Mark Plumb writes....
Mansfield Town continued the league 2 campaign with their first away win of the season, courtesy of Danny Rose. Their was 3 changes made to the line up with Paul Digby, Hayden White and Alfie Potter coming into the side replacing Jacob Mellis, Rhys Bennett and Joel Byrom respectively.
The first half wasn't much to shout about from our perspective, with Lincoln having the lion share of possession and restricting us from playing. Throughout the half and the whole match the defence looked a solid unit, along with Logan who was impressive again.
Neither side looked likely to score, with both keepers having a relatively easy first half not being tested at it. The only stand out performers in the first half for me was Mirfin and Pearce continuing their impressive partnership in the centre of defence. First half whistle blew with the scoring being level at the break. For me it was disappointing, Lincoln were organised and make it difficult for us to get a foot hold in the game. It was way to flat in my opinion and changes needed to be made.
The second half started with the Stags attacking from the blocks straight away with over 1,459 Mansfield fans backing Steve Evans men throughout the game, chanting for DANNY DANNY ROSE. We got our wish on the hour mark when the fans favourite came on to replace Hemmings, who was ineffective throughout the game. Rose came on to nick a goal and he did just that when Hayden Whites run down the wing, crossed ball into the area fell nicely for Rose who jumped up well to meet the ball making it 1-0 Mansfield.
Two more changes were made to the Stags with Anderson and Atkinson coming on to protect the Stags lead for Angol and Macdonald. Lincoln made changes of their own with Josh Ginnely coming on almost making an impact with a turn to unleash a shot towards Logan's near post, that was well saved by the Stags number one, who was looking solid throughout.
Their was a number of good performances from the likes of Hunt, White, Rose, Mirfin, Logan and Digby to name a few for an impressive performance. As soon as we went in front Danny Cowleys side struggled to get back in the game with the Stags restricting them from going in front, despite them having majority of the possession. The full time whistle blew and it was 1-0 to the Stags a much deserved/ needed win in my opinion.
The positives was we came away with the 3 points, clean sheet and continuing our unbeaten run. Their is hardly any negatives that concerns me, as a lot of teams will find it tough to come to Sincil Bank, which many teams find it hard to get a result. On to the next one at home to Cambridge. UP THE STAGS !
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