League Two
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Mansfield Town 1-0 Plymouth Argyle

Adam Murray celebrates
Adam Murray celebrates on the Mansfield Town bench

Caretaker manager Adam Murray led Mansfield Town to victory in his first game in charge as they beat Plymouth.

Murray only took over on Friday following the departure of Paul Cox.

Kelvin Mellor hit the crossbar with the goal at his mercy, while Andy Kellett forced good save from Sascha Studer, as the visitors started the stronger.

Vadaine Oliver, on loan from Crewe, lobbed Luke McCormick after being put through by Lee Beevers to end the Stags' run of nine games without a win.

Studer blocked a Kellett shot from a tight angle in the second half, but Mansfield hung on and moved up to 17th in the League two table, while Plymouth slip to sixth.

Scuffles broke out amongst the travelling supporters and police in the second half, but the situation was quickly brought under control.

Mansfield caretaker manager Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:

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Murray on Mansfield v Plymouth

"It was a good victory for us. It was important to get the message across to the lads and they stuck to our game plan.

"I got them in early this morning to clear a few heads and I wanted to make sure we got the belief into them.

"I have an affinity with this club and I will have to think about it, if I get offered the job, but at the minute I am just concentrating on the next game."

Line-ups

Mansfield

  • 1Studer
  • 15Freeman
  • 6Tafazolli
  • 3Riley
  • 18Beevers
  • 28ClementsSubstituted forRheadat 82'minutes
  • 29Sendles-White
  • 16Heslop
  • 17LambeBooked at 90mins
  • 25OliverBooked at 67mins
  • 22TaylorSubstituted forBellat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Bell
  • 9Rhead
  • 11Bingham
  • 14Palmer
  • 19Marsden
  • 20Thomas
  • 23Evtimov

Plymouth

  • 23McCormick
  • 5Nelson
  • 16McHughSubstituted forSmalleyat 68'minutes
  • 29HartleyBooked at 67mins
  • 2Mellor
  • 11BlizzardSubstituted forBantonat 76'minutes
  • 28O'ConnorSubstituted forNorburnat 68'minutes
  • 4Cox
  • 13Kellett
  • 7Alessandra
  • 9ReidBooked at 51mins

Substitutes

  • 1Bittner
  • 6Norburn
  • 8Banton
  • 10Morgan
  • 14Harvey
  • 19Thomas
  • 22Smalley
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
2,926

Match Stats

Home TeamMansfieldAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Mansfield Town 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Simon Heslop (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

Booking

Reggie Lambe (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Reggie Lambe (Mansfield Town).

Andy Kellett (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Kelvin Mellor (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

Kieran Freeman (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle).

Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Hartley (Plymouth Argyle).

Hand ball by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt missed. Vadaine Oliver (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Matthew Rhead replaces Chris Clements.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

Attempt blocked. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Reggie Lambe (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Norburn (Plymouth Argyle).

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Jason Banton replaces Dominic Blizzard.

Reggie Lambe (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt blocked. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Reggie Lambe (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Simon Heslop (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dominic Blizzard (Plymouth Argyle).

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Deane Smalley replaces Carl McHugh.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Oliver Norburn replaces Anthony O'Connor.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Fergus Bell replaces Rob Taylor.

Booking

Vadaine Oliver (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Peter Hartley (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Mansfield Town).

Luke McCormick (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).

Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chris Clements (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Vadaine Oliver (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl McHugh (Plymouth Argyle).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe18105328161235
2Burton1811252521435
3Luton1810442012834
4Shrewsbury18103529151433
5Southend189451915431
6Plymouth1893621101130
7Bury189362721630
8Newport187742519628
9Exeter187652423127
10Portsmouth187562119226
11Morecambe188281920-126
12Accrington188282629-326
13Cambridge187382923624
14Northampton187382725224
15Stevenage187382626024
16Wimbledon186662325-224
17Mansfield186481521-622
18Cheltenham186481727-1022
19Oxford Utd185581923-420
20York183961722-518
21Dag & Red1853102330-718
22Carlisle1853102334-1118
23Tranmere1826101625-912
24Hartlepool1833121331-1812
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