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Cambridge United 3-1 Mansfield Town

Two goals from Sullay Kaikai helped Cambridge record a comfortable victory over lowly Mansfield.

Kaikai's thunderous 40-yard free-kick gave the U's the lead early on before he grabbed his second of the match with a well-placed finish.

Rakish Bingham capitalised on a poor back-pass from Josh Coulson to give Mansfield a lifeline midway through the second half.

Tom Elliott's powerful late header secured the win for Cambridge.

The result ended Cambridge's three-month wait for a home win and as both Cheltenham and Tranmere lost their respective matches, both the U's and Mansfield are assured of their League Two safety.

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Murray on Cambridge v Mansfield

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"Today I think we have seen the reasons why we have been in a relegation battle this year.

"A large part of this group has gone through the trenches with each other for the cause. But in major areas we've been too weak.

"Be that tactically, mentally, physically we've been weak in too many areas and in vital areas. But I haven't learnt anything new from today's game; nothing has shocked or surprised me."

Line-ups

Cambridge

  • 1Dunn
  • 19Ball
  • 18NelsonBooked at 90mins
  • 4Coulson
  • 11Dunk
  • 7DonaldsonSubstituted forTaylorat 10'minutes
  • 8Champion
  • 23Morrissey
  • 31Kaikai
  • 9SlewSubstituted forBirdat 59'minutes
  • 10Elliott

Substitutes

  • 2Tait
  • 3Taylor
  • 13Norris
  • 14Hunt
  • 15Simpson
  • 25Mendez-Laing
  • 32Bird

Mansfield

  • 1Studer
  • 2Sutton
  • 6Tafazolli
  • 32Raynes
  • 18Beevers
  • 15RavenhillBooked at 46minsSubstituted forFitzpatrickat 62'minutes
  • 24Brown
  • 20ThomasBooked at 31mins
  • 28ClementsBooked at 77mins
  • 33HawkridgeSubstituted forBinghamat 46'minutes
  • 25OliverSubstituted forRheadat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Rhead
  • 10Hearn
  • 11Bingham
  • 12McGuire
  • 19Marsden
  • 36Fitzpatrick
  • 40Pidgeley
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
4,667

Match Stats

Home TeamCambridgeAway TeamMansfield
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Cambridge United 3, Mansfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cambridge United 3, Mansfield Town 1.

Gearoid Morrissey (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Clements (Mansfield Town).

Michael Nelson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

Booking

Michael Nelson (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Michael Nelson (Cambridge United).

Jack Thomas (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Sullay Kaikai (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town).

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

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 3, Mansfield Town 1. Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harrison Dunk.

Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Fitzpatrick (Mansfield Town).

Attempt saved. Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Tom Champion (Cambridge United).

Chris Clements (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Michael Nelson (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Michael Raynes.

Attempt blocked. Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ryan Bird (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town).

Attempt missed. Sullay Kaikai (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Michael Nelson (Cambridge United).

Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Chris Clements (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Raynes (Mansfield Town).

Attempt blocked. Chris Clements (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Tom Champion (Cambridge United).

Jack Thomas (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rakish Bingham (Mansfield Town).

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Clements (Mansfield Town).

Michael Nelson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rakish Bingham (Mansfield Town).

Attempt saved. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton442610863362788
2Shrewsbury442681066293786
3Wycombe442215764422281
4Bury432471257391879
5Southend432212951351678
6Stevenage441912136152969
7Plymouth4418111550351565
8Luton441811155243965
9Newport441711164953-462
10Northampton44187196456861
11Exeter441613155862-461
12Morecambe441512174951-257
13Wimbledon441415155357-457
14Dag & Red44168205357-456
15Oxford Utd441316154749-255
16Portsmouth441314174952-353
17Accrington441411195672-1653
18Cambridge441312195961-251
19York441118154548-351
20Carlisle44147235370-1749
21Mansfield44139223658-2248
22Hartlepool44118253466-3241
23Cheltenham44913223965-2640
24Tranmere44912234363-2039
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