© Nottingham Forest 1999
It was obvious that the this game was not high on David Platt's agenda with the emergence of a mixture of reserves and youth with a smattering of first team players. As someone who was brought up in Mansfield and spending much of my youth watching players like Roy Chapman (Lee's father) and Busby Babe Albert Scanlon it was sad to see a building site of a ground and the lack of atmosphere. It was also interesting to see ball boy's behind the goals wearing hard hats for the first time.
Allou playing his first full game on the right wing looked dangerous but overall this was a game that will not go down as being memorable. There was plenty of huffing a puffing from both sides, but not much to write about. Mansfield scored in the 54th min from a cross from Michael Balding for Lee Peacock who put it away under the diving Beasant. Bart- Williams was carried off to be substituted by Chris Doig who looks promising. It was the second leg of the first round of the Worthington Cup and we won, lets see who we get in the next round.
The Bovril was as good as I have ever tasted it at Field Mill, but that was the only thing that was good about the night.
Tonight's second match report comes from Webmaster's brother who is, unfortunately, a Mansfield Town supporter.
What a game! Bottom of the third division, no wins, no goals, a ground that looks like the devastation of a Turkish earthquake - and yet Mansfield strolled through this game showing no fear of their so called superiors. Energy, enthusiasm and yet no little skill. But that Mansfield's goalkeeper was Man of the Match did not reflect the superiority that Mansfield showed. Forest, in fact, were poor. They lacked domination in midfield where one would have expected high priced players to have shown silky skills and intelligence. They were, in fact, overrun. The two strikers for Forest were lacking in imagination and skill and were dominated by what must be said were two ageing defenders. In defence, Forest did contain the three who played up front for Mansfield and Beasant made the saves required of him. But it was a win for Mansfield and a loss for Forest. Mansfield gained the high moral ground and David Platt has much work to do.
It was embarrassing for me to have to type that!.