Mansfield 2-0 Braintree Town

Goals at the end of each half from Lee Stevenson and Jake Speight helped Mansfield to a win over Braintree Town.

Adam Bailey-Dennis had gone close for Braintree before Lee Stevenson finished neatly from inside the penalty area to give the hosts the lead.

Mansfield came close to securing the victory when Danny Naisbitt fumbled Jake Speight's long-range effort.

However, Speight slotted Colin Daniel's cross past Naisbitt from 12 yards to earn a fourth home win in succession.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM:

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox tells BBC Radio Nottingham:

Paul Cox

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Cox praises Mansfield defence

"I never thought Braintree were going to break us down and we looked solid and the three centre backs looked solid.

'It is one result and nobody is getting carried away but the boys have come in there with a smile on their face.

"There's more to come from the lads, and the lads have got rid of this little bit of anxiety. The lads were starting to come in and look like they were not enjoying their football but it's amazing what a win can do."

Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

Alan Devonshire

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Devonshire unhappy with passing

"I'm really disappointed. We didn't pass it, we just lumped it. They are a very direct side and they just banged it and threw it in the box, and we started doing the same.

"It's not something we wanted to do. We wanted to get it into people's feet and play. We just didn't pass the ball at all, in any shape or form.

"We've come a long way in a year and I'm not going to let it end up going like this.

"It was a poor, poor performance from us."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Mansfield

  • 01 Marriott
  • 02 Sutton Booked
  • 32 Tafazolli
  • 33 Geohaghan
  • 14 Clements Booked
  • 17 Beevers
  • 21 Murray
  • 26 Stevenson
  • 31 Daniel
  • 08 Speight (Meikle - 87' )
  • 16 Rhead (Howell - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Thompson
  • 05 Jones
  • 13 Howell
  • 07 Meikle
  • 11 Briscoe

Braintree Town

  • 22 Naisbitt
  • 02 Peters
  • 04 Bailey-Dennis
  • 05 Paine
  • 19 Wells
  • 06 Quinton
  • 07 Symons
  • 11 Sparkes (Dawkin - 67' Booked )
  • 17 Mulley (O'Connor - 75' )
  • 09 Marks
  • 20 Holman

Substitutes

  • 01 McDonald
  • 03 Habergham
  • 16 O'Connor
  • 10 Dawkin
Ref: Barrett
Att: 2,049

Match Stats

Shots

10 12

On target

5 4

Corners

3 6

Fouls

19 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:07 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +3:38

Pat O'Connor takes a shot. Ryan Tafazolli gets a block in.

90:00 +3:15

Unfair challenge on Sean Marks by Ryan Tafazolli results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Brad Quinton, Ryan Tafazolli makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:53

The offside flag is raised against Lindon Meikle. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

90:00 +2:12

The assistant referee flags for offside against Adam Bailey-Dennis. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:37

Outswinging corner taken by Josh Dawkin from the right by-line.

89:42

The referee blows for offside against Lindon Meikle. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

89:17

Chris Clements takes a shot. Dean Wells gets a block in.

88:37

Free kick taken by Colin Daniel.

88:37 Booking

Booking Josh Dawkin goes into the book.

88:22

Josh Dawkin concedes a free kick for a foul on Colin Daniel.

87:56

The ball is crossed by Lindon Meikle, Danny Naisbitt makes a save.

87:28

Anthony Howell is adjudged to have handled the ball. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

86:33 Substitution

Substitution Lindon Meikle on for Jake Speight.

85:19

Colin Daniel provided the assist for the goal.

85:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Jake Speight - Mansfield 2 - 0 Braintree Jake Speight fires in a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Mansfield 2-0 Braintree Town.

84:21

Lee Stevenson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Symons. Direct free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

82:03

Colin Daniel sends in a cross, Danny Naisbitt makes a save.

81:00 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Howell comes on in place of Matt Rhead.

80:26

Nicky Symons gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Stevenson. Exodus Geohaghon takes the direct free kick.

78:01

Foul by Adam Bailey-Dennis on Adam Murray, free kick awarded. Chris Clements restarts play with the free kick.

76:41

Effort from the edge of the area by Chris Clements goes wide of the left-hand post.

76:25

The ball is swung over by Lee Beevers, blocked by Brad Quinton.

75:48

Jake Speight concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Wells. Danny Naisbitt takes the direct free kick.

74:59 Substitution

Substitution (Braintree Town) makes a substitution, with Pat O'Connor coming on for James Mulley.

74:43

Matt Rhead has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

73:53

Dan Holman takes a shot. Blocked by Ritchie Sutton.

73:23

Lee Beevers crosses the ball, blocked by Dean Wells.

70:38

Foul by Lee Stevenson on Dean Wells, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

68:13

Dean Wells fouled by Jake Speight, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Naisbitt takes the direct free kick.

65:33

Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

65:33 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Sparkes goes off and Josh Dawkin comes on.

65:33

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Sparkes from the left by-line, Matthew Paine challenges Lee Beevers unfairly and gives away a free kick.

65:15

Nicky Symons takes a shot. Adam Murray gets a block in.

