Mansfield Town 0-0 Tranmere Rovers (EFL League Two) 12.09.20
Manager Graham Coughlan was left frustrated with the chances his side missed but pleased with his teams defensive display as the Stags were held to a goalless draw by Tranmere at Field Mill.
It was a confident first 45 minutes of the season for Mansfield Town who dominated against their opponents with new signing Menayese first to try his luck inside five minutes after O’Keefe crossed and the big defender shot towards goal which was well blocked. Moments later Peter Clarke nearly gave the Stags a sensational lead as the Tranmere defender headed against his own crossbar in what would have been an unlikely opener.
Andy Cook shot wide before George Maris had an effort well blocked with the home side intent on grabbing the opener it was solid defending from Tranmere with a bit of luck that kept things at nil nil.
The visitors had their moments as Morris forced a good save from Stech on 25 with the big Czech keeping out the wingers low driven effort.
There was another chance for Andy Cook four minutes before half time as the striker headed over from O’Keefe’s delivery as Graham Coughlan looked a frustrated figure going into the break with his side not taking the lead.
In the second half the Stags immediately attacked as Maris found Bowery who headed wide before another header this time from Cook went straight to the relieved palms of Davies in the Tranmere goal.
Mansfield pressed with Nicky Maynard and Tyrese Sinclair for a debut entering the pitch but the away side proved resilient in holding out for a point with Sinclair’s late effort well saved by Davies perhaps the golden opportunity to give Coughlan’s side the win.
After the match the Manager stated “It was a good, solid start and we created. We were by far the better team and were solid at the back. We kept a clean sheet and we limited them to very little.”
“I want to win, but we looked a real danger today. Neither team scored – is it a fair result? I don’t know, but we should’ve won.”
Next up for Mansfield is Leyton Orient on Saturday with a trip to Brisbane Road, London.
Stags: Stech, Menayese, Rawson, Sweeney, O’Keeffe, Maris, Clarke, Charsley (Sinclair 83), Benning, Bowery (Maynard 75), Cook.
*Main image @mansfieldtownfc action from the One Call Stadium as Stags are held by Tranmere.