Mansfield Town 1 Charlton Athletic 1
I’m a bit old fashioned and would like us to take the FA Cup seriously and progress a bit, at least until the 3rd Round. In saying that I fully get why Bowyer made so many changes today, many of which were enforced on him.
There were 9 changes from the game at Walsall, and only 5 sat on the bench. Checkatrade hero Toby Stevenson and Taylor Maloney both began in a midfield five. Dillon Phillips got a chance in goal, but the biggest opportunity of all was for Nicky Ajose. Albie Morgan was on the bench that also saw the return of Billy Clarke after 11 months out.
Mansfield, unbeaten in 10 games, gave us all sorts of problems first half as players seemed to struggle with the formation with square pegs shoved into round holes. The guys on the radio suggested that we changed our formation early in the half to adapt to a strong Mansfield start who hit a post and had one of the line. Mind, we were guilty of some woeful finishing. Both Lapslie and Grant were culpable.
Then on half-time CJ Hamilton gave the Stags a deserved lead. We were better in the 2nd period although Phillips was called into action early. Fosu’s introduction gave us a lift, although he should have done better on a breakaway. Billy Clarke was then introduced to smiles all round.
Not long after Clarke’s entry we scored when Toby Stevenson bundled home a corner to get his name on the scoresheet again.
Ajose had blown another chance to impress and was replaced by Hackett-Fairchild. There was one last chance for the Stags, but the Addicks leave with an undeserved draw, and face two Tuesday games now over the International break.
Addicks at the One Call Stadium: Doctor Kish;
Bow: “You stay in the cup but that’s the worst outcome possible for us”
Now that Dijksteel has gained his confidence at first team level,albeit by playing out of position, I want to see him play in his best position i.e. in midfield. Cullen will be missing for the foreseeable future so let Dijksteel get his chance in the next two games to show what he can do.
rierti – do you read anything into Bowyer playing Clarke in that defensive midfield role when he came on?
Whenever I have seen Clarke he has played in the No.10 role behind Magennis (last season) and tip of the diamond in the U23s since coming back from injury.I do not think the defensive side of his game is strong enough to play him as the holding player in midfield on a regular basis. According to one of the reports I read Bowyer changed to a back four after 20 minutes pushing Pratley into the defensive role in midfield.