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15th November 2018 0:10

The Emirates FA Cup - Round One
Mansfield Town 1 - 1 Charlton Athletic
Hamilton 45. Stevenson 73
Attendance: 3240 (492 from Charlton)

Date: 11 November 2018

Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill

Mansfield Town put in a terrific display against League One Charlton Athletic in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup at the One Call Stadium at lunchtime today but were unable to force what would have been a deserved victory to go through to Round Two. Instead the two teams will meet again at The Valley a week on Tuesday (20 November), which will become Mansfield’s fifth consecutive Tuesday game. Leading 1-0 at half time, the Stags were denied by an equaliser from Toby Stevenson on 73 minutes which TV pictures appeared to show should have been ruled out for offside. Indeed BBC TV Match of the Day pundits later concluded it was offside. The Stags took the lead on the stroke of half time with a wonderful goal by CJ Hamilton. A trademark run down the left by Hamilton into the area, and he unleashed a fabulous shot that crashed into the net off the right post. An earlier effort from Hamilton on 6 minutes had smashed against the left post and behind for a goal kick. Then, on 31 minutes, his shot, again from the left, was deflected into the side netting by defender Nabi Sarr. And on 47 minutes, Hamilton went close yet again running from the halfway line into the area on the left and forcing the keeper to tip his shot wide for a corner. There were plenty of other near misses from the Stags. Neal Bishop had a powerful shot blocked on the line by the keeper on 15 minutes. And Krystian Pearce’s goalbound header was deflected wide by Darren Pratley with the keeper out of position on 24 minutes. Then, with the score at 1-1 on 77 minutes, the Stags were denied by the woodwork for a second time in the game when Jacob Mellis fired in a shot from 22 yards which deflected off Mal Benning and agonisingly hit the right post with the keeper wrong-footed.

Charlton had chances of their own with George Lapslie side-footing wide from close range, Karlan Grant firing wide from a good position, and Nicky Ajose being denied by a brilliant save from Bobby Olejnik in a 1-on-1. But the Stags had by far the better of the chances in my opinion, with 6 near-misses compared to Charlton’s 3. Not difficult to choose a man of the match with CJ Hamilton terrorising the Charlton defence and Charlton boss Lee Bowyer picking him out for praise after the game. Mal Benning also played extremely well at left wing-back, Neal Bishop had a super game in midfield and the back three of Preston, Pearce and Sweeney played well, with Pearce in outstanding form.

This was a really good game of football between two sides who like play attractive football, and I’d expect the replay to be another entertaining game.

The game had unfortunately been moved to Sunday lunchtime on the day of the Armistice Centenary, not good timing but completely out of the control of the two clubs, for overseas TV coverage. The clubs made the best of it. Before the game, The Last Post was performed beautifully followed by minute’s silence to remember the fallen. The club had produced a commemorative poppy on a sheet of A4 card with both club badges on it, one poppy for every seat in the stadium, and every fan held theirs up as the Bugler played. It looked superb.

It was Charlton’s first visit to Mansfield for 40 years, and reduced their travelling support to under 500, from what would probably have been around 1500 I’m told. The £12,500 that the clubs got for TV coverage was scant reward for the reduced attendance.

As an aside, the game was the 31st time Mansfield Town have been shown live on TV (full list https://www.stagsnet.net/vintage/stagsTVappearances.htm">here).

Next up, the Stags play League One Scunthorpe United in just 48 hours time on Tuesday night in the Checkatrade Trophy where youngsters like Lewis Gibbens, Alistair Smith, and Jordan Graham are sure to get a game. The Stags are already through of course, and will top the group to earn a home tie in the next round with anything other than a 2 or more goal defeat.



