TERRIBLE STAGS COMPLETELY OUTPLAYED BY SOUTHEND
Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Mansfield Town 1 - 2 Southend United
Palmer 77. Leonard 16, Worrall 69.
Attendance: 2719 (325 from Southend)
Date: 1 November 2014
Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill
Mansfield Town put in a terrible performance both defensively and going forward this afternoon and were completely outplayed by an impressive Southend United. The tone was set early as Riley was easily beaten by Weston and Marsden put in a great block to spare Riley’s blushes on 12 minutes. Southend took a deserved lead on 16 minutes in a superbly worked corner to Leonard on the edge of the box, who smashed home off the underside of the bar. The Stags were very much second best by half time with the central defence of Riley and Sendles-White playing so poorly while up front Oliver barely won a header or held on to the ball and Carr was anonymous. Southend should have been further ahead by the break, and would have been if Studer hadn’t made a wonderful save from Barry Corr from 18 yards on the stroke of half-time. The Stags didn’t get any better at the start of the second half though neither side created a single chance until Oliver headed over on 68 minutes. But a minute later, Southend made the Stags pay for horrendous defending as a long free-kick from the goalkeeper was headed across goal and Worrall was left completely unmarked 10 yards out and fired past Studer. Route one football at its most deadly. It was only after that that Mansfield started playing well. On 72 minutes, sub Palmer headed on Studer’s kick and Bingham had a golden opportunity to pull one back but the keeper made a great save. The Stags did pull a goal back on 77 minutes as a mistake in the Southend defence presented Palmer with a chance 7 yards out and he buried it. The Stags were within an inch or two of an undeserved equaliser on 85 minutes when sub Bell fired just wide of the left post. And on 89 minutes Palmer headed a long throw straight into the keeper’s arms. Southend held on for their deserved victory. You can’t play as badly as the Stags did for 75 minutes and deserve to get anything out of a game. Only Studer, who had a good game, Marsden, who was the clear pick of the defence, and sub Palmer who scored and made things happen up front, can really come out of the game with any credit. The Stags fall 6 points behind the play-off zone and are 7 points above the relegation zone. On to the FA Cup next Saturday and there is no doubt the Stags could do with a decent cup run.
Below-par Mansfield Town beaten by Southend United
chad.co.uk report by Stephen Thirkill
Mansfield Town’s worrying form continued after they were beaten 2-1 by Southend United following a woeful display.
Ryan Leonard rifled home for the visitors on 16 minutes after Stags had failed to clear Michael Timlin’s corner.
David Worrall then slotted home from a tight angle on 70 minutes to put Phil Brown’s men firmly in control.
Sub Oliver Palmer pulled a goal back on 77 minutes to give Stags some hope.
But they failed to break down a strong looking Southend defence to leave Stags on a miserable run of seven games without a win.
Mansfield can have few complaints over the defeat as their injury-hit defence was run ragged by the slick movement of Corr and Myles Weston.
Far too often the visitors enjoyed plenty of time and space on the ball, especially in wide areas.
Stags also looked weak in the centre of defence with the absence of Ritchie Sutton clear for all to see as Sendles-White was often bullied off the ball.
Martin Riley was recalled to Mansfield Town’s starting line-up to face Southend United after recovering from injury.
Riley replaced Ritchie Sutton, who is out with a broken jaw, as part of one change to Paul Cox’s side.
Cox was able to field just six subs as the injury crisis continued to hit the club hard.
Stags were looking for their first win in seven following a run of two wins and four draws.
But they started slowly and should have fallen behind when Barry Corr lashed Myles Weston’s cut-back wide from four yards out as Southend started well.
Liam Mardsen then blocked Weston’s goal-bound effort after the striker had easily breezed past Lee Beevers on 12 minutes.
It was worrying times for the Stags backline with United, who were visibly growing in confidence, enjoying far too much time and space, especially in the full-back areas.
And Southend deservedly hit the front when Ryan Leonard’s thunderous strike crashed in off the bar from Michael Timlin’s corner to give Sascha Studer no chance on 16 minutes.
The one way traffic continued when Corr headed over from eight yards after escaping his marker on 20 minutes.
Rakish Bingham curled a long-range free-kick well wide on 25 minutes as toothless Mansfield looked for a route back in to the game.
Stags’ defensive problems were once again exposed when Sendles-White missed a corner allowing Corr to take the ball down on his chest and shoot.
