salisbury.
Stags were furious on 12 minutes when Sutton seemed to hold Brunt, who then appeared to flick a hand out at Sutton’s head. Both players were spoken to but no cards brought out.
Bingham then felled Montrose with a crunching challenge, who needed treatment before the free kick was taken.
Carr was incensed when he was penalised for a blatant push.
But Stags came close again as McGuire won the ball in the centre circle and played a neat pass out to the right which invited Bingham to run at York.
He eventually blazed a low ball right across the face of goal which Oliver was just unable to reach at the far post.
It had been a promising start by Mansfield, but it was all undone on 20 minutes as a Studer mistake led to York opening the scoring.
He failed to get any distance on clearing a backpass and that saw Penn take control, race forward towards the right by-line and cross to De Girolamo, who controlled, spun and was able to stab a close range finish past the Swiss keeper.
York almost scored again on 28 minutes as Meikle put in a teasing cross from the right which saw De Girolamo and Studer both go for the ball and the York man stay down for treatment.
A neat touch by Meikle allowed Brunt to get the ball into the centre from the right which saw Mansfield struggle to clear before conceding a corner.
Marsden then made a great block on a swing of the boot by Brunt after superb approach work by Meikle.
Soon after Coulson was well wide with a hopeful long range attempt.
Lowe needed treatment after a clash with Oliver as the game suffered another stoppage.
McGuire then caught Caulson as he stretched into a tackle, but the referee deemed it fair and played on.
On 40 minutes Stags won their first corner of the contest, taken by Taylor on the right and headed clear.
McCombe appeared to have both arms around Bingham as they challenged for a high ball forward in the box, but the game went on with surprisingly few calls from Stags players for what looked a decent penalty shout.
In three added minutes Studer gathered a Meikle cross at his near post, but the sides went in with York still with their one-goal advantage.
Carr and Bingham swapped positions for the second half.
Within 30 seconds of the restart De Girolamo had Studer scrambling to his left to grab a low shot before it crept inside the post.
Stags then won a free kick in the centre of the penalty area D which saw Taylor drive the ball into the home wall.
Stags continued the pressure and a long Murray free kick, then a long Marsden throw cleared before McGuire hacked a 25 yard effort woefully over.
Beevers did well to jump with Brunt on 56 minutes to make sure he could not direct his header from Coulson’s cross on target.
Another dreadful kick from Studer almost gifted another chance until De Girolamo was stopped by Sutton.
But on 57 minutes Stags came so close as McGuire skipped past two tackles before finding Taylor to his left whose low 18-yard shot came back off the foot of the left post.
Meikle then fired a low shot wide for City to the jeers of the away fans behind that goal.
However, Stags were back on level terms on 62 minutes.
Oliver headed Murray’s ball into the box across goal where Carr crashed home a low finish at the far post on his first start for the Stags.
Mansfield were then indebted to Studer for a fabulous save on 66 minutes. Coulson fed De Girolamo in on goal, but Studer stood up well to the one-on-one test and turned the finish away for a corner.
Cisak was behind a bouncing 20 yard effort from Murray in Mansfield’s next raid.
Then Oliver was too high as he arrived late to meet a Murray corner from the left.
Coulson almost broke back through for York on 70 minutes as he turned and shot goalwards from 18 yards and the ball struck Sendles-White on the back, the deflection taking it wide of Studer but just wide of the post too.
Carr wasn’t far wide of the far post from the second of two long Marsden throws, his bundled finishing passing right across the face of goal.
City threatened to catch Stags on the break on 77 minutes, Sendles-White taking a booking for the team as he hauled down De Girlamo just outside the box as he threatened to get in a shot.
Studer then had to get down to make a smart save from Coulson’s free kick, just inside the left post.
Taylor dragged a low shot wide of goal on 81 minutes with the home crowd incensed when somehow the officials decided to give Stags a corner, which the Minstermen eventually cleared.
De Girolamo’s instant control and pass almost set up sub Straker, Studer quickly off his line to beat him to the ball in the box.
