STAGS THUMP TRANMERE 3-0
English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Mansfield Town 3 - 0 Tranmere Rovers
Grant 22, 68, Walker 65. Banks sent off 36
Attendance: 4885 (451 from Tranmere)
Date: 26 January 2019
Martin Shaw and Simon Chamberlain at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill
Mansfield Town cruised to a thoroughly convincing 3-0 win over Tranmere Rovers at the One Call Stadium this afternoon, to move to second place in the table. The Stags took the lead when Jorge Grant scored his first goal for the club with a stunning free kick from 21 yards into the top left corner of the net. Goals direct from free kicks have been few and far between for Mansfield in recent years, with the last two being Lee Angol’s at Yeovil last season and before that Chris Clements at Accrington in September 2016. Tranmere were reduced to ten men on 36 minutes when former Spireite Ollie Banks was late with a challenge on Mal Benning and picked up his second yellow card. Tranmere committed around 20 fouls in the first half with Mansfield knocking the ball around quickly and the visitors too slow in the tackle and not shy of a rumbustious challenge. Indeed it looked like Tranmere would pick up more red cards with slow lumbering centre halves Steve McNulty and Manny Monthe no match for the Stags’ quick forwards and midfield. Grant, in particular, was repeatedly fouled in that first half. The Stags nearly made it 2-0 just before half time with a brilliant move as Jacob Mellis surged forward, and found Tyler Walker on the left, Walker crossed low and Grant flicked wide of the right post. Tranmere had only one good chance in the entire game and that came on 45+2 minutes as League Two leading scorer James Norwood headed over the bar from a corner. The Stags increased the lead on 65 minutes, when Nicky Ajose’s powerful shot was only parried by the keeper and Walker clinically knocked in the rebound for his 19th goal of the season. A near carbon copy goal on 68 minutes made it 3-0 as Walker’s powerful shot was parried by the keeper and Grant calmly slotted in the rebound. Mansfield had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside on 76 minutes when Ryan Sweeney knocked into the net following a low cross from CJ Hamilton from the right. From our pitchside video footage, Sweeney was played onside by Tranmere’s Ben Pringle. In stoppage time, it looked like Mansfield should have had a penalty when Ajose was chopped down on the left of the area, but the referee waved play on (UPDATE: from the video footage, it was a blatant penalty as he was tripped from behind by Adam Buxton). A very good performance from Mansfield who didn’t pick up any injuries or yellow cards on the day ahead of the visit to Forest Green on Tuesday.
The Stags team more or less picked itself with CJ Hamilton reverting to right wing back, and Matt Preston returning to the starting XI in central defence. Hayden White was of course missing, having sustained that broken leg in the final minute in the fabulous 3-2 win at Colchester on Saturday. Jordan Graham was also missing from the 18 having picked up an injury in the reserve game at Wigan on Tuesday just one day after he signed a new extended contract. The Stags’ injury list is therefore Olejnik, White, Mirfin, MacDonald, Davies, and Graham. Jason Law came on to the bench with Alistair Smith who also signed a new extended contract on Monday.
After the game, David Flitcroft revealed that Neal Bishop has been struggling with a back injury and Tyler Walker has had a neck spasm and Flitcroft put both down to prolonged training on astroturf, and he will have to rethink the strategy of training on the astroturf at the training ground and return to training on grass at the ground until the grass training pitches are ready at the training ground.
FULL REPORT IN THE MATCH CENTRE
REPORT: Mansfield Town 3-0 Tranmere Rovers
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 26 January 2019
Magnificent Mansfield Town remain in the top three automatic promotion places after seeing off 10-men Tranmere Rovers in style with a 3-0 win at the One Call Stadium this afternoon. A virtuoso performance from Jorge Grant saw him net twice and sparkle with top scorer Tyler Walker taking his tally to 19 with the other goal. Rovers were already behind to a brilliant Grant free-kick when their task was made harder thanks to two reckless Ollie Banks tackles in four minutes. He was lucky to stay on the field for his first challenge on 32 minutes and left the referee no option for his second as he saw red. Stags were comfortable after that with keeper Scott Davies largely unemployed and no serious saves to make all game apart from winning a couple of one-on-ones. Randel This quirky studio cottage sleeps two people in one room, a mile from Bassenthwaite. Promoted by sykescottages.co.uk Mansfield made just one change with defender Matt Preston returning to the side in place of broken leg victim Hayden White. Before kick-off, Stags held a minute’s silence prior to kick-off for Cardiff City player Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, whose plane went missing this week. There was also applause in the 79th minute in memory of former Stags winger Jimmy McGowan. Glasgow-born McGowan died in Kings Mill Hospital on 6th January, aged 79.
Both sides showed intent going forward in the early stages without testing the keeper. Tranmere survived an early home corner and some added pressure after when they failed to clear far enough. But it took 14 minutes for a real chance to be fashioned when Preston met a Grant free kick with a flicked header just past the post. A minute later McCullough was booked for halting Grant's run off the ball. Davies did well to smother a low Hamilton cross while Stags survived a scramble from a Norwood cross that had appeared to go out before he crossed it.
