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24th July 2018 16:22

Pre-Season Friendly
Mansfield Town 3 - 1 Derby County
Graham 65, Angol pen 77, Hamilton 80. Mason Bennett 70.
Attendance: 4058 (1394 from Derby)

Date: 18 July 2018

Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill

Mansfield Town put in a hugely encouraging performance to beat a highly fancied Derby County, managed by new boss Frank Lampard, 3-1 at the One Call Stadium this evening, in the first of four pre-season friendlies against Championship opposition in the space of ten days. The Stags had to defend well and keep their shape well in the first half as Derby had most of the possession and knocked the ball around impressively. The Stags were hanging on in truth, but did so with rugged defending. Having kept Derby out for 60 minutes, the Stags changed most of their outfield side, and with an increased intensity going forward, scored 3 times in 15 minutes, with Jordan Graham capitalising on a goalkeeping error, then Lee Angol brought down for a penalty after a great ball from Calum Butcher to Jacob Mellis to Angol, and burying the penalty himself, and finally CJ Hamilton finishing into an empty net after Angol went round the keeper following great play from Omari Sterling-James. In between, Derby scored through Langwith youngster Mason Bennett after Bobby Olejnik pushed away a shot from Bradley Johnson and David Nugent knocked back to Bennett. The goal came with trialist defender Nathan Cameron off the field with an injury and that was the only disappointing aspect of an enjoyable evening. After the game, boss David Flitcroft said he will find out tomorrow whether Cameron’s injury is serious. Plenty of players caught the eye for the Stags, especially central defensive three Matt Preston, Krystian Pearce and Hayden White for the first 60 minutes keeping an impressive Derby at bay, and then for the final 30 minutes, Lee Angol, Jordan Graham, Omari-Sterling-James, Calum Butcher, Jacob Mellis and CJ Hamilton caused Derby’s second string plenty of problems at the back. Will Atkinson was the one Stags player to play 90 minutes, and impressed throughout, at right wing-back and then switching to right back.



Gritty Stags shock the Rams with friendly win
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Wednesday 18 July 2018

Mansfield Town delighted their supporters with a gritty 3-1 friendly victory over a powerful Derby County side at the One Call Stadium tonight. The Stags were chasing shadows for much of the first half against their Championship neighbours as Frank Lampard’s men gave Mansfield a superb defensive test. But, after a flurry of second half substitutions, the goals began to flow as Stags shocked the Rams. Youngster Jordan Graham punished Derby keeper Kelle Roos for giving him the ball on 65 minutes. Four minutes later Mason Bennett levelled only for Lee Angol to make it 2-1 from the spot on 77 minutes before setting up CJ Hamilton for a third three minutes later to kill off the Rams. With six new players on show for the home fans to enjoy and some excellent performances, the only downer on a very entertaining night was the sight of trialist Nathan Cameron limping off soon after coming on at the break. The centre half had been trying to prove his fitness to win a contract after injury and fans will now await news on this set-back. There were early cheers as White outpaced Jerome to a through ball and won a foul. Stags then had a third minute let-off as, after a great run down the centre by Lawrence, Thomas saw his finish deflect off Pearce and come back down off the crossbar. On six minutes Jerome pulled a low shot narrowly wide after more good approach play from the Rams. The five minutes later Lawrence twisted and turned, putting White on his backside, before curling over the far angle. Thomas was next to fire over from the edge of the box as the visitors continued to set the pace and entertain with their neat passing. It took the home side 24 minutes to fashion a chance as White tore powerfully down the right before pulling over a low cross that Davies laid back for Bishop to send a tame shot at Carson. In reply Hanson saw his far post drive deflect over for a corner. On 26 minutes Logan denied Derby an opening goal with his legs after Wisdom had sent Thomas into the box on the right Khan warmed Carson’s hands on 36 minutes after swapping passes with MacDonald from a free kick, but the save was routine as an entertaining half ended scoreless. Derby made seven interval substitutions while Stags only swapped Olejnik for Logan in goal. The visitors almost broke through on a swift counter-attack on 56 minutes after Benning lost the ball on edge of the opposition box. Thomas quickly made ground and then found Lawrence to his left, who helped it on to an unmarked Nugent, whose curling finish clipped the post when he looked a certain scorer. Stags made nine changes on 59 minutes - and within six minutes they were ahead. Sterling-James and Graham put pressure on Roos and, in trying to play the ball out, he only gave it straight to Graham, the youngster coolly lifting a finish over the keeper. However, Derby were soon level as Olejnik got down to parry a low Johnson shot, Nugent retrieved the loose ball and sent it back across to Bennett, who made no mistake, sweeping in a powerful low finish on 69 minutes. At the same time, Stags trialist Cameron limped off after clearing a cross at the near post just 11 minutes after coming on, the Rams goal going in when the home side were effectively reduced to 10 men after Cameron’s block. But Mansfield were back in front from the spot on 77 minutes. Angol won the penalty from a push in the back by Bogle and then stepped up to send Roos the wrong way with a calm finish. Stags then had to survive three Derby corners, Olejnik making a brave smother on the second, before the home side broke away to make it 3-1. Sterling-James sent a superb through ball down the centre to send Angol clear. He tried to sidestep the keeper and then unselfishly fed Hamilton to his left to find the empty net and seal a surprise victory for Mansfield.