Oliver was warmly applauded for a fine debut as he was replaced by Palmer with seven minutes to go.
Magnificent skills from Bingham on 85 minutes saw him ghost past three opponents on a great run before getting a low shot on target that Cisak had to beat away for a corner.
Stags were now looking the more likely of the two sides to snatch the win and when York failed to clear another long Mardsen throw, Carr was only just wide with a low shot on the turn.
York were hanging on now and Bingham had a shot blocked while Taylor dragged a poor effort wide as we entered the final minute.
In the last of three additional minutes, Stags won a corner which was cleared out to Taylor who cued up a first time shooting chance that the skipper met with venom but no direction as it sailed well wide.
YORK: Cisak, McCoy, Ilesanmi, McCombe, Coulson, Penn, Montrose (Platt 72), Lowe, De Girolamo, Meikle (Straker 75), Brunt. Subs not used: Mooney, Parslow, Summerfield, Hirst, C. Murray.
STAGS: Studer; Marsden, Sutton, Sendles-White, Beevers; Carr, Murray, McGuire, Taylor; Oliver (Palmer 83), Bingham. Subs not used: Bell, Lambe, Thomas, Evtimov, Clements
REFEREE: Graham Salisbury of Lancashire.
ATTENDANCE: 3,370 (579 away).
CHAD STAGS MAN OF THE MATCH: Rakish Bingham.
York City 1 Mansfield Town 1: Match report
Nottingham Post report by Sarah Clapson
DANIEL Carr marked his first start for Mansfield Town with his first goal for the club to earn a 1-1 draw at York City.
Read more at http://www.nottinghampost.com/York-City-1-Mansfield-Town-1-Match-report/story-23508328-detail/story.html?#WCIDfoIbHftt1sQI.99
The Stags were forced to come from behind when a mistake by Sascha Studer culminated in a first half goal for Diego De Girolamo.
Rakish Bingham had gone close to opening the scoring in the opening stages, but it was the hosts who had the upper hand before the break.
Mansfield though, applied the pressure after the interval and looked the most likely to snatch a winner, only to have to settle for a fourth successive stalemate.
New signing Vadaine Oliver came straight into the Stags starting line-up as boss Paul Cox made five changes, along with a switch to a 4-4-2 formation.
Martin Riley added his name to the injury list after being ruled out with a back spasm, while Alex Fisher (shoulder) and Kieron Freeman (knee) were sidelined after coming off early in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Tranmere Rovers.
Oliver took the place of Fisher, up front with Rakish Bingham, while fellow newcomer Carr made his first start, on the right of midfield, replacing Freeman.
Skipper Adam Murray, back from suspension, came into the centre, while Rob Taylor started on the left flank - Fergus Bell and Simon Heslop the players to miss out.
Liam Marsden came into the back line, at right-back, with Lee Beevers on the left, as Mansfield adapted to the loss of Riley.
Both sides made a bright start to the game as it started in entertaining style.
Bingham twice went close to fashioning a breakthrough for the visitors, in the space of the opening five minutes.
Alex Cisak did well to catch the striker’s header after Beevers had flicked on Murray’s free-kick, then barely 60 seconds later, Bingham blazed wide of the far post, having been played in by Taylor.
Jamie McGuire was rather more fortuitous when it came to being inadvertently teed up by referee Graham Sailsbury, but he still scuffed his effort off target.
On the quarter hour, Bingham, again, almost bagged the opener, showing some fancy footwork as he ran at Keith Lowe, before driving the ball beyond the woodwork, with Oliver unable to connect.
York had looked dangerous going forward, though had few chances to speak of early on - a long range effort from Russell Penn as close as they came.
Sascha Studer dealt with that comfortably, but didn’t fare so well with 20 minutes on the clock.
The Stags keeper’s poor clearance kick went straight to Penn, who burst forward and played in De Girolamo. The City front man controlled well and rolled the ball into the far corner to give his side the lead.
The goal took the wind out of Mansfield’s sails somewhat as York spent the rest of the half on top.