Mansfield Town face FA Cup replay after draw with Charlton Athletic
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Sunday 11 November 2018

Mansfield Town face an FA Cup replay at the Valley after an exciting 1-1 home draw with League One Charlton Athletic at the One Call Stadium today. A superb CJ Hamilton goal put Stags in front right at the end of a thrilling first half, but the visitors upped a gear after the break and levelled through Toby Stevenson on 74 minutes. It could have been worse as home keeper Bobby Olejnik had to keep out Nicky Ajose in a one-on-one break soon after. However, it was a 12th game unbeaten for the Stags and they won’t fear the replay, having matched their opponents all afternoon with some magnificent defending from the back three. The Mansfield side showed two changes with Timi Elsnik out with a slight knock and Danny Rose dropped to the bench. In came Hayden White and Craig Davies. Davies, Tyler Walker and Hamilton formed a three-man attacking spearhead in a 3-4-3 formation. As expected, the visitors made nine changes, though among those coming in were players of the quality of Jamie Ward and Ajose. With their current injury list, the visitors also named just five substitutes on the bench. In a lively opening five minutes Stags had a corner cleared and then Sweeney got in a vital block in front of goal on Lapslie. Then on seven minutes a rare burst from the back by skipper Pearce saw him loft a ball into Hamilton’s path, his finish clipping the outside of the near post. The Addicks roared back upfield and Lapslie sent a rising shot over from 20 yards. Benning sent a header straight at Phillips from a Bishop cross, then Mellis was too high with his shot as Stags asked early questions of their League One visitors. Mansfield Town dreaming big as they begin their FA Cup adventure The action was fast and furious and Ward was too high from distance for Charlton in their next raid with Pratley heading their first corner wide on 12 minutes. Charlton should have gone ahead on 14 minutes. Great footwork by Grant saw him make progress down the left. His low cross picked out Lapslie just six yards from goal, but he sidefooted a poor finish wide A second Stags corner was then cleared to Bishop, whose low shot was saved almost on the line by Phillips. Charlton broke, but Stags survived as Grant fired low and wide. Mansfield’s fourth corner on 25 minutes saw a Pearce header cleared off the line by Pratley. Still Stags came forward and a low shot from Hamilton deflected into the near side-netting for a corner, from which Benning curled a low ball through everyone when it came out to him. Maloney saw the game’s first yellow card on 34 minutes for a late challenge on Bishop. Lapslie joined him on 38 minutes for a clattering challenge on Mellis. A quickly taken free kick released Hamilton down the left, but his pass inside was fired over first time by Walker as half-time loomed. But Mansfield were ahead with a great break and finish from Hamilton right on 45 minutes. Benning’s pass sent Hamilton skipping away from his own half into acres of space on the left and he came inside into the box and let fly with a low shot that found the net off the inside of the far post. Stags began the second half well and a huge throw by Olejnik sent Hamilton racing away again, his low shot touched just wide by the keeper. Rose came on for Davies on 61 minutes in the home side’s first change of the day. Pratley was handed Charlton’s third booking on 63 minutes for hacking down Walker. But the visitors began to dominate possession and hauled themselves level on 73 minutes. Mansfield twice struggled to clear their lines and Stevenson was able to poke home a loose ball almost on the goal line after the ball was crossed in low from the right. The visitors were almost ahead a minute later as Ajose raced clear, Olejnik getting in the way of his finish. Sub Clarke was booked for hauling Hamilton down in full flight with three minutes to go as the game petered out into a replay.

MANSFIELD: Olejnik; Sweeney, Pearce, Preston; White, Mellis, Bishop, Benning (Butcher 77); Walker (Graham 90+3), Davies (Rose 61), Hamilton. Subs not used: Logan, Atkinson, Gibbens, Smith.

CHARLTON: Phillips, Dijksteel, Marshall, Pratley, Ward (Fosu 56), Grant, Sarr, Ajose (Hackett-Fairchild 76), Lapslie, Maloney (Clarke 69), Stevenson. Subs not used: Steer, Fosu, Morgan.

REFEREE: Ollie Yates of Staffordshire. ATTENDANCE: 3,240 (492 away). CHAD STAGS MAN OF THE MATCH: Krystian Pearce.

Read more at: https://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town-face-fa-cup-replay-after-draw-with-charlton-athletic-1-9438690


FA CUP REPORT - Mansfield Town 1 Charlton 1

Charlton were held to a 1-1 draw by Mansfield Town in the first round of the FA Cup at One Call Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The home side opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time through CJ Hamilton in a competitive cup tie in Nottinghamshire, only for youngster Toby Stevenson to pop up with his fourth senior Addicks goal to force a replay at The Valley.