64:47

Foul by Ryan Tafazolli on Sean Marks, free kick awarded. Dean Wells restarts play with the free kick.

61:41

The offside flag is raised against Jake Speight. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

59:28

The referee blows for offside. Danny Naisbitt takes the indirect free kick.

57:23

Ryan Tafazolli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Mulley. Daniel Sparkes crosses the ball in from the free kick, Alan Marriott makes a save.

56:49

Jake Speight takes a shot. Save by Danny Naisbitt.

55:47

The free kick is swung in left-footed by Daniel Sparkes, Matt Rhead makes a clearance.

55:47 Booking

Booking Chris Clements receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

55:36

Chris Clements concedes a free kick for a foul on James Mulley.

54:58

The referee gives a free kick against Jake Speight for handball. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.

54:26

The ball is swung over by Brad Quinton, Ryan Tafazolli makes a clearance.

53:33

Dean Wells challenges Matt Rhead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Clements from left channel, Nicky Symons manages to make a clearance.

53:04

Effort from just outside the area by Adam Bailey-Dennis goes over the bar.

51:53

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Sparkes from the left by-line, clearance by Exodus Geohaghon.

51:17

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Sparkes, Dean Wells takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Rhead.

51:05

Daniel Sparkes crosses the ball, clearance made by Ryan Tafazolli.

49:15

Matt Rhead takes a shot. Save by Danny Naisbitt.

48:16

Lee Beevers crosses the ball.

47:37

The referee blows for offside. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

47:24

The ball is swung over by Matt Rhead, Danny Naisbitt makes a save.

46:08

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Clements, Unfair challenge on Adam Bailey-Dennis by Ryan Tafazolli results in a free kick. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.

45:48

The ball is sent over by Colin Daniel, clearance made by Adam Bailey-Dennis.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +3:13 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +2:01

Handball by Adam Bailey-Dennis. Free kick taken by Chris Clements.

45:00 +0:49

Ryan Peters concedes a free kick for a foul on Colin Daniel. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Clements, save by Danny Naisbitt.

44:53

The official flags Jake Speight offside. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

43:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Symons by Matt Rhead. Direct free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

41:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Stevenson - Mansfield 1 - 0 Braintree Lee Stevenson fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Mansfield 1-0 Braintree Town.

39:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jake Speight by Adam Bailey-Dennis. Exodus Geohaghon restarts play with the free kick.

38:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Symons by Adam Murray. Direct free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

36:56

The ball is delivered by Nicky Symons.

36:24

Chris Clements challenges Daniel Sparkes unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Brad Quinton, clearance by Lee Beevers.

34:55

Sean Marks produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

32:09

Unfair challenge on Sean Marks by Jake Speight results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

30:15

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Sparkes. Adam Bailey-Dennis takes a shot. Save by Alan Marriott. Corner taken by Daniel Sparkes from the left by-line, Headed effort from close range by Daniel Sparkes goes wide left of the goal.

29:59

Centre by James Mulley, Matt Rhead makes a clearance.

29:12

Ryan Tafazolli challenges Sean Marks unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brad Quinton restarts play with the free kick.

28:44

Lee Beevers produces a cross.

28:25

The ball is delivered by Lee Stevenson, clearance made by Matthew Paine.

27:24

Sean Marks challenges Exodus Geohaghon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

27:05

Nicky Symons takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Beevers.

26:26

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Brad Quinton from left channel, clearance made by Matt Rhead.

26:26 Booking

Booking The referee shows Ritchie Sutton a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

26:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ritchie Sutton on James Mulley.

23:19

Ryan Peters concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Rhead. Chris Clements takes the free kick.

22:02

Ryan Peters challenges Jake Speight unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Tafazolli takes the direct free kick.

21:54

Daniel Sparkes crosses the ball.

20:20

The ball is sent over by Colin Daniel, Dean Wells gets a block in.

19:42

Chris Clements takes the outswinging corner, Matt Rhead takes a shot. Save by Danny Naisbitt.

19:31

The ball is crossed by Jake Speight, blocked by Adam Bailey-Dennis.

16:33

Colin Daniel sends in a cross, save by Danny Naisbitt.

14:08

Nicky Symons fouled by Colin Daniel, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Wells takes the direct free kick.

12:57

Lee Stevenson sends in a cross, blocked by Ryan Peters.

12:08

James Mulley has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

10:06

Chris Clements gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brad Quinton. Direct free kick taken by Dean Wells.

9:02

Brad Quinton produces a cross, Sean Marks has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

7:45

Effort from the edge of the area by Jake Speight goes wide of the left-hand upright.

6:58

The ball is swung over by Adam Bailey-Dennis, save made by Alan Marriott.

6:02

Lee Stevenson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Mulley. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

4:54

Dan Holman takes a shot. Save by Alan Marriott.

4:18

Unfair challenge on Sean Marks by Ritchie Sutton results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Brad Quinton.

3:39

The ball is delivered by Lee Beevers, Matthew Paine manages to make a clearance.

2:21

The ball is swung over by Adam Bailey-Dennis, Alan Marriott makes a save.

0:56

Chris Clements produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

0:00

The match begins.

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