The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

we had. We hit the bar twice and opened up Mans­field on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions in the first half.

“Some­times you don’t get the goal and then you have to take a point. Mans­field were al­ways go­ing to come back into it. They didn’t trou­ble us, but they are a good side.”

Ar­gyle al­most grabbed a fourth-minute lead when Peter Hart­ley’s crossfield pass was volleyed against the bar from 12 yards by Reuben Reid. Home keeper Brian Jensen then de­nied Graham Carey from eight yards.

The visi­tors’ move­ment con­tin­ued to open up Mans­field and the un­marked Ryan Brunt headed a Gary Sawyer cross wide.

Mans­field sur­vived the scares and a change to a 4-14-1 for­ma­tion gave them a foothold. Nathan Thomas fired nar­rowly wide and Craig West­carr flashed a 20-yard drive past the post.

Two fine saves by Jensen de­nied Carey from free-kicks at the start of a more even sec­ond half and Kelvin Mel­lor’s cross struck the bar, while Mitchell Rose’s fierce drive was beaten away by Luke McCormick as Mans- field again fought


Mans­field man­ager Adam Mur­ray said: “I am al­ways happy when we don’t lose football matches, but we did have chances to take the game.

“In the first half we were slow out the blocks.We didn’t con­trol the game enough.

“My big­gest frus­tra­tion is that my team doesn’t be­lieve how good it is.That belief will only come with re­sults. They need to have that con­fi­dence to keep ex­press­ing them­selves as in­di­vid­u­als.

“We have come up against one of the best teams in this league and looked strong.We haven’t got one of the best de­fen­sive records in our di­vi­sion for no rea­son.”



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