Mansfield 0 Lincoln 0 Its Cox Out & Holdsworth out then!

Mansfield Town and Lincoln City ground out a stalemate at Field Mill tonight.  The Stags faithful appear as anti Paul Cox as the Imps are anti Holdsworth after a game that saw one shot on target for City and another great performance from England C keeper Paul Farman  Gary Simpson and Dave Penny were both at the game suggesting there could be moves afoot.

For the benefit of  Stags fans, visiting the site for the first time, first the  formations, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Stag at. Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Tuesday  9th October K.O 7.45 pm

Mansfield TownLincoln City FC 

(H/T 0 -0)



Att  2325

Stags 1987  Imps  338


The teams & Schemes




34 Mitchell 

2 Sutton 4 Dempster 32 Tafazolli 31 Daniel

24 Todd 21 Murray (C) 18 Roberts

8 Speight 10 Green 16 Rhead (Y-14)






6 Pilkington 26 Stevenson 35 Taiwo 17 Meikle 11 Briscoe 


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1 Farman

 15 Gray 20 Miller 5 Boyce 30 Gilbert  

  18 Bore  37 Fofana (Y-25) 16 Nicolau 7 Smith

10 Taylor 34 Larkin



72 Sheridan (Y-78) on for Bore, 77 Robinson on for Larkin


27 Turner,  2 Robson, 4 Mills, 12 Sheridan , 39 Robinson

But to the game fellow fans to the game……

Roberts set the tone with an early foul on Taylor ditto Smith on Todd.  A great cross from Roberts found the head of Rhead, but Farman was equal to it and made a great save.  A long Gray throw found the head of Boyce who also headed wide. Matt Rhead then got a yellow for a foul on Nicolau. Both sides  struggled to keep possession, conceding plenty of free kicks in a lively but scrappy contest.

A great cross from Todd saw Green head just over the bar. The game continued to go end to end with Roberts and Nicolau both wasting corners. A poor Bore corner trickled against the post, with the Static Stags defence finally hoofing clear.  Tafazolli then shot wide. A decent Nicolau corner saw Smith shoot over the bar.  A poor foul from Fofana on Roberts earned him a yellow, although the two would engage in a titanic struggle throughout the game.

Taylor, given little service as usual, took it on his own a hit a thirty-five yard bullet just over the bar.   Matt Green was then given off-side ruling out a great run and finish.  Another Nicolau corner finds Gray who shot well wide.

Second Half

A scrappy opening to the second half, mirrored the first. The ball was hoofed into touch by the stags almost from kick-off before both sides gave away throws when far easier passes looked on. A Gray long throw saw Mitchell flap under pressure from Boyce. Gray then appeared to hold Green, who stayed on his feet and spread wide, but Farman punched Roberts cross wide.  A quick free-kick found Green but his chip could not beat Farman, who saved magnificently.  Todd then shot wide as the Stags approach play continued to gather in momentum and quality, as they drove toward their home end faithful.

The Imps, got their second wind and countered,  but Gray’s poor ball lost any chance of an end product.  The Stags quality began to show, with some composed football orchestrated by captain Murray, a gifted fellow, who must feel only Cox’s square pegs in those, otherwise smooth and lucid,  round holes are holding the Stags back. A scramble in the box saw Murray hit a scorcher, but Miller and Boyce, the beast and brave-heart of the Imps back four, put body and soul on the line to deny the danger.  Taylor stayed on his feet when he could have gone down and Smith fluffed his lines and Larkin also failed to  get in a shot.

The Mighty Imp personified, Taylor, looked sharp. He twisted, turned and threaded through, but alas Larkin was caught off side.  Midfield matador Murray then brought down Smith and was booked – as much for persistence as anything.  Smith certainly tried to prove a point in both halves of the pitch throughout the game but Taylor or a set-piece looked our best chance of a goal.  Miller and Boyce were both immense again, against Green and Rhead. Strangely sniper Speight seemed silent until a rising drive went thankfully wide after Green knocked down a Roberts free-kick.

Speight then saw another drive blocked by his own man  (Green), as the unrest from the stand began to question a lack of substitutions on the part of Cox. With every sweet in the shop purchased, perhaps he was spoiled for choice. A low 30 yard drive from Smith was punched, with both hands, for a corner, from a nervous Mitchell.  The Stags defence did not exactly pull up any roses in front of him suggested there could be more than a point if the Imps played their cards right.

