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Rampant Stags claim biggest win over Notts County

Posted onPosted on 16th Apr
Rampant Stags claim biggest win over Notts County

Mansfield Town hammered Notts County 5-0 at the One Call Stadium on Saturday to complete the double over their local rivals – their biggest ever in the derby.

It was also Stags boss Adam Murray’s biggest win as a manager and kept alive the Stags’ outside play-off hopes.

Three goals in 11 minutes at the start of the second half ended County’s hopes of cancelling out Matt Green’s sixth-minute breakthrough and County manager Mark’s four-match unbeaten start to his new role.

Green fired in after Mal Benning’s cross fell invitingly on the edge of the area two minutes after Matty Blair’s goalbound side-footed finish was blocked.

The Stags were pinned back for long periods in the first half as County squandered half chances, Izale McLoud firing straight at Scott Shearer and glancing wide, while Liam Noble’s 18-yard drive flew inches wide. Jack Thomas also made a fine interception to deny McLoud a certain leveller.

But the home side upped the tempo in the second half as the three-goal blitz sent the biggest crowd of the season at the One Call into raptures.

Adam Chapman hammered in a free kick, Green pounced on an error to net his 16th goal of the season and Reggie Lambe tapped in a terrific run and cross from Matty Blair.

Substitute Mitchell Rose completed the rout, tapping in after keeper Scott Loach failed to hold a Blair shot.

Afterwards delighted Stags manager Adam Murray savoured the biggest win of his managerial career and described the fans as incredible.

“That has been coming for a while. The players deserved it after having a tough time recently. Our performances have been good and that sometimes gets overlooked when you don’t get the results,” he said.