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PSF at the One Call Stadium (Field Mill)
Mansfield Town (1) 1 Matt Green pen 26
Leicester City (1) 1 David Nugent 10
Admission £7. Programme £2 (for both home friendlies)
Attendance 4273 inc. 1608 in the away end
Shearer, Chapman (McGuire 77), Pearce, Clements (Jack Thomas 67), Green (Westcarr HT), Benning, Rose, Nathan Thomas (Beardsley 69), Hunt (Marsden 62), Lambe (Trialist 59), Collins (Tafazolli 77).
Schwarzer (Schmeichel HT), De Laet, Chilwell, Hammond, Barmby, Lawrence, Simpson, Moore, Okazaki, Kramaric, Nugent.
Line up after ten substitutions in the 63rd minute:
Schmeichel; Wasyl, Huth, Fuchs; Albrighton, Drinkwater, King, Mahrez, Schlupp; Ulloa, Vardy.
|Leicester man cometh!|
Talk before the game revolved around two questions:
1) Why don't a few more of these supporters turn out more often for league games against less glamorous opponents?
2) Are Notts County really charging £24 for tickets for their League 2 (Division 4) game against Mansfield Town next month.
The answer to question two is: yes.
Question two therefore becomes the answer to question one.
He didn't hit his shot from 20 yards out very cleanly after ten minutes, but with the aid of an unsighted keeper, a slight deflection and the presence of his lucky talisman sat up in the upper tier of the West Stand, Leicester were in front from their first venture forward. D'oh!
Hmm, try the match billing on for size guys: Pre Season FRIENDLY.
Rose was in the wars again in the twenty seventh minute when Dean Hammond chopped him down inside the penalty area.
Matt Green dutifully stepped forward, sent Mark Schwarzer the wrong way and put Mansfield on level terms in front of the Foxes travelling support.
|It's a goal! Matt Green 26 minutes.|
So with honours even at half time, the Stags left the pitch to the sound of generous applause.
They had gone toe to toe with their Premier League opponents, refused to be bullied and showed a lot of good movement on, off and with the ball.
The home side came out of the blocks like an express train and were soon laying siege to Leicester's replacement keeper Kasper Schmeichel's goal.
Apparently the Foxes second half keeper, is the son of a footballer who has played for both Manchester United and City... I'll hazard a guess at Denis Law, because the bloke is the spitting image of him.
The Stags were in full flow at this time, but Leicester disrupted the continuity of the game just after the hour, with a lengthy delay while they substituted all ten outfield players. You have to fel a modicum of sympathy for match day announcers at times like these.
FT: Mansfield Town 1 v Leicester City 1
OK, they were only pre-season games, but the Stags have now put in decent back to back shifts against a Championship and Premier League side inside the space of a week.
I am crap at predictions, but cautiously optimistic that Adam Murray's side will finish above/around mid table and will avoid a nail-biting flirtation with the trapdoor to oblivion this time around.
Time will tell!