Lee Bowyer made a number of changes to his starting XI for the cup tie, with the Addicks boss taking the opportunity to rest some of his players who have featured heavily of late and handed opportunities to other members of his squad.

One of the nine changes saw academy graduate Dillon Phillips start in goal, while Stevenson, who of course scored an incredible hat-trick in his only other first-team appearance, joined Mark Marshall as wing-backs.

Youngsters George Lapslie and Taylor Maloney lined-up in midfield alongside Jamie Ward while Karlan Grant led the line with Nicky Ajose.


On the bench, there was some welcome news as Billy Clarke was named in a matchday squad for the first time in 11 months.

An early chance for Charlton saw Grant speed down the left before crossing low for Lapslie, but the graduate could not find the right connection from 12 yards, before the 21-year old struck a good effort just over the bar from 22 yards minutes later.

Before that, however, the Stags enjoyed their first opening when Hamilton stole into the box on the left and struck the near post with an effort on the angle.

With 14 minutes on the clock, Grant and Lapslie linked up again, with the latter coming closer still. Once again cutting in from the left, Grant tried to lay it on a plate for the midfielder, but his side-footed effort was sent wide.

A minute later, Neal Bishop went close with a low shot into a crowded area from the edge of the box which Phillips got down well to keep out, while a quick break away saw Grant drag an effort off target after some tenacious work on the edge of the box.

A fairly even first half produced another opportunity for the hosts on the half-hour mark when Hamilton’s cross-shot was deflected into the side netting and the end-to-end nature of the first 45 continued when the Addicks came close with another move down the left, with Grant flicking Ajose’s centre wide of the post.

But the topsy-turvy half was destined not to finish goalless and, on the stroke of half-time, it was the Stags who took the lead courtesy of Hamilton who enjoyed plenty of space on the left to get into the box and fire in off the post.

Hamilton continued to prove a threat for the home side and drew Phillips into a good, low save early in the second period and, in truth, the Stags were managing their lead well, leaving Charlton frustrated as they looked to find an opening.

Tariqe Fosu was introduced from the bench in place of Ward with 56 minutes gone and there was a big cheer from the away end with 70 minutes left on the clock when Clarke finally entered the fray for the first time in 11 months, bringing an end to his year of injury hell as he came on for Maloney.

Indeed, the switch made a difference, giving the Addicks the impetus they needed to draw level in the 73rd minute.

A cross from the left was dropped deep into the danger area and bobbled around the six-yard box, leaving Stevenson on hand to force the ball over the line, securing an incredible record of four goals in his two senior appearances.

Moments later, Ajose was sent through one-on-one in an attempt to complete a quick turnaround, but keeper Bobby Olejnik got out well to deny the striker.

Mansfield finished the game the stronger side without causing Phillips too many problems and the match played out to a stalemate, leaving the sides to duke it out again in nine days’ time.

Charlton: Phillips, Dijksteel, Pratley, Sarr, Stevenson, Lapslie, Maloney (Clarke 69), Marshall, Ward (Fosu 56), Ajose (Hackett-Fairchild 76), Grant.

Subs (not used): Steer, Morgan.

Goal: Stevenson 73

Booked: Maloney 34 (foul on Bishop), Lapslie 38 (foul on Mellis), Pratley 63 (foul on Walker), Clarke 87 (foul on Hamilton)

Mansfield Town: Olejnik, White, Benning (Butcher 77), Preston, Pearce, Bishop, Mellis, Davies (Rose 61), Sweeney, Walker (Graham 90+4), Hamilton.

Subs (not used): Logan, Atkinson, Gibbens, Smith.

Goal: Hamilton 45

Referee: O Yates

Att: 3,240 (492 from Charlton)


Mansfield Town 1-1 Charlton Athletic: Toby Stevenson goal takes FA Cup tie to a replay

Toby Stevenson continued his remarkable scoring record as his fourth goal in just two Charlton appearances took the South Londoners’ FA Cup 1st round tie at Mansfield to a replay.