Murray, through on goal, was tripped, but only got a free-kick despite the protestations and a dive that finished well into the box. The wall did the job after Green and Farman had got so close in the run-up, that the ref might well have suggested they get a room.  On 72 Sheridan was brought on for Bore who had done little during the course of the game.  A Roberts corner saw an adventurous, but off-target, overhead kick from Green.  Young Robinson was then brought on for Larkin.  Murray cleverly blasted an early free-kick at Sheridan who was booked for being less than 10 yards.

The Stags frustrated faithful then gave a few choruses of ‘you don’t know what your doing’  towards Paul Cox.  What might Dave Penny have done you ask? Perhaps he may get the chance as Chairman Radford and he are rumoured to be too close for Cox’s comfort. The instant response, a dipping drive from Murray, was well claimed by the flying Farman. A visionary ball from Murray found Green, but his looped drive was again brilliantly saved by Farman. Green then beat two for pace and played in Speight who was denied by a full-length stop from the Imps heroic keeper. Things could be tougher still for the Imps, in January, with 2-3 scouts tailing him these last two games.

A late Nicolau free-kick did not even see a challenge as Tafazolli headed clear, but then the Imps were hardly going to risk that hard-earned point.   The chants of ‘what a load of Rubbish’ and ‘Cox out’ must have made Holdsworth smile as he left the field. Last season the chants had been for his benefit after a 58 signing tenure had set the Stags a-rutting at the Mill. Mind you, with Gary Simpson and Dave Penny both at the match, it will be the mill of rumour, that will set the pulses racing and the tongues a-wagging amongst both sets of fans. Stagland and Sincil Bank salivates.

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Friday  28th September K.O 7.45 pm

Mansfield Town – Lincoln City FC 

(H/T 0-0)




shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed


55% Ball 45%

8 Shots on 1

5 Misses 7

2 Saves 6

5 Corners 4

7 Offside 0

14 Fouls 15

1 Yellows 2

BSP Table

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 down 1 Newport County AFC 14 10 2 2 27 13 14 32
2 up 19 Forest Green Rovers 14 8 3 3 25 14 11 27
3 up 8 Wrexham 13 7 5 1 20 8 12 26
4 down 2 Luton Town 14 8 2 4 26 21 5 26
5 down 5 Dartford 14 8 1 5 25 18 7 25
6 down 6 Grimsby Town 14 6 6 2 20 9 11 24
7 up 9 Tamworth 14 7 1 6 21 19 2 22
8 down 8 AFC Telford United 14 5 6 3 25 19 6 21
9 down 9 Macclesfield Town 13 6 2 5 24 24 0 20
10 down 10 Woking 14 6 1 7 25 26 -1 19
11 up 9 Gateshead 14 4 6 4 19 19 0 18
12 down 12 Hereford United 14 5 3 6 22 26 -4 18
13 down 4 Mansfield Town 13 5 3 5 21 25 -4 18
14 down 14 Stockport County 13 4 5 4 17 16 1 17
15 down 5 Cambridge United 14 4 4 6 27 28 -1 16
16 down 16 Braintree Town 14 4 4 6 18 22 -4 16
17 down 17 Southport 14 4 4 6 19 25 -6 16
18 down 18 Alfreton Town 13 4 4 5 17 23 -6 16
19 down 4 Barrow 14 4 4 6 19 28 -9 16
20 down 7 Kidderminster Harriers 14 3 6 5 17 15 2 15
21 down 21 Lincoln City 14 3 4 7 15 21 -6 13
22 down 22 Nuneaton 14 2 6 6 20 29 -9 12
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 14 2 4 8 20 31 -11 10
24 down 24 Hyde FC 13 1 4 8 15 25 -10 7



Posted on October 9, 2012, in A View From The Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs & Match Reports, All the Formations: The Teams & schemes, Statistics, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Always enjoy reading your reviews. Thank God I didnt make the 200 mile round trip tonight to see the mighty Stags continue in their mediocrity. Bet there’s many a manager who would love to have the manpower at Mansfield. Mickey Moore is mightily missed.

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