But Studer got down well to block the effort as Mansfield struggled to stay in the game.
The shot-stopper produced an even better save in first-half injury time as he acrobatically palmed away a fierce 18 yard effort from Corr.
It was once again far too easy for Corr, who was gifted the ball as Sendles-White gifted him the ball on the edge of the Stags box.
Timlin headed wide at the back post from John White’s cross on 53 minutes as Southend took control after the break.
Vadaine Oliver headed over under pressure on 69 minutes as Mansfield registered their first meaningful effort of the second half.
David Worrall slotted past Studer from a tight angle on 70 minutes to take firm control.
Oliver Palmer slotted home after Jakub Sokolik switched off to give Mansfield hope on 77 minutes.
Palmer then headed straight at Bentley after finding space from Marsden’s long throw as time ran out for Stags.
Mansfield Town (4-4-2): Studer; Marsden, Riley, Sendles-White, Beevers; Carr (Bell 61), Murray, McGuire (Clements 54), Taylor; Oliver (Palmer 71), Bingham.
Subs not used: Thomas, Evtimov, Lambe.
Southend United (4-4-2): Bentley, White, Prosser, Sokolik, Williams, Leonard, Deegan, Timlin, Worrall, Corr, Weston (Coulthirst 83).
Subs not used: P. Smith, Hurst, Bolger, Thompson, Payne, Atkinson.
Attendance: 2,719 (325)
Stags man of the match: Sascha Studer.
Mansfield Town 1 Southend United 2: Match report
Nottingham Post report by Sarah Clapson
MANSFIELD Town suffered their first defeat in four games as they were beaten 2-1 by Southend United at the One Call Stadium.
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The Blues had the better of the first half and took the lead through Ryan Leonard with 16 minutes on the clock.
They could have had more before the break, but finally managed to increase their advantage in the 70th minute through David Worrall.
Oliver Palmer came off the bench to reduce the deficit with 12 minutes to go, but despite a last hurrah, his team could not find an equaliser, making it seven games without a win.
Mansfield went into the match looking to avoid equaling a club record fifth successive draw, following their 1-1 result at York City.
Defender Ritchie Sutton suffered a dislocated jaw at Bootham Crescent, ruling him out for at least a month. He was replaced in the starting line-up by Martin Riley, who had recovered from a back spasm for the only change to the XI.
The hosts started well enough, with a few nice, threaded balls. But they came to nothing and Southend quickly began to put them on the back foot.
Where Stags struggled to create chances, their opponents had three decent ones in the first 15 minutes.
Barry Corr went close when he blasted wide from Myles Weston’s pull-back, and it would have been 1-0 with 12 minutes gone were it not for a brilliant block from Liam Marsden.
Weston got the better of Riley down the right and powered his way into the box before pulling the trigger, with Marsden throwing himself in the way at the last minute.
Sascha Studer was then called into action, catching Jerome Williams’ header from a corner, but he couldn’t keep the Blues at bay for long.
They had been knocking on the door and the breakthrough came in the 16th minute.
A well worked corner saw Michael Timlin send the ball to Leonard on the edge of the D, and he smashed it home, with the ball dropping in off the woodwork.
Corr tried to press home his team’s advantage, heading over from David Worrall’s right hand cross.
Rakish Bingham looked to offer some relief at the other end of the pitch, but curled a free-kick wide. And still there was little joy for Paul Cox’s side as crosses from Rob Taylor and Marsden were comfortably dealt with.
Studer came to the rescue just past the half hour, pulling off a great stop to parry away Corr’s effort from point-blank range, following another flag-kick. Taylor mopped up and kicked clear to prevent any further danger.
But though Mansfield had a positive spell of possession in the minutes before the interval, United sounded another warning signal before they left the pitch.
Corr, again, caused problems and drew Studer into another good save with a stinging drive.
And they picked up where they left off, having the edge again once the second half got under way.
Weston and Williams looked threatening from a corner, while Timlin headed wide from a John White cross.
The Blues continued to rack up flag-kicks and looked the more likely to bag the next goal. But Stags at least showed some signs of a revival when Vadaine Oliver headed over Marsden’s deep cross.
It didn’t last long however, and they were 2-0 down in the 70th minute when Worrall beat Studer with a near post drive.
Bingham tried to provide an immediate response. Bentley had had very little to do all afternoon, but made a good reaction save when the Stags front man let fly from inside the box.
