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Exeter City 2-0 Mansfield Town

Two goals from Ollie Watkins secured Exeter's first League Two home win of the season as they beat Mansfield.

Exeter took a deserved lead in the 19th minute when Lee Holmes got free down the left and pulled the ball back to Watkins, who guided the ball past Scott Shearer from 10 yards.

Holmes drilled a shot into the side netting as Exeter continued to create all the chances and the winger then curled another effort narrowly past the far post.

Mansfield boss Steve Evans was clearly unimpressed by his side's first-half performance and made a double change at the break.

Christy Pym made a brave stop to deny excellent substitute Darius Henderson, who was the catalyst for a vastly improved second-half performance from the Stags, while Jake Taylor dragged a shot wide for Exeter after an incisive counter-attack.

However, the Grecians ensured an end to their long wait for a win in the last minute when Watkins ran clear and fended off two defenders before sliding the ball past Shearer.

Mansfield's misery was compounded in stoppage time when Malvind Benning was sent off for a second yellow card.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 30Pym
  • 28Stacey
  • 39Brown
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3Woodman
  • 11Wheeler
  • 25Taylor
  • 4JamesSubstituted forTillsonat 70'minutes
  • 10HolmesSubstituted forOakleyat 74'minutes
  • 33ReidSubstituted forMcAlindenat 80'minutes
  • 14Watkins

Substitutes

  • 6Tillson
  • 7Harley
  • 12Grant
  • 16Oakley
  • 19McAlinden
  • 21Hamon
  • 29Croll

Mansfield

  • 1Shearer
  • 4Collins
  • 5PearceBooked at 66mins
  • 2Bennett
  • 3BenningBooked at 90mins
  • 8Clements
  • 24McGuireSubstituted forThomasat 74'minutes
  • 23Hemmings
  • 14HurstSubstituted forHendersonat 45'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 9HobanSubstituted forHamiltonat 45'minutes
  • 10Green

Substitutes

  • 11Baxendale
  • 12Jensen
  • 19Rose
  • 20Thomas
  • 22Hamilton
  • 32Rose
  • 34Henderson
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
3,626

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamMansfield
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 2, Mansfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Mansfield Town 0.

Attempt saved. Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Jordan Tillson (Exeter City).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town) for a bad foul.

Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town).

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Mansfield Town 0. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Stacey.

Attempt missed. Jake Taylor (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

Booking

Darius Henderson (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darius Henderson (Mansfield Town).

Jack Stacey (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Liam McAlinden replaces Reuben Reid.

Ashley Hemmings (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Reuben Reid (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Jack Thomas replaces Jamie McGuire.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Oakley replaces Lee Holmes.

Attempt saved. Darius Henderson (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Darius Henderson (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Troy Brown (Exeter City).

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

Attempt saved. Christy Pym (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jordan Tillson replaces Lloyd James.

Attempt missed. Matt Green (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Jack Stacey.

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

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Exeter City).

Booking

Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Malvind Benning.

Attempt missed. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Ashley Hemmings (Mansfield Town).

Craig Woodman (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town).

Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth21142532211144
2Carlisle21119140251542
3Doncaster21133543301342
4Portsmouth21105633201335
5Luton2198431191235
6Wycombe2110472622434
7Cambridge219482824431
8Blackpool2186735241130
9Stevenage219393232030
10Barnet217952929030
11Crawley218582633-729
12Yeovil218492526-128
13Colchester217682927227
14Grimsby217592727026
15Exeter2182112526-126
16Crewe216872329-626
17Mansfield216872127-626
18Hartlepool215882837-923
19Morecambe2072112438-1423
20Notts County2164112536-1122
21Leyton Orient2163122227-521
22Accrington2156102027-721
23Cheltenham214982332-921
24Newport2045112332-917
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