STAGS: Logan (Olejnik HT), White (Digby 59), Benning (Hamilton 59), Preston (Cameron 59, Blake 70), Pearce (Gibbens 59), Bishop (Butcher 59), MacDonald (Mellis 59), Craig Davies (Graham 59), Khan (Sterling-James 59), Atkinson, Walker (Angol 59).

RAMS: Carson (Roos HT), Hanson (Bogle HT), Lowe, Wisdom (Keogh HT), Curtis Davies (Alex Pearce HT), Huddlestone (Johnson HT), Thomas (Bennett 63), Bryson (Butterfield 72), Jerome (Nugent HT), Ledley (Thorne HT), Lawrence (Blackman 72).

REFEREE: Ross Joyce of Newcastle. ATTENDANCE: 4,058 (1,394 away).

Read more at: https://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/gritty-stags-shock-the-rams-with-friendly-win-1-9258103


Derby County beaten 3-1 by Mansfield Town
The Rams concede three second-half goals in their pre-season friendly at the One Call Stadium


By Chris Watson, 18 JUL 2018

Derby County were beaten 3-1 by Mansfield Town in their second match of pre-season at the One Call Stadium on Wednesday night.

New Rams boss Frank Lampard had got his reign under way with a 4-1 win at Notts County at the weekend - but there was to be no repeat here.

Derby conceded three second-half goals to their League Two opponents, with local lad Mason Bennett on target for the visitors.

Of course, little can be read into results at this stage of proceedings but there is certainly much for Lampard to ponder ahead of Saturday's home friendly against Premier League side Southampton.

One plus point was the return of Scott Carson in goal after he missed the Notts County game due to a hip injury.

George Thorne was also in the squad after recovering from a back problem, and was among the substitutes.

Matej Vydra, Chris Martin, Ikechi Anya and Marcus Olsson all remained sidelined.

In front of Carson, it was a back four of Jamie Hanson, Andre Wisdom, Curtis Davies and Max Lowe.

Wisdom lined up in central defence, with Hanson getting a run-out at right-back.

Tom Huddlestone, Joe Ledley and Craig Bryson were the midfielders, with Luke Thomas, who netted twice at Notts, and Tom Lawrence the wide attackers.

Cameron Jerome got the nod to start up front.

Eleven subs were named but there was no Craig Forsyth and Timi Max Elsnik in the squad.

New loan signings Mason Mount and Harry Wilson were in attendance - but did not feature, having joined the club on Tuesday.

Derby had struck early at the weekend - and they almost did so again.

In the third minute, Lawrence breezed his way past several challenges before finding Thomas to his right.

The teenager's cross deflected off Krystian Pearce, wrong-footing keeper Conrad Logan, who was relieved to see the ball come back off his near post.

The Rams had started brightly, with Jerome sending a low shot narrowly wide before Lawrence fired over from just inside the box after more good work from the Wales international.

Thomas curled a left-foot shot goalwards from 20 yards in the 15th minute but it was just too high.

Carson was called into action in the 24th minute, comfortably saving a shot from Neal Bishop, who had been teed up by Craig Davies on the edge of the area.

A couple of minutes later, Lowe's cross from the left found its way out to Hanson, whose first-time effort took a nick off Mal Benning and flew inches over.

Moments after that, Wisdom split the Stags defence with a neat pass to release Thomas but he was denied by the legs of Logan.

Otis Khan tried his luck from distance but failed to really trouble Carson as the sides went in all square at the break.

Lampard had made nine changes at the interval at the weekend - and he made seven here.

Kelle Roos, Jayden Bogle, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce, Thorne, Bradley Johnson and David Nugent came on for Derby.

The four players who stayed on were Lowe, Bryson, Lawrence and Thomas.

Derby were denied by the woodwork again in the 56th minute.

