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Crewe Alexandra 1-1 Mansfield Town

Mansfield Town drew with promotion-chasing Crewe Alexandra but it was not enough to save the job of Stags boss John Dempster, who was dismissed three hours after the final whistle.

Andy Cook cancelled out Chuma Anene's opener for Crewe in the first half at Gresty Road and former Alex striker Nicky Maynard could have bagged all three points for the Stags had he not wasted several chances.

Crewe were indebted to goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen who twice thwarted Maynard when one-against-one before the break with the Mansfield frontman also hitting the woodwork in the second half.

Anene turned in Charlie Kirk's low cross from close range for Crewe's opener after eight minutes.

But, despite dominating the first half, the Railwaymen were pegged back when Eddie Nolan's attempt to send Bobby Olejnik's kick back to his goalkeeper set up Cook who lobbed Jaaskelainen with a deft flick after 27 minutes.

Jaaskelainen saved from Maynard again after the striker bounded clear onto Cook's pass. And Crewe were almost trailing when CJ Hamilton pulled the ball back to Maynard who blazed over.

Mal Benning turned an Ollie Finney effort off the line and - in an entertaining contest which could have gone either way - Maynard was out of luck as his diving header off Alex McDonald's cross cannoned off the far post.

Crewe livewire Kirk then struck Olejnik's far post with a rising drive before both sides settled for a point apiece.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2Ng
  • 15Hunt
  • 6Nolan
  • 3Pickering
  • 4Wintle
  • 14FinneySubstituted forAinleyat 71'minutes
  • 16LowerySubstituted forJonesat 51'minutes
  • 7PowellSubstituted forDaleat 80'minutes
  • 17Anene
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 8Jones
  • 11Ainley
  • 12Green
  • 13Richards
  • 19Dale
  • 23Johnson
  • 30Mbulu

Mansfield

  • 12Olejnik
  • 21Clarke
  • 4PrestonBooked at 84mins
  • 17Sweeney
  • 3Benning
  • 7MacDonaldBooked at 83mins
  • 6Bishop
  • 15ShaughnessySubstituted forSterling-Jamesat 67'minutes
  • 22Hamilton
  • 19CookSubstituted forRoseat 80'minutes
  • 11MaynardSubstituted forKhanat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Logan
  • 5Pearce
  • 8Mellis
  • 10Khan
  • 24Sterling-James
  • 30Smith
  • 32Rose
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
4,060

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamMansfield
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home18
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home4
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Mansfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Mansfield Town 1.

Attempt missed. Omari Sterling-James (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Mansfield Town).

Attempt blocked. Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Matt Preston.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Matt Preston.

Attempt blocked. Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Kirk.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Otis Khan replaces Nicky Maynard because of an injury.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Danny Rose.

Booking

Matt Preston (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Preston (Mansfield Town).

Booking

Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town).

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Ryan Wintle.

Attempt blocked. Danny Rose (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Clarke.

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Mansfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Danny Rose replaces Andy Cook.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Owen Dale replaces Daniel Powell.

Attempt saved. Nicky Maynard (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Cook.

Attempt saved. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Wintle.

Attempt saved. Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicky Maynard.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces Oliver Finney.

Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Preston (Mansfield Town).

Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by James Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Omari Sterling-James replaces Conor Shaughnessy because of an injury.

Foul by Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra).

Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Nicky Maynard (Mansfield Town) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Alexander MacDonald with a cross.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Bobby Olejnik.

Attempt saved. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by James Clarke.

Attempt blocked. Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Pickering.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon21133537221542
2Exeter2111642822639
3Cheltenham2098332161635
4Crewe20105533231035
5Bradford2010552718935
6Forest Green2110562416835
7Northampton2110473122934
8Plymouth209563022832
9Colchester208752619731
10Port Vale217862526-129
11Cambridge217772520528
12Newport197751816228
13Scunthorpe216782928125
14Salford216782330-725
15Macclesfield205961922-324
16Crawley215882531-623
17Walsall2165101627-1123
18Mansfield215792730-322
19Leyton Orient215792735-822
20Grimsby195682025-521
21Carlisle2156102032-1221
22Oldham204882029-920
23Stevenage2021081322-916
24Morecambe2136121739-2215
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