Former Stag Lindon Meikle whipped in a ball from the right just before the half hour mark, which was almost knocked in by De Girolamo, while Marsden produced a great last-ditch challenge to deny Ryan Brunt.
There was little joy for Cox’s side at the other end of the pitch as they struggled to forge an opening.
They did though, feel they should have had a penalty when John McCombe had both arms wrapped around Bingham in the penalty area as he looked to latch on to Beevers’ ball in.
The Minstermen were immediately on the attack following the interval, with De Girolamo forcing Studer into a save with a low shot from the edge of the area.
Mansfield nevertheless, showed more intent after the restart, though Cisak went untroubled when Jamie McGuire blasted an effort out of the ground.
Taylor did better when he cracked a strike on to the woodwork, the ball having pinged around the penalty area following good work by McGuire.
Their early attempt aside, York hadn’t really threatened before the hour, with Brunt heading over from Coulson’s cross and Meikle firing wide.
And it was Mansfield who netted the next goal, with 62 minutes gone.
Oliver helped on Bingham’s cross and Carr, unmarked at the far post, lashed home.
The game could so easily have swung back in York’s favour, but Studer saved brilliantly to deny De Girolamo, who was through in the box, one-on-one.
Murray tried his luck for Mansfield, with a fierce long-range strike, which Cisak proved equal to, while Oliver then headed over a corner from the skipper.
The visitors were left breathing a sigh of relief in the 70th minute when Coulson let fly from 20 yards. His shot took a deflection and flew a whisker wide, with Studer rooted to the spot.
The Stags stopper did well to get down and thwart Coulson’s free-kick, but the visitors could have won it themselves as they applied the pressure in the closing minutes.
Cisak denied a well-struck shot from Bingham from outside the penalty area, then gathered a scruffy effort from Carr, leaving the visitors frustrated.
YORK: Cisak, McCoy, McCombe, Lowe, Ilesanmi, Coulson, Penn, Montrose (Platt 72), Meikle (Straker 75), Brunt, De Girolamo. Subs: Mooney, Parslow, Summerfield, Hirst, Murray.
MANSFIELD: Studer, Marsden, Sutton, Sendles-White, Beevers, Carr, McGuire, Murray, Taylor, Oliver (Palmer 82), Bingham. Subs not used: Evtimov, Lambe, Thomas, Clements, Bell.
ATTENDANCE: 3,370 (579 away).
York City held to 1-1 draw by Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League Two
by Dave Flett, yorkpress.co.uk
YORK City are still searching for their second win of the season following a 1-1 home draw with Mansfield.
On-loan Sheffield United forward Diego De Girolamo gave the Minstermen a half-time lead but the Stags came back strongly after the break with Daniel Carr levelling matters just past the hour.
Earlier, lively Mansfield striker Rakish Bingham had gone close with two early chances, forcing Alex Cisak into an early save from his close-range header and shooting wide of the on-loan Burnley keeper’s right-hand post from ten yards.
At the other end, Michael Coulson curled a free kick into the David Longhurst Stand before Bingham threatened again, firing across the face of goal after running at a back-pedalling Keith Lowe through the right channel.
But it was the Minstermen who forged ahead on 20 minutes when Russell Penn picked up Stags keeper Sascha Studer’s poor clearance 30 yards from goal.
The City skipper then charged into the penalty box before picking out De Girolamo in the six-yard box, where the Italian under-20 international turned swiftly and found Studer’s bottom right-hand corner.
But Mansfield drew level just past the hour when Vadaine Oliver met a left-wing cross at the far post with his head and the ball fell to Carr at the opposite upright, where he volleyed past an exposed Cisak from six yards.
City responded well with an excellent one-two between De Girolamo and Coulson that sent the on-loan Sheffield United forward clear through on goal but Studer brilliantly saved his ten-yard shot low to his right.
A deflected Coulson 20-yard attempt also narrowly missed Studer’s top corner with the Swiss keeper well beaten. But Mansfield finished the match well and Carr went close twice to snatching a winning goal in the closing stages.