Thorne released Thomas and he passed inside to Lawrence, who in turn found Nugent to his left - but the striker's right-foot curler from the edge of the box clipped the outside of the post.

Mansfield were gifted a surprise lead in the 65th minute.

It was a moment to forget for Roos, who tried to play out from the back but passed straight to substitute Jordan Graham and he calmly lifted the ball over the despairing keeper from eight yards.

Derby's response was swift, though, and they equalised four minutes later.

Johnson's low drive from distance was only parried by substitute keeper Bobby Olejnik and Nugent pounced on the loose ball, cutting back for Bennett to side-foot home from six yards.

Bennett had only just come on for Thomas, with Nick Blackman and Jacob Butterfield also entering the fray in the closing stages.

Mansfield regained their lead in the 77th minute. Bogle was penalised for a clumsy challenge on Lee Angol in the box and Angol converted from the spot himself.

Derby nearly hit straight back again - but Keogh was denied by Olejnik at point blank range following a corner.

The home side then broke up the other end and the Rams were suddenly outnumbered, with Angol teeing up CJ Hamilton for a simple tap-in to make it 3-1 with 10 minutes to go.

MANSFIELD TOWN: Logan, White, Preston, K Pearce, Benning, MacDonald, Bishop, Atkinson, Khan, Walker, Craig Davies. Subs: Olejnik (gk), Mellis, Digby, Butcher, Hamilton, Angol, Sterling-James, Gibbens, Graham, Blake, Cameron.

DERBY COUNTY: Carson (Roos, 46), Hanson (Bogle, 46), Wisdom (Keogh, 46), Curtis Davies (A Pearce, 46), Lowe, Huddlestone (Thorne, 46), Ledley (Johnson, 46), Bryson (Butterfield, 72), Thomas (Bennett, 63), Lawrence (Blackman, 72), Jerome (Nugent, 46). Other subs: Mitchell (gk).

REFEREE: R Joyce (Cleveland).

ATTENDANCE: 4,058 (1,394 away fans).


Two late goals condemned Derby County to a 3-1 defeat in their second pre-season friendly against Mansfield Town at Field Mill.


Jordan Graham put the home side in front just after the hour-mark, before Mason Bennett equalised with his second goal in as many pre-season games.

Strikes in the last 15 minutes from Lee Angol - from the penalty spot - and CJ Hamilton secured the victory for the home side.

Tom Lawrence looked sharp against Notts County at the weekend and he picked up where he left off with a series of penetrative runs with the ball, whilst Luke Thomas offered a similar threat on the right-hand side.

The 19-year-old - fresh from his brace at the weekend - was inches away from another goal when his effort deflected onto the crossbar.

He went close with two further efforts before the half-hour mark with Lawrence and Jerome also looking to break the deadlock, but neither could find the target with shots from outside the box.

Mansfield threatened on the counter, with Neal Bishop and Oliver Khan both firing straight at Derby’s No.1 Scott Carson before the half-time interval.

The Rams struck the woodwork for the second time 10 minutes after the break, after a delightful, flowing counter-attack involving each of the newly-formed front three.

Thomas broke in-behind at speed before laying the ball off for Lawrence, who in turn found second-half substitute David Nugent, but the striker’s curled effort struck the post.

Derby continued to push but it was the home side that took the lead on 65 minutes as Graham capitalised on a stray pass from Kelle Roos as the ‘keeper looked to play out from the back.

The goal seemed to spark Derby into life and they were level just four minutes later.

Bobby Olejnik couldn’t hold on to Bradley Johnson’s fierce strike from range and when Nugent pounced, he unselfishly set up Bennett for a tap in.

Despite Derby’s dominance, it was Mansfield that struck a crucial double-blow as the game entered the last 15 minutes.

First, Angol fired home from the spot after Jayden Bogle had brought down his man in the box, before CJ Hamilton tapped home to make it 3-1.

Mansfield Town: Logan, White, Benning, Preston, Pearce, Bishop, MacDonald, Davies, Khan, Atkinson, Walker.

Substitutes: Olejnik, Mellis, Digby, Butcher, Hamilton, Angol, Sterling-James, Gibbens, Graham, Blake, Cameron.

Derby County (First-Half): Carson, Hanson, Lowe, Wisdom, Davies, Huddlestone, Thomas, Bryson, Jerome, Ledley, Lawrence.

Derby County (Second-Half): Roos, Lowe, Thomas (Bennett, 63’), Bryson (Butterfield, 72’), Lawrence (Blackman, 72’), Bogle, Keogh, Pearce, Thorne, Johnson, Nugent.



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