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Stags close to cup upset

Posted onPosted on 7th Nov
Stags close to cup upset

Mansfield Town were the better side as the League Two club forced a replay against League One Oldham Athletic in a 0-0 FA Cup first round draw at One Call Stadium.

Unmarked Reggie Lambe volleyed over Craig Westcarr’s left-wing cross from four yards just before half-time and in the second half Matt Green was denied by the keeper and then a goalline clearance from the follow-up.

Craig Westcarr and substitute Nathan Thomas also went close to a late winner as the Stags dominated and played the better football.

Brian Jensen had just one save to make, although former Stoke City striker Ricardo Fuller squandered a clear first-half chance when he side-footed wide with just the keeper to beat.

Delighted Stags boss Adam Murray was delighted with his players, but admitted they again lacked the killer touch in front of goal as they failed to score for the third successive outing.

“I though we were excellent today and we dominated the game. We played at the right tempo and intensity with or without the ball,” he said.

“Some of our play at times was top drawer and we did everything but score.

“If we play that week in week out in our bread and butter we will win a lot more than we lose.

“Reggie should have scored and nine times out of 10 he does We’ve been working all week on our final third play and today again we’ve seen a lot of crosses going into the box and into the final third, but we just need something to go in off someone’s backside at the minute.

“I was really chuffed with the performance today, even though we missed that end product. It will come. We just have to keep our standards.

“Our keeper has had one save to make and that says it all. We just need that cutting edge and that rub of the green.

“Oldham are a good team. As I said before the game their League position lies. They play some great stuff and are not having the rub of the green. So to dominate them for large periods was pleasing.

“I didn’t ever think we were going to lose the game, it was more about how we were going to win it.

“It’s rubbish to say they are only 11 places higher than us as the difference between League One and League Two is huge. It’s a massive gulf.