14/12/2019 3:00 pm
Referee: Kevin Johnson
|Crewe Alexandra||Mansfield Town|
Chuma Anene scored his third goal in 2 games as Crewe Alexandra were held at home by struggling Mansfield Town at the Alexandra Stadium yesterday afternoon, the Stags manager John Dempsey was relieved of his duties hours after the game.
Manager David Artell made 2 changes from Tuesday night’s FA Cup replay against Eastleigh as Anene and Daniel Powell both came into the front 3 with Owen Dale dropping down to the bench and Chris Porter missing out due to a slight hamstring injury. Alex Academy graduate Nicky Maynard would start for the visitors.
After a defensive mistake allowed Maynard in, Will Jaaskelainen would make a decent save to his left before Anene opened the scoring on 8 minutes, getting on the end of a low Charlie Kirk cross before Mansfield would level 20 minutes later. A goal-kick from Bobby Olenjik was flicked on by Eddie Nolan into the path of Cook to finish past Jaaskelainen before Maynard would by denied by another decent save from Will.
Ollie Finney would have an effort cleared off the line after a good move down the left before Maynard would hit the post with a header from a right-wing cross before Kirk would also hit the post with a drive from distance.
Our next two games see trips to Stevenage next Saturday before a trip to Salford City on Boxing Day.
What can we learn from this game?
It was another game where missed opportunities to get a second goal whilst we were on top yesterday came back to haunt us with Mansfield equalising through a Route-1 goal. We’ll need to attack in the same way next week against Stevenage, who have re-appointed Graham Westley for the billionth time, but will need to watch out for their Route-1, break-up play that will be coming.