Mansfield Town 0-3 Cambridge United (EFL League Two) 20.02.21
Mansfield Town suffered their worst defeat under Nigel Clough on a day to forget at Field Mill as top of the table Cambridge came to town and took three points with three goals without reply.
The first half was a scrap, a tight contest with both sides giving a good account of themselves with both sides showing plenty of fight and commitment, even if not the prettiest of encounters in the wind and light sporadic rain that perhaps also took its toll.
Mansfield still hurt by their midweek collapse at Bolton, looking to make amends against the league’s best team, could have been behind as soon as the seventh minute as Ironside finished past Stone but his effort was pulled up for an earlier foul on Rawson.
Sweeney might even have put Stags one up, poking an effort from a corner towards goal which was saved by Burton before Bowery curled just wide on 24 and Perch tried his luck after scoring seven days ago, this time his effort nowhere near the target.
On 40 minutes Hoolahan’s shot on goal was well saved by Stone, the best piece of action produced up until the break.
It took twelve minutes of the second half to see a movement in the score as Dunk crossed to Mullin to put the U’s ahead and within ten minutes it was two for the visitors, Mullin again from a tight angle after good work by O’Neil.
Cambridge had chances to add a third before finally getting further reward for a dominant display as Knibbs finished things off, the league leaders looking very much the best in the division on this display.
For Mansfield, two defeats in two will test a team under their Manager that is not used to losing. Bouncing back on Tuesday night against Harrogate Town will now be very much the required tonic for a side that will see huge dent in confidence after the last two matches.
Mansfield Town: Stone, Perch, Rawson, Sweeney, McLaughlin, Charsley (Sinclair 73), Clarke, Quinn (Law 62), Maris, Reid, Bowery (Sarkic 90).
Cambridge United: Burton, Knoyle, Taylor, Okedina, Dunk, Hoolahan, May, O’Neil (Drysdale 72), Hannant (Knibbs 80), Ironside, Mullin.
Venue: Field Mill
*Main image @mansfieldtownfc Jordan Bowery in action for Mansfield.