The 18-year-old bundled a corner over the line inside the final quarter of the contest to cancel out CJ Hamilton’s first-half opener and keep the Addicks in the hat for tomorrow’s 2nd round draw.

The game was also notable for the return from injury of Billy Clarke, who came off the bench after missing out since suffering an ACL injury last December.

The cup-tie was wide open from the start. Hamilton had already rattled a post for the home side from a tight angle before George Lapslie sent a rising drive inches over the bar at the other end.

The Addicks youngster was then guilty of squandering a golden chance to give the South Londoners the lead. Karlan Grant had wriggled his way into the area but Lapslie was unable to adjust his feet in time to side-foot the low-cross home from eight yards out.

Still the chances were coming at both ends, with Stags midfielder Neal Bishop seeing his shot clawed from the goal-line by Addicks stopper Dillon Phillips.

Grant almost immediately dragged a shot across the face of goal when Nicky Ajose was screaming for a square ball and an easy tap in.

Charlton goalkeeper Dillon Phillips needed to be bailed out as he came out for a corner and missed it, with Darren Pratley alert to nod Krystian Pearce’s header away from the goal.

The Addicks were again wasteful in-front of goal as Grant shanked wide at the near-post, and they were made to pay as they fell behind just before the break.

The hosts had been building pressure as the half wore on and they broke the deadlock as Hamilton hared away on the Mansfield left. He drove across the face of Phillips’ goal, with the ball rebounded off the far-post and in to give the underdogs the lead.

Phillips did well to tip a low-drive around the post from the goal-scorer in the opening exchanges of the second-period as the Stags looked to extend their lead.

Bowyer threw Tariqe Fosu into the mix ten minutes after the interval as his side looked for a way back into the contest, with Jamie Ward making way.

The substitute was involved as Charlton had a huge chance on the counter. Grant strode away from the Addicks box before releasing Fosu in space on the right. The Addicks had a three-on-one advantage but Fosu’s cross for Ajose was cut behind for a corner, that came to nothing.

Clarke was introduced with twenty minutes to play as he finally put his eleven month lay-off behind him and returned to first-team action - and the Addicks drew level moments later.

Stevenson, who bagged a hat-trick on his only other first-team appearance at Stevenage in the EFL Trophy, bundled a corner over the line with just over fifteen minutes left to play.

The hosts came inches away from regaining their lead as Jacob Mellis’ effort took a deflection, but it brushed the outside of the post with Phillips completely wrong-footed.

Neither side could find a winner and so the tie will be replayed at The Valley the week after next.


Mansfield Town 1 Charlton Athletic 1
by Chicago Addick on November 11, 2018

I’m a bit old fashioned and would like us to take the FA Cup seriously and progress a bit, at least until the 3rd Round. In saying that I fully get why Bowyer made so many changes today, many of which were enforced on him.

There were 9 changes from the game at Walsall, and only 5 sat on the bench. Checkatrade hero Toby Stevenson and Taylor Maloney both began in a midfield five. Dillon Phillips got a chance in goal, but the biggest opportunity of all was for Nicky Ajose. Albie Morgan was on the bench that also saw the return of Billy Clarke after 11 months out.

Mansfield, unbeaten in 10 games, gave us all sorts of problems first half as players seemed to struggle with the formation with square pegs shoved into round holes. The guys on the radio suggested that we changed our formation early in the half to adapt to a strong Mansfield start who hit a post and had one of the line. Mind, we were guilty of some woeful finishing. Both Lapslie and Grant were culpable.

Then on half-time CJ Hamilton gave the Stags a deserved lead. We were better in the 2nd period although Phillips was called into action early. Fosu’s introduction gave us a lift, although he should have done better on a breakaway. Billy Clarke was then introduced to smiles all round.

Not long after Clarke’s entry we scored when Toby Stevenson bundled home a corner to get his name on the scoresheet again.

Ajose had blown another chance to impress and was replaced by Hackett-Fairchild. There was one last chance for the Stags, but the Addicks leave with an undeserved draw, and face two Tuesday games now over the International break.



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