It was a rare sight on goal for the hosts, but out of nowhere they were given a lifeline with a little over ten minutes remaining.
A mistake at the back let substitute Palmer in, and he rolled the ball past Bentley to give the home crowd hope.
Both the team and the fans were lifted by that goal and Fergus Bell almost followed his fellow substitute in making an impact, blasting inches wide after Marsden’s long throw had caused problems.
The latter proved architect again before the game was out, launching the ball into the box, with Bentley denying Palmer.
The equaliser though, would not come and a largely lacklustre performance ended in defeat.
MANSFIELD: Studer, Marsden, Riley, Sendles-White, Beevers, Carr (Bell 60), McGuire (Clements 54), Murray, Taylor, Oliver (Palmer 71), Bingham. Subs not used: Evtimov, Lambe, Thomas.
SOUTHEND: Bentley, White, Prosser, Sokolik, Williams, Worrall, Timlin, Deegan, Leonard, Corr, Weston (Coulthirst 84). Subs: Smith, Thompson, Atkinson, Hurst, Bolger, Payne.
ATTENDANCE: 2,719 (325 away).
Match Report: Mansfield Town 1-2 Southend United
report from southendunited.co.uk
Goals from Ryan Leonard and David Worrall seal deserved win for Blues
Southend United produced a stunning performance in Nottinghamshire to defeat Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League Two.
Read more at http://www.southendunited.co.uk/news/article/011014-match-report-mansfield-2055188.aspx#zSyGcyF4EVtOh4yR.99
Ryan Leonard's long range stunner and David Worrall's terrific half-volley sealed the points for Blues who had to withstand a late Stags barrage after Oliver Palmer's late consolation.
Blues boss Phil Brown put new signing Jakub Sokolik straight into the Southend lineup with the loanee partnering Luke Prosser at the heart of defence.
Fellow loanee Elliot Lee missed out after picking up an injury in training on Friday.
It was a quiet opening to the game, but after eight minutes, striker Barry Corr had a terrific chance to open the scoring. Myles Weston did well on the left-hand side and his cutback found Corr, who skewed wide of the target from eight yards out.
Four minutes later and Mansfield defender Lee Beevers produced a superb block to deny Weston, who wriggled free of his man. The forward's strike was heading for the bottom corner of the net and would have put Blues 1-0 up had it not been for the defender.
Moments later and Blues took the lead through Leonard in emphatic fashion. A well worked corner taken by Michael Timlin, was dummied by Gary Deegan and Leonard was on the edge of the box to powerfully side-foot home from the edge of the box, via the crossbar.
It was a really encouraging start from Brown's boys and a couple of minutes later, a terrific cross from Worrall found Corr lurking in the box but the Irishman's header flashed over Sascha Studer's crossbar.
The best chance Mansfield had in the opening 25 minutes came through their top scorer Rakish Bingham, whose free kick flew just past Dan Bentley's right-hand post.
Just after the half an hour mark, the luckless Corr was denied again. The big striker brought down Worrall's floared corner really well but his volley was somehow stopped by Studer before being hacked off the goal-line.
On the stroke of half time, Corr, once again, was superbly stopped by Studer. Corr got on the end of Worrall's knock down before firing goalwards, but Studer beat the attempt away and the danger was cleared.
After the break, Blues continued their superb attacking play, forcing a number of corner kicks, with a headed chance for Timlin - who headed wide of the target - the best attempt prior to the hour mark.
With just over 20 minutes of the game remaining, Mansfield loanee Vadaine Oliver headed over the bar before Blues added a second goal just moments later.
Following Corr's excellent knockdown, Worrall was waiting at the back post to lash home with 20 minutes left.
Mansfield through more men forward and a minute later, the impressive Bingham was halted by Bentley when through on goal.
Mansfield did pull one back 11 minutes from time through substitute Palmer. The ball was missed by Sokolik and after the defender couldn't regain his footing, Palmer slotted past Bentley.
With a couple of minutes remaining, Bentley did well to keep hold of a Palmer header as Blues secured a valuable three points on the road to get back to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two.
Blues: Bentley; White (c), Sokolik, Prosser, Williams; Worrall, Deegan, Leonard, Timlin, Corr, Weston (Coulthirst, 85)
Unused: P. Smith, Thompson, Atkinson, Hurst, Bolger, Payne
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