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Northampton Town 1-0 Mansfield Town

Kaid Mohamed's first-half header earned Northampton Town victory over Mansfield Town at Sixfields on the opening day.

The Stags started well but it was the hosts' Lee Collins who hit the side-netting with the best early chance.

Mohamed then opened the scoring in the 26th minute, against the run of play, rising to meet Darren Carter's corner.

Northampton could have increased their lead as Carter went close twice and substitute Ivan Toney missed a clear-cut chance but the points were safe.

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"We switched off from a restart that was it.

"I thought both teams were evenly matched but we switched off from the restart and have been done 1-0. I don't think there was much in it.

"We got a bit edgy second half, We got a bit anxious but I thought we played some decent stuff but our decision making needs to be better."

Line-ups

Northampton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Duke
  • 2Alfei
  • 16DiamondBooked at 28mins
  • 6Collins
  • 17Robertson
  • 11HackettSubstituted forHorwoodat 79'minutes
  • 4CarterSubstituted forMorrisat 76'minutes
  • 18Ravenhill
  • 23Mohamed
  • 9Richards
  • 10O'TooleSubstituted forToneyat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Horwood
  • 8Morris
  • 12Tozer
  • 19D'Ath
  • 20Moyo
  • 21Archer
  • 24Toney

Mansfield

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Studer
  • 2SuttonBooked at 8mins
  • 4DempsterBooked at 83mins
  • 6Tafazolli
  • 7BellSubstituted forClucasat 54'minutes
  • 18Beevers
  • 16Heslop
  • 21Murray
  • 22TaylorSubstituted forClementsat 80'minutes
  • 8Fisher
  • 14PalmerSubstituted forHearnat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Riley
  • 10Hearn
  • 11Clucas
  • 12McGuire
  • 19Marsden
  • 28Clements
  • 32Bell
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
5,202

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamMansfield
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Lee Collins.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Evan Horwood (Northampton Town).

  9. Post update

    Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Liam Hearn (Mansfield Town).

  12. Post update

    Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by John Dempster (Mansfield Town).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Simon Heslop (Mansfield Town).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  19. Booking

    John Dempster (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Marc Richards (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.