City: Cisak, McCoy, Lowe, McCombe, Ilesanmi, Meikle (Straker, 75), Montrose (Platt, 73), Penn, Coulson, Brunt, De Girolamo. Subs not used: Mooney, Parslow, Summefield, Hirst, Murray.
Mansfield: Studer, Marsden, Sutton, Sendles-White, Beevers, Carr, McGuire, Murray, Taylor, Oliver (Palmer, 83), Bingham. Subs not used: Bell, Lambe, Thomas, Evtimov, Clements.
Attendance: 3,370 (579 from Mansfield)
York City 1 - Mansfield Town 1
Minstermen falter again
York City once again demonstrated their inability to hold onto a lead as Diego De Girolamo's second goal for the club was cancelled out by Mansfield Town's recent loan arrival Daniel Carr.
Read more: http://www.york.vitalfootball.co.uk/matchrep.asp?a=374692#ixzz3HBR6Hlbi
Italian Under-20 international De Girolamo showed composure to earn the hosts a twentieth-minute lead. But the visitors proceeded to dominate as their opponents totally fell away following the break and were deservedly rewarded by Carr's equaliser just past the hour.
There were two enforced changes for the hosts with new goalkeeper Alex Cisak replacing Michael Ingham (thigh) and fellow loanee De Girolamo coming in for Jake Hyde (groin). Mansfield were themselves without nine players, including latest injury-victim, centre-back Martin Riley with a back spasm, and named only six substitutes.
Debutant Cisak held an early close-range header from Rakish Bingham, who then dragged a shot wide. Skipper Russell Penn replied with a long-range attempt gathered by Swiss goalkeeper Sascha Studer before Michael Coulson curled an early free-kick behind.
Bingham continued to appear lively for the visitors and drove narrowly wide of the far post after taunting Keith Lowe. But it was York going ahead when Penn seized upon a poor clearance from Studer and De Girolamo turned and calmly slotted home from close-range.
De Girolamo went close to another when forcing Studer into action from Lindon Meikle's cross. Ryan Brunt also saw a shot charged down from Meikle's pass and Coulson was wide from distance.
Mansfield pushed hard towards the end of the opening half and also started the second period well, although it was De Girolamo immediately having another shot saved. Rob Taylor replied with a free-kick into the defensive wall from the edge of the area.
Home striker Brunt headed a Michael Coulson cross over as the hour approached but his side had a fortunate escape when on loan forward Carr struck an upright.
The Stags continued to be on top and were level through the unmarked Carr volleying in after newcomer Vadaine Oliver knocked on Bingham's cross.
The Minstermen should have reclaimed their lead as Studer blocked from De Girolamo following good work by Coulson, although the visitors instantly broke for skipper Adam Murray to have a 30-yard drive saved by Cisak.
On loan striker Oliver next headed over while Coulson's shot was deflected inches wide at the opposite end. York then made a couple of changes with Tom Platt and Anthony Straker replacing Lewis Montrose and Meikle - with goalscorer Carr shooting narrowly wide in between.
Winger Coulson saw a low free-kick collected by Studer following De Girolamo being fouled on the edge of the area by the cautioned Jamie Sendles-White as the final ten minutes approached. However, Cusak was soon required to save from Bingham before Carr, Taylor and finally Murray struck further efforts wide as the visitors continued to dominate.
York City: Cisak, McCoy, Lowe, McCombe, Ilesanmi, Meikle (Straker 75), Penn, Montrose (Platt 72), Coulson, Brunt, De Girolamo
subs (unused): Mooney, Parslow, Summerfield, Hirst, Murray
Goals: De Girolamo (20)
Mansfield Town: Studer, Marsden, Sutton, Sendles-White, Beevers, Carr, Murray, McGuire, Taylor, Oliver (Palmer 83), Bingham
subs (unused): Evtimov, Thomas, Clements, Bell, Lambe
Goals: Carr (61)
Ref: G. Salisbury (Lancashire)
Att: 3,370 (579 Mansfield)
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