Daniel has to be con­fi­dent, says Paul

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Alec Fenn To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

MANS­FIELD boss Paul Cox has called on Colin Daniel to start walk­ing tall af­ter his stun­ning free­kick took the Stags into the top half of the ta­ble in a bad-tem­pered af­fair with ten-man More­cambe.

Daniel – a first half sub­sti­tute for the in­jured Lee Beev­ers – let loose with a left-foot rocket to the right of cen­tre on 43 min­utes that picked out the top left-hand cor­ner.

There were more yel­low cards than chances in a feisty sec­ond half and More­cambe saw mid­fielder Andrew Flem­ing sent off for a lunge on Adam Mur­ray.

Eight min­utes of in­jury-time were sig­nalled but Mans­field held on, with man­ager Cox ec­static with the at­ti­tude of his side.

“We’re not safe un­til the maths add up but the boys are putting in one hell of a shift.We’re on a great run and we don’t want it to end,” said Cox, whose side are now 12th, ten points from dan­ger.

“We had to match More­cambe’s tenac­ity and in the sec­ond half we did that.

“Not a goal­keeper in the world would’ve saved Colin Daniel’s free-kick. That’s the frus­trat­ing thing with Colin, he’s got won­der­ful abil­ity and we need him to come out of his shell a lit­tle bit.

“It was a bad tem­pered game, pas­sions run high in foot­ball, but I felt the send­ing off was the right de­ci­sion, it was a rash tackle and the ref­eree had no op­tion.”

More­cambe were the more en­ter­pris­ing of the two sides in the open­ing pe­riod but squan­dered nu­mer­ous chances.

Martin Ri­ley’s poor con­trol sent Jack Red­shaw in on goal on nine min­utes, but with just the goal­keeper to beat he prod­ded wide of goal.

And the Shrimps were made to pay on the stroke of half-time when Daniel fired a thump­ing ef­fort past the help­less Barry Roche.

The keeper de­nied him a sec­ond stun­ning free­kick on 74 min­utes and then pro­duced a won­der­ful save to keep out Matt Rhead’s header, only for Flem­ing to undo his good work when he saw red for a nasty tackle on Mur­ray.

The re­sult leaves More­cambe five points clear of safety but boss Jim Bent­ley cut a down­cast fig­ure af­ter the game.

“I didn’t see the send­ing off,” he said.“I was or­gan­is­ing some­thing else at the time, but I’ve had some hon­est an­swers that will stay in the dress­ing room.

“We have to take our chances.We got into good po­si­tions in the fi­nal third but didn’t make the most of it.

“Red­shaw has had the best week of train­ing he’s had in a long time.

“But in a game you have to make it count in the penalty area.”

STAR MAN COLIN DANIEL Mansfi

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