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Report: Mansfield 0-0 Wycombe

12 September 2017

Wycombe made it back-to-back clean sheets with a 0-0 draw at Mansfield Town and continued to be undefeated on the road since February.

Like Saturday’s draw at Newport, the Chairboys left the One Call Stadium having created good chances to snatch all three points, amidst wet and swirling conditions against a strong Stags side.

Gareth Ainsworth made three changes for this one, handing an EFL debut to Dan Scarr and a full debut to Ebere Eze, with Marcus Bean also coming into the side in place of Adam El-Abd, Paris Cowan-Hall and Matt Bloomfield respectively.

There was a milestone appearance for Joe Jacobson, who would skipper the side, as he made his 400th professional appearance.

The first opportunity of the game went to Lee Angol in the opening couple of minutes; peeling off his marker and finding space in the box before connecting with a low cross which Brown got up well to his left to tip behind.

After some intricate one-touch play on the edge from the Stags, Jacobson had to be on hand to block an Alex MacDonald shot destined for the target.

Debutant Scarr almost made a dream start to his EFL career on 22 minutes after Eze showed a good turn of pace and earned a free kick on the by-line. Jacobson whipped it in and found the deadline day signing who saw his header expertly stopped by Conrad Logan.

The Chairboys would be left scratching their heads as to how they did not take the lead three minutes later. Bean received the ball in space from 25-yards and tried his luck with a zipping low drive, which was parried back out to him. His second shot deflected goalwards which was too hot for Logan to handle and Luke O’Nien somehow saw his rebound stopped by the keeper from 5-yards out.

O’Nien would then see a glancing header from Jacobson’s free kick go narrowly wide as he found space in the box and has beat the keeper all ends up, but also the post.

An injury to referee Rob Lewis saw him replaced by fourth official Michael D’Aguilar, as Assistant Alf Greenwood came into the middle. That stoppage in play came at the wrong time for the Chairboys who were enjoying a dominant spell, and allowed Mansfield to regroup and get to the half level.

Half-time: Mansfield 0-0 Wycombe

It was a  brave but vital headed clearance from Scarr from a dipping cross in the opening stages as Mansfield improved after the restart . The tempo was being disrupted by regular whistles though.

Mackail-Smith used his experience to roll his marker with an excellent first touch before firing over 55 minutes, as Wycombe imposed themselves on the second period.

The swirling wind was starting to play his part as Ainsworth introduced Paris Cowan-Hall and Matt Bloomfield in place of Mackail-Smith and Luke O’Nien, who had picked a yellow card.

Umerah saw a glimpse of goal on 76 minutes as Rhys Bennett missed his header and the ball fell kindly for the striker but the chance evaded the Charlton loanee and the Stags cleared.

At the other end it bounced kindly for sub Alfie Potter down the right, who slid it in low, but fellow sub Paul Anderson couldn't quite stretch to reach it as Dominic Gape did well to put him off.

Dayle Southwell came on for Umerah as Wycombe looked to mount a late charge, though it would not fall for them.

So 0-0 it finished as Stags keeper Logan was named as Man of the Match for his first half heroics. Chairboys continue their unbeaten run on the road and head into Saturday’s game with back-to-back clean sheets with another deserved point against strong opposition.

Attendance: 2,938 (154 Wycombe)

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