However, McNulty was added to the book on 21 minutes for shoulder-charging walker to the ground on the edge of the box. And Stags made him pay as Grant stepped up to curl a delicious free kick high into the top left corner for the opening goal on 22 minutes. Banks cleaned out Grant with a sliding challenge on 32 minutes that saw him lucky to escape with only a yellow card. The free kick was worked to Mellis but his shot from distance carried little threat to Davies' goal. Just four minutes later Banks was gone for a second yellow card as he took Mellis' standing leg with a ridiculous challenge, given he had just got away with a red. Smith did well to smother a loose ball as it broken invitingly for Caprice on 40 minutes. A minute from the break Stags broke well down the left and Grant was only inches wide with the most delicate of touches onto a low ball in from Walker. Another Stags break was halted by Monthe holding Ajose in the centre circle which earned him an inevitable booking. McCullough had a low shot deflect wide for Rovers in the four added minutes and Norwood's header ws too high from the corner. Even deeper into stoppage time Hamilton powered a downward header at Davies from Ajose's left wing cross. Tranmere's 10 men stood firm as Stags went looking for the killer second goal after the break though only a great tackle by Ridehalgh prevented Hamilton racing away onto Grant's clever pass on 63 minutes. But it was 2-0 on 65 minutes. Ajose's 25 yard blast was parried by Davies, but Walker was onto the loose ball quickly to guide home his 19th goal of the season. Three minutes later Grant settled matters with his second goal of the afternoon. Walker made space for a vicious shot that Davies again blocked only to see Grant slot home the rebound. Atkinson and Khan took over from Bishop and Walker as Stags began to really enjoy their afternoon. Sweeney turned the ball over the line from close range on 76 minutes but an offside flag was up. Davies got his body well behind an awkward bouncing shot from Khan and then beat away a near post Hamilton shot as Mansfield kept up the pressure in their search for more goals.
MANSFIELD: J. Smith; Sweeney, Pearce, Preston, Hamilton, Bishop (Atkinson 69), Mellis, Benning; Grant; Walker (Khan 75), Ajose. Subs: Logan, Butcher, Law, A. Smith, Rose.
TRANMERE: Davies, Buxton, Ridehalgh, McNulty (Pringle 65), Monthe, Norwood, Jennings, McCullough, Caprice, Perkins, Banks. Subs: Pilling, Harris, Mullin, Ellis, Smith, Gilmour.
REFEREE: Ben Toner of Lancashire. ATTENDANCE: 4,885 (451 away). CHAD STAGS MAN OF THE MATCH: Jorge Grant.
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Mansfield 3-0 Tranmere
26 January 2019
Ten man Tranmere Rovers fell to a 3-0 defeat at Mansfield Town with the hosts’ goals coming from Jorge Grant (2) and Nicky Ajose.
Tranmere went down to ten men when midfielder Ollie Banks was dismissed for two yellow cards in the first half.
Manager Micky Mellon named new recruit Ben Pringle on the bench for TRFC against high-flying Mansfield. Adam Buxton returned to the starting eleven in place of Mark Ellis, whilst Connor Jennings stepped in for the injured Ishmael Miller.
There was little to choose between the two sides in the opening 15 minutes, as both teams grasped an understanding of one another. TRFC donning an all-white kit, operated a 5-3-2 system with James Norwood and Connor Jennings spearheading the Rovers attack.
Tranmere were looking dangerous moving forward as Jake Caprice was finding space on the right channel. However, the best chance of the opening 20 minutes for TRFC came from the opposite flank as Norwood tricked his way past the Mansfield back line, played a dangerous cross into the middle but the ball was hacked away at the last minute.
In the 22nd minute, Mansfield took the lead as Grant curled an excellent free-kick from 21-yards into the top corner after a foul on the edge of the penalty box.
Tranmere didn’t let their heads drop but needed to be cautious as they picked up three yellow cards in the opening 30 minutes, McCullough, McNulty and Banks all going in the book.
And it proved to be the case, as just before the half time whistle, Banks was dismissed for two yellow cards as Rovers had to play the remainder of the match with ten men.
Tranmere were inches away from an equaliser in first half added time as Norwood, the league’s top scorer, headed over Liam Ridehalgh’s corner from the left.
Despite being a man down, Rovers were more than in the contest against Town, as Norwood operated as a lone striker, Jennings dropping into a four-man midfield.
Mansfield were controlling possession with their numerical advantage, but Tranmere were looking a threat when moving forward when the opportunity presented itself.
The near 500 travelling support from the Wirral were staying strong with the team, as they looked for an equalising goal.
However, Mansfield grabbed their second and third goals in quick succession courtesy of Walker and Grant to seal all three points for the hosts.
In between the goals, Pringle was introduced for his debut, replacing skipper McNulty.
The match finished 3-0 to the hosts and Rovers now move on to next weekend’s game at Port Vale.
Tranmere: Davies, Caprice, Monthe, McNulty (Pringle 67), Buxton, Ridehalgh, Banks, Perkins, Jennings, Norwood. Unused subs: Pilling, Mullin, Gilmour, Smith, Ellis, Harris.
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