Mansfield 4-1 Braintree Town

Mansfield cruised to a routine victory over Braintree with home striker Matt Green bagging a brace.

Ben Wright put the visitors in front with a neat finish before John Dempster headed the hosts level from Adam Verma's cross.

Green volleyed the Stags in front before Lindon Meikle added a third with a close-range finish following good work by Ritchie Sutton.

A low drive from inside the area by Green completed the rout.


Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"When we're going through a bit of a blip it's very easy to lose confidence or to lose where you want to be and how you want to get there.

"What we've tried to do as a group of people is work extremely hard on the training ground and keep our sights set on where we want to be at the end of the season.

"Through the rough times we've ploughed on through and we're starting to produce one or two good performances. And now we're starting to get our rewards for it.

"I thought it was a positive result, a positive performance and I'm hoping, coming into the Christmas period, it's a positive outlook for this football club."

Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

"First half, I thought we done OK, we scored a really good goal and tweaked the system a bit. We played a 4-5-1 just through the bodies we had.

"Their first goal was a corner, the second goal was a corner, we just didn't defend very well. They've got to learn quick, we're playing against professional teams.

"The window's coming up in January and if I have to move people out to get people in I will. The one thing I don't want is to get us in a relegation battle."

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