MANS­FIELD SHOW REAL PROGRESS

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND -

MANS­FIELD Town man­ager Adam Mur­ray said be­fore kick-off he wanted to use the cup tie to test how good his sur­prise League Two play-off con­tenders re­ally were.

Two years ago the Stags were thumped 4-1 by Old­ham in the cup, but this time they more than matched the League One side, cre­ated the clearer chances, played the bet­ter foot­ball and de­served to go through.

But the Stags, with just two homes wins all sea­son af­ter they strug­gled to break down de­fen­sive op­po­nents, again failed to find a cut­ting edge in front of goal and have now scored just twice in five matches and not in their last three.

Old­ham’s David Dunn, still find­ing his feet in the job, ad­mit­ted his side were poor in pos­ses­sion but will be rightly proud of the bat­tling qual­i­ties.

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