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Mansfield Report Part 2
By: Rob Sedgwick
AFTER all that, the interval brought some light relief with the Town fans imploring Sarah not to say yes to Seanâ€™s touching touchline proposal, then the half time draw gave some lucky punter the chance to win a lovely Elizabeth Duke or something necklace. Love is in the air, nice...!
No changes at the break so more of the same: Town bright in patches, a Parky shot, a shout for a Mendes pen and Cohen latching on to a hefty throw from Croft to force a corner. The most obnoxious man in football, Danny Reet, then set up a tetchy passage of play by pretending heâ€™d been head butted by Woodhouse, if only!
A couple of Mansfield bookings (Nos 3 & 15) - with Barker following Reetâ€™s quiet and gentlemanly example on both occasions - preceded Croft getting the same treatment for a silly late lunge.
Gary Jones then pulled on his boil-in-the-bag boots and replaced Parky who was subbed presumably for trying to get the ball on the ground and pass it to a Town player. Mansfield hit the post with a screamer, Reddy escapes only for play to be stopped for a Mansfield player faking a head injury, thatâ€™s bad in itself but that was annoying enough but Mr Reet's actions afterwards were nothing short of disgraceful.
The usual drop ball in the middle of the field, unchallenged, he kicks it for touch in the corner, and then urges all his team mates to pressurize Townsâ€™ throw-in. Cue some overzealous policing to remove a Town fan for telling it a little colourfully how it was. Actually I think I owe the lad an apology here as it was probably me who caught plodâ€™s twitchy ear with my entertaining use of industrial vernacular.
With the game degenerating fast the Mansfield No. 3 got his second booking for a clumsy tackle on Reddy. This, combined with the more robust approach of G Jones gave Town a much-needed boost. Jones himself had a great chance by the post before a sweet Woodhouse volley flew past Pressman into the opposite corner, giving Town 15 mins or so to rescue something.
Constant pressure though only resulted in a couple of chances, another Jones header and a Reddy shot well saved by Pressman. The only other way back for Town would have been via the penalty spot for one of the many tugs and climbs on Town players missed by the increasingly myopic Ref.
There it frustratingly ended, only for us to trudge out to the sight of Mildenhall looking totally distraught as he applauded the excellent 737 away support. I canâ€™t blame him for the result, perhaps the wrong choice of starting personnel and a reliance on a hoof up to the isolated Reddy should be the starting point.
Mr Newey should take a long hard look at himself, itâ€™s kid's stuff to dive in like he did: Macca and Croft as full-backs please.
As for man of the match, itâ€™s a tough one, but for his non-stop running, especially in the first half, Gary Cohen just about deserves it
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